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The Path Keeper

The Path Keeper Series

Paperback, 378 pages
Imprint:Accent YA
Published:23 Feb 2017
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Category: Adventure

Can love ever be stronger than fate? Ella has everything, but she wants the one thing she can't have...him.

Ella is struggling with her new identity in London and misses her old life in Spain, until she meets the mysterious blue-eyed Zac. Zac has always loved Ella but isn't meant to be part of her story. Not this time. Not ever. Little does she know that Zac's secret is the one thing that will tear them apart, forcing her to live in a world that no longer makes sense. A world far more dangerous than she could ever imagine.

A multi-layered story of love in all its guises, 'The Path Keeper' follows the reunion of two soul mates in the windswept Spanish town of Tarifa, an unbreakable bond between best friends amidst the backdrop of war-torn London in 1941, and Ella's battle with her past in the leafy streets of North London.


But who is Zac? Why has he touched the lives of so many? And how will his love for Ella change the course of destiny? 


A fantasy romance novel like no other - The Path Keeper is a tale of passion and secrets, of first loves and second chances, and the invisible threads that bind us. Page after page will be devoured until you are left questioning your own life and every decision you ever made. Perfect for fans of Dan Brown, Audrey Niffenegger and Stephenie Meyer.




"The Path Keeper kept my attention with fast paced dialogue, intrigue, an expertly crafted story line along with a healthy dose of tall dark and handsome... I loved the fact that Ella is not a typical YA female lead. She is not a weak and confused teenager trying to ‘find herself’. She is a strong independent young woman who knows what she wants and will fight (against all odds) to get it." The Glass House Girls 

"I began reading and quickly found myself glued to this book in the same way I had been back in 2012 when I read George R R Martin’s Game of Thrones. I love fantasy but this had so much more going for it...I loved Ella, adored Zac and know after reading The Path Keeper this is going to be a hugely successful series." Joanna Lambert, Author


"The Path Keeper kept me up till 3am and I went to bed wanting more. Layer upon layer upon layer of time and space, leaving the reader wondering and never wanting it to end. Ella leaves you mesmerized whilst Zac leaves you bewildered - so basically, it's chocolate for your soul. " Goodreads 5*


"A stunning and unique blend of fantasy, thriller and romance-presented as a Young Adult novel... this beautiful tale would surely resonate with everyone." Bella James, Author

"It will surprise you with every turn of the page, and leaves you wanting more. I usually enjoy books where different stories come together in all kinds of unexpected ways; this is exactly the case with The Path Keeper where the stories of Ella and her mother are interwoven together with a seemingly different story from WWII. A fast and very enjoyable read." The European Mama


"There is laughter, love, happiness, joy and profanity; there is also loss, tragedy, mistakes and mayhem. Simmonds often uses Zac and Ella’s discussions on life, religion and love as a vehicle for her acerbic wit and word play." Insiders Abroad




"Simmonds writes with passion and poetry, a definite five stars and a highly recommended read. " Bella James, Author


"It’s quite rare to find a story that can at once explore ontological concepts with such profundity and be actually fun to read, but Simmonds achieves this through the combination of a gripping storyline, familiar – though not overstated – themes, and characters with a lot of heart." Goodreads 5*

"I found this book captivating, romantic in an unromantic sorta way and filled with enough love to actually become a part of the fandom possee... I truly believe Simmonds is on to something and this book is going to be a hit, here and abroad!"   A Renee Hunt, Books! Books! Books! (US)

"This is perhaps the best Young Adult novel I've ever read.... And Zac? Possibly the most intense character ever written. He stays with you long, long after you've finished reading - a testament to the mastery of N J Simmonds' work." Goodreads 5*

Accent YA
Accent Press
Product Format
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Publication Date
23 Feb 2017
Number of Pages