The Portal by S.E. Gilchrist

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Expected Publication March 1st 2013 by Harlequin Enterprises Australia: Escape Publishing

When Janni, a young salvager, boards a space wreck, she is caught for daring to steal Darkontech by a patroller and the one man she had thought she would never to see again. Severalmonths before, she had allowed him to slip past her defences for a brief and wonderfulinterlude. But with both of them on either side of the law, they had walked away. Now theyare trapped on a wreck and with an alien life force hunting them. Will the patroller save herlife or abandon Janni to her fate?


Book Review: 3.5 stars

So this is what I get for not reading descriptions correctly…because this book isn’t really a book. Its more like a chapter. And I liked it.

Gilchrist set up her futuristic world rather beautifully. Building other worlds isn’t an easy task, but when you add that to a futuristic time period you can run into some troubles. And yet I didn’t find any problems with it. In fact I actually admired the creation of new words for such concepts as time and money to reflect the current time period. Even though this ‘chapter’ was incredibly short the reader was able to obtain a true sense of what life would be like if human lives started to reflect that of those in Star Wars.

When you meet the two main characters you are aware that there is some history. And with the use of present and past divided segments, the story is summed up pretty well. Yes the ending is cheesy, and yes the strong heroine in the beginning turns into a child who has to stick next to the strong man. But I wouldn’t mind, especially on a ghost ship. Everyone has their fears right?

The concept of scavengers and Darkons, although not an original concept, was still an interesting read. I also found that relating to Janni was easy, she is a reflection of her time. And Arun is sort of smoken…can’t go wrong with that. Although he was controlling, if your into that sort of thing.

Don’t get me wrong its not the best thing ever written, but in such a limited number of words I rather admire Gilchrist’s story development. It was like a movie playing in my head. The better stories always are.

~ I received this book from NetGalley for an honest review. Thank you to S.E Gilchrist and Escape Publishing for providing me with a copy ~



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