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The Door Within

(The Door Within #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  8,119 ratings  ·  551 reviews
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. Within two weeks, Aidan’s life is completely uprooted as his parents move the family across the country to care for his ailing grandfather. The quiet but imaginative Aidan is struggling with attending a new school and fitting in with a
Paperback, 350 pages
Published May 6th 2007 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published April 8th 2005)
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Hannah C. This book is amazing no matter what age you are!! My siblings and I (all several years apart) read this series and LOVED it! So much so, that we then …moreThis book is amazing no matter what age you are!! My siblings and I (all several years apart) read this series and LOVED it! So much so, that we then read the stories aloud to our mom. This book never fails to touch my heart! Give it a try! :-)(less)
Addison Dixon No. The story's different from Kingdom's Dawn. TDW is more similar to The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe. I say it's worth checking out.…moreNo. The story's different from Kingdom's Dawn. TDW is more similar to The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe. I say it's worth checking out.(less)

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Jun 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Hi, Door Within Readers!

Wayne Thomas Batson here. I wanted to thank all of you who put Isle of Fire on your ToBeRead list. I'm honored to be worth your time.

Isle of Fire will release the first week of September. It is available for preorder on Amazon as well. In fact, if you preorder it on Amazon and email me to tell me you have ordered it, I'll send you a signed and personalized bookplate sticker for your new book.

email me at: batguy21784@yahoo.com

Here's the official Isle of Fire blurb:

"A great
Nov 27, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
Okay. No offense to the author, but this book was not as good as it could have been. I love Christian fiction as a rule, but this was...well, it wasn't Tolkien-Lewis standard. The symbolism was a little heavy. No, that was a lie. It was akin to being thwacked over the head with a hard-cover Bible. In my mind, there are two pieces of advice that every allegory writer must have:
A) Plot (and writing!) that's good quality separate from the Biblical references. Case in point: The Chronicles of Narnia
Denali Christianson ~Semi-active~
3 stars/wouldn’t re-read/probably wouldn’t recommend

So you know when the world and plot of a book have such potential, and then the entire book just kinda... flops?
That's what we've got going in this book.

Things I Loved:
1) The end. It literally destroyed me emotionally
2) Farix. (That's his name, right?...) I want to be a weapon!
3) The world!!! The entire world of the Door Within is soooo cool. I just wish... well, I'll get to that later.
4) NOCK AND BOLT!!!!!!

Things I Liked:
1) The Grimwalk.
C.B. Cook
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, fantasy
Well. Wow. I thought I would like this book, but I didn't expect to enjoy it that much! Sure, it doesn't beat books like Lord of the Rings or The Chronicles of Narnia, but it was really enjoyable! If I had to describe this book as if it were a person, I would say it was perky, fun, and intriguing.

The Good
There were soooo many unique ideas in this story! Fantasy books can have a lot of clichés, and of course this one has some, but there are plenty of unique ideas that help offset that. Moonrascal
Jill Williamson
Dec 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
Upset with his family’s sudden move across the country, Aidan Thomas is friendless and bored. He seeks out adventure by exploring his new home which takes him to the dark and creepy basement. He finds dusty boxes of old toys, stacks of newspapers from the 1950s, and an old radio. It all seems to be a typical basement until a blue light grows out of the darkness leaving three clay pots in its wake. Inside them, Aidan finds three ancient scrolls.

He takes his newfound treasure to his room and begin
Penny Wood
Dec 05, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. I love his later works, but this one is definitely not my favorite.
Molly Evangeline
Mar 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
When I first found out about The Door Within Trilogy while I was working at the local bookstore a couple years ago, I have to admit, it didn't grab my attention. For some odd reason, which I can't even recall now, I thought it might be a little too juvenile for me. Boy, I don't think I'll ever judge a book so quickly again. Being the Christian fantasy fan that I am, I finally got the books from the library and from page one I was completely hooked. The entire trilogy had me reading almost non-st ...more
If you mixed together "The Chronicles of Narnia" and "The Underland Chronicles" and added dragons, you'd have this series. And WOW did this book mean a lot to me as a kid. 😂 Is it perfect? No. But it was something very special at a time when I needed it, and it's nice to revisit every once in a while. ❤️ ...more
Adam Ross
Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I wanted to like this book. I did. Unfortunately, I thought it continued to illustrate the problems with the Christian fiction publishing industry. It was not so much the story I had a problem with, but the prose was less than stellar, and the character development wasn't up to snuff. Repeatedly I found myself puzzled by character decisions that seemed to make no sense. I didn't get the wonder I was obviously supposed to get by having a boy stumble into a magical world. Nothing actually happens ...more
Jul 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
My review of the entire trilogy:

