The Door Within by Wayne Thomas Batson
The Door Within grabbed my attention immediately. While I read fantasy novels continuously, I don't always indulge in the young adult action-adventure flavor of fantasy.
Aidan Thomas faces his rite-of-passage on two fronts. His parents relocate to care for Aidan’s grandfather, depriving Aidan of his friends and familiar environs. He discovers and reads some scrolls that transport him to The Realm, where he trains rigorously to become an elite warrior of King Eliam and join the fight for the hearts and minds of the people of Mithgarde. An accomplished warrior and Glimpse (similar to a Knight in our world) named Gwenne befriends Aidan. The King’s Captain, Valithor, only survivor of the treachery and betrayal by Paragor, sets high standards for the warrior trainees, tempered with kindness.
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Wayne Thomas Batson(1968- )
Wayne Thomas Batson was born in Seabrook, Maryland. He has been married to his wife for seventeen years and has four children. He currently works as a teacher at Folly Quarter Middle School teaching sixth grade english language arts and is the youngest of four children. Batson’s books are published by Thomas Nelson, a Christian literature publisher. Learn more at Wayne Thomas Batson’s blog.
The Door Within — (2005-2006) Ages 9-12. Publisher: 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.
The Door Within by Wayne Thomas Batson
The Berinfell Prophecies — (2009-2012) With Christopher Hopper. Ages 9-12. Publisher: Fantasy. Mystery. Action. Humor. Parents, teachers, and librarians will no longer have to push kids to read — The Berinfell Prophesies will engage intermediate readers and leave them clamoring for more. The Seven succeeding Elven Lords of Allyra were dead, lost in the Siege of Berinfell as babes. At least that’s what everyone thought until tremors from a distant world known as Earth, revealed strange signs that Elven blood lived among its peoples. With a glimmer of hope in their hearts, sentinels are sent to see if the signs are true. But theirs is not a lone errand. The ruling warlord of Allyra, the Spider King, has sent his own scouts to hunt down the Seven and finish the job they failed to complete many ages ago. Now 13-year-olds on the brink of the Age of Reckoning when their Elven gifts will be manifest, discover the unthinkable truth that their adoptive families are not their only kin. With mysterious Sentinels revealing breathtaking secrets of the past, and dark strangers haunting their every move, will the young Elf Lords find the way back to the home of their birth? Worlds and races collide as the forces of good and evil battle. Will anyone escape the Curse of the Spider King? Learn more about The Berinfell Prophecies. Create your own tribe. Connect with fans through the forum. Win pre-release chapters and the opportunity to have Wayne and Christopher at your very own book party!
Curse of the Spider King by Wayne Thomas Batson
Curse of the Spider King begins by introducing the reader, one at a time, to seven completely unrelated teens from around the world. Left to live out mortal lives on earth as humans, these seven teens are actually far from human. They are in fact the only living heirs to the thrones of a forgotten realm inhabited by elves and the Spider King. Once these seven turn thirteen, they are no longer protected by an ancient curse, and they become prey.
Curse of the Spider King starts out slowly — there are seven different settings, sets of characters, and situations to explain. Some of their names were easily confusable (e.g., Timmy, Tommy, and Johnny), but Wayne Thomas Batson manages to make each teen realistic, deep, and unique. There are no holes in character development nor lengthy paragraphs of tedious explanation. E... Read More
The Isle of Swords — (2007-2008) Young adult. Publisher: A young lad awakens on an island, alone and brutally injured, with no memory of his past. Captain Declan Ross searched for riches that will free him and his headstrong daughter, Anne, from the piracy business forever… Bartholomew Thorne, an infamously ruthless pirate, seeks to destroy Ross and any who stand in his way of the legendary treasure hidden by a mysterious order of monks. With these intriguing characters and many more, Wayne Thomas Batson weaves a spell-binding adventure filled with high-seas drama where battles rage, storms brew, a long-dormant volcano awakens, and a sea creature slithers in the deep as pirates race for a cliff-top fortress.
