This afternoon, please help me welcome Roberta Eaton Cheadle (or Robbie, as many of us know her) to The Write Stuff. She’s sharing a great review of her YA Paranormal book, Through the Nethergate, and I know you’ll love the sound of this one. Please remember to share far and wide, if possible. We’ll do the same for you when it’s your turn. 🙂 Thanks!
5.0 out of 5 stars Ghosts, violent death, and one girl’s efforts to make things right
Reviewed in the United States on December 12, 2019
In Roberta Cheadle’s YA paranormal thriller, Through the Nethergate, Margaret moves into the Inn owned by her grandfather after the untimely death of her parents. There, she quickly finds that she has the ability to communicate with the ghosts that are rumored to inhabit the old building. They are a varied group, all of whom met violent unjust deaths that left them…
“…trapped in the Overworld between the White Light of eternal salvation and the Nethergate of eternal damnation.””
They are kept in this eternal existence against their will and beg Margaret to help them. Reluctantly, Margaret agrees which starts her war with the ethereal red-eyed vicious dog who doesn’t want to release his slaves.
As the story unfolds, Cheadle shares the well-researched stories of how each of these ghosts died, putting us into a time when life was not precious, where people starved or froze and no one care. I was horrified, engaged, and ultimately rooting for Margaret’s success, despite the high toll it took on herself and her grandfather. Recommended for readers of YA who enjoy the macabre and heroines who fight injustice.
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.
Buy Through the Nethergate HERE
Author Roberta Eaton Cheadle
Robbie, short for Roberta, is an author with six 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.
Robbie has also recently published a poetry collection, Open a new door, together with fellow South African poet, Kim Blades.