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Still staggering under Paragor's relentless attacks, Alleble's remaining allies flee from the four corners of The Realm to safety within the Kingdom's walls. Once there they find chaos, the forces of Alleble grieving a fallen hero, and the Kingdom's citizens clinging to an ancient legend about Three Witnesses who can bring victory. But who are they? Where are they?

There is little time for Alleble to mourn before Paragor, the Wyrm Lord, and the...

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Overview

Still staggering under Paragor's relentless attacks, Alleble's remaining allies flee from the four corners of The Realm to safety within the Kingdom's walls. Once there they find chaos, the forces of Alleble grieving a fallen hero, and the Kingdom's citizens clinging to an ancient legend about Three Witnesses who can bring victory. But who are they? Where are they?

There is little time for Alleble to mourn before Paragor, the Wyrm Lord, and the deadly Seven Sleepers unite against the followers of King Eliam.

As Alleble begins to lose hope, Paragor unleashes The Final Storm. Will anyone survive to see the dawn?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400310135
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/11/2007
  • Series: Door Within Series , #3
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 259,480
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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 Final Storm


By WAYNE THOMAS BATSON

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2006 Wayne Thomas Batson
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4003-1013-5


Chapter One

Into the Storm

Aidan searched for Gwenne's image in the thunderclouds. But the aircraft banked hard to the right and threw him back into the seat. No, not into the storm! Aidan thought urgently. He grabbed the armrest and tried to pull himself back up to the window.

"Aidan!" his dad yelled. "Aidan, sit back!"

The airplane was steering directly for a massive black cloud fortress. Lightning rippled across the cloud, turning it the color of an ugly bruise. And there in the center of the massive thunderhead was a hollow of darkness.

The plane began to shudder and bounce like a speeding boat on rough surf. Lightning lit up the cabin. Passengers shrieked and gasped. The engines screamed, and the plane banked back to the left. Everything shook. It felt as if the cabin would break apart under the strain.

Then, just as suddenly, the plane leveled out. The lights came back on. Hundreds of passengers sighed.

"You okay?" Aidan's dad asked.

Aidan wasn't sure. He wasn't hurt, but he didn't feel okay exactly either. "I saw Gwenne," he whispered.

"What?"

"When the lightning flashed, I saw her in the window. She looked scared, Dad. I think she's in trouble."

"You've been thinking a lot about Antoinette being in The Realm, and Gwenne is her Glimpse. They look alike ... maybe—"

"Dad, I saw her," Aidan replied. "Something has gone terribly wrong. The clouds outside ... the storm—it wasn't normal."

"This is your captain speaking," came a tinny voice from the speakers. "Sorry about the bumps back there. The thunderstorm to our south intensified. We've, uh, adjusted our course to keep our distance."

"Well, duh!" someone said in the seat behind Aidan. "That sounds like a plan!" The passengers nearby laughed nervously.

"We will be beginning our initial descent into the Baltimore/ Washington area in about a half-hour," the captain continued. "We don't anticipate any more problems."

"That's a relief," said Aidan's dad. The other passengers buzzed with conversation. A little blond girl in the next row tugged at her mother's sleeve. Aidan nodded and turned to look back out of the window. Intermittent bright flashes of lightning illuminated the dark clouds bubbling in the distance.

Why did I see you, Gwenne? Aidan wondered, closing his eyes and picturing her beautiful pale face. Was it a foretelling as so many of his visions had been? Had something happened to Antoinette in The Realm?

A strange noise from the rear of the plane interrupted Aidan's thoughts. It reminded him of the buzzer for the dryer that lets you know when the cycle was done. He turned, unclasped the seat belt, and looked back over the headrest. A muffled boom followed. Then a sharp cracking sound. The plane shook. Some of the passengers cried out. A businessman's laptop skittered into the aisle.

"Aidan, sit down and put your seat belt back on," said Aidan's father in a quiet but commanding voice.

Aidan sat down hard and clasped his seat belt. He looked up at the flight attendant, who was still buckled into her own seat behind the cabin. An older gentleman had gotten up and peppered her with questions. Finally she ushered him back into his seat. She belted herself in again and grabbed an intercom mic. The last thing Aidan saw, before the curtain hid her from view, was her colorless and terror-stricken face.

