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.
Through the Nethergate is a young adult paranormal story revolving around a young girl, Margaret, who moves into her grandfather’s inn and is confronted with an abundance of spirits. The majority of these spirits only want Margaret’s help to set them free, but she will discover that some have much more sinister plans for her.
I found this young adult novel to be a quick, entertaining read. Margaret is a brave young woman and someone it’s easy to root for. Some of the spirits come straight out of the history books, which makes them that much more engaging. I think most middle-grade and younger teens with a taste for spooky stories will really enjoy this one.
I feel privileged to be able to share with you the following guest post from the author, Roberta Eaton Cheadle.
The use of technology in Through The Nethergate
One of the recent reviews for Through the Nethergate states the following:
“Another interesting aspect of the book is the way technology is identified as a vehicle for evil. Hell looks like an office building full of cubicles. Cheadle ties in current events including the war in Syria, mass shootings, xenophobia, economic disenfranchisement, and “fake news” – all the work of the devil.” – Amazon review
I made use of a lot of different types of technology in Through the Nethergate. I chose to do this when writing this book for young adults, as technology is what makes our modern world go around. It is hard for me to believe, looking back over my life, that I received my first computer when I started my articles for my training as a chartered accountant when I was 24 years old. Prior to that, I didn’t have a computer and all my work for school and university was done by hand. Nowadays, I can’t imagine you could manage a university course without access to a laptop, the internet and possibly a cell phone.