Hi everyone! Today I’m going to be reviewing Beckoning Of The Gate by Benjamin J. Ryan. Before I get into this review, I would like to say a massive thank you to him, along with his PR agent, Henry, for kindly sending me a digital copy in exchange for an honest review.
Beckoning Of The Gate follows the protagonist, Santha, who longs to get out of her small town following a traumatic experience. She is granted her wish when she stumbles across a mysterious key in the forest, and soon undertakes her quest to fulfil the key’s purpose. The problem is, everything comes with a price… And will she be willing to pay it?
Honestly, one of the things which really stood out to me in this book was definitely the world building. I’m usually a little wary of fantasies because of how hit and miss this can be, but Benjamin did it perfectly! The world he crafted was so vivid and the faerie (both seelie and unseelie) were all incredibly well developed whilst being easy to digest and understand. It was certainly lovely to see!
I also really loved how great the protagonist was. Santha was incredibly strong (both physically and mentally) and she was definitely up there with one of the most selfless characters I’ve ever read. Of course, that’s not to say she didn’t have her faults – she was incredibly stubborn, for instance – which made for a really well developed character!
Of course, Santha wouldn’t have made it without her trusted companion, Biahnd! I loved the bond she shared with the little dog (their mind connection was brilliant) and Biahnd herself was a really interesting character. Their friendship was certainly nice to read!
I also really enjoyed Santha and Erod’s romance. They were very well suited to each other, and I loved reading them get to know each other more and fall more and more in love. It was a really lovely addition and certainly added some lighter moments to the book, which was great!
Of course, the whole book was incredibly fast paced. It was filled to the brim with action and adventure, which was brilliant to see! There was certainly never a dull moment, whether they were being chased by wights, learning more about the key’s true nature or being attacked by more of the faerie. I loved how things kept on moving, and it gave me an excellent excuse to keep on reading!
The twists were also brilliant. They ensured that things never became too predictable and certainly kept me guessing until the end about what the key truly wanted. The action packed ending definitely shocked me, as did seeing all of the final pieces click into place.
I also really liked the epilogue, which kept things really open! I definitely can’t wait to see what happens in the next book, and I really want to see more of where Santha and Erod go!
Another detail I really appreciated was the glossary at the end, which was super handy. Admittedly, I didn’t see this until I finished reading, but it was extremely helpful all the same, and a really lovely addition that I’m sure would benefit readers, particularly if they already knew it was there.
Overall, I would recommend Beckoning Of The Gate to any fan of fantasy, as this was a really enjoyable read with some truly amazing world building. I would also recommend it to anyone looking for a great new read in general, as this was a fantastic read!
However, please be mindful that this book does have trigger warnings of rape and sexual assault (mentions of both), so please do not read if you’re uncomfortable with that.
Have you read Beckoning Of The Gate before? Let me know in the comments!
I hope you enjoyed this review!