Monday, April 22, 2013

Review of Xannu - The Portal by Paul Dorset

English schoolboy Terry West’s life continues to be a wreck. Ever since his best friend Joe was lost in another land, Terry has continued to pray he would be healed and returned safely. Everything that has happened to date has been his fault. If only he hadn’t given Joe one of his rune coins. Those damn rune coins that transport him to his other world where Terry is the soldier, Teern Truthbringer, tasked with protecting the Xannu. Wars are brewing in the Southern Lands and people from many countries and religions want the Xannu for themselves.

Both Terry’s school-life and private life are a mess and Terry’s girlfriend, Susan, continues to be everywhere that Terry is. All he wants is a little solitude in order to keep himself together, but everything is conspiring against him.

Back in the Southern Lands, Maria is determined to bring Joe home using whatever kind of magic is available to her. But others are plotting to ensure she fails. In a world inhabited by warlocks, seductresses, priests and prophecy, everyone has their own personal agenda.

How will Terry balance the two lives he leads, solve two sets of problems, and understand the lessons he receives from both? Only time will tell. But time is something Terry doesn't have too much of, as everything is unfolding in ways he could never have imagined!

Book 3 of 'The Southern Lands' saga
“To him who is given that destiny, is also given power. Not just a mortal power, but a power over all mankind. A power that will last forever. A power that surpasses all others. Once it is unlocked it will never be tamed. Once it is released it will never be quashed. Once it has struck it will never be quenched.” (The Holy Scriptures of Luux - Tablet II)


4 stars

Xannu - The Portal is the third book of Paul Dorset's Southern Lands saga.  All of the characters from the previous books are back with some stepping up into larger roles and some fading away a bit.  I was glad to see Joe re-emerge as a character as he is a favorite of mine.  I won't get into the plot very much as I don't want to release any spoilers on the book.  That being said I feel that this book lives up to the amount of build that took place in the second novel.

The story continues to build on an epic level as Matthius reveals himself as the Xannu and all the factions that want a piece of him plot to control him.  While life in the Southern Lands is certainly getting more interesting for Teern, Terry is not having a picnic at home himself.  In order to do what he can to help friends he is getting in trouble with his parents and finds himself in a situation that he has no idea how to handle.

The book has a wide open ending leaving me eager to see the next installment.  Although I'm not a big fan of cliffhanger endings I respect them as a literary tool and Paul does it well.  Once again I will be looking forward to the next chapter in this saga, hopefully it won't be too long of a wait.

For more info pick up a copy on Amazon or check out the author's blog.

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