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Jack Gregson & the Forgotten Portal Paperback – December 8, 2017
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From the Author
Author Peter Wilson: "I've always loved fantasy novels. Authors like Hobbs, Feist andMartin have created worlds with such depth that I'm usually frustrated as Iwait for the next book to be released so I can see their worlds, characters andstories develop further.
"With Jack Gregson, I wanted to create somethinglike my favorite authors: a world both familiar but different to the reader andone that has a rich history which drives the present-day story.
"My books aretargeted to a younger audience than that of my favorite authors, but I like tothink that a story with a great hero, a wicked villain and a gripping story canbe enjoyed by all readers, regardless of age."
About the Author
Peter Wilson lives in Sydney, Australia. When he's not writing (which is most of the time, unfortunately) he works in the digital world, creating content for games, music and movie companies.
A year and half ago, he sat down to write another short story, something he's been doing for many years.
As the word count rose, he realized that the short story wasn't so short and it had turned into a short novel, Jack Gregson & The Forgotten Portal. He's currently working on the sequel to the book, in what he plans to be a trilogy.
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At a large family manor the three children discover a magic book, that provides clues to indicate the house is much more than it appears. The "heir" to the manor does not have living parents, who traditionally, would tell him the secrets of the manor and his responsibilities. It looks as if he must learn by himself.
I enjoyed the book (although I DEFINITELY am not in the targeted age bracket) and reduced my rating since the perils presented to the children was beyond anything they could realistically face.
As a fan of big world fantasy I have become accustomed to authors building environments within worlds that stretch the bounds of my minds eye... but strangely enough, this book gave me something I had not experienced for a long time, a platform to blend and create my own worlds. Jack Gregson & the Forgotten Portal has highlighted for me, once again, that the power of a short story lies in the strength of it's characters... and with that, the reader can build their own world, which in itself is an incredibly rewarding experience.
Here is to hoping that Peter opens up a few more of these portals for his readers to enjoy.
Jack along with his cousins, David and Rosie decide that they are going to use dynamite to bring down the door. They are intrigued that the door must be magical and lead to somewhere special because the dynamite didn't even leave a mark. When Rosie finds a magical book that details every room in the estate home, the young trio begin exploring and discover things they had never noticed before. The magical book leads them on a quest to other worlds in order to save Gregson Manor. Along the way, they will encounter dark secrets that if exposed could lead to the destruction of the not only Gregson Manor, but of the entire universe. This book is chronicles their journey as they leave Gregson Manor and travel a universe unknown to them. Will they be successful or will the dark forces prevent them from returning?
I started reading this ebook and just couldn't put it down! The suggested age range is 10 to 18, but I found myself wondering what would happen next so I just kept reading. I was transported with the characters to a new world as unfamiliar to me as it was to them. Peter Wilson's style of writing is easy to read, but descriptive enough so that the reader finds themselves in the scene with the characters. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this ebook and would definitely recommend it to any young reader (or old reader like myself) who enjoys reading scifi or suspense and mysteries.
I was fortunate to receive this book for free so that I could read it and give an honest and unbiased review.
Thoughts: Honestly, I just could not put this book down (once I got into it about thirty or so pages). The characters are realistic and relatable, and I enjoyed following them on their journey. Jack is a great main character, as well as a good role model for kids. I loved the worlds that Jack, Rosie, and David traveled through and thought they were really creative - for some reason, that aspect of the book reminds me of A Wrinkle In Time. The high stakes kept me on the edge of my seat and wanting to know more. The "villain" of this story had a lot of depth, too, which is something I always look for in a book. The writing was simple and got the point across easily - nothing too flowery or incredible, but that was okay, because this book isn't meant to be a Brown Girl Dreaming or Hokey Pokey. It's a fun-filled, action-packed adventure story that all children will enjoy. In fact, I don't see why this is a YA book. Kids under the age of 10 will love this book just as much as tweens/teens.
The one negative I have is that the story didn't have me nearly as gripped until about a fourth of the way in. Not as much happened, and the writing wasn't as suspenseful and didn't me scrambling to turn the page so I could continue reading, like I did later in the story.
Other than that, though, I really enjoyed this story and all of the action, adventure, and creativity it contains.
NOTE: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
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This was a short, fun read.Read more