The Door Within (Door Within Series #1)

The Door Within (Door Within Series #1)

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by Wayne Thomas Batson

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There is an unseen world of good and evil where nightmares are fought and hope is reborn. Enter The Door Within.

Aidan Thomas is miserable. Within two weeks, Aidan’s life is completely uprooted as his parents move the family across the country to care for his ailing grandfather. The quiet but imaginative Aidan is struggling with attending a


There is an unseen world of good and evil where nightmares are fought and hope is reborn. Enter The Door Within.

Aidan Thomas is miserable. Within two weeks, Aidan’s life is completely uprooted as his parents move the family across the country to care for his ailing grandfather. The quiet but imaginative Aidan is struggling with attending a new school and fitting in with a new group of friends. But when he begins having nightmares and eerie events occur around his neighborhood, Aidan finds himself drawn to his grandfather's basement—where he discovers three ancient scrolls and a mysterious invitation to another world.

No longer confined to the realm of his own imagination, Aidan embarks on an adventure where he discovers a long-fought war between good and evil. With the fate of two worlds hanging in the balance, Aidan faces Paragory, the eternal enemy with unfathomable power. Will Aidan be willing to risk everything and trust the unseen hand of the one true King?

With over 250,000 copies sold in The Door Within trilogy, this is a perfect time to introduce the series to a new tween audience The fantasy genre is wildly popular among young readers, and this series will leave tweens and teens on the edge of their seats.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
First-time author and middle-school teacher Batson leads young readers to a fantasy realm (filled with unusual names) where faith and sacrifice serve as essential tools in an epic battle between good and evil. Sound familiar? It will to many fantasy fans, as well as those familiar with the Bible. Aidan has a tough time when he moves from Maryland to Colorado with his parents so they can care for his grandfather; he hardly relishes starting high school as the new kid. But things take a bizarre turn when he ventures to his grandfather's basement and discovers some ancient scrolls containing what Grampin knows as "the Story." The scrolls encourage Aidan to believe-the key to the Door Within-and to follow the light of the everlasting King of the Realm. Though God and the Bible are never mentioned by name, the comparisons are clear and sometimes more than obvious (Aidan's family name is Thomas, as in doubters; a traitor and warrior is named Acsriot, an anagram of Iscariot; an evil lieutenant goes by Lord Rucifel, an anagram of Lucifer, etc.). Christian readers will likely draw the parallels as an interesting puzzle and perhaps an introspective exercise. And readers of any faith can enjoy the layers of action and adventure here, replete with knights, dragons and powerful swords in what is the first of a planned trilogy. Ages 10-14. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
VOYA - Jonatha Masters
Do any of VOYA's faithful readers know the story of King Eliam? He was a powerful ruler in the great kingdom of Alleble. All of his subjects were loyal to him, save one. Darkness fell over the great Realm and King Eliam was slain. His death brought about the Schism, a belief that the Realm was now split between two worlds. The Realm would not become whole again until all believers were united and the darkness defeated. Aidan Thomas, an average teenage boy, has become a part of this story. He had read the stories of King Eliam, but did not believe until he was thrust into the world of Alleble. Now it is up to Aidan and his friends to destroy the evil that threatens Alleble and the Realm. Batson peppers his books with Christian symbols and ideals. The concept of placing one's faith in a situation that will bring about everlasting life is found in almost every other chapter. Many readers may find these novels derivative of C. S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia series. What might be of most help to the reader are lists of characters and places that Batson includes in his novels. He even provides a pronunciation guide for those names that are especially difficult to decipher. The novels are well written, and the narrative moves quickly. Readers will become engrossed in King Eliam's world because of the vivid imagery that Batson uses to describe the Realm and its people.
School Library Journal
Gr 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 Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date:
Door Within Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Wayne Thomas Batsonis the author of several bestselling novels, includingThe Door Withintrilogy, The Isle series, and The Berinfell series. As a middle school reading teacher, Wayne writes adventures set in imaginative locales because he believes that we all dream of doing something that matters.

