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Iona Portal: Book One of the Synaxis Chronicles Paperback – December 4, 2011
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Maybe it was because I don't usually choose books in the fantasy/sci fi genre. Maybe my expectations were low, as they often are with self-published books. Maybe I really wanted to be able to say something positive about an unknown writer's work, since I'm in the same boat.
Or maybe it's just an excellent read!
I was hooked from page one and found myself sneaking in an extra chapter when I should be getting back to work - and contemplating turning on my kindle and adjusting the print size to make it readable on my long drive home. (I didn't.)
What I know was I was drawn to all of the characters as they were introduced. I mentioned before that it is not a genre that I normally would seek out, but the way the story unfolded made it all so believable! I actually forgot that it was fantasy.
I recommend this to any avid reader, regardless of genre preferences. It has something for everyone!
Personally, I liked the inclusion of historical areas along with its history. I also felt the author gave validity to the plot by discussing the science behind his story. He apparently has a gift of explaining science in terms that even the youngest of readers could comprehend. He also blended both of these elements in the right proportions thus keeping the focus of this novel as a Sci Fi book.
My desire upon completing this book was to immediately pick up book two in the series and continue reading. My hope is that we don't have to wait too long to do just that. In the meantime, don't hesitate to join me in becoming a fan of Robert David MacNeil's book, Iona Portal. You will not be disappointed.
The author did a great job of maintaining converging storylines and keeping each character distinct. Every character was fully fleshed out, each with their own personality and history. The descriptions of settings were also evocative and vivid.
What I appreciated most about this novel was the way it made sci fi situations believable and made me suspend my belief system. The story was well-plotted and generated tension with every page, leading toward a thrilling conclusion. While I don't read this genre often, I found this book really interesting; the unique blend of fantasy, realism and the supernatural definitely has me reaching for the sequel.
Iona Portal is a science fiction page turner in which the author mixes fantasy and reality in just the right amounts. He includes maps of the locations where the story takes place as well as handsome illustrations of some of the events, which makes the narrative much more engaging and believable.
Robert centers his epic on a real place, the mysterious island of Iona, which for centuries has been a destination for pilgrims who are willing to traverse the Scottish lochs, glens, and bogs in order to gain enlightenment and perhaps witness some of the enigmatic things that allegedly happen there. Iona Portal is the story of one such pilgrimage, but with the fate of humanity at stake.
In many ways this is a classic tale. However, the author gives the story the necessary twist that makes it original, while at the same time linking it to rich historical traditions. The pilgrims are stalked by the evil Archons, who due to their large numbers are winning the war. But the Archons are hypersadistic, disorganized, and invariably overplay their hand. The pilgrims are protected by the Irin, who are benevolent and brave, but due to their few numbers, are losing the war. The pilgrims must reach their destination and learn to use their gifts to tilt the balance of the conflict towards the forces of good.Read more ›
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