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Review: The Darkest Gateway (Booke of the Hidden #4) by Jeri Westerson

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It’s time for another mini-review! Today, I’d like to share my thoughts about The Darkest Gateway by Jeri Westerson. The final book in her bestselling urban fantasy series, Booke of the Hidden.

Last year, I decided that mini-reviews were the way forward me and my blog. 😉 Consequently, I only write full detailed reviews for the books I receive from authors, publishers and PR organiser (ARCs).

What’s The Darkest Gateway about?

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Review: The Darkest Gateway (Booke of the Hidden #4) by Jeri WestersonMy Rating:
Title: The Darkest Gateway by Jeri Westerson
Series: Booke of the Hidden #4
on 2 October, 2019
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Adult Paranormal Romance
Formats Available: Kindle with Narration, eBook, Audiobook, Paperback, CD - Audio/MP3
No. of Pages: 311
Narrator: Suzanne Elise Freeman
Length: 10 hours 30 minutes

With Halloween just a week away, tea-shop proprietor Kylie Strange doesn’t have much in the way of holiday spirit. She’s just learned that the last day of October also heightens the power of magic—which means the potential for a tidal wave of evil creatures to emerge from that supernatural Booke of the Hidden.

Destroying the ancient Booke once and for is the ultimate solution. But the only way to accomplish this task involves a journey to the Netherworld and the help of the only being powerful enough to destroy the Booke: Satan himself. And, though the brooding and elusive Erasmus Dark has captured Kylie’s heart against her better judgment, she ignores his repeated warnings that the mission guarantees her doom.

With Kylie in the Netherworld, her coven must stave off the onslaught of deadly creatures that emerge from the Booke—as well as hold back the encroaching destruction of the maniacal god Baphomet. Luckily, they’re joined by some unlikely friends in their fight against total annihilation.

But now Kylie’s journey becomes a rescue mission, and if she can’t complete her task and return from the Netherworld, all will be lost for the inhabitants of Moody Bog…and the rest of humanity.


Source: Bought
Purchase Links: Books2Read Universal Link ¦ Audible* ¦ Book Depository* ¦ Waterstones*

What did I think?

An Apt Action-packed Finale To This Amazing Urban Fantasy Series!

This series has turned me into a Jeri Westerson fan. Her writing style’s engaging, intelligent and easy to read. I love the way she weaves her plots; they’re complex enough to keep me intrigued without being messy or convoluted. I feel that there’s always a good balance of action, humour, tension, horror, mystery and romance in her tales. Plus the pace and how the story develops just feels right.

I downloaded the narration by Suzanne Elise Freeman and enjoyed her performance.

Suzanne is a new-to-me narrator and I liked the emotions that her voice conveyed during the various scenes and her reading pace. Her character voices aren’t as varied as some narrators I’ve listened to. This meant that during scenes of group dialogue, individuals weren’t as distinctly recognisable. However, I didn’t feel that it detracted from the story.

I really like our characters.

Our heroine, Kylie is intelligent, resilient, resourceful and has heaps of gumption. Her team of Wiccans have grown into a formidable coven. I like how everyone’s evolved, becoming more self-assured and capable. The secondary characters that Jeri created to populate her world, feel just as real as our leads. All have strong, memorable personalities and they aren’t just filling the page. They have complexities that we’d see in those around us. A nice balance of strengths and insecurities which makes them feel real, even the supernatural characters. 😉

The Darkest Gateway definitely kept me guessing. I was holding my breath at times, on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen next. I loved the shocking revelations, tense stand-offs and action-packed fight scenes. But fear not, good readers, it’s not all tension and scares there are giggles and a good sprinkling of tummy tingling passion to balance it all out too.

Content Warning:

The Darkest Gateway has graphic violence, sexual content and some disturbing “horror” scenes. Therefore, I’d only recommend it to adults who are OK with this sort of thing.

If you love reading well-written tales of magic, curses, mystery and horror. An enjoy your adventures with a bit of passion, love and romance thrown in the mix. Then this series is the one for you.

Booke of the Hidden by Jeri Westerson

A girl. A mysterious book. Misfit Wiccans. A Baphomet biker gang. And a handsome demon. What could possibly go wrong?

Booke of the Hidden is four book adult urban fantasy series. The series is set in the beautiful, rural fictional village of Moody Bog, Maine, USA.

Our key human characters include: Our heroine, Kylie Strange. A local coven of Wiccans – retired doctor and part-time plasterer, Doc Boone, middle-aged Seraphina, a bohemian free-spirit and ‘sensitive’, Nick Riley barista and Goth and sixteen-year-old Jolene Ayrs, researching whiz kid and budding Wiccan. Moody Bog’s Sheriff and hotty, Ed Bradbury and Ruth Russell, a descendent of Moody Bog’s founding families.

There’s no set mythology (e.g. Norse, Christian, Egyptian, etc) to the paranormal elements. So, the non-human species that we encounter, which includes the elusive and enigmatic Mr Erasmus Dark, are more of a generic amalgam rather than from a specific belief system.

Books in the Series

This quirky-humorous yet edgy-romantic urban fantasy series is set in a small town in Maine. Booke of the Hidden is a completed urban fantasy series. Click on the titles to find out more and read my review.

The Booke of the Hidden titles are available in print, eBook and audio formats through the usual sources, including:

Amazon UK ¦ Amazon US ¦ Audible ¦ The Book Depository ¦ Waterstones

About Jeri Westerson

Author - Jeri Westerson

Los Angeles native JERI WESTERSON is the author of eleven Crispin Guest Medieval Noir novels, a series nominated for 13 national awards from the Agatha to the Shamus. Booke of the Hidden, Jeri’s debut urban fantasy series released in 2017, Romantic Times Magazine gave it Five Stars and it finaled for the Seal of Excellence from RT Reviews.

She frequently guest lectures on medieval history at local colleges and museums, and lives in southern California with her home-brewing husband, a complacent desert tortoise, and 40,000 bees.

About Suzanne Elise Freeman

Narrator - Suzanne Elise Freeman

​Suzanne is passionate about audiobooks - as both a narrator and a fan. Her narrating origin story involves a figurative lightbulb and a literal couch. While listening to an audiobook she realized that her entire career - as a television reporter, writer, actor and avid reader - had led to an astonishingly obvious conclusion. To Suzanne, narrating is the quintessential mix of performance and literary artistry. A union of her father’s life-long dedication to theater and her mother’s love of reading. In short, the perfect occupation for an introverted extrovert.

Suzanne is a Minnesotan and a sci-fi fan - either of which can take precedence depending on the day and whether there’s lefse in the room or a new Star Wars movie coming out. She is not ashamed to admit that she enjoys 70s music. Just try to argue against Elton John or the BeeGees. You can’t.

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my mini-review for The Darkest Gateway. I hope I’ve sparked your interest and you’ll add it to your ever-growing TBR piles! (Or any of the books from the Booke of the Hidden series) 😉

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My love of this series has blasted Jeri onto my Favourite Authors list. Before you go, check out which amazing authors I love reading.

Bye for now,

Flora x

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About Author

I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
I bought a Kindle in the summer of 2013 and haven't stopped reading since. If you want to know more about me, check out my blog - www.florasmusings.com

(2) Comments

  1. I agree with you Flora – mini reviews are AWESOME! And yours was absolutely brilliant – detailed yet concise! I am so very glad that the last book in this series help up to it’s standards, although I haven’t yet read a single book in the Urban Fantasy series. ‍♀️ But having read your review, I now feel compelled to correct this ASAP!

    1. Flora says:

      Lol! Thanks. I’m happy to have tempted you, Rain. 😉

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