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The Portal Slayer

The Portal Slayer by S.L. Dooley: Book Review

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Portal Slayer: Beneath the Shadows by S.L. Dooley, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Portal Slayer: Beneath the Shadows

Title: Portal Slayer: Beneath the Shadows

Series Realms of the Periferie #3

Author: S.L. Dooley

Publisher: Torn Parchment

Release Date: December 2, 2022

Genre: Fantasy (clean)

Darkness comes in many forms.

Raelyn is about to encounter them all.

Hidden away in the Schade Catacombs, a single portal remains in Alnok. And, pushed to near defeat, Cosyn has unleashed all his forces, taking Earth to the brink of a world war. Raelyn, in the midst of her own debilitating doubt, finds a new ally. But when no one will follow, she strikes out on her own, determined to reach the catacombs and close the portal. Only then can she finally return home.

In the far north, her mentor and guide Kade, wounded and desperate, leads a band of soldiers, also on a path to the catacombs.

As an impenetrable darkness falls on the realm of Alnok and Earth’s annihilation seems inevitable, Raelyn finds nothing is what it seems. Her calling, her newfound skills, even her reason for being in Alnok are shrouded in uncertainty.

But she must uncover the light in the darkness of Alnok, and her own heart, to locate and destroy Cosyn’s last link to Earth. If she fails, she will have no home to return to.

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Book Review:

First of all, I think the use of a specific tea as a gateway through the portal between Earth and Alnok was incredibly inventive. I enjoyed seeing Raelyn slip back and forth between her roles as sister to Peter and part of a team meant to save Alnok. She had trouble believing in herself, something I think many of us face daily. And while her back and forth concern over whether she was the chosen one became a bit overwhelming, it’s easily understandable. Who doesn’t doubt that God could love them in spite of the baggage they carry? I will say that I felt a bit lost during the first few chapters, and it is wholly my fault for not reading The Portal Slayer series in order. The family dynamic and Raelyn’s guilt rang with such genuine sincerity that I couldn’t help feeling honest concern for her character. A deeply immersive tale. I received a copy of this book from the author through JustReadTours. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.


S.L. Dooley

S.L. Dooley is a fantasy author looking for a neverending story to go boldly through the wardrobe into another adventure. She’s a wife and mother of two grown kids. She lives in Texas where she collects old books and new journals.

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(1) winner will receive a copy of the Realms of the Periferie trilogy, tea, and a mug!

Portal Slayer: Beneath the Shadows JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight December 12, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on December 19, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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