Here are some reviews and what people are saying about the Portallas series...
"Forestium is a beautifully written tale that introduces us to a strange new world, its many races, feats of magic and the power of love and truth. Christopher D. Morgan has done a fabulous job of creating scenes that come to life where the sense of action and the emotional entanglements feel real. With great dialogue, a smorgasbord of characters and evil always lurking in the shadows, this fantasy is easy to fall into and hard to leave. A great start to a new YA fantasy series!"
- Tome Tender Book Blog
"Smooth easy reading, great dialogue writing, nice character development, plot and story development are excellent; I cannot say enough good things! I cannot wait for the next book in this series. I want to know what happens to Andrew, Galleon and Protello, etc."
"Forestium was a wonderfully enjoyable read. I am an adult who adores both young adult and adult fantasy novels, and this novel did not disappoint. It is enthralling enough to read in one afternoon, the characters were fun, the setting was vivid, and the adventure the characters embark on is full of surprises and action. I loved that there is an element of mystery to the story, in that the main characters find magical items along the way which may help them in their quest. Like all great fantasy novels there is an exploration of good and evil, and it will be nice to witness the growth of the main character as the series continues. An enjoyable read which young adult readers will love, and young-at-heart adults will also enjoy. I look forward to Book 2 in the series!"
"The entire book moves at a steady pace, gradually building to the climax at the end. It is also wonderful that the novel consists of a “journey”, as essentially this is what a Fantasy novel requires. You have established a clear beginning, middle and end to the plot, and provided good character development throughout. The plot was engaging, and I personally felt intrigued, and wanted to keep reading to find out how it would all end up."
"I really felt for Joshua. The writing drew me in and kept me wanting to read more. It's a wonderful fantasy world that I really felt immersed in. Can't wait for the sequel!"
"The writing is clear without bogging the reader down with unnecessary events or lengthy descriptions that don't add to the experience. It was easy to follow without talking down to the readers. My 11 year old is receiving this book next as a prequel to fantasy greats such as Lord of the Rings. Forestium is a great way to introduce any reader to well-written fantasy. Reluctant readers will enjoy the action and spacing between lines."
- SCSH Best Books Blog
"Powerful emotion, tense conflict, desperate action and quirky secondary characters make this story a delight to read. Recommended especially for younger teenagers and for Fantasy readers in general."
- Airborn Press
"Honestly I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. Normally Fantasy books don't interest me in the slightest but this one really drew my attention in an held it. The variety of characters and the illustrations starting each chapter made it easier to navigate through the story. The author has a strong voice throughout the story making it easy to forget you are reading a story. He knows the world he created well."
- K's Book Review
"I am really enjoying the book and the characters. I can't wait to see where it all goes :)"
"I don't know how you do it, but your novel is silky smooth, like I can actually see a fine thread before my eyes, guiding me from the beginning to the end. Good pacing. You are not bogged down in the beginning, the middle or the end."
"It's been a while since I really got into a good fantasy novel like this one. Although it's written for the young adult audience, I think it works very well for adults as well. I especially liked the plot twists and how the orb of time revealed certain things to pull it all together - very clever!"
"Forestium is a great, simple introduction to the fantasy genre for very early teens, and its under-arching coming-of-age storyline will be sure to make the story relatable to every young reader. Featuring magic, true friendships, first loves and first heartbreaks, this easy read novel eases into Joshua's world and into the adventure at a steady pace."
- The Bandwagon
"Christopher makes us travel into a world where fantasy and reality exist side by side. This story will make you squirm in your seats as you anticipate what happens next. It will make you go awww as love blossoms, It will make you wonder at the grandeur of the magical place. Whether you are old, have teens at home or not, you must read this book whenever you want to reach out to your inner child."
- Reading Writings
"I can't believe this is your first novel. The writing is so fluid and well thought out. I was lucky enough to catch a sneak peak at the sequel and I think this book series is going to go very far!"
"I think that you have a natural talent for using descriptive details. You are very, very good at that, and I was able to visualize the settings of the novel with ease. I really liked Joshua, and respected him. He was the type of main character that I wanted to root on, and I wanted to watch him succeed."
"This is the first ebook I have had the pleasure to read. I found no errors, the plot was easy to follow, the characters were realistic and believable. There were no pot holes, no dropped dialogue, overall an outstanding book. I've never read a book so well written. This is the first time I have no suggestions, no improvements, etc. If this was my book, I would send it to the publishers right away. Congratulations!"