Publisher: Ryan O'Brian Publishing
Format: Paperback (ARC)
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Summary (from Goodreads): An adopted Michael Henry yearned for some excitement in his life. Away from his friends, in a new neighborhood and school, he discovers the adventures of a lifetime as he learns of a portal with access to the Land of Whoo.
On the other side of the portal, the secrets of Michael Henry’s past and future will be revealed to him.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
My Summary: On the morning he wakes up from a mysterious dream, Michael Henry knows things are going to change. In his dream, a 7-foot-tall genie-like figure told him he was The Chosen One. And it's not long before Michael learns what exactly that entails: he can cross through the portal into the Land of Whoo - a place where he'll discover the answers to all his questions about his past.
My Thoughts: This is the first work of Ryan O'Brien's that I've ever read, but it definitely won't be my last! In this middle-grade novel, a young Michael finds excitement in ways he never imagined. I loved Michael's character, as well as his development and growth throughout the novel. I enjoyed the inclusion of the Trials and the search for the Medallion - who doesn't love a good quest?
The fantasy element of this novel was great - not too complicated, but still complex enough to keep you interested at any age. For whatever reason, while reading this novel I was reminiscent of the books in the 100 Cupboards series by N.D. Wilson - another MG series I adored.
Final Thoughts: If you enjoy MG novels with some elements of fantasy and magic, then this is definitely the series for you. I'm eagerly awaiting book two already!