528. REVIEW: The Spider Gem: Book One of the Portal Chronicles ~ Taffy Lovesey ~ BookSurge

Title: The Spider Gem: Book One Of The Portal Chronicles
Author: Taff Lovesey
Website of Author: http://www.lovesey.net
Publisher: BookSurge, LLC
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 436
ISBN: 1-4196-2139-4

Accidentally invoking the magic of a portal web, three teenagers, Ashley from the USA and two Welsh Boys, Rhys and Michael, are pulled into a fantastic world of mythical beasts and creatures.

To find their way back home the trio need the co-operation from the citizens of this strange world, Portalia, and so they join forces with centaurs, elves, dwarves and humans to combat a foe that has reawakened an ancient evil.

The teenagers experience magic, battle, love and hatred as new friendships are made as they face true evil for the first time in our lives.

The Spider Gem is the first book of the Portal Chronicles. In a fast flowing story it takes the reader from the coast of West Wales, to Oregon, USA and to the magical world of Portalia.

Weaving together traditional fantasy elements with new ideas, Taff Lovesey has produced a fantasy novel that can be enjoyed by young and old alike.

I love this book and hope that I am honored with reviewing the remaining books forthcoming in this set! This book is a great read, no doubt about it. It is fast paced but not so fast that you can’t keep up. In fact, at times, I felt as though I was right there with all of the characters. This is definitely a book that pulls you in. As I delved more and more into the book, I began to compare in my head Taff Lovesey with Terry Brooks, as he writes much in the manner. This is quite a compliment. I was saddened when the particular series that I was reading from Terry Brooks came to an end but now I have Taff Lovesey to pull me back into the world of fantasy and provide me an amazing addition to my bookshelf!

About the Author:

Taff Lovesey was born in 1959 and raised in and around the valleys of South Wales.

Following a successful Royal Air Force career, Lovesey moved into the computer industry where he has worked in a variety of positions from engineering through to management.

Following a period of four years living in Oregon, USA during the late 90s, Lovesey returned to the UK and now resides in Lincolnshire, England with his wife and two children in the small but beautiful village of Witham-on-the-Hill.

A fan of all things fantasy and “Sword and sorcery” and inspired by writers such as, Garth Nix, Stephen Donaldson, Tolkien, Phillip Pullman and Edgar Rice Burroughs, Lovesey published his debut novel, The Spider Gem.

Weaving together traditional fantasy elements with new thoughts and ideas, Lovesey succeeds in creating a writing style that provides for an entertaining and pleasurable read.

The Spider Gem is the first book of the Portal Chronicle series and Lovesey is currently working on the follow up, The Shimmering Gate, which should be complete and ready for publishing in the latter part of Spring 2007. The series has enjoyed excellent feedback to date and is aimed at a young teenage through to adult audience.

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