Writing & Reviews

Every choice he makes complicates his life. When a teen has a chance at redemption, can he find his way back or remain forever cursed?

1973. Thirteen-year-old Matthew Mackenzie struggles to fit in. Unable to come to terms with his father’s passing five years prior, he tries to sidestep unwanted attention from violent bullies by telling little white lies. But when a fistfight lands him on the brink of death, he’s shocked when he finds himself hovering outside his beaten body in the company of an overly friendly spirit.

Pipiera avoids change at all costs. As assistant to the head gatekeeper of an ethereal kingdom, she’s less than thrilled when she’s sent to Earth to aid a traumatized boy headed down a dark road. But when a supernatural rebel interferes with her job, the bright-eyed being fears she’ll blunder her mission.

As Matthew feels the pull of adventure from his suspicious new friend, he worries that he may never be able to right all of his wrongs. And as Pipiera continues to fail to influence Matthew, she finds herself caught in an adversary’s web of deceit.

Can Matthew and Pipiera steer clear of the trap and reach the path of enlightenment?

The Gatekeeper’s Descendants is a dramatic coming-of-age fantasy tale. If you like thought-provoking stories, the power of good against evil, and deep family connections, then you’ll adore Johanna Frank’s allegorical read.

The GateKeeper’s Descendants will appeal to lovers of fantasy. Particularly those who enjoy a spiritual or supernatural component in their fictional reads.

Reviews for The Gatekeeper's Descendants

The Gatekeeper's Descendants by Johanna Frank is bold and imaginative. JohannaFrank decodes an enticing allegory about the human soul and how good and evil battle to have custody. I finished reading sensing something that I cannot explain, but I appreciate it. I recommend you read it because this is a story that has something to impart to even the most cynical among us
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Vincent Dublado
The story is incredibly rich and dynamic. The twists and turns are believable, the plot is very interesting, and the character development is fantastic. Matthew's growth is incredible, and Pipiera's efforts to protect Matthew are good as well. The Gatekeeper's Descendants is a remarkable story that I would highly recommend.
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Rabia Tanveer
The Gatekeeper's Descendants by Johanna Frank is a sobering book that will appeal to the reflective mind. It is also appropriate for people of faith, especially those who believe in the afterlife. Every person deposited in our lives is there for a reason and season, and our deeds are like building tunnels toward the afterlife. The plot was brilliant with a unique storyline.There's so much to say about this beautiful book. I want more, Johanna.
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Jennifer Ibiam
This is a fantastical story that is uplifting. The immersive imagery of living stones and the great foul-smelling dragon bring a touch of fantasy to a serious topic. The Gatekeeper's Descendants is an excellent book for disgruntles teens to read who are not into more traditional fantasy novels.
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Delene Very
Johanna Frank has written an entertaining and thoughtful story with The Gatekeeper's Descendants. While there are a lot of religious aspects to the story, I believe it can be enjoyed by everyone, even if they are not particularly religious themselves. Pipiera is an interesting character who faces many challenges in her quest, but she doesn't give up easily. Matthew is a typical kid with his own issues. The story moves at a decent pace, and I kept reading to
see what happened next. I would recommend it to fantasy and young adult readers as I think they would enjoy it.
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Samantha Gregory
Favourite Points... "The idea of The Kingdom (so much like the Christian depiction of Heaven) and its earthly tours was fascinating. The ethereal world and its accompanying rules and traditions were fleshed out well and made for a fascinating read.  I particularly liked how the character's beliefs and emotions (linking to their pasts) were explored at depth, focusing on their personal psychological issues. Seeing how they each grew over the course of the story was satisfying in itself.
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Ellie
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