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Content Review: The Door Within by Wayne Thomas Batson

By: Wayne Thomas Batson                                                                                                     Reviewd by: Amy and Austin (12)

Intended Audience: 12 - 15
Main Characters Age: 14
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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.

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Lying dead in the wide road, pierced with innumerable arrows, were hundreds and hundreds of Glimpses. Aidan choked back tears and looked upon the lifeless bodies of men, women, and children who were struck down just a short run from safety. Their faces were locked in terror, eyes bulging, mouths agape, and their beautiful ivory skin was streaked violently with blood. Even those who had taken just a single arrow in the arm or leg had perished and looked as though they had suffered in death. Mortiwrath venom was horribly efficient.

* NOTE- This is the most violent and gory part in the book.



Was it any good?

This was a great book from a Christian author. Awesome story, great imagination, it was a fun read.


7 out of 10

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For excerpts and more reviews go to The Door Within: The Door Within Trilogy - Book One

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Lost Chapter edition (April 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400310113
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400310111