The Door Within by Wayne Thomas Batson

Aidan has finally made a friend–Robby, who is cooler and more athletic and more popular–and his parents decide they have to move away to take care of his ailing grandfather. Furious, Aidan is in no mood to talk with his parents, and decides to explore the house instead. In the basement he finds scrolls that speak of a place called the Realm, where a king–Paragor–was betrayed by his highest night. The scrolls seem so real but his parents tell him he’s too old for childish fantasy. His grandfather, however, encourages him to believe, allowing him to discover a new world full of beings called Glimpses who are still at war with Paragor. Aidan is called on to be a knight for the king and to seek out a peace with a neighboring kingdom, but what he quickly discovers is that there is more to Realm than meets the eye. It’s more connected to home than he ever expected.

The book felt really slow to start with. It seemed to drag on more than anything else for a while. It finally picked up about halfway through the book and though I found myself enjoying the book, I didn’t find myself wondering what would happen next in the trilogy.

I think the biggest problem I had was that Aidan wasn’t the most interesting of characters. He spent the vast majority of the time thinking about Robby, his friend from home. He spent nearly every moment comparing himself to his friend.

The other thing I found was that the connection between Earth and the Realm felt overkill and unnecessary. I don’t want to ruin it, but it just felt forced.

In addition, the king being more of a god is a little much for me.

Overall, it was an enjoyable book, but not one I’m excited to read the full series of.

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