Teenage Ian Wilson follows his father through a portal into a deceptively beautiful Realm, where horses run free, the wind sings prophetic melodies, and their computer avatars come to life.
But separation from his father puts Ian in peril as he’s abducted by a tribe of dragon worshipers and forced to find his courage.
As he struggles for his freedom and embarks on a perilous search for his father, Ian meets the true peacekeepers of the Realm and learns of a greater purpose for his being in there.
This was an exciting and fun adventure story aimed at a younger YA male audience. It was enjoyable as an adult female reader, but I can see how it is aimed for a different audience.
Ian is a relatable character. His attitude toward school and girls seemed realistic, and while the adventures he has are unusual, his reactions and emotions are not. They felt reasonable and realistic.
I was a bit disappointed in Alex, Ian’s father. He seemed so out to lunch when it came to anything related to reality. It was hard to like or respect him as a character because he was so distant and one dimensional.
The world is very well developed in both history and geography. The descriptions flow smoothly and give an easy to imagine picture of the settings. The history between the Meneks and the Kamperns was complex, yet relatively easy to understand. I felt a bit lost in a few places, but overall it was nicely explained.
Overall, this was an enjoyable read. It is definitely the start of a series, but was a complete story that served as a great introduction to the characters, setting, and overall series plot. I would recommend this to younger YA boy readers.
Challenges read for:
2012 Ebook Challenge
2012 Spooktacular Paranormal Reading Challenge