Title: The Stalker (Secrets of the Home Wood #2)
Author: Julie Whitley
The secrets of the Home Wood, deep on the family farm, have spawned mystery and strife in the James family for generations. A mystical portal exists in the Home Wood. A few members of the James family have experienced the other side first-hand.
Two months ago, after finding his parents deep in the mysterious land beyond, Jonathon saved them from a coup by the evil half brother of the King of the Grue. He had every reason to believe the Three Kingdoms were at peace when his parents went back to fulfill their promise of rebuilding a school.
The arrival of a strange girl from the other side, lost and in need of help, soon shows Jonathon how very wrong he was. Jonathon must cross over again, and this time his grandfather and his best friend Marly are drawn in with him. What begins as a simple task of guiding the stranger back through the portal becomes a terrifying flight for their lives.
And the news doesn’t get any better.
The James family is about to be in the centre of an all-out war.
The very last thing that Jonathan wants to do is go through the portal again. Too many bad things have happened on the other side to people he cares about. Sometimes, decisions fall outside the scope of our control. He ends up going through the portal to help a woman in distress. What he doesn’t know is that his best friend has decided to follow him. The stakes are higher this time. Will Jonathan make it out alive or will he fall victim to the portal like so many before him?
I read book one some time ago, and now reading book two, it feels good to catch up with all my favorite characters again. What is supposed to be a quick and easy mission, quickly turns into a lengthy, dangerous journey. There’s a war looming between rulers. This time, there was much more danger, and I love seeing just how much all the characters developed because of it. Their journey introduces them to not only new friends but plenty of new enemies too.
The Stalker is a fantastic sequel, this entire series a must read for those who love fantasy, drama, and suspense.