The Dark Sea Annals — (2010-2011) Young adult. Publisher: Haunted by memories of a violent past, Alastair Coldhollow wagers his life on the hope that a sword will appear in the stars and the foretold Halfainin, the Pathwalker, would come. Meanwhile, tensions simmer between Anglinore and the murderous Gorrack Nation, threatening war on a cataclysmic scale. The fate of all could rest on an abandoned child and the decisions of those who desperately seek to identify him. Sword in the Stars is the first release in The Dark Sea Annals series.
The Skeleton Project — (2012) Young adult. Publisher: About the Author: Wayne Thomas Batson is a bestselling author of young adult fantasy and adventure novels. He’s sold half a million books and counting, including the bestselling Door Within Trilogy. If you’re a fan of Batson’s fiction, you’ll love this new series of stories. Mystery, humor, horror, suspense, and supernatural–the ingredients of a read-me-under-the-covers kind of story. The Skeleton Project is a series of supernatural mysteries in the same vein as the X-Files or The Nightstalker shows. Written to be enjoyed by readers from sixth grade to senior status, you’ll find these tales are a little serious and a little tongue-in-cheek. Please note: this is a series of short stories, minimum 5,000 words. Episode 1: File #0001 is about the mysterious circumstances that led the FBI to form The Skeleton Project. The most secretive branch of the Bureau, the Skeleton Project searches out the paranormal and supernatural cases that are far beyond the means of regular law enforcement. In Episode One, you’ll meet two of the Skeleton Project’s finest agents. Obsessive, bend-the-rules Special Agent Oswald “Oz” Pershing is forced to contend with a trigger-happy new partner, Rachel Minnis. Together, Pershing and Minnis travel to Spud City, Idaho solve a series of supernatural pet abductions. Haunted by memories of his own loss, Pershing must juggle alien spacecraft sightings, the demands of breaking in a new partner, and the expectations of his volatile Chief Inspector. And all the while, the ultra secretive and ultra dangerous group known as The Executors watch over these two agents and weigh certain fateful decisions…
Forget Me Not — (2012) Young adult. Publisher: Lisa, Kristin, Samantha, and Meagan, four college freshmen whoosh south on their way to the sunny beaches of Florida for Spring Break Vacation. But Meagan’s shortcut takes them off the map. Hopelessly lost on the back roads of Georgia, they stop at an old mansion for directions. A kindly old man greets them and invites them to look at his special garden. Enchanted, the four girls wander into the wrong part of the garden and are transported to another universe, a place where trees walk, talk—and wage war! Meagan’s friends are kidnapped by the sinister Hemlocks and held captive in a swamp. There they will slowly be dissolved and devoured unless Meagan can save them. With the help of the noble Broadleaf Army, Meagan attempts a rescue, but will she understand the power of the forget-me-not flower in time? Or will she too slowly sink beneath the festering waters of the Dreadmire?
The Dragon In My Closet — (2012) Young adult. Publisher: When 16 year-old Cassandra McKellen brings a special keepsake home from the Renaissance Festival, she has no idea how special it is indeed. Awakened in the middle of the night by scratching sounds and eerie flickers of light, Cassandra realizes something fantastic is alive and living in her closet. She tries to feed the creature: cat food, lunch meat, and even steak, but discovers that this beast requires a diet of a very different kind. As the creature begins to grow, so does its attitude. Will Cassandra lose control of the creature and herself in the process? What will happen to everyone she loves if the dragon in her closet breaks free?
Law of the Land — (2012) Young adult. Publisher: Do this. Don’t do that. Twelve-year-old Jeremy Townsend is sick of rules. Sick of being told what to do. Sick of being punished. But that’s his life. That is until Jeremy follows a seldom trodden path in the woods and plummets into the world of Y’Chrana. In Y’Chrana, there are no rules. Stay up all night. Sleep all day. Eat whatever you want…all the time. It’s a dream come true. But Jeremy’s Y’Chranian friend Neil is hiding something. And everything isn’t as it seems. After all, living in a lawless world can be hazardous to your health.