Synopses & Reviews
When strange events begin to occur, Aiden Thomas is drawn into his grandfather's basement where he discovers three ancient scrolls and an invitation to another world.
"First-time author and middle-school teacher Batson leads young readers to a fantasy realm (filled with unusual names) where faith and sacrifice serve as essential tools in an epic battle between good and evil. Sound familiar? It will to many fantasy fans, as well as those familiar with the Bible. Aidan has a tough time when he moves from Maryland to Colorado with his parents so they can care for his grandfather; he hardly relishes starting high school as the new kid. But things take a bizarre turn when he ventures to his grandfather's basement and discovers some ancient scrolls containing what Grampin knows as 'the Story.' The scrolls encourage Aidan to believe the key to the Door Within and to follow the light of the everlasting King of the Realm. Though God and the Bible are never mentioned by name, the comparisons are clear and sometimes more than obvious (Aidan's family name is Thomas, as in doubters; a traitor and warrior is named Acsriot, an anagram of Iscariot; an evil lieutenant goes by Lord Rucifel, an anagram of Lucifer, etc.). Christian readers will likely draw the parallels as an interesting puzzle and perhaps an introspective exercise. And readers of any faith can enjoy the layers of action and adventure here, replete with knights, dragons and powerful swords in what is the first of a planned trilogy. Ages 10-14. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
A new best friend, a new image at school, and the arrival of summer vacation for a change, things were looking up for Aidan Thomas. That is, until his parents make a devastating announcement: his family is moving. Strange events trouble Aidan in the days before the move: a small pewter dragon winks, something monstrous flies overhead, and fiery blue eyes appear in the dark corners of a basement. When Aidan and his family move into their new home, the events only intensify. Aidan discovers an ancient scroll that invites the reader into a medieval kingdom known as Alleble -- if only the key can be found to the door within.
The Door Within is the meaning, hope, and challenge of Christianity enveloped in high-adventure fantasy. It will encourage the faithful, while at the same time, leading those on the outside a little closer to the door where Jesus knocks and waits. The Rise of the Wyrm Lord (January 2006)
The Twelfth Knight (August 2006)
There is an unseen world of good and evil where nightmares are fought and hope is reborn. Enter The Door Within.
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? The answer comes from The Door Within.