"Dad?" Aidan asked. But suddenly, there was another cracking sound from behind. And then the hissing sound of air from all around. Passengers became frantic, looking from face to face for answers. The lights flickered, and the plane lurched forward with such force that Aidan hit his head on the back of the seat in front of him. He fell backward, disoriented and frightened. There were screams and people shouting at one another. Aidan turned and saw his father slumped in his seat, his head flopped down at his chest.

"Dad!" Aidan yelled. He grabbed his father's shoulder. "Dad, wake up!" The airplane began to shake. Aidan gently lifted his father's chin and tilted his head back. A welt was already forming in the center of his dad's forehead. "Dad, oh no! Please be okay! Dad!" But his father did not answer. The plane lurched again. The lights went out and did not come back on. Aidan heard the plane's engines whining, and the plane dipped down.

This can't be happening! Aidan thought. We're going to crash. Lightning flickered and lit up the cabin. The other passengers were frantically grasping at their seat belts, their chairs—they too had come to the grim conclusion that the airplane was going down.

Chapter Two

Chains of the Enemy

Antoinette heard the jangle of keys, followed by a metallic click and the groan from the hinges of the chamber door. "Kearn!" she called out to the darkness.

"Yes, m'lady," Kearn replied, stepping forward into the moonlight. "I have brought you something to eat, but a moment, please. This darkness will never do." Kearn placed a tray on the one chair in the chamber and disappeared into the hallway. He returned bearing a large torch, which he placed in a holder on the wall.

"There, now we can look upon each other." He grinned as he placed the tray on the floor by Antoinette's cell. "Please, eat, m'lady."

"I'm not your lady!" Antoinette growled.

"Be that as it may," he replied, "you must have something. The meat is cured, the bread is fresh—it is all unspoiled. The mug is full of water from snowmelt. You will find it quite refreshing."

Antoinette was starving. Well, if they wanted me dead, they could've done that long ago, she thought. She reached through the bars and grabbed a piece of bread. At first she took only a tentative nibble. The bread wasn't just good—it was fantastic. Feathery-light texture, sweet, and still warm! Antoinette tore off a large hunk and jammed it into her mouth. She kept eating until the plate was clear.

"Excellent, Antoinette!" Kearn laughed. "Now it is time for a little exchange of information."

Antoinette eyed Kearn suspiciously.

"Nay, m'lady. I guess your mind," Kearn said. "Fear not. I have not come to pry from your lips King Eliam's secret battle plans, for they matter little to my master."

"Then why are you here?" Antoinette asked pointedly.

Kearn's eyes flickered red. He stood and paced near the cell. "I am ... troubled," he whispered. "Your actions thwart every reasonable explanation! You hunted me across a hundred leagues, and yet when I was snared, you did not kill. Thrice you placed your life in jeopardy to save mine—even when I made it perfectly clear that I serve Paragor and no other. Tell me, are all the beings from the Mirror Realm so stubborn?"

Antoinette actually laughed. "No, I'm about the most stubborn person I know."

"I doubt it not," Kearn replied. "But there is also courage ... and strength. The very mention of my name strikes terror into the hearts of my foes, yet you stood up to me ... to me! And while I can dispatch most knights five at a time, I could not defeat you without guile. Even though you are my enemy, I do respect your strength."

"It is not my strength, Kearn," Antoinette replied.

"Nonsense!"

She stood as best she could, hindered by the chains around her ankles. "I have strength and skill because King Eliam willed for it to be so. While most other girls in my world were playing with dolls, I was taught to fight with a sword. And I have the advantage. I attack without fear, for I know that if I die, I will go to the Sacred Realm Beyond the Sun."

"There is no such place."

"You said yourself that those who served Paragor well will be remembered in the world to come. You must believe something happens after you die," Antoinette said.

"Yes ..." Kearn hesitated. "It is as I said. Paragor will ultimately triumph over Alleble and hold dominion over all The Realm. On the rubble of Alleble, Paragor will create a new kingdom where those who served the master well will have riches and be revered by all those beneath us!"

"Paragor promises you power and fortune, if you'll serve only him. It is the same thing he promised the kingdoms of Mithegard, Acacia, and Clarion—right before he destroyed them. It is his way. If I had my Book of Alleble I could show you."

