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The Door Within (Door Within Trilogy) Paperback – May 6, 2013
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Grade 6-9–When his family moves to Colorado to care for his ailing grandfather, Aidan thinks his life is ruined until he discovers three ancient scrolls in the man's basement. They tell of a world where the knights of Alleble fight to keep the warriors of Paragory from gaining dominion over the Realm. When Aidan reads the last line of the scrolls, Believe and enter, he is swept into this strange land. His role there is to become the 12th knight of the King's Elder Guard. Their mission is to travel to the kingdom of Mithegard and convince its sovereign not to sign a treaty with Paragory. Aidan discovers that the people in the Realm, called Glimpses, have doubles that exist in his world. A map of the Realm is provided, as is a character guide with pronunciation key. The concept in this first of a projected trilogy is intriguing and the plot moves along at a steady pace. Some characters lack development, but several of them are engaging, especially the swordmaiden Gwenne and an underground serpentine creature named Falon. Give this title to readers who have finished the current book in D. J. MacHale's Pendragon series (S & S) but who might not be ready for J. R. R. Tolkien or David Eddings's Belgariad books (Ballantine).–Lisa Prolman, Greenfield Public Library, MA
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Gr. 4-7. The first in a projected trilogy begins in Aidan Thomas' new home; his family has moved to help his ailing grandfather. Aidan is unhappy about almost everything, but life really turns upside down when he discovers several ancient scrolls in his grandfather's basement. In short order, he finds himself opening "the door within"; on the opposite side is a world of noble kings and treacherous knights, and the inevitable struggle between good and evil. In the frame story about sacrifice and redemption, Batson has borrowed from C. S. Lewis, but the book's Christian overtones are not nearly as well woven as those in Lewis' work. There's plenty of fantastical adventure tethered to right and wrong here, and Aidan is a likable enough hero, though he seems more like a boy of 11 or 12 than the high-school kid he is. The writing is often workmanlike, but many readers will want the book for its religious core. Ilene Cooper
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Digital edition.
Top customer reviews
The book was exciting to read even though the end of it is sad. The book was exciting to read because there is a lot of action, fighting and secrets. I really liked this book because it is similar to what the Bible tells us. When we die we go to heaven and live eternally or we go to hell and live for eternity. Aiden Thomas gave up his life for King Eliam and we are to put our life in God's hands.
The beginning of the story starts out rather slow, but it begins to pick up as the story goes on.
After the beginning was past, I was drawn further and further into the story, and WTB's imagination is incredible. The book began pulling me in for an awesome ride.
Humor, action, plot twists, swordfighting, and an unexpected and devastating attack; it's all in this book. Pick this up and you won't put it back down.
All in all, despite a slow beginning, and being rather rough around the edges, The Door Within was a great and gripping read, with plenty of action and emotion for all.
Characters: While not overly descriptive, well developed.
Pacing: Fast-action, with decent pauses. It's not like the LOTR movies where they fight Orc after Orc after Orc...and with no rest stops.
Overall: I can't wait to read it again!!!
I recommend getting all three books of the trilogy at once, if you like fantasy and action. Otherwise, you'll be gnawing at the stubs of your nails and haunting the mailbox! Unless you just get digital...
The way God's word and person is presented just about had me in tears at the table (I eat while I read). It was, as Aidan thought, so real, yet it couldn't be...He couldn't have loved them that much...How could He do this...Who is He?
This book was written wonderfully. The characters, while not described with detail, showed themselves with the way they acted more so than any physical description could. Aiden is a young teen, facing the dreaded childhood monster: moving away from the only home he's ever known. He loves fantasy, and wishes he could go somewhere else--preferably with dragons--to get away from his "Grampin's" house. He soon gets his wish.
Through training, difficulties and patience, Aiden casts aside his questioning, doubting, angry self and replaces it with a soul who loves his King. And makes fascinating discoveries with it.
Join Aiden and his friends that he never would have dreamed of having in his new home on a journey that may just help you to discover The Door Within.