I was given an ARC of this book after it had gone through three passes of proof reading, but it has yet to go through a professional editor to be tightened up. Let me make it clear… you can NOT tell it hasn’t been through the final editing process. Due for release on 6 December 2013, I couldn’t wait that long to share my thoughts on a great opening book to what promises to be a compelling series.
According to the Bible, God created the world in seven days, but what if the beginning happened before Humankind documented it for posterity? Humans didn’t see everything clearly, because they didn’t understand. They turned away in fear; forgot the beings that had come to Earth, and over time, the Seraphim became nothing but a legend, a bedtime story. Corruption and greed, bred from hatred and evil, spread across the face of the earth as Humans evolved and developed. It was in this filth, and amongst the seven deadly sins, that Tabitha Morgan was born and kept alive, hidden in plain sight from the darkness. For seventeen years, Tabitha thrived under her grandmother’s guardianship, living a normal life not knowing the truth about her heritage or the roots from which she came.
She was happy in her ignorance, content. That all changes the day a stranger named Nathan walks into her life and starts her on the journey to her new home via The Northern Gate.
Not an overly long book, The Northern Gate immediately pulls you in so fast, you HAVE to keep reading to know what happens next. The only reason I put my Kindle down was because I needed to eat and sleep. The characters are well formed and entirely relatable which helps keep the pace of the story moving, even though there are quite a few to get to grips with.
The main character of Tabitha seems like any other teenage girl who loves to dance and lives in a small village. She helps look after her Nana, Helen, and plods along with her life, perfectly happy. Well, not perfectly considering her Nana’s dementia, but she seems content with the life she’s had thus far.
Enter Nathan. This stranger confounds her. She’s both wary of him and attracted to him, but why? Well. I’m not going to spill those beans! I forsee he could be the next ‘book boyfriend’ to turn reader’s heads much like Edward Cullen of Twilight notoriety and the characters from the Black dagger Brotherhood series. Saying this, my favourite character is Lewis. He’s funny, easy going, and caring. Also, there are some great comedy moments from him later in the book.
The way Clarke slowly reveals snippets of the lore of her ‘verse’ entices the reader to just keep going, yet I will say… the cliffhanger at the end. It made me want to throttle her, and I know details about book 2!
This is definitely a book you need to keep an eye out for!
JC Clarke lives in the heart of the New Forest in England with her husband and four children. Never a dull moment, her full house provides no shortage of inspiration which fuels her writing. She loves reading and writing a variety of genres in addition to dabbling with graphic art to create book covers, swag and more.