The Power of Five

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The Power of Five
Author Anthony Horowitz
Country United Kingdom
Genre Fantasy, horror, thriller
Publisher Walker Books
Published 2005–2013
Media type Print (hardback & paperback)

The Power of Five (also known as The Gatekeepers in the US) is a series of five fantasy and suspense novels, written by English author Anthony Horowitz and published between 2005 and 2012. It is an updated re-imagining of Horowitz's Pentagram series, which the author had left unfinished in the 1980s. The series is published in the United Kingdom by Walker Books Ltd and in the United States by Scholastic Press. The novels deal heavily in the occult and examples of things such as human sacrifice and blood rituals are major plot elements, such as in the first book, where the protagonist, Matthew Freeman, is hunted by a Cult who want to conduct a blood sacrifice on him to blast open a portal using a combination of nuclear physics and black magic, to unlock another dimension which is holding a group of ancient evil demons captive.

Plot overview[edit]

The series focuses on five children: Matthew Freeman, Pedro, Scott Tyler, Jamie Tyler, and Scarlett Adams, a group of fourteen-year-old children (all five children turn fifteen in Necropolis) who are destined to defeat mystical entities known only as "the Old Ones" who ruled for a long period of time ten thousand years ago. Matt is the appointed leader. The Gatekeepers won in the past through allowing Sapling, the third Gatekeeper, to sacrifice himself; and upon Sapling's death, his future incarnation, Jamie Tyler, was sent into the past to reunite all the Gatekeepers and repair their strength to defeat the Old Ones. The Gatekeepers also won because the Old Ones do not understand Scarlett Adams' powers. In the present day the Gatekeepers have been reincarnated as modern day teenagers because the Old Ones are about to escape the world they were sent to and rule over humanity a second time. The books focus on the modern day children trying to defeat the Old Ones again.

The Five[edit]

Matthew Freeman (book one - Raven's Gate)[edit]

Matt is the leader of the Five. Like the other Gatekeepers, Matt lost his parents very early on in life; in his case, they died in a car crash on their way to a wedding. Matt feels he is responsible as he knew the accident would take place due to Precognition. Matt was taken in by his mother's half-sister but became a juvenile delinquent and was arrested after breaking into a warehouse in Ipswich, when one of his friends stabbed a guard and ran away. Being too young to go to jail, he was given a choice to join the LEAF project, in which he was sent to live with a woman named Jayne Deverill, who is secretly part of a witch coven that attempts to free a group of evil beings called the Old Ones by opening a gateway known as Raven's Gate. Matt foils their plans with the help of a journalist named Richard Cole, who becomes a brother-like figure to him.

Matt travels with Richard to Nazca, Peru, where there is a second, gigantic gate which the Old Ones will break through. Matt, despite finding Pedro (a Peruvian slum boy who turns out to be the second of the Five) fails to stop their release, but injures the King of the Old Ones with a Psychokinetic blast before he is knocked unconscious. Matt is healed by Pedro and they remain in Nazca with Richard and local historian Joanna Chambers. He later meets Jamie and Scott Tyler, two (assumed) Native American twins. Matt finds out that the last of the Five, Scarlett Adams, had been taken to Hong Kong by the Old Ones, and therefore sets out with Jamie to rescue her. Matt is successful at finding Scarlett and the Five are briefly united but an agent of the Nightrise Corporation shoots Scarlett in the head, seriously wounding her. They escape but are separated, each of the Five ending up in a different part of the world.

Matt winds up in Brazil alongside Lohan. While they struggle to survive, Matt learns his future from the Library within the dream world. Although he is horrified by what he learns, Matt accepts his fate and works to reunite the five Gatekeepers in Oblivion, Antarctica, where the Old Ones have made their base. Matt eventually sacrifices himself to help Scott and the other Gatekeepers; he is tortured by the Old Ones before Richard performs a mercy killing and kills him with a Tumi knife. Matt is then replaced by his previous incarnation, also known as Matt. Once the Old Ones are killed, Matt's body is buried in Oblivion, and his past self disappears into the restored dream world where it is implied that his past and present selves have become one.

