Book Review: Portal Slayer: Beneath the Shadows

Portal Slayer JustRead Blog Tour 

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Portal Slayer: Beneath the Shadows by S.L. Dooley, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Portal Slayer: Beneath the Shadows Title: Portal Slayer: Beneath the Shadows 

Series Realms of the Periferie #3 
Author: S.L. Dooley 
Publisher: Torn Parchment 
Release Date: December 2, 2022 
Genre: Fantasy (clean)

Darkness comes in many forms.

Raelyn is about to encounter them all. 

Hidden away in the Schade Catacombs, a single portal remains in Alnok. And, pushed to near defeat, Cosyn has unleashed all his forces, taking Earth to the brink of a world war. Raelyn, in the midst of her own debilitating doubt, finds a new ally. But when no one will follow, she strikes out on her own, determined to reach the catacombs and close the portal. Only then can she finally return home. 
In the far north, her mentor and guide Kade, wounded and desperate, leads a band of soldiers, also on a path to the catacombs. 
As an impenetrable darkness falls on the realm of Alnok and Earth’s annihilation seems inevitable, Raelyn finds nothing is what it seems. Her calling, her newfound skills, even her reason for being in Alnok are shrouded in uncertainty. 
But she must uncover the light in the darkness of Alnok, and her own heart, to locate and destroy Cosyn’s last link to Earth. If she fails, she will have no home to return to.


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S.L. Dooley

S.L. Dooley is a fantasy author looking for a never-ending story to go boldly through the wardrobe into another adventure. She’s a wife and mother of two grown kids. She lives in Texas where she collects old books and new journals.

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(1) winner will receive a copy of the Realms of the Periferie trilogy, tea, and a mug!

Portal Slayer: Beneath the Shadows JustRead Giveaway

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My Thoughts on Portal Slayer: Beneath the Shadows

I want to start off this review by talking about the cover.

I don’t often make mention of the book cover in my book reviews, but I think this one needs some praise. I was immediately captivated by the bold color choices and standout font and even though everyone tries not to judge a book by its cover… realistically it’s near to impossible. But I love the fact that this cover matches the story inside.

This was my first time reading a book by S.L. Dooley and I am always a bit leary when I pick up any new book labeled fantasy. But I started reading Portal Slayer: Beneath the Shadows and I could not put it down. 

S.L. Dooley did a fantastic job immediately diving you into the story and building it up around you; and it was easy to follow along with the characters’ mannerisms not being too “fantasized”.

The Characters were very detailed and I thought S.L Dooley did a great job weaving many personalities and values into this story. And I was very interested in the family dynamics she used. I don’t often see them played out as well as this was done. 

Plus, there is a map and I LOVE when books have them. It really helps me visualize how the author sees the world of which they write. Oh and did I mention DRAGONS? 

Overall, I enjoyed S.L.Dooley’s book and I am looking forward to reading book two Portal Slayer: Hidden Journey over the upcoming weekend. 

4 Stars. 

*I read this book via Kindle Unlimited. 

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  1. Thank you for your kind words! I appreciate you being a part of the tour and reading my book. I hope you like the others in the series 🙂

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