The latest book by Roberta Eaton Cheadle is now available in print on Amazon although it has been receiving great early reviews. Through the Nethergate
About the book
Margaret, a girl born with second sight, has the unique ability to bring ghosts trapped between Heaven and Hell back to life. When her parents die suddenly, she goes to live with her beloved grandfather, but the cellar of her grandfather’s ancient inn is haunted by an evil spirit of its own. In the town of Bungay, a black dog wanders the streets, enslaving the ghosts of those who have died unnatural deaths. When Margaret arrives, these phantoms congregate at the inn, hoping she can free them from the clutches of Hugh Bigod, the 12th century ghost who has drawn them away from Heaven’s White Light in his canine guise. With the help of her grandfather and the spirits she has befriended, Margaret sets out to defeat Hugh Bigod, only to discover he wants to use her for his own ends – to take over Hell itself.
One of the early reviews for the book on 15th October from James J. Cudney
Through the Nethergate is the latest novel from author Roberta Eaton Cheadle and was published in October 2019. I snatched a copy as soon as it was available because I loved her short stories, children’s book series, and memoir co-written with her mother. This latest book falls within the young adult and fantasy genres, something we’ve seen a little bit of before from her, but never to this degree. Let’s get into the story.
Margaret’s parents die in a car crash when she is sixteen. Although Margaret would like to live with her aunt, the will indicates she should live with her maternal grandfather in an old castle that was converted into a bed-and-breakfast inn in Great Britain’s countryside. Although her grandfather is loving, he has high expectations of Margaret, and when some of the staff are busy, she pitches in to help. In the beginning, she sees a few ghosts in random parts of the castle that make her a tad nervous, but by 20% into the book, readers realize these ghosts might truly be out to hurt her. What we don’t know is why… until the game changes and the ghosts begin to materialize into human form. What is it about Margaret that makes them come alive again?
This is the quintessential story about good versus evil, except there are many twists to the traditional story. We also have several fabulous history lessons to root us in the time period when the original ‘problem’ began for these ghosts. When Margaret is attacked, her grandfather recognizes the signs and calls a priest to perform an exorcism. At first, I thought… “that might be a bit unnecessary.” Then, I see how wrong I was. All HELL breaks loose at this point, and I do mean HELL. These ghosts are being controlled by a ~900-year-old vengeful former member of the royal family and its close circle of supporters-cum-enemies. And let’s not forget the black dog with red eyes that seems to follow Margaret (and the victims) everywhere.
My absolute favorite aspect of this story was the way in which it was told. In the beginning, it’s almost like a collection of stories glued together by a common thread: Margaret. Once Margaret meets a new ghost, the chapter ends and we switch to how that particular ghost died years ago. It really helps amp up the spookiness and the suspenseful nature of the books. Robbie handled this with great care and expertise, and I found myself unable to put the book down because each time something came to an end, something else even more intriguing began. What a fantastic style!
Sections two and three follow a different format, but it’s also a strong one. The biggest shocker hurtles at us when we learn the connection of this ancient royal creep. Lucifer himself. This is actually a tale about religion and politics (in a good way), the penultimate battle in the garden of good versus evil. Who will win? Who will be hurt? When Robbie begins to talk about the fall of modern society because of technology and social media, it was all too obvious of a reality check. I’d also begun watching American Horror Story: Apocalypse that evening, so it was a huge theme taking over my life. Immersive, thrilling, and completely unexpected from the author.
Robbie weaves multiple themes within the plot. Various awful historical figures come back to life (Hitler’s cronies, for example) to show who’s controlling the ghosts and deciding the fate of the world. Though over-the-top in some aspects, there are beautiful lighter moments when Margaret turns to her family or the kind ghosts for help. I’m kinda hoping there is a part two coming out in the future because these characters are going to stay with me for a long time. Kudos to Robbie Cheadle for a great adventure and a thoroughly enjoyable book. I highly recommend this for something unique and captivating.
Head over to buy the book in print: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1913294021/
And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1913294021
Through the Nethergate is available as an ebook from Lulu.com here: Lulu.com
A selection of other Sir Chocolate stories co-written with Michael Cheadle and other books by Robbie Cheadle
Read all the reviews and buy the books:https://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ
And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ
Read more reviews and follow Robbie on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15584446.Robbie_Cheadle
About Roberta Eaton Cheadle
Robbie, short for Roberta, is an author with five published children’s picture books in the Sir Chocolate books series for children aged 2 to 9 years old (co-authored with her son, Michael Cheadle), one published middle grade book in the Silly Willy series and one published preteen/young adult fictionalised biography about her mother’s life as a young girl growing up in an English town in Suffolk during World War II called While the Bombs Fell (co-authored with her mother, Elsie Hancy Eaton). All of Robbie’s children’s book are written under Robbie Cheadle and are published by TSL Publications. Robbie has recently branched into adult horror and supernatural writing and, in order to clearly differential her children’s books from her adult writing, these will be published under Roberta Eaton Cheadle. Robbie has two short stories in the horror/supernatural genre included in Dark Visions, a collection of 34 short stories by 27 different authors and edited by award winning author, Dan Alatorre. These short stories are published under Robbie Cheadle.
I have been drawn to the horror and supernatural genres of books all my life. At the age of ten years old I embarked on reading Stephen King’s books including The Shining and Salem’s Lot. These books scared me so much I had to put them aside by 6P.M. in the evening in order to get a good night’s sleep but they also fascinated me. I subsequently worked my way through all of Stephen King’s earlier books as well as those of Dean R. Koontz.
I have read a large number of classics, in particular, I enjoy Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Charles Dickens and the works of the Bronte sisters.
I am hugely interested in the history of the United Kingdom as well as the mythology and tales of the paranormal that are abundant on this intriguing European island.
Connect to Robbie Cheadle
Website/Blog Roberta Writes: https://robertawrites235681907.wordpress.com/
Thank you for dropping in today and as always it would be great if you could share the news of Roberta’s new book. thanks Sally.