His powers are precognition, psychokinesis and astral projection.

Pedro (Found in Book 2 - Evil Star)[edit]

Pedro is one of the last descendants of the Inca people who once ruled Peru. He used to live in the Peruvian highlands, near the river Chillon, until it burst its banks and drowned his whole village. Just like Matt, Pedro blames himself for having survived while his family died. Pedro travelled to Lima with several flood survivors but ended up living in a shanty town and became a beggar and a thief. Matt recognised him as one of the Five after Pedro saved him from being beaten up by corrupt policemen and assists him in finding the second Gate at Nazca. Pedro can only speak Spanish and Matt only knows English, but in their shared dream world they speak the same language and can communicate without difficulty. He later learns basic English.

Although he is closest to Matt, Pedro is paired with Scott Tyler, whom he is trying to help heal until they are separated. He is able to survive and escape imprisonment from the Old Ones by using the skills and knowledge he had gained from his life in Lima. After he is reunited with the other Five Gatekeepers and they defeat the Old Ones, Pedro enters the restored dream world with the other Five.

Pedro is physically identical to Manco Capac, the son of the Sun god and one of the first founders of Incan society, according to Incan mythology. Pedro's previous incarnation was known as Inti. His power is that of healing via Radiesthesia, and Astral projection.

Scott and Jamie Tyler (Found in book 3 - Nightrise)[edit]

Native-American twins Jamie and Scott Tyler are two of the Five Gatekeepers, and are the main protagonists in the third book in the series, Nightrise. Jamie and Scott are orphans who, after several failed fostering attempts, ended up with an abusive guardian known as 'Uncle Don' where they were forced to work as part of a magic act in Reno, Nevada, USA. After a performance Scott is kidnapped and both physically and mentally tortured by the sinister Nightrise Corporation at a privately owned juvenile prison called Silent Creek, in the outskirts of Nevada. Jamie is rescued by a tribe of Native Americans and creates a plan to free Scott. He is too late to rescue Scott and is injured while escaping from the prison. While he is injured and close to death Jamie is transported to the past, during the war against the Old Ones ten thousand years ago. He learns that he and Scott are Gatekeepers, and that he has replaced his previous incarnation Sapling, who had been killed.

After helping to seal the Old Ones in the past, Jamie is returned to his time, where he is able to track down Scott. Jamie arrives in time to stop Scott, who had been brainwashed into killing a popular Senator. The two of them escape through a network of hidden gateways and arrive in Peru where they meet Matt and Pedro. However, Scott is still mentally damaged due to his torture and despite Pedro's healing abilities he becomes unbalanced after being separated from Jamie. When all of the Gatekeepers are scattered, Scott ends up captured with Pedro in Italy and Jamie appears alone in England. As the others work to reunite in Antarctica, the Old Ones take advantage of Scott's mental state and convince him to betray the others until Matt sacrifices himself, allowing Scott to realise the error of his ways. To make amends Scott sacrifices himself to bring the other Gatekeepers together, after which he dies and is replaced by his previous incarnation, Flint, allowing Jamie and the other Gatekeepers to defeat the Old Ones. Jamie and Flint then enter the restored dream world with the other Gatekeepers.

Jamie and Scott are identical twins and members of the Washoe tribe. Their previous incarnations are Sapling (Jamie) and Flint (Scott). Jamie and Scott have the power of astral projection and Telepathy (including mind control), particularly between each other, at times exhibiting Morphic resonance.

Scarlett Adams[edit]

Scarlett is the fifth Gatekeeper, and is the main protagonist in the fourth book Necropolis. She appears to be Eurasian, or completely Asian, but was adopted by Europeans and lived in Dulwich. Her parents divorced and moved to other countries, leaving Scarlett behind to complete her studies. Her father, Paul Adams, worked for the Nightrise Corporation and convinced Scarlett to fly to Hong Kong to see him, although it was a trap as the Old Ones had control of the city and knew she was a Gatekeeper. However, Scarlett was able to escape temporarily with help from a man called Lohan and a group of Triads known as the White Lotus. The Triads also try to smuggle Matt and Jamie into the city, but they were betrayed and separated.

