The Keeper of Portals by V.S. Nelson
I am always a bit nervous when reviewing a new author as you never know what it is you are letting yourself in for. I was a little more nervous because The Keeper of Portals is this authors first book! The start of this book was not so comforting, but I persisted through the first few chapters and was so pleased I did.
I agreed to review this book because the story really intrigued me. Martin has moved into a new home with his mother, and after a few days of exploring he hears a voice in his room – it is The Keeper of Portals, whose job it is to ensure that each door in the world always meets up with what it should be connected to. This meeting is just the beginning of the strange things that happen to Martin, including travelling back to the past and meeting Isabel, who works with him to try and stop her Master from bringing destruction to the world.
The story line and the alternate universe it is set in is the real strength of this book. The world where everything is its won Keeper to ensure it functions properly is so well developed you can almost believe it is true. The story moves backwards and forwards in time with intriguing twists and turns that keep you involved until the very end.
Some of the characterisation and dialogue in this book feels a little forced at times but the unique story line more than makes up for this and I would recommend giving this new author a chance. I for one can not wait to see what V.S Nelson imagines into being for their next venture. This is definitely an author to watch.