Beyond the Black Door by Rachel Gatti
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. A B.R.A.G. MEDALLION HONOREE
Rachel Gatti’s Beyond the Black Door is a delightful tale of Frances Combe, whose life has been somewhat dull and tedious, finds her family moving into Great-Grandfather Henry’s home on Woodhall Road. Nearly homeless, they were given the family home.
“No Trespassing” sign hung crookedly across the front gate. Weeds and tall grass covered the yard. Broken slate tiles from the roof littered the walkway. A thick wall of ivy consumed more than half o the home’s exterior.”
The mother was not overly thrilled as the house was decrepit and she was more about appearances. Further she could not stand Frances’ tall tales! She was less than thrilled to discover there was a black door that could not be opened. It was this door that Frances used to travel through a portal into Terah. Frances was the only person who could open the secret door. A new world filled with creatures that live mainly in fairy tales and horror books.
Frances met Isaiah, a young man with a unique gift and Alistair the missing assistant to Henry. Together they struggle to prevent the evil from crossing out of Terah and into the portal to Earth.
Defeating the evils will require one thing and one thing only – the power which Frances has in spades!
“Frances you can do great things,” Alistair said. “You have the ultimate power – the power of a pure human heart – the ability to love. Any man can raise his fist in anger, but to love, even when the entire world opposes you, takes immeasurable strength.”
Support of her new friends and the courage to fight, Frances joins to defeat the evil. Ahead of her, Frances has decisions to make – does she return home or stay? Does she have the courage to do what is needed? Do her parents even notice she’s gone?
Rachel Gatti did an excellent job of writing, explaining things clearly and building tension when appropriate. While it reminded me of the Witch and the Wardrobe and Alice in Wonderland, I found the characters more comfortable. Although Frances was faced with a journey and she was full of self-doubt Frances was never annoying about it. Gatti clearly stayed with the premise of the book; it was always about love, pure of heart and tenderness. There were times she could have given into the gratuitous violence but she never did. Descriptions were vivid; one could see Brewsa clearly as if he were standing in the room with you.
Gatti did nothing that was gratuitous. It was natural and flowed seamlessly. An excellent novel for young and old adults!
If you have children or you yourself enjoy adventure and fantasy, this is an excellent choice. WordsAPlenty gives this B.R.A.G. Medallion honoree a 5 star rating.
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