Akarnae is the debut novel of Sunshine Coast author, Lynette Noni. It’s the first novel in The Medoran Chronicles: a five-part series. Fitting comfortably in the YA fantasy genre, Akarnae follows the story of 16-year-old Alex as her life changes dramatically. The story begins with Alex arriving at her new school. On her way to enrol, Alex finds herself stepping through a peculiar door that leads out into a forest. The door, of course, is a portal leading her to an entirely new world. Alex finds herself in Medora, which is similar to earth – but far, far cooler. Alex finds her way to Akarnae, which is a boarding school for the gifted, and learns that for some strange reason she was expected there. Not only is she to be enrolled, but she will also attend classes where she will hone her skills: both intellectual and physical. Alex soon grows fond of her new friends and new world, but strange things begin to happen at Akarnae, and Alex can’t help but fear that something unexpected is looming. Desperate to find her way back to earth, Alex learns that her only hope in getting home is through the headmaster of the school who, coincidentally, is away and not due back for some time. So, in the meantime, Alex has to stay in Medora, study at Akarnae, and continue to try to understand this strange new world.