Book Review The Druid’s Doorway

1 Jan

The Druid's Doorway - Front CoverTitle: The Druid’s Doorway

Author: S.G. Daniels

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

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Jake Reese thinks he’s just a screwed-up high school kid living in a small town isolated in the Arizona desert. Traumatized at an early age by his mother’s sudden death—and believing he might have had something to do with it—he’s allowed his guilt and lack of self-confidence to rule his life.

Hailey is the fiery little redhead that sees Jake as more than a just a good friend. When she invites him as her date to a school function, it brings down the walls he’s built to protect his heart, and sets off a series of events that threaten not only Jake’s life, but that of everyone around him.

The discovery of a portal on the outskirts of town brings Jake face-to-face with death and reveals a closely guarded secret about his mother. No longer is his memory of her the only thing that haunts him. Something evil from her past has escaped through the portal, and nothing will prevent it from trying to steal Jake’s future.

Can Jake overcome his fears to keep Hailey safe? Will the decisions he’s forced to make destroy everyone he knows and loves? And ultimately…is he strong enough to live with those choices?

The first book of the year is an immediate win. Jake Reese, the protagonist, thinks he’s just another screwed-up high school kid stuck in a small, claustrophobic town, struggling to come to terms with his Mom’s death. Bute life takes a few unexpected twists Jake never saw coming. When Hailey, a good friend of his who sees him as more than just that, invites him as her date to a school function, Jake’s walls start to crumble, and terrible events take place that change his life forever. The events are tied to a portal out of town, a Druid’s Doorway, and to dark secrets about his mother, and her past.

Combining a strong male protagonist with a quirky, intelligent, fun female best friend and have them fall for each other, was a brilliant move. Jake and Hailey are a great couple, they have great dynamics, and at least the “friends who start developing feelings” trope is far less overdone than the insta-love one.

Solid writing, a fun plot, and a mix of fantasy and the supernatural made this into a pleasant read for the first day of this brand new year.

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