The Portal Prophecies: A Keeper’s Destiny by C.A. King – 3/5

Title: The Portal Prophecies: A Keeper’s Destiny

Author: C. A. King

Rating: 3/5

Synopsis: 

Book one of the Portal Prophecies Series, A Keeper’s Destiny, follows a group of ancient races who join together with some unlikely teenage heroes.The only clues they have to help them are hidden within predictions contained in a book written long ago.

Can they unravel the mysteries of their past and over come the deceptions of their leaders? Will they be able to decipher the prophecies in time to stop invading armies?

Join Willow and her friends in this fast paced adventure.

Review:

Keeper’s Destiny is the first book in The Portal Prophecies, a young adult fantasy series.  The originality of this book amazed me, and I immediately wanted to read the rest of the series upon finishing it; however, C. A. King’s writing style is not one that I am particularly fond of.  Her descriptions were overbearing and borsome at times, but her plot and characters made this book worth reading.

One of the things I enjoyed most about this novel was the power that King gave to her teenage characters.  It is always nice to see young people in books validated and not underestimated, and I loved how fast paced the writing was.  Willow is a brilliant protagonist, and I can never get enough of strong female characters in young adult novels.  Willow was a character with a lot of substance, and she was well developed and continued to grow as the novel went on.  The characters and story were a big part of this novel, but if it were to be redone with less unnecessary descriptions, it would have been more enjoyable.  A reader needs to be able to fill in gaps with their own imagination, and this story line would have been perfect for that interaction on the reader’s part.  Instead, the writing was rather dry, and I wasn’t able to see the full extent of C.A. King’s writing talents based on this novel alone.  Her writing felt forced, and I didn’t feel that she was passionate about her story or characters based solely on her tone.

That being said, I am positive that the younger young adult crowd would eat this novel up.  I plan on reading the rest of the series myself and look forward to continuing the story that C.A. King has created.  I would just like to see this story and series excel with less fluff and more substance as the series grow.  The setting she has created is very unique, and one that I want to visit again.

Scorecard

  • Editing = 3/5
  • Originality = 4/5
  • Artistic Style = 2/5
  • Plot Development = 4/5
  • Character Development = 4/5

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