“Nothing exciting ever happens to Arthur, and that’s the way he likes it. But when he stumbles into a magical world on his 13th birthday, the new teen has to put on his big boy pants and begin the quest of a lifetime to find his way back home. With the help of new friends, Arthur overcomes seemingly impossible obstacles, tames magical creatures, and fights mythical monsters. By the end of his journey he has changed in ways he could never have imagined; he needs to get home, but the pull of Avalon leaves him with a difficult decision to make.”
Thank you to Love Book Tours and the author for my copy of this book and my spot on this blog tour.
Review of Avalon’s Portal by Lynne W. Bailey
My rating: 3.25/5
Lynne W. Bailey’s debut, Avalon’s Portal, follows a thirteen-years-old Arthur as he stumbles upon a magical world of Avalon during the school trip to Stonehenge. He just wants to go home, believing his mum will be worried sick about him, but the events in Avalon and the danger coming forces Arthur to join his forces with Guin and hopefully survive.
Meeting many creatures Arthur never imagined could exist, like a little dragon Spike who joins their little team along the way, and witnessing unexplainable things, Arthur has no other choice than to start to believe in magic. His journey is full of danger and new encounters, but at the heart, Avalon’s Portal focuses on friendship and family. Because they’re the most important. We can see the growing friendship between Arthur and Guin, as well as worries about their families.
Avalon’s Portal, though quite a short read, is full of fast-paced action and complications for the main characters. It’s also the beginning of a series following Arthur in the magical world of Avalon, and as such as a big part of the book sets up the events leading up to the main story as well as introduces the reader to Avalon.
Who is the book for: Avalon’s Portal is more suited for a middle-grade or younger reader, but older readers who enjoy Arthurian legends may enjoy Lynne W. Bailey’s new series as well.
For those interested in knowing more about the author:
Lynne W. Bailey has been writing short stories and poems since the age of 12. She is currently working on various ghostwriting projects for a reputable publisher, however, Avalon’s Portal is her debut novel, published in her own name. Lynne loves anything weird and wonderful, so expect to find her books full of magic, crystals, and mythical beings. Whilst working on the second book in this series, Lynne also holds a full time job and enjoys spending time with her family.