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Through the Portal (Book One in the Through the Portal Trilogy) by [Dennis, Justin]
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When Jem and Oliver accidentally fall through a portal to another world just before their first year of high school, they quickly discover that all is not well here. The first person they meet, a creepy old man named Atychis, almost gets them killed by a ferocious, fire-breathing dragon. They're only narrowly saved when Sierra, a shy farm girl from a nearby town, uses illegal magic to help them escape. Allowed to stay with her family while they try to figure out a way back home, Jem and Oliver begin to learn of magic and the Regime that is oppressing it.

It isn't until the Regime kills a woman that the three kids realize they have to do something to stop the Regime from taking over completely. After being framed for a crime they didn't commit and banished from the town, Jem, Oliver, and Sierra take off on an adventure across this strange world in an attempt to defeat the Regime. New creatures and new kinds of magic are around every corner, but so are dangers that could have them wishing they were back safe at home.

Through the Portal is approximately 104,000 words and is the first in a trilogy.

One of the unique characteristics within Through the Portal is the use of sylph, a physical manifestation of magic that allows the user to manipulate it however they need while exerting minimal energy. Sylph makes transportation available through sylphcycles and sylphquads, and is just one of the exciting new concepts explored in this magical and complex world.

[Trigger Warning: There are discussions of child abuse in this novel.]

About the Author

Justin Dennis is currently attending Whittier College and majoring in Creative Writing. He was born on February 14, 1993 in Virginia but was raised for most of his life just outside of Seattle in a city called Sammamish. He grew up playing soccer and absolutely loves the sport, but reading and writing also top the list of his favorite hobbies. He has always seen fantasy stories as a powerful way of portraying real world issues, and hopes to provoke thought and inspire good morals through his writing.

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Nice adventure! Take me away. On a magical flying carpet kind of book. I loved it! Worth the read and the good news is the story doesn't end with this book!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e671354) out of 5 stars Excellent Start to a Fantasy Trilogy Sept. 27 2011
By Reviewer"Lynn" - Published on
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Through The Portal is the first in a fantasy trilogy that I fill will score big especially with the youth. It's the story of two teenage boys Oliver and Jem who have been friends for quite some time. Jem being the quiet studious one while Oliver is always out for a good adventure. Taking a summer school class they are finishing up and getting ready to enter high school in the fall, when Oliver comes up with a brilliant idea late at night... he wants to go scuba diving and try out the new gear.... So starts the adventures of these two boys.

While diving in the lake and skimming the bottom, a hole opens up with a light shining in it. Well as they say curiosity gets the better of one sometimes and as Oliver swims in, Jem has to follow in order to save him from whatever fate lies ahead. Appearing in a strange land they have this feeling they are no longer in Washington or even on earth for that matter. When the first person they meet tries to get them killed by leading them into a cave , they are saved by Sierra a local farm girl. It's through her that they learn about where they are and the troubles that abound in the land. Not only is there a fire breathing dragon , but there is a Regime that has taken over the country is stealing their magical powers and refusing them to be able to use their magic, even when its useful. When Jem, Oliver , Sierra and her sister are accused of using magic, they are tossed out of the kingdom. Now Jem and Oliver vow to help restore peace to the land and get them out from under the tyrant clutches of the Regime. Can they do this before the dragon gets to them?

This is a great fantasy book that I enjoyed very much. It has a great plot that produce danger through out with many twist and turns. The characters are quite easy to become involved with and as you read it feels as if you are in the midst of this amazing country or world that the boys have fallen into. There are times one will catch their selves laughing at some of the things that go on between Oliver and Jem.. The author has written a great book and I look forward to the second part of this trilogy.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e6713a8) out of 5 stars Fantastical and thrilling adventure for Oliver and Jem Oct. 4 2011
By The Dude - Published on
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A great fantasy adventure with two of the most entertaining characters you could ever hope to find. Oliver and Jem get into some classic scrapes including some very worrisome monsters. The book follows the trend of the portal or object that allows movement to a different and infinitely more interesting realm populated by all manner of magical beasties. Well written and an excellent start to the series.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e6717e0) out of 5 stars Great book! March 30 2012
By Emily - Published on
Format: Paperback
I loved this book! I thought it was very well-written and engrossing. I loved the characters and the concept and I just couldn't put it down. The characters were well-fleshed out and realistic as were both worlds. This is a great YA or adult book. I highly recommend it!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e671ba0) out of 5 stars Good first draft, but suffers from lack of professional editing. June 11 2012
By Driller - Published on
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I found the book to be interesting with a good storyline. It is a bit on the immature side with only mediocre character development and somewhat corny dialog. As fantasy or SciFi, it leaves a lot to be desired with little explanation for much of the coincidences (people on another planet all speak English, and understand youth colloquialisms without question) and inconsistencies in the characters, particularly the elders. Most of this does not detract from its appeal and its smooth action line. There are enough hints about the origin of the population of the portal worlds, the requisite love story, and beginning of war that makes it a passable reading experience.

The book (and the author) would have benefited greatly from some professional editing. As it is, it seems to be a first draft... self published it appears. With that in mind, there is enough potential to keep me interested in seeing the second book of this trilogy.

Incidentally, Justin, my name is Oliver (Debbie's husband).
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e671b4c) out of 5 stars Fun, Quick Read. Dec 30 2013
By Kevin Cuff - Published on
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A lot of people on here are reviewing this book with low scores, but as far as I am concerned, it is a good book.
Most self published books I have come across are rougher than a lot of you are used to. That is fine, the story is still fun, the characters work well together and I am going to buy the next two in the trilogy because I liked it so much. Keep writing Justin!