The Door Within Trilogy #1: The Door Within, Softcover   -     By: Wayne Thomas Batson
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Thomas Nelson / 2007 / Paperback

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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? Recommended for ages 10 and up.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1400310113
ISBN-13: 9781400310111
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 10-14
Series: Door Within Trilogy

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Now includes THE LOST CHAPTERS, four previously unpublished chapters with author commentary and editor notes!

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 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? The answer comes from The Door Within.

This new edition of The Door Within is designed like the Director's Cut DVDs of favorite movies and includes deleted chapters, extended scenes, author and editor commentary, and even new bonus adventure stories written especially for fans.

What to expect in The Door Within, Lost Chapters Edition:

  • Deleted Chapter: Original Chapter 1, where Aidan learns that his family will leave their lifetime home in Maryland to move to Colorado. And something startling happens in Aidan's room.
  • Deleted Chapter: Original Chapter 2, where readers meet Robby, Aidan's best friend, and follow he and Aidan on a local adventure.
  • Deleted Chapter: Original Chapter 3, where readers will begin to understand Aidan's fear of the underground. Something alarming dwells in Robby's basement!
  • Deleted Chapter: Original Chapter 4, where readers witness Aidan's departure from Maryland. If you've even had to move and left dear friends behind, you will SO connect to this chapter.

Author Bio

Wayne Thomas Batson is the author of several bestselling novels, including The Door Within Trilogy, The Isle Series, and 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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  1. Gillian
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Fantasy Winner
    April 28, 2012
    Gillian
    The story: It's been two weeks since they moved to Colorado to look after Grampin, and Aidan Thomas just wants to go back to Maryland. He left his best friend behind, and he's not looking forward to trying to fit into a new school. With no friends and nowhere to go, Aidan's expecting the most boring summer of his life. That is, until he finds three ancient scrolls in Grampin's basement – scrolls that summon him to a different world. A world at war.

    Aidan finds himself caught up in the conflict between the knights of Alleble and the evil knights of Paragory. Chosen as the Twelfth Knight on an important mission, Aidan takes a crash course in knightliness through a week long boot camp under the intimidating Captain Valithor. Faced with enemy knights, dragons, and the strange creatures and customs of a strange world, Aidan's found a little more adventure than he anticipated!

    My thoughts:

    This was one of the first “modern” fantasy books I ever read, so naturally, it has a special place in my heart. I grew up on the Lord of the Rings and Narnia, but I didn't discover the wonderful world of newer fantasy out there until a friend gave me The Door Within as a birthday present several years ago.

    And I was hooked.

    In The Door Within, Wayne Thomas Batson pens a great novel full of adventure, excitement, and fantastical creatures. I was sucked in from the first page. Great characters including the archer twins Nock and Bolt, the hammer wielding Mallik, and the swordmaiden Gwenne – not to mention the inimitable Captain Valithor – simply beg you to read more!

    Add to that the mysteries of the Realm and the Glimpses who live there, a great plot full of imaginative twists and turns, battles that you can practically see, and the fearsome depths of Falon's Labyrinth and you've got a winner! Recommended to any fan of fantasy ages 10+.
  2. JaydenCrow
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The book that launched me into christian Fantasy!
    February 15, 2012
    JaydenCrow
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Before I read this book in 4th Grade I sped through small chapter-books that were in the more 'elementary' side of my school library. I was never satisfied, reading every book I could get my hands on, but I was getting bored of "The Magic Treehouse" and other such books. Then one day my school librarian showed me this book. I was hesitant at first because I had never really been in to Fantasy, because most Fantasy I had been exposed to was more like fairy tales; Damsels in Distress, fairies, etc. But I started to read this book (which at the time was huge for me) and was immediately drawn in to a captivating story of a teenage kid named Aiden.

    Aiden had been living in Maryland. He seemed to never fit in...until he met Robby Pierson. Robby was an Athletic kid, much the opposite of Aiden, but accepted Aiden as he was. Being friends with Robby gained Aiden popularity. Things seemed to be going well for Aiden, but then unexpectedly he had to move out west to take care of his ailing Grandfather. It was the summer, and Aiden didn't know any kids in the neighborhood, had exhausted his supply of video games, and had nothing to do. He was mad at his parents, his Grandfather, and was bored out of his mind. But then one day Aiden makes a startling discovery in his Grandfathers basement that launches him into a world of dragons and knights!

