There is a lot to like in B.R. Maul’s debut novel, In The Land Of Magnanthia. Maul has created an alternate world connected to our own through portals, much like C.S. Lewis’ Narnia.
When a portal to another world cracks open just outside a small town in Minnesota, it sets off a series of events forever changing the lives of two boys; one boy is chosen to lead a world to peace while the other one is chosen to tear it apart.
Simon Whittaker lives an ordinary teenage life on Earth until his best friend, Jessica Wells, and her family takes him on a last-minute camping trip. There, amongst towering pines, Jessica confesses a secret; her family has been watching over Simon his entire life because he is the key to another world’s salvation, and now someone has come from that world to kill him. Amidst a whirlwind of unanswered questions, doubt, and curiosity, Simon is given the Ring of Affinity and then is led through a magic portal into the land of Magnanthia.
Jak Jakobsin, another teenager from Earth, is pulled through a portal by two of Bedlam’s demented soul seers sent to capture Simon. The soul seers are impressed with what they see in Jak, so they offer him up to the overlord. Obsessed with his discovery of magic spells, power, and control, Jak quickly acclimates to his new environment. Bedlam’s overlord plans to use Jak, along with Bedlam’s undead army, to build a force so powerful that the guardians and the great kingdom will perish and Magnanthia will be his forever.
PORTALS, PASSAGES & PATHWAYS is a teen young adult novel that creatively combines fantasy fiction and real fiction! A must-read for any sword and sorcery fantasy fan!
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