Matt and Scarlett were both captured and held prisoner by the Nightrise Corporation, but escaped with help from the White Lotus triads during a powerful typhoon that Scarlett had unconsciously summoned. The Five are briefly united at the Tai Shan Temple, but Scarlett is shot and seriously injured. When the Gatekeepers are separated she ends up in Cairo, Egypt with Matt's friend Richard Cole. The two of them narrowly avoid becoming unknowing suicide bombers and head to Dubai where they hope to find a plane to take them to Antarctica where they can reunite with the other Gatekeepers. They rescue the pilot of an airbus from the mad king of Dubai and are the first of the Five to arrive at Oblivion, Antarctica. After the defeat of the World Army at Oblivion, Scarlett and Lohan sneak into the Old Ones' fortress and find Scott, but are unable to stop him from sacrificing himself. Once the Old Ones are defeated, Scarlett joins the other Gatekeepers in the restored dream world.

Scarlett bears a strong resemblance to and is described by some as Lin Mo, the Chinese goddess of the sea. Her previous incarnation, also called Scarlett but known as Scar, found Jamie when he was transported to the past. Scarlett has the power of Weather manipulation, including forecasting, as well as astral projection.

Other Characters[edit]

Richard Cole[edit]

Richard is Matt Freeman's guardian after Raven's Gate. He worked as a journalist for a small newspaper before he got fired. When the five get separated after going through the door in Hong Kong Richard follows Scarlett and vows to protect and stay with her. At oblivion, when the Old Ones are torturing Matt they take Richard up to the podium so Matt can watch Richard be killed, but using the knife the Inca's gave him he kills Matt, to save him from a lifetime of torture. Richard ends up in a small village with Holly, married and with one son that he called Matt. It is thought that when he dies he will live in the dream world.


Lohan is Scarlett Adams protector during Necropolis, he is Incense Master in the White Lotus Society and his dad is Master Of The Mountain. In Oblivion, he is with Matt in Brazil, where he sells Matt to become a slave, takes the money, and rescues him. He almost abandoned Matt at a gold mine to save himself, but Matt stops him.


Holly accompanies Jamie Tyler's in Oblivion after the society she lives in is burnt down by the police in an attempt to kill the inhabitants. With help from the 'Traveler' they escape to London. At Oblivion, Antarctica she shoots a series of bullets into Chaos.


Raven's Gate[edit]

Main article: Raven's Gate

Fourteen year old Matthew Freeman is living in Ipswich with his aunt, Gwenda Davis ever since his parent's death in a car crash, which he somehow prophesised. Matthew has been living with the guilt of not warning his parents about their upcoming death. Since then, he has become a juvenile delinquent, but one of his thefts goes horribly wrong when his cowardly friend stabs a security guard in the back and flees. Matthew is arrested and given a choice between jail and living in the country with an old woman named Jayne Deverill. Matthew should have chosen jail, as he quickly discovers that the village he has been sent to is actually inhabited by a coven of evil witches who are seeking to free a horde of demons known as the Old Ones who were somehow imprisoned by Matthew himself thousands of years ago, along with four other children. Matthew defeats the villagers and reimprisons the Old Ones, but has to live up to his responsibility as a Gatekeeper – one of the Five – when he learns a second Gate is opening in Peru.

Evil Star[edit]

Main article: Evil Star (novel)

The evil at Raven's Gate has been sealed again – but a second, more powerful Gate is opening, this time in Peru, South America. Matthew is sent there by the Nexus, the society formed to fight the Old Ones, whose job it is to protect Matthew and the Gatekeepers. Matthew and Richard Cole, a journalist who saved his life at Raven's Gate, travel to Peru but from the start things go horribly wrong. Richard is kidnapped and Matthew himself is robbed – but Matthew quickly realises he has found a second Gatekeeper, by the name of Pedro, the boy who was trying to rob him. Matthew and Pedro join up with the last Incas, who it turned out kidnapped Richard whilst trying to rescue Matthew. Matthew, Richard and Pedro are reunited, and together try to close the Gate. However, they fail and the Old Ones are released upon the Earth.


