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As Bern and his father harvest their crops, a portal appears. The creature chased into their world is taller than any building in the village. While the villagers are terrified, Bern realizes the creature is also scared. He names the beast Kattya after his dead mother and vows to protect it.
Kattya is not safe after Subja learns of this new creature. Bern, Garth, and Ne-tel realize their mammoth charge must be protected. When Bern and Kattya are separated, the two find safety in the lost country of Telantia; but their reprieve from danger is short-lived when Bern learns Garth and Ne-tel have been captured by the Vil.
Can Bern save his friends when his heart beats with fear?
I rediscovered my enjoyment of young adult and middle grade fiction when I became a middle school reading tutor. Heartbeat of Fear, the second in Susan Lyttek’s Portal Watchers of Telba series is a story that both young readers and adults will enjoy. I immediately found myself drawn into this fantasy world, complete with dinosaurs, heroes, and an evil queen. As young Bern is farming with his father, a portal opens in the sky and deposits an enormous dinosaur into their field. Immediately drawn to the gentle beast, Bern tries to soothe its fear as the townspeople come clamoring, but the terrified dinosaur runs off into the forest. Also aware of the dinosaur’s appearance, evil queen Subja hatches a plot to capture it for her own. Bern and his friends, along with holy man Nevv, set off on a rescue mission to find and recover the dinosaur – and soon find themselves in unspeakable danger. The author’s masterful use of short, tight chapters adds to the suspense and readers will root for thes