    This book is an excellent example of good, clean Christian literature that supports good values while having a good and exciting storyline. I would recommend it to anyone over the age of ten. It is fairly long and may be a bit too scary for most kids under that age, for it does have some violent battle scenes. But if you are 10 or older, this book is a must read!

    As far as I am concerned, this series is amazing! It is one of the top five best I have ever read! My hat is off to you, Sir Batson!
  3. bunnymiller
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    What a wonderful adventure!
    February 14, 2012
    bunnymiller
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I was curious about this book for my middle school and teenage children and within the first few pages I found myself drawn into the world of the principle character, Aiden, and fully invested in his life and the wonderful adventure he finds himself on. Batson is a talented writer with a gift for creating intrigue and curiosity about his characters that beckons you to join in the adventure right through to the end. My children and I have now read the entire trilogy and cannot get enough of Mr. Batson's books! I highly recommend these to anyone with children middle-school aged and older or anyone longing for a fantastic sense of adventure.
  4. Winterbane
    Oregon
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A MUST read for ALL ages!!
    December 21, 2011
    Winterbane
    Oregon
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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??
  5. HomeEduMom
    Oklahoma
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Series
    July 29, 2011
    HomeEduMom
    Oklahoma
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I purchased all three books in this Trilogy for my 10 and 11-year-old avid readers. Not only did they LOVE them, they have read them several times. The books include a lot of sword fighting action and a good story line that keeps boys engaged.
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Wayne Thomas Batson
Located in: Elderburg, MD
Submitted: July 29, 2007

    Tell us a little about yourself.  Wayne Thomas Batson has spent the last fifteen years teaching Reading and English to middle schools students. He pioneered the active instruction of Strategic Reading in Anne Arundel County and has written Reading and English Curricula for Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, and Howard County Public Schools. Most recently, he helped develop the Challenge Reading Curriculum for advanced readers in Howard County, Maryland. Wayne Thomas Batson lives in Eldersburg with his beautiful wife of eleven years and his four wonderful young children. Besides dividing his time between family, teaching, and writing, he likes to read, golf, play PS2, travel to the beach, play electric guitar, and create 3D artwork. Wayne Thomas Batson gives thanks to God for the abundant life he’s been given.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  There are two motivations, really. The first was my students. I am a reading and English teacher, and one year I sponsored a short story writing contest for my students. They said, "Hey, Mr. Batson, why don't you write one." So I did. The second motivation for The Door Within came just after I became a Christian. I tried to share my faith with someone close to me, and they laughed. Disagreement, argument, flat out denial--I can handle, but not the laughter. I felt like I was giving someone the cure to cancer, and they threw it back in my face. I think that adults need to remember that while we are more knowledgeable and experienced in many ways, we can still learn SO very much from our children.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I hope The Door Within will give to every reader a confidence and a solid hope that there is a plan for each person on this earth, and that even tragic events can become a blessing in disguise.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  J.R.R. Tolkien, hands down. I've read THE trilogy about 12 times and continue to read it once a year. I also enjoy the works of Douglass Preston and Lincoln Child--definitely adult reading only due to scary content. Frank Peretti, Natalie Babbit, Katherine Paterson, Mildred Taylor, Chris Paolini, Jenny Nimmo are also bright stars in my reading constellation.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  I'm excited to announce that I've just completed the Lost Scrolls for the new Door Within Trilogy Paperbacks. These new editions of The Door Within, The Rise of the Wyrm Lord, and The Final Storm will be designed like the Director's Cut DVDs of favorite movies. The books will be longer, @ 25 pages on average and will include, deleted chapters, extended scenes, author and editor commentary, and even new bonus material written especially for fans. Here's a breakdown of what Door Within readers can expect: THE DOOR WITHIN, LOST CHAPTERS EDITION Released April 10th, 2007 Includes: • Deleted Chapter: Original Chapter 1, where Aidan learns that his family will leave their lifetime home in Maryland to move to Colorado. And something startling happens in Aidan's room. • Deleted Chapter: Original Chapter 2, where readers meet Robby, Aidan's best friend, and follow he and Aidan on a local adventure. • Deleted Chapter: Original Chapter 3, where readers will begin to understand Aidan's fear of the underground. Something alarming dwells in Robby's basement! • Deleted Chapter: Original Chapter 4, where readers witness Aidan's departure from Maryland. If you've even had to move and left dear friends behind, you will SO connect to this chapter. • Author and Editor Commentaries

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