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The Door Within: The Door Within Trilogy, Book 1 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 161 reviews.
Celebrilomiel More than 1 year ago
"Adventures are funny things, and they always begin with the unexpected. But the best adventures of all are the ones that never end." So Aidan Thomas learns when he is swept into the adventure of a lifetime. When his parents decide to move from Maryland to Colorado to take care of Grampin, his grandfather, Aidan is devastated. But a series of strange events leads him to a whole new world. The Realm, land of dragons, knights, and raw adventure. Called by the King, Aidan is immediately whisked into adventure after adventure as the knights faithful to the one true king attempt to defeat the evil Paragor. Between rigorous training, lethal treachery, moonrascal tunnels, and thrilling battles, unlikely hero Aidan learns of King Eliam and sacrificial love. Wayne Thomas Batson's debut novel is an exciting fantasy story full of truth, laughter, and adventure. You are never alone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this book good for a 10 year old plz reply
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
READ IT . NOW . ;) ^-^ >&bull;_&bull;< ( )s -cat-
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book before bur not on my is the best book ever!!!!!!! Well i guess the best series (not counting the percy jackson books) but anyways i reccomend this to peaople love adventure books and tgat kind of thing the next books are "The rise of the wyrm lord" (i did NOT spell wyrm wrong) and " The final storm" i reccommehd this nook strongly
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I managed to read the entire sample in a single sitting, and so fsr it sounds like an amazing book!! Do i buy and read?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The begining of this series is on of the best beginers ever. A must read for all ages.... ecxept babies. Christian
Winterbane More than 1 year ago
Looking for an adventure to take you and your kids on? Then check out The Door Within. This is an epic tale of a young boy named Aidan Thomas who, with the help of his grandfather, enters a world only known as "The Realm". Grand battles, Dragons, Hammer Wielding Warriors, Mighty Kings, and a Lord of Evil await Aidan. Will he rise to the challenges that are ahead of him? Will he face his fears and realize that he is never alone? Only time shall tell. Wayne Thomas Batson delivers an excellent literary adventure that will captivate the imagination! The Door Within is the first book in this highly anticipated trilogy of fantasy adventures. These books are great no matter what age! Why should kids have all the fun??
Heather Nash More than 1 year ago
Sure my kids love the series, but 9.99 for an ebook!!!! This is unbelievable!!! I bought the nook because ebooks were supposed to be cheaper!!
MidnightEscape More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely stunning. This book is every fantasy lover's dream! Unlike most books, this one is especially realistic as fantasy can get. I am looking forward to purchasing Riseof the Wyrm Lord!
Millard_of_Swiftstorm More than 1 year ago
Having moved away from his best friend to a different state so that his parents could take care of his grandfather, Aidan Thomas is seriously bored. In a venture down to his house's basement, Aidan comes across scrolls that seem almost too real to be fantasy. Believing it to be true, even though his parents tell him it's time to leave fairytales behind, he enters another world. The kingdom of Alleble. Arriving into the land he had read about, Aidan finds himself chosen as the Twelfth Knight, selected by the King himself to defend their land of Alleble against Paragor. Normal, wimpy Aidan is chosen for a special mission! They leave as soon as his training is done, but will they be in time to stop Paragor?
EaglesWings13 More than 1 year ago
The Door Within by Wayne Thomas Batson is about an unpopular teenager named Aidan Thomas. Aidan is forced to move when his Dad's job is transfered. He is shocked when he finds scrolls in the basement of his new house. These scrolls tell of King Eliam and the Realm. This book is an intriging begining to an excellent series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Our 12-year-old loves this series. We bought the three books and he went through them in just a few days. He loves the characters and the adventure and the good-vs.-evil theme. It's one of those series that gets a kid into reading more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book based on parts of the Bible itself! I've read the second book and can't wait to read the third book. I'd also recomend the other series that Wayne Thomas Batson has written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book, though a bit slow. Very obviously one of Wayne Thomas Batson's first books, as it is not as intricate thought-out as some of his later books. Overall, a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
its a good book but i wouldn't recommend it for summer reading:P?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never read but prevs sound good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AWESOME BOOK!!!!!!!! I could read it over and over and the thrill would never be gone
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book. i dont like reading but found it very hard to put this book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whatever... kissing is fine. The best book ever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Any book you buy from this author is sure to be great! One of the best series that I have ever read!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is the best book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This an amazing book i would reccomend all to read it.
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