Accidentally invoking the power of a magical portal network, three teenagers, Ashley from the USA and two Welsh boys, Rhys and Michael, are pulled into a fantastic world of mythical beasts and creatures. Befriended by centaurs, the trio find themselves at the forefront of a perilous quest to thwart the efforts of an evil warlock and his army of spiders and strange lava creatures that are intent on domination of Portalia and the portal gateways. As the teenagers become attuned to their new world they develop unique skills of their own and soon join forces with dwarves, elves and human forces to form an alliance of good. A mighty battle is inevitable as the alliance, led by a warlord with the power to summon the power of a red dragon, rush headlong towards confrontation. The Spider Gem is the first book of the Portal Chronicles. In a fast flowing story it takes the reader from the coast of West Wales, to Oregon, USA and to the magical world of Portalia. Weaving together traditional fantasy elements with new ideas, Taff Lovesey has produced a fantasy novel that can be enjoyed by teenagers and adults alike. Portalia south, north, east and west, To ease the travel on any quest, The knot, the peaks and the old oak tree, Servant chains amount to three. A ring to trigger a call to home, Returns all three to their Runestone. A stone-made key makes up the set, Unlocking the paths of the portal net.