The Door Within

Title: The Door Within: The Door Within Trilogy – Book One (The Door Within)
Author: Wayne Thomas Batson
Primary Audience/age group: 10 and up
Genre: Christian Fantasy
# Of pages: 320
Year of Release: 2005
Part of a Series? Yes, 1 of 3 (The Door Within Trilogy)
Rating: 4 for battle scenes
Description: Aidan Thomas is miserable. And it’s much more than the strange nightmares he’s been having. Just when life seemed to be coming together for Aidan, his parents suddenly move the family across the country to take care of his wheelchair-bound grandfather. When strange events begin to occur, Aidan is drawn into his grandfather’s basement where he discovers three ancient scrolls and an invitation to another world.
No longer confined to the realm of his own imagination, Aidan embarks on an adventure where he meets knights, warriors, kings and mysterious Glimpses who can travel between worlds. Aidan joins them in the struggle between good and evil. With the fate of two worlds hanging in the balance, Aidan faces Paragory, the eternal enemy. Will Aidan be willing to risk everything and trust the unseen hand of the one true King?
Review: There are some books you just “click” with and some you don’t – despite how much you’d like to. Though this was a good book, full of adventure, well written and fast paced – I never could get into it. My 13 year old son, on the other had, really enjoyed it. The main character is a boy, but a strong secondary character is a girl, so I think both boys and girls who like fantasy will enjoy the book.

 

Spiritual Elements: Christian symbolism is strong throughout the book. Lessons on faith, the ultimate decision to accept or deny Christ, Satan’s fall, are written into the story in a very believable way on a level that tweens and teens will be able to identify and ponder.

Violence: There are several intense battle scenes.

Language: none

Sexual Content: none

Rating: 4 for intense battle scenes, nothing too gory though.

Recommendation: Though this was not my favorite book of this genre – I would recommend it. It is a clean read, that tweens/young teens will enjoy. The moral lessons it teaches are easily recongnizable and relevant to any age group. I believe your child will enjoy the book and eagerly ask for the rest of the trilogy.

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