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The Portal Between (The Portal Series Book 1)

The Portal Between (The Portal Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Sarah Barnard
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Book One in the Portal Series.

Sam was gone, and no one knew where or why. Her car was found near the old oak tree, empty and abandoned. There was no sign of foul play, but also no sign of Sam, except for footprints that led to the oak tree...and stopped.

Two years later, her best friend Kate still cares for Sam’s children, waiting for Sam to return for them. Then one day she does. “I don’t have long,” Sam says. “Can you help me?” Kate must help her return home from a place that is closer than you might think, but still a world away.

Sam's escape is just the beginning of her journey. Sam must go back to confront and defeat her abductor, leaving Kate to care for her children. Sam returns to the old oak tree, and the Portal to the world where she was held prisoner. In a whirlwind world of magic and monsters, where people and things are not who or what they appear to be, there are hard choices ahead, and Sam must learn if she's strong enough to make them.

From the Publisher

The excellent debut novel from British newcomer Sarah Barnard with more to come in this fantasy series. The sequel, provisionally titled "The Portal Sundered", is expected towards the end of 2008.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 364 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Osier Publishing; 2 edition (7 Feb 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0037CEUMW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #361,953 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sarah Barnard was born in Scotland, in 1969, grew up in various parts of England and now lives in Wales.
Sarah writes character driven fantasy and sci fi, indulging in the out of the ordinary and allowing magic and strange occurrences to exist in her worlds. Featuring strong female characters and worlds familiar enough to be our own but not quite, Sarah's work is popular across a wide range of ages, enjoyed by pre-teen children through to grandparents.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really riveting read 23 April 2008
The first night I had this book I had to make myself put it down, at one in the morning. I wanted to know what happened. Looking forward to the next one eagerly. Well done for a first book Audrey Heaton
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent debut fantasy novel 23 April 2008
By Antonia Chitty VINE VOICE
If you're looking for a story that switches between this world and another, with strong female characters, you'll enjoy Sarah Barnards new book. An alternative take on a story of growing friendships, this is a good read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
When I sat down to read this book I was really looking forward to a good foray into fantasy. The blurb intrigued me, I love the cover, and the idea behind it seemed really interesting. In fact, it was not quite what I expected.

The story tells of Kate, a divorcee living with her two children and the two children of her good friend Sam who suddenly disappeared in mysterious circumstances two years back. The ensuing stress of dealing with Sam's children has broken up Kate's marriage, and her heart as well; and then one day, out of the blue, Sam comes back.

With the help of their friend Lily, Kate and Sam - and all their children - must try to remake their lives; but through the Portal, in the realm where Sam has been kept prisoner by the mysterious Master, trouble has been brewing for a long time. Lily must return to her home and attempt - with Sam's help - to heal the realm and overthrow her old consort, the Master.

So far, so enthralling. The characters are well-defined and the action is interesting and moves at a nice pace. There are places where the sentence construction could be polished, but nothing that really irked me, and some of the descriptions of food did have me feeling quite hungry. So why the three stars?

I dithered about this, in all honesty, and nearly gave it four because the writing is probably worth that at least; but the guidelines say reviews are about how much *you liked* the item in question and in the interests of consistency I had to give it three, not so much because of any inherent flaw in the book itself but because there wasn't as much fantasy in it as I'd been expecting.

Pedantic? Quite possibly; but I don't often read contemporary fiction because I'm not really interested in it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 6 Sep 2010
By Joy B
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Loved this book and the way it moved between the two worlds. All the characters are well portrayed and really come alive. Look forward to reading the next in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected Twists! 9 Aug 2008
I enjoyed this and eagerly await book 2 from Sarah. The characters are likable and dont take the conventional route. The start moved off in a different direction than i had started to imagine so it kept me hooked to the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 13 Mar 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this book by author Sarah Barnard. It's a lovely mix of fantasy and real life and I love how in-depth the characters are. The author has an incredible ability of describing ordinary 'around-the-kitchen-table' dialogue and life within the fantasy of the Portal. The characterisation was very good and you feel as though Kate, Lily and Sam are friends of yours. I'm looking forward to ordering the next in the Portal series.
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