Main article: Nightrise

Jamie and Scott Tyler are both telepathic twins living in Nevada who perform telepathic acts. According to Horowitz's official website, Nightrise is like nothing he has done before.[1] Matt Freeman, Pedro and Richard Cole feature only briefly in this book; more important is the introduction of a new heroine (Horowitz's first female hero) named Scarlett.[2] She is mostly seen only in the past section of Nightrise, and is set to be the main protagonist in the fourth book of the series.[3] Nightrise was officially released on 2 April 2007 in the UK and was then released in the USA on 1 May 2007. The first chapter was hidden in Horowitz's website in August 2006.

The story concerns the adventures of Jamie Tyler trying to find his brother Scott Tyler, who was kidnapped by an evil corporation named the Nightrise Corporation, but before Jamie can find his brother he must enroll at the Silent Creek Prison to find more information about Scott's whereabouts. However his situation turns from bad to worse as he is catapulted ten thousand years in the past and faces the full horror of the Old Ones with the other four Gatekeepers. The five of them defeat the Old Ones and give the world a new start... but soon after he returns to the present time, Jamie discovers all about who and what he is. Jamie realises that the end of the world will soon arrive, just like it did ten thousand years ago... He must meet with the other Gatekeepers, but is there enough time left?


Hong Kong has been taken over by the Old Ones and has become Necropolis, City of the Dead. Once in, there is no way out… Matt and the other three desperately need to find Scarlett Adams, the final Gatekeeper, who has been trapped in Hong Kong, where shape-changers and possessed humans stalk the streets. Calamity befalls Hong Kong and hope soon turns black for humanity. The Old Ones are luring the Gatekeepers into the Necropolis by holding Scarlett hostage in Hong Kong. Matt and Jamie go to Hong Kong with Richard Cole to try and thwart the Old Ones' plan, but Scarlett discovers her power all too soon. Scarlett's power is to control the weather, whereas the Old Ones presumed that she could only forecast the weather. Scarlett's power is the strongest one of all of the Five, as Matt realises, when Scarlett unleashes a storm so powerful that no-one can stop it. By holding onto her, the other four children and each with a guest survive the storm and make it into a church. The Five can use special doorways built into churches which the Five can use to teleport around the planet. The Five all go into the doorway, but Scarlett is mortally wounded by a stray bullet. To make matters worse, the Five have no fixed destination in mind, which results in them being scattered across the face of the planet not knowing where the other gatekeepers are.


Following the ending of "Necropolis", the Gatekeepers Matt, Pedro, Jamie, Scott and Scarlett, along with Lohan and Richard Cole, have passed through the door in Hong Kong, mere moments before it, and the city, was destroyed. However, as none of them had a clear location in mind – and through a trick orchestrated by Chaos, leader of the Old Ones, they have been scattered around the world and thrown ten years into the future. The world is in a state of destruction.

Jamie comes through a door in Saint Boltoph’s Church in Northern England, and is found by a girl named Holly. He tries to go back through the door but it won’t work. Jamie stays in the village with Holly, and tells her who and what he is. A member of the village calls the police, who are controlled by the Old Ones, and tell them he is at the village. The police come and kill the entire village, but Jamie and Holly are able to escape with help from the Traveller, another member of the village and a part of the Nexus.

Richard and Scarlett, having been shot in the head at the ending of Necropolis, comes through the door in Cairo, Egypt, and are immediately ambushed by a combination of humans and Old Ones, but are rescued by the French Nexus member, Remy. Remy takes them to the resistance compound of Tarik, the leader of the resistance in Egypt, and Scarlett’s life is saved. After she has recovered, Tarik asks her to kill the leader of the Government, but she refuses. Tarik agrees to see her out of the city, but betrays them. Richard, having discovered the betrayal, turns Tarik’s plan on him and kills him with a bomb. Remy is shot and dies from his wounds, and Scarlett and Richard travel to Dubai in hope of finding a plane.

