Review:The Keeper of Portals by V.S. Nelson



‘All I have to do is think, walk through a door and I come out another. There is nowhere I cannot get to, nor any lock that can deny my passage.’
The Keeper of Portals lifted a hand and stroked the ancient black wood of the door.
‘I can do all that and yet, after 400 years, I still cannot open this door.’

Everything in the universe is maintained by its own keeper, from the most insignificant insect to time itself. When 15 year-old Martin moves into a stately home that’s dangerously overhanging a cliff, he meets the Keeper of Portals and learns of the mysterious door at the end of his bedroom.

One morning, Martin wakes to discover the Keeper of Portals is missing and the door at the end of his bedroom is open. Martin steps through the door to find himself in the 17th century where he meets Isabel, the house’s maid. Upon discovering two imprisoned keepers, Martin and Isabel gain the ability to control time and travel through portals.

After being attacked by hordes of brainwashed villagers, Martin and Isabel learn that the master of the house has a devious plan, one the keepers are powerless to stop. Martin and Isabel must jump between the present day and the 17th century in order to hide from the twisted master, avoiding past versions of themselves, as powerful keepers thwart them at every turn. But as items from the future begin to bleed into the past and the present day is plagued by malfunctioning portals, Martin and Isabel’s only option is to confront the master – the Keeper of Questions.

The Keeper of Portals is an adventure story that explores the supernatural and is an ideal read for 10—14 year-olds. Inspired by authors such as Philip Pullman and Neil Gaiman, this book will be enjoyed by fans of time-slip fantasies, both children and adults alike.


ARC received from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

Martin and his mother move to mysterious and old house. Maybe house isn’t really the right term, more like mansion. He find a mysterious door in his room, and it turns out that this door leads directly to the past. Martin meets a lovely girl named Isabel, and they have to work together in order to stop the master of the house from fulfilling his evil plans that could put them all in danger.

I adore time travel books. They’re just so enchanting. Martin and Isabel’s adventures were quite exciting. This book is full of action, and I appreciated the little sprinkle of romance added. It did not overshadow the book, and it was just right for a middle grade novel. I admit that there were times wherein I was confused with the storyline. It was fast paced in some sections, and slow paced in others. I learned how to deal with it, and just read through those pages again.

I appreciate how this story was original and very imaginative. I would love to buy a physical copy of this book, and gift it to my little sister.



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