- Digital Crystal Press
- Release Date
- August 2016
- Book 1 of The Portals of Destiny
Three magical dimensions...Two mystical bloodlines...One undeniable destiny.
Born a magical empath, Logan MacKenzie has spent his life protecting his family from discovery. Evil has found them anyway. What begins as Logan's search for answers on Earth becomes a race for survival in the magical dimension of Loci.
The battle to save those he cares about will reveal his true lineage—the bloodline of the Makir, one half of a pair of sentinels chosen to guard the mystical portals between dimensions. The price of his acceptance: a love he never imagined possible and a heartbreaking choice.
Her family attacked, her home destroyed, and now stranded on Loci, Briallen of Tir Thar, descendant of a magical race, has only to summon the power within her to return to her own dimension—or so she had hoped. Unfortunately, her powers aren't cooperating, and the sorcerer bent on her family's destruction will stop at nothing to possess her.
Raised without knowledge of the portals, the Makir guardians, or her own destiny, Bri takes a leap of faith in an alliance with Logan. Embracing an uncertain power, and accepting his goals as hers, offers her the only way home. If they fail, the consequences of allowing the portals to fall to evil are unthinkable—the destruction of every magical dimension throughout space.
May 27, 2011 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
145 people found the following review helpful
The best kinds of books are the ones that make the world around you quiet and dim for a little while—the books with characters real enough that they might be sitting next to you, or worlds vibrant enough to make you feel the surroundings as you read. This is one of those books.
Nine years ago, in the dimension of Tir Thar, Briallen's world was ripped apart when Owain, a powerful sorcerer attacked her village and destroyed her family's castle, taking her brothers prisoner and forcing her parents to flee. Along with the pain of her loss, Bri's heartbreak is even more painful because she knows she has the power to defend her family and her people—if only her mother had seen fit to train her properly, rather than trying to shield her from the world. In a desperate attempt to save her brothers' lives, Bri somehow transports each of them to a different dimension, ending the immediate threat, but forcing each to live in a world apart from each other, facing their evil pursuers alone.
In the present, cousins Logan and Robert are searching for clues about their missing family. The MacKenzie family has always been blessed with powers—Logan can read the truth or lie in anyone's words, and Robert has tremendous strength and power at his command. But the family has also been cursed by the loss of each successive generation in violence and tragedy. With two cousins their own age disappear from an ancient Scottish castle, Logan and Robert feel they have no choice but to investigate.
Before they have the chance to uncover any answers, however, the two men find themselves transported to another dimension, Loci, and saved by a young woman whose face had haunted Logan's dreams and whose presence in his life may be the key to vanquishing the evil that threatens both their families. As he grows to accept this new dimension and all the magic that is possible around him, Logan comes to realize that he is a descendant of an ancient bloodline—the Makirs, who are charged with guarding against the very blackest of magical powers. The very power that Owain is willing to wield in order to possess Briallen, the one woman Logan knows he cannot live without.
In order to survive, Logan, Bri and Robert will have to face the darkest secrets of their families' past and to channel the very depth of their power—but will it be enough to protect all their worlds from Owain's wrath?
The most remarkable part of this book is the depth of all the worlds and the incredible detail in each scene. This is a plot with enormous scope and requires a very close attention to detail in order to make the travel between dimensions work, and I was very pleasantly surprised at how well each landscape—from Owain's cave of fire to Bri's cottage on the wind-swept shore—were created.
Logan and Bri were also a really well-matched pair. Having been introduced, so to speak, in Logan's dreams, the connection between them is already strong when they meet for the first time in person. From there, their understanding and care for each other can only grow. Their relationship, both with each other and with their families, are the anchor in a book with such epic adventures. I also found Robert really intriguing, and can't wait to learn more about him in coming books.
I also love good villains—those who are powerful and ruthless and so good at being bad that you can't help wait anxiously until they slink into another scene to wreak further havoc. Owain, the sorcerer responsible for Bri's exile, is just such a character. From the moment he strides into the story, before the reader has a chance to learn anything about his dark connection to Bri's family, it's impossible to turn away. He is a formidable opponent who is bent on revenge, and his machinations against Bri, Logan and their families are subtly chilling. I can't wait to see how the blood feud between Owain and Bri's family plays out in the coming books.
The thing that I found distracting was the way some of the scenes were structured. There were a few times when I wondered if I had skipped a paragraph in reading, or missed a description, as things seemed a little disjointed at times. Once or twice, I noticed that character's names were used before we had been introduced to them, or that we changed dimensions without enough warning to quite grasp what had happened. I could certainly sympathize with Robert and Logan's disorientation in their new surroundings, but I found myself second-guessing my own understanding of the plot once or twice.
Once the legacy of the Makirs is established, though, a lot of things fell into place and I was quite glad I had stuck with the book. I also realized that the scenes are ordered episodically, with small gaps in between the action, and often a shift in perspective.
All in all, this was a book of enormous scope, full of beautifully detailed settings and well-rounded characters. I wish it hadn't taken quite so long to understand why Logan and Bri were brought together, but once the secrets of the legacy were revealed, I was quite willing to be carried away by the story. I'm quite intrigued by the somewhat open-ended nature of this book's ending, and will be keeping an eye out for the promised sequels that are apparently in progress!
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