Pedro and Scott come through the door in the Abbey of San Galgano in Italy, but are immediately captured and taken to Naples, Italy. Jonas Mortlake, the new CEO of the Nightrise Corporation and son of Susan Mortlake, follows on from the work his mother had done and manages to turn Scott to the side of the Old Ones, succeeding when Scott orders Pedro’s left little finger to be broken. Pedro escapes with the help of a servant boy Giovanni. Pedro manages to get word to Scott, but upon meeting him realises he has turned. Mount Vesuvius erupts, but Pedro manages to escape Naples with the help of Giovanni and his family. Scott leaves with Jonas, and uses his power on Jonas to break his own finger as revenge for Pedro.

Matt and Lohan come through the door in the Basilica de Nossa Senhore de Nazare in Belem, Brazil. They head south, earning money to survive by selling Matt in the slave markets that have been created. Matt keeps entering the dream world, trying to find signs of the other four, but without success. Releasing that he has no other choice, Matt enters the Library and tells the Librarian he wants to read his life book. Matt, now knowing how the future will take place, orders the Librarian to ring a bell which calls the Five together in the dream world. He tells them that they all have to make their way to Oblivion in Antarctica, where the Old Ones had gathered, but doesn’t tell them that Scott is already there.

Jamie and Pedro, realising they don’t have access to air travel, both make their ways towards one of the doors. Jamie heads towards a heavily defended Saint Meredith’s Church in a destroyed London, while Pedro heads towards Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Pedro is almost killed by a priest who agreed to help him get into the Basilica, but manages to use his power of healing on himself. Matt contacts Jamie again, and tells him to wait for a sign before trying to get through the door. Scarlett and Richard make it to Dubai, and convince two Australian pilots to fly them to Antarctica. Matt and Lohan are captured heading south, and are put to work as slaves in a gold mine. Matt becomes sick, but both manage to capture a plane. Lohan tries to leave Matt behind, but Matt stops him.

Matt and Lohan arrive in Oblivion and meet up with Scarlett and Richard. An army, made up of many nationalities, has gathered at the gates of Oblivion. The commander of the World Army, David Cain, orders an assault on Oblivion, but the assault fails, leaving only a third of the army alive. Scott reaches out to Matt, asking to meet alone. Everyone believes it to be a trap, but Matt agrees to the meet. Richard comes with him. Scott betrays Matt, but before he is taken Matt tells him he knew he would, and that Scott was the one who would save the world, not Matt.

The World Army leaves Antarctica, but Scarlett and Lohan sneak into Oblivion. Richard is taken to a large hall, where he sees a severely tortured Matt. Richard, shocked and saddened upon seeing what they have done to Matt, realises why he was given the Incan Knife in “Evil Star” and uses it on Matt, killing him and releasing him from the pain. Matt’s death causes Oblivion to begin to crumble and fire to spread throughout the sky, the sign that Jamie was waiting for. At the same time, Scott, realising what he has done, tries to unlock the door in Oblivion, but is attacked by Jonas. Lohan kills Jonas, but Scott uses his power on both Lohan and Scarlett, stopping them from moving. He says he is sorry, then redeems himself by sacrificing his life to unlock the doorways. Jamie, Pedro, and Holly come through the doorway at Oblivion just as Scott dies.

Chaos reveals himself to the remaining Three. However, the death of Scott and Matt pulls their pasts selves, Flint and Matt, into the future. With the Five finally together again, they kill Chaos and trap the Old Ones once again, creating a new gate. The survivors bury Scott’s and Matt’s bodies at Oblivion, after which the Five leave Richard, Lohan and Holly and enter the dream world. In the epilogue, Holly reveals that the expulsion of the Old Ones allowed the world to begin healing once again. Both Richard and Holly returned to England and started families, with Richard naming his son Matt. Holly says that they saw the Five once again in a rejuvenated dream world, and that when the time comes they will both go there themselves.

Horowitz has stated that he had researched global warming for this novel.[4] This book took just over four years to write.


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