Book Review: The Path Keeper by N. J. SIMMONDS


  • Published: 23/03/2017
  • 378 pages
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

What if every coincidence was a tiny miracle? What if our life was already mapped out before birth? What if someone had the power to change the path we were destined to follow?
Ella hates her new life in London, she misses Spain and she’s struggling to get over her past until she meets Zac. He has always loved her but he isn’t meant to be part of Ella’s story. Not this time. Not ever. Little does she know that his secret is the one thing that will tear them apart and will force her to live in a world that no longer makes sense, a world more dangerous than she could ever imagine.
The first in a thrilling new YA fantasy series, The Path Keeper is a tale of passion and secrets, of first loves and second chances, and the invisible threads that bind us. Can love ever be stronger than fate?


I need the second book, Now!

YA isn’t my usual choice, but as an obsessive reader I like to change genres I read quite regularly and after never-ending recommendations, I decided to give it a shot. I’m certainly very glad I did as it is now one of my favourite reads this year.

The Path Keeper has been recommended to me by The fiction café members and I bought it as soon as it came out. admittedly it was sitting in my bookcase since then and slowly being pushed aside by other books, now I can only wonder why?

Story was captivating and I read the whole book in two sittings. I couldn’t put it down. It’s written in such a special way and it makes this book memorable.

Author’s writing style is amazing, draws you right into the story, no matter which century or decade you are in or what place you visit. It takes you for a trip with all characters through their life, even if it takes a bit of concentration and page flipping to work out where you are.

However in the right time everything slots in the right place and you find yourself just sitting, stunned with experience and shaking your head trying to work out how did author manage to put it all together.

Ella and Zac are such lovable characters, it’s very easy to feel what they feel. It’s like if you are sitting in the corner of the room watching their life, with box of tissues, unable to speak, just absorbing all the love and despair. I don’t know how but author painted this perfect picture of them, their surroundings, their life. One moment I was reading the first chapter and second I was reading my least favourite words THE END.

Being told it’s not typical YA story, I still wasn’t sure what I expected. I started to read this book with open mind and I’m so glad I did. Enough said I can’t wait for the second book to come out and meanwhile I will be recommending it to absolutely everyone.

N. J. Simmonds


Natali Drake is an accredited member of The Society of Authors and writes as N J Simmonds. She is a freelance brand consultant and writer and has had her work published in various UK newspapers, websites and publications including The Mother Book. In 2015 she co-founded The Glass House Girls, an online magazine for women who need to be heard. Originally from North London, Natali now divides her time between her two homes in the South of Spain and The Netherlands where she lives with her husband and two daughters. The Path Keeper is her first novel from the series.

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The Path Keeper can be purchased here.


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