"You mean that worn-out leather volume over there?" Kearn asked, pointing to the corner of the chamber far outside her cell. Her book lay open, facedown in the shadows. "The guards no doubt cast it aside."

"My book!" Antoinette replied eagerly. "May I have it ... please?"

Kearn looked over at the book and back at Antoinette. "Nay, you have your head already too full of Alleble's harvest tales. Let it lie there and mock you."

"Kearn!"

"No, you have said your piece!" Kearn roared. "Now, I will say mine. You came after me, you say, to see me turn from my master and bend the knee to King Eliam. That is your wish?" Kearn turned his back to Antoinette for a moment and continued. "You say to me to leave the riches, adoration, and power I have here to be a common knight in the Kingdom of Alleble? Betray my master simply on your word, and let my eyes reflect back the weak blue of King Eliam's servants ... that is what you are asking, is it not?"

Antoinette stared at his back.

"Well, m'lady of the Mirror Realm," he said, his voice deep and stalking. "I give you what you ask." Kearn turned around suddenly, and as Antoinette looked into his eyes, she swayed as if she might fall. For Kearn's eyes flickered blue as only the eyes of those who follow King Eliam do.

"How can this be?" Antoinette asked.

Kearn laughed and held up a small corked vial. He took out the cork and sipped from the bottle. He closed his eyes, and when he opened them again, they flickered red in the manner of Paragor's servants.

"Yewland," Antoinette gasped. "That's how you fooled Queen Illaria in Yewland, isn't it?"

Kearn nodded. "Yewland and so many other places! It is remarkably easy to turn King Eliam's allies against him. You would think they would be more ... devoted."

"Trickery!" Antoinette yelled. "Deceit! Don't you see, Kearn? That's just another example of Paragor's way!"

"Silence! How easily you cast out such accusations. Do you think your own King, the noble King Eliam of Alleble, is without guile? Would it pain thee then to know that he has kept hidden his true purpose for you in The Realm?"

Antoinette stood very still.

"Oh, yes, your good King has very interesting plans for you, m'lady ... for you and the others. But Paragor has plans for you as well—much better plans," Kearn said. "You see ... they are out there. My master knows, and he will find them before King Eliam. And in that moment, Alleble will be utterly destroyed."

"That will never happen! King Eliam defeated Paragor the first time and cast him into exile. He will do it again."

"Pity, no," Kearn replied. "Alleble will fall. Your beloved King knows this."

"Lies!" Antoinette cried. "Stop it! It's all lies!"

"If they are lies, Antoinette," Kearn said with a hideous smile, "then they are King Eliam's lies. For Alleble's destruction is foretold in the Scroll of Prophecy written by King Eliam's own hand!"

Kearn took the torch from the wall, left the chamber, and locked the door behind him. Antoinette was left in utter darkness. Tears ran down her cheeks.

* * *

Antoinette awoke with the dawn. She found a new tray of food just outside her cell. She took a bite of the bread and savored it. Surely this was not the kind of food that prisoners in Paragory usually received. She went to take another bite, but then dropped the bread on the floor. Her Book of Alleble, which had lain in the corner of her cell just the night before, was gone.

Chapter Three

The Stones of Omen

Sir Kaliam, Sentinel of Alleble, stood at the large window in a lofted keep high in the castle and stared out over the kingdom and the moonlit lands beyond. Sir Thrivenbard, Alleble's chief tracker and woodsman, entered the room and stood respectfully behind him.

"Well?" Kaliam demanded.

"My Sentinel," Thrivenbard said, and bowed to the knight. "It is with a sad heart I bring you the news that the body of Sir Gabriel was found among the twisting paths and dark boughs of the Blackwood."

Kaliam was silent.

"Sir, it has been three days since our search parties have discovered a survivor. We are only finding those slain, and Sir Aelic was not among them."

Kaliam did not turn around. "Thrivenbard," Kaliam said quietly, "I do not expect you to find Sir Aelic among the slain."

"But my Sentinel," Thrivenbard said. "So much time has passed since the battle and—"

"Nonetheless!" Kaliam shouted, before mastering himself and turning to face the knight. "Nonetheless, you will not find him among the dead. The Battle of the Blackwood raged from one end of the Forest Road to the other, from the borders of Yewland and into the heart of the Blackwood itself. In such a large area, a lone knight might be missed."