Ashley Bogner
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Several years ago, a friend recommended The Door Within to me. I decided to pick it up at the library, and was smart enough to get the consecutive books as well. From the first chapter, I was hooked. I read the entire trilogy in a few days and couldn’t put the series down. Since then, I’ve read several of Wayne Thomas Batson’s other books and loved them.

In The Door Within , teenager Aidan Thomas is frustrated with his parent’s decision to move the family halfway across the country. He misses
Apr 25, 2009 rated it liked it
Derived. "Revenge of the Nerds" meets "The Hobbit."

A good if hardly original concept, but Batson should have worked harder (though he claims it took him thirteen years) making it his own work. Reads like a dashed off ripoff of Christian classic fantasy with too much Narnia, Middle Earth overlap.

Reminds you why J. R. R. Tolkien hated allegory. Speaking of whom, Tolkien would be angered (as he was with C. S. Lewis) at the way Batson misused mythology. Specifically, the insertion of unicorns as hor
Oct 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
This was a good fantasy action adventure young adult novel. Some of the situations stretched believability just a bit, but I put that down to the intended audience's attention span and naivety. The story is a Christian allegory, done very well. It's almost as good as The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander. ...more
Gillian Adams
Apr 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
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.

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
Nov 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This book is great. Enough battles and peril to satisfy the adventure-lover, enough secrets to satisfy the mystery-lover, and enough coolness to satisfy the... well, cool-lover!

All around great. Granted, some might see it as "just another fantasy book", but it most certainly has characteristics that distinguish it from others in its genre.

For instance, there is an unlikely connection between Earth and The Realm... but I won't spoil that for you. :-D Also, there is a good dose of Biblical al
It’s utterly fascinating how every fantasy series I read is so completely different from the next. There are so many varied takes on Christian allegories/fantasies, I don’t think I’ll ever tire of this genre! 

The Door Within was even better than I imagined! –A fantastic tale! My mind is whirling with the in-depth storyline, and the new concepts introduced in this fantasy. I totally fell in love with Aiden’s story, and the Glimpses, and the whole adventure! I must admit though, the serpent-li
Michael O'Brien
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Saw this trilogy recommended by a friend on Facebook, and it struck my interest. It was very readable, and could be enjoyed by both adults and children at a sixth grade reading level and above. It's Christian fantasy, comparable to the Chronicles of Narnia, and is also an allegory of the battle between God's forces and those of darkness, and the struggle for those who have not decided --- in some ways it reminded me of "Pilgrim's Progress". Looking forward to reading the next book in the series. ...more
Jan 05, 2010 rated it did not like it
A lot of folks seem to really like this, but I...really don't. It's pretty predictable, nothing's very well developed (including the main character, which is a big no-no in my view), the Christian imagery is so overt as to be distracting, the writing feels dumbed down, and...well, I guess that's it. In the end I found I just didn't care. I will certainly not be reading the rest of the books in this series. ...more
Abby Cashen
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Think book contained too many cliches to keep me interested.

