Tallis Challinor is faced with a problem that goes way beyond anything she�s ever encountered. And that�s saying something when you�re a teenage girl in a new town. Coping with the death of her parents was hard. Surviving life with her crabby uncle Craig was horrendous. But dealing with pissed-off spirits who appear in her basement determined to make her life miserable, well that�s way beyond creepy. It�s even deadly.
When Porteur, the head gatekeeper for the spirit world, tells Tallis that she has been chosen to round up the spirits who escaped through the portal and send them back through the gate, she is shocked, frightened, and ultimately determined to see the task through. But chasing down angry spirits isn�t a task to be taken lightly, and Tallis knows that if she fails, the consequences to the living beings she loves will be dire.
With the help of her hot neighbor, Aiden, his sister Bailey, Tallis� brother, Wyatt, and two guiding spirits, Phoebe and Sohrab, Tallis sets in motion a scheme to bring the wayward ghouls back to the gateway between the worlds. But, can she get the spirits back to Bancofa before they destroy the town of Landry and all the people living in it?
About the Author
Thank goodness for three creative kids and a brilliant husband, all willing to listen and brainstorm, and all of whom supported the idea of me putting my meandering thoughts down on paper. I knew, after that initial discussion and lots of journaling in spiral notebooks, that the hero of my tale was a young woman named Tallis, pronounced �Tally�. I also knew that Tallis and I would have quite an adventure chasing ghosts and putting an end to their antics. So, after much meditation, lots of encouragement from friends, family, and my writing group, and Tallis� voice whispering in my head, The Gatekeepers was written.
I�m originally from Kansas City, Missouri, although I haven�t lived in the Midwest for many years. My parents always encouraged my brother and me to read, a wonderful gift. And I read as many books as I could check out from the library. I had my favorites, of course, and I remember reading Heidi, Little Women, and The Secret Garden over and over. Characters, settings, amazing plots, all catch my attention and live in my imagination long after I�ve finished the story. Between college at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and writing, I got married, went to law school at the University of Kansas, had three kids, and moved to Bangalore, India for four years for my husband�s career. In the midst of my busy life, which was always filled with amazing books, I realized that I wanted to create fabulous stories of my own and I began jotting down ideas for potential novels.
After returning to the United States from the wonderful chaos of India and settling in New Hampshire with my family and our herd of cats (only three), I decided to start writing again. My first effort was an adult novel set in, you guessed it, India. But before I could finish that story, Tallis appeared. I�m certain that India will figure prominently in an upcoming book, but for now, Tallis and I have a lot of work to do.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Set in a town called Landry, a place that puts a whole new meaning to “ghost town”, we are introduced to several interesting characters. At the heart of it, is Tallis. She’s a spunky fifteen going-on-forty teenager with problems that often plague girls of her age: weight, insecurity, maturity and boys. But, then she's confronted with a little ghost problem. Portal’s Choice is rife with witty dialogue, great character development and a few LOL moments. It has the right combination of teen angst, plot, humour and mystery for me. It is a thick book for a YA with minor editing glitches but I didn’t find it dragged anywhere or became confusing. There was always something new and interesting and it kept your attention. I’d suggest this for anyone seeking an in-depth YA that not only dives into the world of a teenager but a paranormal realm as well.
The Portal’s Choice by KD Pryor is a thrilling page turner. With so many unexpected twists and turns, you won’t know what’s coming next! Tallis Challinor is very believable as a normal teenager caught up in a world of unnerving paranormal activity. I was highly entertained by the events that took place as Tallis tried to figure out how to send the nasty spirits back through the portal where they belonged. Tallis took on the challenge, half-heartedly at first, but finally with total determination and inner strength. I encourage you to read this imaginative, engrossing book. You won’t be able to put it down!
After reading the first chapter the night turned in to morning. The charters are captivating the story compelling. Teenages will love this new twist on an ever day subject.
The Portal's Choice, by KD Pryor, is an exciting, fun read. Tallis Challinor (the protagonist) is is a strong, honest, brave narrator. I am so glad that this is just the first of this series, The Gatekeepers of Em'pyrean. Can't wait for Book Two.