"My men are skilled," said Thrivenbard. "They have searched every thicket and under every bough—"

"Then you go, Thrivenbard," Kaliam exclaimed, "and search every thicket and under every bough again! No one in all The Realm has your skills in tracking and knowledge of the woods—not even the elder scouts of Yewland." He walked over and put a gentle hand on Thrivenbard's shoulder. "Thrivenbard, much depends upon your success."

"I will see to it, my Sentinel," Thrivenbard replied. "With King Eliam as my guide, I will not rest until I find Sir Aelic."

"Thank you, servant of Alleble," Kaliam replied. He knew if anyone could find Sir Aelic, Thrivenbard could.

"Never alone!" the Sentinel said.

"Never alone!" Thrivenbard replied as he bowed. Before taking leave, Thrivenbard stopped. "Sir?"

"Yes?"

"Since we have not found Sir Aelic," Thrivenbard said, choosing his words carefully, "is it possible that he was taken alive as a prisoner of the enemy, as was Lady Antoinette?"

Kaliam turned his back to Thrivenbard and stared out upon the moonlit realm again. "Losing Antoinette to the enemy is already a great blow to our cause. If Paragor has Sir Aelic as well ..."

Thrivenbard bowed again and walked swiftly from the chamber.

* * *

The moon was much lower in the sky when Lady Merewen entered the library and found Kaliam at the window. "How long will you stand there?" she asked in a gentle voice. With great difficulty she lowered her dark hood, and her long silver hair spilled out upon her bandaged shoulders.

"Merewen!" Kaliam turned, and she went to him. Kaliam looked at her and put the back of his hand to her brow. "Your fever has passed! How do you feel?"

"Sir Oswyn says I was fortunate only to have been scratched by one of the Sleepers and not bitten," she replied, her violet eyes gleaming. "Herbs to treat my wounds are readily available, but not so for a bite. I am to be fine, Kaliam. But I am not sure you can say the same. You look in need of rest."

"I cannot rest." He sighed. "I am the Sentinel of this kingdom. I have charges."

"And you will do your charges no good if you kill yourself with anxiety."

Kaliam stared west into the night sky. "Paragor has released the Wyrm Lord and the Sleepers from their tombs. Alleble must prepare. Sir Aelic is still lost, and we cannot abandon Lady Antoinette to torment behind the Gate of Despair!" Kaliam's head fell to his chest. He seemed suddenly aged, burdened with a weight that he could not bear.

Lady Merewen kissed him on his forehead and gently raised his chin. She stared kindly into his dark eyes. "In the midst of my darkest doubt," she said, "you lifted my chin and told me, 'Dwell not in dreary chambers of the past!' You reminded me of the hope that we have as servants of King Eliam. This hope I return to you now. Stare not west where shadows dwell, but upon Alleble and be reminded!"

Kaliam looked down to the Seven Fountains. The moonlight danced in the high plumes of water and mist, and for a moment, his heart was glad. Then he saw the seventh fountain now so long dry, and his hope fled.

"You see," he said, "even in the most glorious places in Alleble, the enemy's black touch can be felt! I see below me a place empty and barren, save for memories of pain, despair, and ... Paragor's treachery!"

"Nay, m'lord! That is the site of our King's greatest victory!"

"But Paragor remains. He has brought evils out of legend into his service and amassed at least an army to match our own."

"King Eliam defeated death!" Lady Merewen said sternly. "Who shall stand against the one who rose again?"

(Continues...)



Excerpted from The Final Storm by WAYNE THOMAS BATSON Copyright © 2006 by Wayne Thomas Batson. Excerpted by permission of Thomas Nelson. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Table of Contents

