Title: Portal to Mescalahem (The Wendel Wright Chronicles Book One)
Author: Larry Forkner
The first book in the Wendel Wright Chronicles series. Fifteen-year-old Wendel Wright and his family are forced to move to an old house nestled into a deep forest on the Oregon Coast, after his father dies in a tragic accident. The old three-story home feels dark and unwelcoming on the moonless night of their arrival. The discovery of a magnificent but eerie old tree house, hidden deep in the heart of the forest, is about to change Wendel’s life forever. The strange tree house is a portal that thrusts Wendel into the magnificent but dangerous parallel world of Mescalahem.
A group of Freedom Fighters, hiding in the mountains, discover Wendel wandering lost and take him in. He soon discovers that he has incredible but mostly uncontrollable powers in this new world. Once his powers begin to be manifested, many Freedom Fighters believe he was sent to rescue them from a growing tyranny threatening to engulf their world. But his new found friends are not the only ones who are aware of Wendel’s arrival on Mescalahem. An ancient evil is seeking to destroy young Wendel before he can discover who he really is and fulfill his destiny.
The beginning of this book hooked me in instantly. When it started out with a group of boys playing in a treehouse, I didn’t think anything magical could arise from it but I was wrong. As it turns out, the treehouse is a portal and everyone has something waiting for them in the dimension on the other side.
This is a very compelling read with a number of interesting characters. It’s a very amusing YA book with some plot twists that are guaranteed to surprise a number of readers. There are so many wonderful elements in this book and it’s the only the first book of what looks to be a very long series. If you’re fan of engaging YA fantasy and magical elements, this is the series for you.