A good story but...,
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This review is from: Through the Portal (Book One in the Through the Portal Trilogy) (Kindle Edition)
I have read all three books in this trilogy. I liked the concept, it was techy and fantasy together which was a great combination and I enjoyed the story - which is why I read all of the books. BUT...
It was too childlike and naÔve at times. Conversations (kept as neutral as possible to avoid spoilers) go along the lines of "I don't trust this person, s/he is a friend of the enemy", "But s/he helped us escape and get back here", "Ok then, I trust them". The storyline was interesting and the author had attempted to create some depth to the characters (except for the bad guy, who was just the bad guy) but then they'd be let down by this naÔve behaviour which I found very implausible and for me it lacked authenticity and spoilt the flow.
Also, some words on the Amazon page describing the author include "The Through the Portal trilogy is his effort to inspire good morals in an entertaining and exciting way". Whilst I agree with the author's views there are times when I felt I was being lectured in a quite condescending way and it really made me feel that this book is aimed at 8-16 year olds.
Whilst it is a reasonably good read I cannot agree with other reviewers who have suggested it is in the same league as The Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones. It doesn't touch them.