Contents

Principal Cast....................ix
Principal Settings....................xi
Maps....................xii
Chapter 1 Into the Storm....................1
Chapter 2 Chains of the Enemy....................4
Chapter 3 The Stones of Omen....................9
Chapter 4 Call to Arms....................14
Chapter 5 Close Calls....................21
Chapter 6 The Skill of Thrivenbard....................25
Chapter 7 Principles of Power....................30
Chapter 8 The Departure of Sir Aelic....................41
Chapter 9 The First Move....................49
Chapter 10 Legend of the Three....................52
Chapter 11 A Visitor from the Thread....................58
Chapter 12 The Keeper of Power....................64
Chapter 13 When Light and Dark Collide....................69
Chapter 14 Kaliam's Charge....................80
Chapter 15 The Battle of the Blue Mountains....................84
Chapter 16 To Seek What is Lost....................94
Chapter 17 In King Brower's Palace....................100
Chapter 18 Beyond The Gate of Despair....................107
Chapter 19 Twisted Paths....................115
Chapter 20 Memento....................119
Chapter 21 A Father to the Fatherless....................126
Chapter 22 The Door Within....................133
Chapter 23 Kindred Spirits....................138
Chapter 24 Tested and Proved....................145
Chapter 25 Pennath Ador....................153
Chapter 26 The Good Confession....................165
Chapter 27 The Black Breath....................183
Chapter 28 A Superior Foe?....................194
Chapter 29 King's Forest....................201
Chapter 30 The Hidden Village....................215
Chapter 31 The Scroll of Prophecy....................226
Chapter 32 A Greater Mission....................234
Chapter 33 Drang's Game....................240
Chapter 34 A Time for All Things....................247
Chapter 35 An Old Friend Well-Met....................251
Chapter 36 The Coming of Darkness....................256
Chapter 37 Enemy Within the Walls....................261
Chapter 38 Falon's Wrath....................267
Chapter 39 The Final Storm Unleashed....................272
Chapter 40 The Three Witnesses....................278
Chapter 41 Battle at the Seven Fountains....................284
Chapter 42 Shadow's Bane....................294
Chapter 43 The Offer....................305
Chapter 44 The King's Army....................318
Chapter 45 All Things New....................329
Original Chapters with Deleted Scenes....................337
Acknowledgments....................365
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  • Posted May 4, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    This is a great ending to Mr. B's first set of books. This trilogy has been added to my favorite list!

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  • Posted April 22, 2012

    (Spoiler Alert for those who have not read books 1 and 2) Thing

    (Spoiler Alert for those who have not read books 1 and 2)

    Things are looking grim for the land of Alleble. Paragor, the Betrayer, has unleashed ancient monsters to help him take over the Realm. The Wyrm Lord, the greatest of all Dragons, and the Seven Sleepers, the greatest of all Wolves, have been unleashed. Antoinette Reed is locked in a tower in Paragor's stronghold, forced to watch all these horrors be unleashed upon the land.

    Meanwhile on earth Aiden Thomas's best friend Robby has fallen into the service of Paragor himself. Time is running out for Aiden to save him, but with Robby's father around, can he?

    This is an amazing conclusion to one of the best fantasy series you will ever read. I would highly recommend this book to anyone over 9 who loves action, adventure, and a great tale of Good vs Evil!!

    My hat is off to you, Mr Batson, for creating such a wonderful tale!!!

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  • Posted December 24, 2011

    The Storm Begins!!

    It is The Final Storm! The hordes of evil gather around Alleble and Paragor looks to bring an epic storm upon the free peoples of The Realm. Aidan and his companions are ready for battle and they look to the One True King to guide them. Will this be Alleble's moment of victory or will the forces of Paragor usher in a new age of evil? This is the third and final book of The Door Within Trilogy from Wayne Thomas Batson and is a great adventure for all ages!

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  • Posted December 9, 2011

    Prepare for Epicness!

    This is the final book in The Door Within Trilogy. Aiden finds himself in the realm along with Robby, and Anntoinette. As The Realm prepares for the final storm, The Three Witnesses must be called forth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Best Book in the Series!!!

    I've just finished "The Final Storm" and I must say this is the best book in the "Door Within Trilogy!" When I read the first book "The Door Within", something about the book made me want to read more and more, so I finished it and loved it to the end. Then I read the second book, "The Rise of the Wyrm Lord" and found that that was just as good or even better than the first (I loved the ending). And now, I've just finished "The Final Storm", and this was amazing!!! Wayne Thomas Batson did a GREAT job on building up the suspense from the very first chapter in "The Door Within" (which is the dream Aidan has in Chapter one.) So if your looking for great book to read you should try "The Door Within Trilogy", also I highly encourage you to read "Isle of Swords" and "Isle of Fire", those are also by the fabulous Wayne Thomas Batson.
    GREAT Job Wayne!

