Asteria came to mind way back in 2014. My middle son was having issues reading. I sat down and wrote an adventure for him. It evolved into Asteria: The Discovery.
What is it all about? Jordon and Jeremy are your typical early teen best friends. They enjoy the same things, finish each other’s thoughts, and think along the same lines. While they have a few individual hobbies, they do almost everything together. Easy to do when you live next door to each other.
Jordon hadn’t been in the area long. One rainy afternoon, he and Jeremy find a hidden laboratory in his basement. In it, along with books, chemicals, test tubes, and the like, is a large journal telling them about a portal in some local caves. Jeremy immediately recognizes the caves, but the one in question is blocked off with a saw horse and a warning. The boys immediately plan to check it out. Unfortunately, Jeremy’s little sister hears their plans and ends up joining them (either that or she tattles about where they’re really going to her mom). The trio jump, slide and dodge their way down the washed out path to the cave the journal mentioned. In the back of the cave, Annese accidentally finds the portal they were looking for.
While checking out this new cave, Annese runs ahead while the boys are amazed at the rock formations and coloring built into the walls. Annese’s scream brings them around in time to see Annese being carried off by a gigantic bird. Oh, no!
As they delve into this strange land, they find their faces in a book of prophecies. These people were expecting them to save their land. What the heck? Join Jordon and Jeremy as they traverse the islands, make new friends and enemies, run for their lives, develop new talents, break a few laws, and try to figure out how to rescue Annese and get home.