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Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
I got this book quite a while ago when I was looking for some good middle grade fantasy adventure to read and saw the very high reviews for this trilogy. This was not a book for me. For those who aren’t aware (as I was not) Batson is a Christian author who publishes books with strong Christian themes to them. In general I don’t have issue with that but this book was incredibly poorly written and written at a very basic reading level (short sentences and simple words). It’s like it was written fo ...more
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
I don't exactly remember adding this to my to-read list a couple of years ago, but it wasn't the hidden gem I thought it might turn out as. The writing is stilted and overwrought and the story is kind of clumsy. I know this is targeted towards youth but other series like The Ruins of Gorlan or books like The Neverending Story are targeted the same way and better written. I don't know why it is this way; the edition I read included "lost chapters" at the end, which were a set of longer original b ...more
Alex Beard
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The book “The Door Within” was an outstanding book. The book starts off with a teenage boy named Aiden Thomas who is the short, plump, and unpopular. Everything changes for Aidan when his grandpa becomes sick because his family has to move to Colorado to take care of him. Aidan is miserable because he misses his friends, is lonely, and bored trying to find something to do. He decides to explore his grandpa's basement. He finds three old scrolls that tell a story of two kingdoms, Alleble and Para ...more
Jan 26, 2010 rated it did not like it
I really had high hopes for this book. I kept seeing this book at the library and finally decided to check it out. It is the first of a trilogy. Well, I have to say I was very disappointed in it. It just was very slow to me. Not much going on. I had a hard time connecting with the characters and I thought it had too much back story and not enough of the story in the present. I wanted it to get on with it. Also the main character is suppose to be a teenager, but as I read it, it is hard to invisi ...more
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
My son and I read this book and aspects of it reminded me of Narnia as well as Tolkien. My son really enjoyed it and asked to read book two. A solid read aloud for fantasy lovers with nothing majorly inappropriate for the elementary reader.
Sara Kjeldsen
Jun 18, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This was the book series which inspired me to become a writer, so it certainly holds a dear place in my heart. It has all the elements of a good fantasy novel and the world was so vivid to me when I read it! I enjoyed the crossover between the modern world and the fantasy realm. All 3 books were equally as epic and this first one sets the stage for the epic battle between good and evil.
Haley Annabelle
Feb 06, 2021 rated it liked it
Good book for ages 9-13. I really enjoyed it when I was that age. It impacted me in its allegorical retelling of christianity. Reading it now though, the writing isn't very good. ...more
Michael Beck
Feb 06, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: family-reads
An okay family read aloud. Definitely meant for the 8-12 yr old range.
Sometimes, you go to a book sale and you see hardcover books for a dollar. That's pretty exciting, right? So you might go a little crazy.
And sometimes, you see a hardcover book in really good shape for a dollar and you mistake it for a different book and you get so excited that you only skim the synopsis and buy it.
And sometimes, you're Jewish and you find yourself owning a book dedicated to Jesus.

As a general rule, I don't read Christian fiction. In fact, I usually run in the opposite directio
The Door Within is pretty typical Christian Fantasy, though well-written and with some original ideas. Boy finds link to fantasy world and goes through and saves the day--temporarily, this being part of a series. New is the idea that this world is a sort of alternate universe, with everyone having an albino duplicate.
This book falls prey to two chestnuts of Christian writing: overly large and shallow cast, and the roles of good and evil.
The expected Christ figure is decent, though typical. A
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow!! I absolutely loved this novel!! To be honest, I wasn't sure I would like it, but it was able to really hook me in! I found the plot to be quite creative, and it made me curious to see how it would all end. I loved Alleble and found the history to be fascinating, and despite some people saying that there was too much backstory, I felt that it added to the overall story.
The main character was Aidan, and although he starts off as not the nicest person, it was good to see him grow as a person
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Wayne Thomas Batson was born in Seabrook, MD in 1968. He had an adventurous childhood and adolescence that included: building forts in the woods, crabbing and crayfishing in bays, ponds, and bayous, playing lead guitar in a heavy metal band, and teaching tennis lessons at the local recreation center. He attended Gabriel DuVal Senior High School where he wrote for the school’s newspaper and literar ...more

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“There are passages and doors
And Realms that lie unseen.
There are Roads both wide and narrow
And no avenue between.
Doors Remain closed for those
Who in sad vanity yet hide.
Yet when Belief is chosen,
The key appears inside.
What is lived now will soon pass,
And what is not will come to Be.
The Door Within must open,
For one to truly see.
Do you see?
Believe and enter.”
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