Title- Jacob, King of Portalia
Seires- The Pillars of Life
By- Casey Clubb
Genre- YA/MG Fantasy, LGBT Story
Release Date- September 16th, 2014
Published by: Booktrope Publishing
Jacob is the only one who can protect us all from a vengeful lunatic. But Jacob’s a tiny sixth grader who’s scared of his own shadow. And his only known talent is hiding. A misfit in his own home, a boy out of place in his own skin, Jacob has been hiding all his life—in his head, or behind his only friend. His kind of different just isn’t accepted. He thought hiding would keep him safe. But he was wrong. For Jacob’s hiding has buried more than one truth, more than one secret. Including a destiny and a duty that are his to fulfill. And a powerful talent. One that could doom his people. Or save them…if he can find the courage to stop hiding from the thing that terrifies him the most—the truth about who he is: A boy who likes boys. A boy with a destiny foretold in an ancient legend. A boy whose love could save us all.
Jacob, King of Portalia is the first book in The Pillars of Life series by Casey Clubb. The story follows Jacob, a young boy who is sucked into another dimension after his father passes away because he needs to become king instead of his uncle.
There are not enough words to describe how much I love this novel. Clubb manages to keep playing in the fantasy land and write an epic novel, while still touching on some very delicate subjects. I love how gracefully she handles this. She sends a very powerful message and packs a mean punch without shoving the topic of LGBT down your throat.
Aside of this, Clubb wrote an awesome story. Jacob has to take on SO much at such a young age, and I love how he had struggles with it. He didn't just do a complete character 180 and suddenly say oh this will be simple. No character in this novel is a cutout, they're all flawed, and that's what makes this story so good.
I will definitely be back for book two, and whatever else this glorious author gives us next! I was very impressed and can't wait to see more.
Casey Clubb lives near Portland, Oregon with her husband and her ever-growing collection of stuffed Tiggers.
For news and updates on Book Two—Jacob, Portal Master, visit www.caseyclubb.com.