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  • Posted December 13, 2010

    The Final Storm

    Read the epic conclusion of Wayne Thomas Batson's Door Within Trilogy, The Final Storm!
    While a search goes out for Aelic in The Realm, Aidan Thomas travels back to Maryland to talk with his friend Robby, unaware of his allegiance to Paragor! While meeting with Robby a glimpse named Count Eogan tries to convince Aidan to join the fight against King Eliam, after Aidan refuses the count tries to kill him but is stopped by Robby as Aidan is drawn once again to the realm. Antoinette is still a captive of Robby's glimpse Kearn, but he suddenly disappears leaving behind her sword which she uses to help escape her cell. Robby reads Aidan's scrolls and learns the truth of the night of the betrayal, he manages to enter the Door Within and come to The Realm. Robby enters the Realm in the city of Alleble and discovers a rock, the hardest in the Realm, the strengthen the walls of the city. Paragor has released his full might including the Wyrm Lord and the Seven Sleepers, some of the oldest and foulest beasts in the Realm. Meanwhile, Aidan searches Paragor's fortress for Antoinette in the disguise of a Paragor knight, after finding her and another glimpse, they are caught by a small group of Paragor's knights, they defeat them and escape towards Alleble. But will they outrun, The Final Storm? Who will win and reign supreme? Find out now!

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  • Posted December 12, 2010

    The Final Storm: Last in the trilogy

    In this final book in this series by Whayne Thomas Batson, Aidan is trying to get his friend Robby to believe in the Realm. The trouble is, he already does, but he's serving Paragor! Aidan tries to talk to him, but his dad is also working for Paragor and won't let Aidan near Robby. Meanwhile in the Realm, Antoinette is trying to talk to Kearn, Robbys glimpse twin. Kearn is being equally uncooperative, and Antoinette is next in line to be fed to the Wyrm Lord! Will Antoinette die? Will Robby believe? The only way to find out is to read the book.

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  • Posted November 26, 2010

    Epic Fantasy Ending!

    Aiden pursues Robby on Earth while Antoinette pursues his Glimpse in Alleble, and they finally convert him, sending Robby to Alleble and his Glimpse to Earth. In Alleble, Robby is tempted by Paragor himself, but chooses to stand with King Eliam. As he trains, Alleble prepares for the final battle with Paragor, and finds that ultimately, they can only trust King Eliam.
    Wayne Thomas Batson takes the cake in youth fantasy. I only have two adult fantasy series that rival this. The third book was an amazing, edge-of-your-seat conclusion to his Door Within Trilogy. I was very sad to leave the characters; then I read the series again, and again..

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  • Posted November 2, 2010

    As the Storm Approaches, Will the Three Witnesses be Found?

    With Antoinette still in the Realm, Aiden is worried. She had already been there longer than he had. Aiden and his father, who now believes, go to Maryland, where Robby, Aiden's best friend lives. But Robby's father is back, and is teaching Robby that Paragor's way is right. Aiden must help Robby as best he can to believe in Ellos. When Aiden is sent home by Robby's dad, Aiden and Robby meet at their old clubhouse in the woods. There, Aiden tells Robby as best he can about Ellos and Alleble. But just as Robby's father discovers them, Aiden gets pulled into the Thread, back to Alleble. Robby must figure the rest out on his own as Aiden starts a new adventure in the Realm. This book is a page turner, and will keep you reading as long as possible.

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  • Posted June 4, 2010

    The Final Storm!

    The Kingdom is still in danger, will anyone survive? Aidan gets to see Robby again, but why does he sense something is wrong? Alleble is in trouble, and Paragor has his sites set on total domination this time. Old allies no longer will help Alleble. Will the Wyrm Lord triumph after all? And what is this mysterious thing called, "The Thread"?

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  • Posted March 7, 2010

    Climatic Finale

    Picking up right where its prequel, The Rise of the Wyrm Lord, left off, The Final Storm plunges headfirst into hair-raising action.
    Ancient prophecy collides with lies as treachery and deceit poison minds and grapple with faith.
    Battle looms on the horizon - a dreadful and final war. Paragor amasses his forces, including the Wyrm Lord and the Seven Sleepers, and undercover of the mysterious Black Breath, they march on Alleble.
    Old and new friends unite to clash against Paragor and the Wyrm Lord, but the fate of all hinges upon the Three Witnesses of ancient prophecy.
    In a stunning, climatic finale to a wonderful trilogy, Mr. Batson outdoes himself. My only complaint is that it all went by too quickly. One part that I especially like is the names and meanings of the Seven Swords.
    Intense action alleviated throughout with humor, bound with through-provoking allegory, and filled with memorable characters - The Final Storm is an amazing book that you will never regret reading.

