The Last Portal by Robert Cole
Publication Date: December 6th, 2014
Series: Mytar Series, #1
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Date Read: 6/10/2017
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Severe weather patterns – storms, floods and strong winds – are sweeping across planet Earth. Against this backdrop, three high school students, known and tormented for their strange abilities, fight their own battles against school bullies. The discovery of a strange key by their leader Chris Reynolds plunges all three through a portal into a sister world, Cathora, in another dimension. In this world their behaviours, that labelled them as misfits on Earth, turn out to be the seeds of extraordinary powers.
They soon meet Batarr, the Guardian of the portal; he tells them they are not normal children, but are part of a group of six entities called Mytar who are periodically seeded throughout the dimensions to fight planetary invasions across these portals. Cathora has been invaded by an alien army, led by a creature known only as Zelnoff. Zelnoff’s next target is Earth. The Mytar alone have the power to stop him if the other Mytar on Earth can be found. There ensues many struggles and battles as Chris, Susie and Joe seek to evade Zelnoff’s forces long enough for their powers to develop so they can detect the remaining Mytar back on Earth.
Chris, Joe and Susie seem to be the outcast at school, being bullied but what they are soon going to discover is that they are meant to do something great. They get sucked through a portal to Cathora where they learn they are Mytar and their destiny is to protect all planets from The evil Zentor. They learn that they each have a unique ability.
At first I didn’t think I would like this book, but the more I read the more I enjoyed it. The story kept me wanting to read more. I’m a slow reader but this book kept me so interested that I read through it really Quick.
Although, this is a very well written story that takes three oddball kids into a new world where they become very important with new powers that they didn’t know they had where millions of creatures depend on them to save not only their world but the world the children come from as well. What drags off of the star pedestal for me is the pacing. It just felt very rushed at times, as it is only 170 pages. The story was quick and easy to read.
The story itself was fun and definitely kept my attention with many twists and strange occurrences. It wrapped up in a satisfying way, and left room for a sequel without leaving you hanging.
Overall, This was an enjoyable and fun read. I’d recommend this story for those about 8 and up who enjoy science fiction & fantasy.