Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Keepers of the Gate by E. Denise Billups, hosted by Digital Reads Book Tours. Read on for more info and my review.
In 1779 Kanadasaga, Sullivan’s Expedition torches a Seneca village and many others, destroying the Iroquois Confederacy. Awakened from sleep, Pilan and Teka flee their blazing longhouse into the woodlands. After a soldier’s bullet thwarts their escape, Pilan vows to meet his beloved Teka again in another life.
Two hundred years later in present-day Geneva, New York, historical relics rise. Twilight Ends, a grand Victorian bed-and-breakfast run by the Newhouse family, sits on the property the Iroquois village used to thrive on.
After Twilight Ends’ long-standing matriarch Tessa Newhouse dies, her daughter and granddaughter, Skylar and Twyla, discover two artifacts under the maple tree in the backyard, and an ancient mystery as old as time begins to unravel.
But will they have the courage to follow the path their ancestors did?
E. Denise Billups was one of the first authors I read when I first started book blogging. I absolutely love her work, and was so excited to see something new by her. She’s definitely an auto-add-to-TBR for me, so when I had the opportunity to get on the blog tour, I did so!
Keepers of the Gate is book one in the Twilight Ends series and I already can’t wait for more. This is a historical fiction combined with paranormal, mystery, suspense, and a little romance. The combination is so beautifully handled. I was absolutely addicted to this book from page one.
Set in Upstate NY (which made my heart happy, because I’m not far from the Seneca Lake area), capturing Irequois history, this book is immersive and full of an energy I haven’t read in a long time. This is my favorite read of 2021, so far.
This is told across centuries and the writing is just poetic. The characters are wonderfully written. The puzzle laid out for the reader was intriguing and not easily guessed. Keepers of the Gate has everything I could want in a book.
I could keep hyping up this book or you could just get yourself a copy. Highly, highly recommended. Don’t miss out on this one!
Thank you to Digital Reads Book Tours for the copy of the book and the opportunity to honestly review this book on the blog tour. All opinions are my own and unbiased.
E. Denise Billups is an author with a rare mixture of southern and northern charm. She was born in Monroeville, Alabama, and raised in New York City, where she has worked in finance and as a freelance columnist and currently resides. A multi-genre author of fiction, she has published four novels—Keepers of the Gate: Twilight Ends (Book 1), Kalorama Road, Chasing Victoria, and By Chance. She has also written several supernatural short stories, including Off the Grid, Ravine Lereux: Unearthing A Family Curse, The Playground, and Rebound. As an avid reader of magical realism, mystery, suspense, and supernatural novels, she was greatly influenced by authors in these genres.
Currently, she is working on book two of her trilogy, Twilight Ends, a paranormal historical fiction, and book two of Simone Doucet Series to be released in 2022.
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