Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Christian Science Fiction & Fantasy Blog Tour : THE DOOR WITHIN Trilogy, Day 2

Today, I want to introduce you to the second book in THE DOOR WITHIN trilogy--THE RISE OF THE WYRM LORD--penned by Wayne Thomas Batson.

Note: Despise the term "wyrm" in there, I've been informed by various comments under yesterday's post on the trilogy that the books are dragon-touched, not dragon-saturated. That's a bit of balm for the dragon-overdosed, such as yours truly. Just thought you'd like to know.

Back to the novel.

SFFworld.com's review (by Rob H. Bedford) of THE RISE OF THE WYRM LORD had some complimentary things to say:

One of the things about Batson’s second novel that surprised me was how much it didn’t focus on Aidan. On one hand, this could be seen as a retread in that Batson revisited the Realm in the same manner as he did in the first novel, only with a different character. However, in this new book he explored different facets of the Realm, as well as different angles to the struggles presented in the first novel. Additionally, with Antoinette Reed, Batson provides a character with a different perspective, so the Realm may be perceived a bit differently.

As in the first novel, Batson continues to tell a story with themes of faith, belief, and virtue. While these are Biblical themes, in one sense, Batson doesn’t use a heavy hand in expounding these themes and virtues. There are obvious parallels to Christian theology, but readers who found C.S. Lewis’s work a bit heavy-handed might be pleasantly surprised with Batson’s handling of such similar themes.

My pal Sally Apokedak gave the novel 3.5 stars at her site, All About Children's Books. Sally had some strong criticism for the first 100 pages--not enough conflict, slow pace, "put-downable." But she had plenty to say bout the pros:

Strong points? Bad guys who have the potential to be truly scary--the Wyrm Lord and the Seven Sleepers. Had we seen more of these dangerous beings the story would have been truly gripping because there is no doubt these guys are creepy. I also thought the chemistry between Antoinette and Aelic was good--I liked both characters. I liked many of the Knights, too, which reminds me of another strong point--noble knights and evil knights mixing it up with sword fights and arrows flying fast and furious.

The part I enjoyed most about the book, though, was Yewland, Nock's leafy home. I loved the descriptions of the cities in the trees and found myself wishing I could visit. I also think that Wayne Thomas Batson has quite the imagination and has a big story to tell. The story is building to a final showdown between the good king and the evil one who rebelled and I will surely buy the next book to see how it all turns out.

Rob and Sally had their say. See what others are saying about THE DOOR WITHIN:

Jim Black
Jackie Castle
Valerie Comer
Karri Compton
Frank Creed
CSFF Blog Tour
Gene Curtis
Chris Deanne
Janey DeMeo
Tessa Edwards
April Erwin
Linda Gilmore
Beth Goddard
Marcus Goodyear
Todd Michael Greene
Leathel Grody
Karen Hancock
Katie Hart
Sherrie Hibbs
Sharon Hinck
Joleen Howell
K. D. Kragen
Tina Kulesa
Lost Genre Guild
Kevin Lucia and The Bookshelf Reviews 2.0 - The Compendium
Rachel Marks
Shannon McNear
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Caleb Newell
Eve Nielsen
John Otte
Robin Parrish
Cheryl Russel
Hannah Sandvig
Mirtika Schultz
James Somers
Stuart Stockton
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Daniel I. Weaver


WayneThomasBatson said...

Rob and Sally are two very knowledgeable folks when it comes to fantasy--and fiction in general. Their insights continue to help me refine the craft. (Spoiler Alert) In Rise of the Wyrm Lord, I don't reveal much of the Wyrm Lord or the Seven Sleepers. I really believe the maxim "That which you do not see is scarier than that which you do." It's a Lovecraft philosophy that I buy into. That's not to say you never see anything scary though!

Becky said...

Nice post, Mir. I like the way you ferret out content even when you haven't read the books.

And yes, the books are very dragon-lite. I was surprised at your comment yesterday but didn't think to mention how different the use of dragons is in these books from others centered on the creatures.

Glad someone else cleared that up for you.