The Key to Skandos – William A. Prater

Three young teenagers stumble across a magical remote trigger installed centuries earlier by Zildus, a practicing and far-sighted sorcerer. A mysterious wall appears where none previously existed.

Something other than idle curiosity prompts a close-up examination, accidentally setting off a violent explosion which ruptures the barrier and sends all three hurtling into an alien, highly-dangerous world. The skies are purple and vermilion forests endemic, and they encounter a dreadful flying predator – not unlike the dragon of mythology – besides other, equally fearsome carnivores.

Two of their number return leaving one behind, prisoner of an enormously strong but beautiful woman possessed of extraordinary powers. The escapees vow to re-enter, sworn to rescue their companion regardless of danger, but are eventually to discover another, preordained and vitally important reason for their presence.

How will they survive and will they somehow manage to fulfill their destiny and ultimately return home…?