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

    Great book!!

    Beasts of untold grief known as the seven sleepers along with the Wyrm lord and Paragor are ready to attack Alleble. All hope is lost and time is running out. Alleble clings to legend that three witnesses can save them.
    Darkness is spreading throughout the land. Victory is getting harder and harder to reach. Will the three witnesses come and save Alleble or do they even exist?

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    Never Alone

    When Robby Pierson's best friend moved, his life seemed to fall apart. Robby enters the realm and is trained to become a knight as well. He discovers that the people of the realm do not trust him. Self doubt sweeps over Robby as the final storm approaches. Will Robby regain confidence? And is the myth of the Three Witnesses true?

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    The Final Storm

    This is a beautiful conclusion to a great series--not to be missed if you've read the first two books.

    The multiple story lines revolving around the main characters are all interesting and intertwined together well. Also, the characters in this book face even higher stakes than before, adding to the action-packed and suspense-filled style present in all of Batson's books. My criticism is that this book is not as memorable for me as the other two and I think the reason is that this story line isn't distinct enough from that of The Rise of the Wyrm Lord so the events of the two books tend to run together more than they do with the first book.

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  • Posted February 8, 2010

    Amazing book!!

    Fill in the blank with =, < or >
    (Hoards of Paragor +The Wyrm Lord +The Seven Sleepers )__(The Three Witnesses +Allebian Soldiers +Falon )

    Bad Guy Background
    1=Any glimpse (a being that lives in the Realm) who chose to follow Paragor (An evil king in the Realm)
    2=The first dragon, shape shifter, fire can melt stone is so powerful
    3=The first Wolvin (Wolf) pack, learned to shape shift from The Wyrm Lord

    Good Guy Background
    4=As to existence-??, three heroes from ancient prophecy, believed in by good glimpses, only hope of many
    5=Any glimpse that chose to follow King Eliam
    6=The oldest mortiwraith (snake with legs) poisonous blood, fierce warrior and hater of Paragory (Paragor's empire)

    YOU DO THE MATH AND READ THE BOOK-IT'S DARN GOOD!!

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  • Posted February 8, 2010

    The Trilogy Ends

    The third and final book in the Door Within Trilogy is excellent. As the final battle between Alleble and Paragory draws near, Aidan's friend Robby joins Alleble's forces. As good and evil clash it is up to Aidain, Robby, and Antionette to save Alleble. The only way is to trust in the One True King, but will the three friends choose to follow their King? I definitely recommend this book for any teenager.

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  • Posted February 2, 2010

    A Great Ending!

    Wyrms, Wolves and Glimpses Oh, My!

    With this book being the end of the trilogy you don't know what will happen. Paragory has a huge army, the Wyrm Lord and the Wolves! Who can stop him?
    Antionette is caught, Aidan fears for Robby, and then there is a hidden darkness that is trying to destroy them all.
    Will the Glimpses save there world?

    This is a great book that I have read 4 times and love every time!
    This book is so good with a of my favorite Glimpses back! How is that possible? Read the book!

    This is a Great book, Read it!

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  • Posted January 18, 2010

    The Final Storm

    "the final storm is a powerful conclusion to an awesome series. i would highly recomend it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2010

    An exciting conclusion!

    This is the last book in the Door Within trilogy. It has lots of excitement and has an exciting conclusion!

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  • Posted January 13, 2010

    Good until the end

    I could not wait to get my hands on this book after reading the first two. From the beginning, the story catapults towards the climax of the saga - when Aidan, Antoinette, and Robby will have to face Paragor himself. Overall, the book was an excellent final installment of the Door Within trilogy, but what disappointed me was the somewhat insensitivity of the very end. At the very point of the climax, the point of view changes from the comfortable and engaging third person limited to third person omniscient, and from then on it becomes somewhat unrealistic. I do have to say I was disappointed with the way this otherwise excellent trilogy ended, but I would still recommend it to any fantasy fan.

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