In a prequel short story for the Doormaker series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jamie Thornton, discover what happened the day Esson vanished.
"...traveling to other worlds is hardly a new concept in fantasy, [but] the idea of having no control over it as well as it affecting mundane life like being unable to open doors is wonderfully terrifying. It's something Stephen King would come up with and makes the opening very evocative..." - BookNest, C.T. Phipps ★★★★★
"Imagine not being able to open a door without mistakenly opening a portal to another world. It might sound glamorous to some people, but this "gift/curse" occurs whenever any type of door is opened, even a refrigerator...Once again Jamie Thornton has created a winner." - Amie's Book Reviews ★★★★★
Two hours. One interstellar drug deal.
One family rule has shaped Esson's life: never open a door. Esson comes from a family of doormakers-people who unleash otherworldly violence when they open something even as simple as a refrigerator door.
Esson's family lied to him.
Esson didn't die when he opened a door.
But if Esson doesn't track down some magical drugs within the next two hours, the drug dealer he got involved with might just kill him anyway.
Interview with the Author
Q - In what order should people read the Doormaker series? Who is likely to enjoy the series? The short story (Devil's Harvest) and the short novel (Torchlighters) could be read and enjoyed at any point during the series, but otherwise I recommend the following reading order: Devil's Harvest (Prequel Short Story), Rock Heaven: Book 1, Torchlighters, Tower of Shadows: Book 2, Library of Souls: Book 3, The One Door: Book 4.
Reviewers describe the Doormaker series like HIS DARK MATERIALS meets SLIDERS. Also, the Doormaker series has dragons. These dragons don't breathe fire (sorry), and are called Klylups. And there are some seriously dark secrets and history you'll discover about them.
Q - Why did you decide to write the Doormaker series? I'm a voracious reader of fantasy and science fiction: Stephen King's The Dark Tower series, Cassandra Clare, Bella Forrest Jeff Wheeler, Sarah J Maas, Rachel E Carter, Philip Pullman, to name a few of my favorites. I wanted to write a story about "The One," but with some major twists. My main character, Maella (May-ella), starts totally unskilled and has been kept in the dark for her entire life about her family history, her magical abilities-everything. There's a very good reason why, but no one will tell her that either! When I kept showing people the short story, they kept asking-actually demanding-to know what happened next. So I wrote how Maella starts so unskilled and innocent to eventually holding the fate of three worlds in her hands. So now there are 6 books in the series (lol). 4 full length novels, 1 short novel, and 1 short story.
Q - Thanks for talking with me today. Any last words? Hmmm. This is toughest question of them all, but...To all the readers out there-may light show you the way and darkness show you the stars.
Q - Do we have to read the Doormaker series to understand why these are your last words to this interview? Maybe. (Yes).
About the Author
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This prequel is a very fast-paced short story, that begins with the 13 year-old hero running as fast as he can, to beat a two-hour ultimatum that will mean the security for his family. If he fails – well, the drug dealer, Dustin, “had a reputation. A violent, cruel reputation, especially for those who failed him”. First, Esson neds to pee, then he needs to ditch Dustin’s son Barth, so that he can get the drug without exposing his – and his family’s – secret knack with doors to ‘other’ places. First thing is relatively easy – but Barth will NOT go. Esson is the type of boy, who will “act first and think later and it wasn’t going to end well”. Soon, Barth is not the only problematic observer that Esson has. The thoughtless actions multiply, and a happy ending looks increasingly less likely, but the pace does not let up for a moment. Esson has grown up with a family ban on ‘opening doors’, but apart from being repeatedly warned that opening doors leads to death and destruction, he neither understands why, nor understands who he and his family really are. He doesn’t want to hurt anyone, but time is ticking on …. Finally, opening another door is the only option available, a door to ….? The ending is abrupt, and leaves you with many more questions than answers. Is the sanction on all doors (would make normal life impossible) or just ‘doors’ to ‘other’ places. Where or what is ‘other’? Did we start on Earth? Where is Esson now? Can he ever get home? What will happen to his family? I am straight on to the next book to try and find out. This is a great read that bodes well for the rest of the Doormaker series. I received this copy from the author in exchange for an honest review