The Border Keeper

The Border Keeper

A lyrical underworld narrative that begins around a desolate, near-forgotten border to the land of the dead. Vasethe, a man with a troubled past, comes to seek a favor from a woman who is not what she seems. With her aid, he enters the nine hundred and ninety-nine realms of Mkalis, the world of spirits, where gods and demons wage endless war. What Vasethe discovers in Mkali A lyrical underworld narrative that begins around a desolate, near-forgotten border to the land of the dead. Vasethe,...

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Title:The Border Keeper
Author:Kerstin Hall
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  • Laura
    Jun 03, 2019
    Set on the border of the real world (albeit not one we know) and in various alternate realms, the relationship between Eris - or whatever name she's known by - and Sethe ebbs and flows depending on what world they're in and how Eris feels about things. There are rules they must live by...
  • Frank
    Aug 05, 2019
    Three and a half stars, but this was difficult to review. The first nine chapters of this book were offered for free. After reading the free preview, I bought the book. And then if got weird. I like weird but at times the story-line and the history of the characters was difficult...
  • Nick
    Jul 28, 2019
  • Lucy
    May 19, 2019
    A fast-paced fantasy debut. Hall's descriptive language and plot that draws on various mythologies creates a vivid world of lost souls and revenge. ...
  • Lisa
    Aug 12, 2019
    As I'm reading through the other reviews I can't help thinking I missed something because all I can keep thinking is that this could have been a grand tale and instead I got two boring and disjointed people whom I could not relate to nor care about. The world building was nowhere near ...
  • Megan
    Aug 03, 2019
    This book was so good and hard to put down! Imagine a world where you can travel to another realm if you know the right people but also have to be very careful because the realms have very strict rules that can have dire consequences if broken. Vasethe is one of those travelers w...
  • Sana
    Jun 13, 2018
    'It's a twisty kind of story, and no one is quite what they seem. Thematically, it has a lot to do with ideas of healing and justice, but there are also pretty demons with long hair and an exceedingly grumpy genocidal witch.' SOLD Source ...
  • Sachin Dev
    Jun 13, 2019
    This book is special, in that it's like nothing I have read before. It's wildly original and Kerstin Hall is definitely one of the exceptional talents to watch out for. I was left a bit dry with that abrupt ending but overall I thought The Border Keeper is a beautiful, intriguing lyric...
  • Lisa Hannett
    Jul 06, 2019
    3.5 ? ...
  • Craig Tyler
    Jul 31, 2019
    I really enjoyed the world building. I felt the story got a little rushed at the end but such is the case with many novellas. ...
  • Mark Redman
    Aug 10, 2019
    The Border Keeper is a novella that packs a hell of a lot of story and plot into 150 pages. It very much reminded me of Lovecraft?s Dreamquest of the Unknown Kadath. Vasethe is a man with a troubled past, he comes to seek a favour from a woman who is not what she seems and must e...
  • J.A. Ironside
    May 04, 2019
    Many thanks to for mailing me an ARC ? I am quietly amazed at the huge world and the scope of the story which Hall managed to fit in such a small space without it ever feeling forced. This is a huge story about love and loss and redemption that spans life and death, and m...
  • Gideon Dabi
    Jul 30, 2019
  • Em
    Jan 17, 2019
    A stunningly good novella - I would have happily read a full-length novel set in this world, but the economy of storytelling here is its own little miracle. It?s a dark, weird, sweet fantasy that gestures toward a much larger universe without beating you to death with worldbuilding. ...
  • John Nel
    Aug 11, 2019
  • Rick Brose
    Jul 22, 2019
    The Border Keeper has a lot going for it. Kerstin Hall has created a cool world filled with depth and interesting characters. There is a strong sense of history related to both the world itself and the relationships between the characters. Several reveals within the novella caught me p...
  • Alie
    Jul 12, 2019
  • Austine (NovelKnight)
    Jul 22, 2019
    Check out the original review and more on NovelKnight! This book was provided by the publisher (via NetGalley). This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ReadingThe Border Keeperwas a trip. I honestly had no clue what to expect and even while ...
  • John Rennie
    Jul 24, 2019
    This book is written in a slightly obscure style, that is things happen for reasons that are not immediately clear to the reader. This style can work very well and add interest to the book. For example Caitlin Kiernan tends to write this way, and indeed I wonder if Kerstin Hall has rea...
  • Kathy
    Jul 17, 2019
    This isn't quite the romp through a fantastical underworld I had in mind (as in, not as fast-paced or as rich in detail as I'd imagined), but you know when you read or watch or play something that gives you this inexplicable yet pleasant vibe and it just kind of sticks with you for the...
  • Tawnie Mizer
    May 29, 2019
    This weird little twisty novella immediately jumped up to the top of my to read list when I saw someone advertise it on twitter and took my breath away. It follows a man named Vasethe who journeys to seek help from a woman named Eres who is not what she seems. Cause you see, she is ...
  • Brandon
    Jul 16, 2019
    I've been sitting with this story for a day, I read it yesterday while commuting for work throughout the day, having only now decided to sit down to review it. As I review this I'm watching a family of House Finches shake off the recent rains at my feeders while wishing someone would c...
  • Jeremy
    Aug 16, 2019
  • Shané
    Jul 29, 2019
    This book was weird but phenomenal I still have no idea what's happening. ...
  • Rhi
    Aug 03, 2019
    This is a really great novella, an amazing series of worlds created. The plot is interesting although feels a little rushed at the end. The characters are fantastic and writing so vivid. Great read. ...
  • Christopher
    Aug 03, 2019
  • Tuni
    Jul 28, 2019
    This popped up in my fb ads, and I like to encourage this sort of behavior; so I of course bought the book. Good decision, me. I love the dual world that was built here. It's a fairly short story, but you get enough to understand the history of the world and how it works. And what i...
  • Apophis
    Jul 19, 2019
    Un premier (court) roman l'criture et l'atmosphre envotantes, au monde unique (plein de ce qu'en SF, on qualifierait volontiers de sense of wonder), qui, au final, ne ressemble rien de ce que j'ai pu lire auparavant. Il y a certes quelques dfauts (c'est un premier roma...
  • Emma Laubscher
    Jul 19, 2019
    ANGST! ADVENTURE! DEMONS! CARPENTRY! I mean who doesn't wanna traverse the nine-hundred and ninety-nine demon realms of the with a murderous god-like snarky-ass witch? "This is mine now; begone fools". I love her. I can't decide if I wanna hang out or if I would be too frigh...
  • Ed
    Jul 20, 2019