Monday, January 22, 2007

CSFF Tour - Wayne Batson

Welcome to day one of the Wayne Thomas Batson tour brought to you by the Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog.

Wayne has crafted one of the best young adult(really it is for any age) series I have had the pleasure of reading. Book one of the Door Within Trilogy is The Door Within. The publisher(Tommy Nelson) has spared no expense. Everything is top notch from the cover, the map, the paper and even the color of the ink. They even took the chance on an unpublished writer by putting this out in hardcover.

The Door Within starts with Aiden's family moving to Colorado to help his sick grandfather. Like a lot of kids that are put into this situation, Aiden is not happy. He left behind best friend. Things take a more interesting turn when he finds 3 ancient scrolls in the basement. They tell the story of the land of Alleble and its knights. One of the knights tries to overthrow the true king. The fallen knight sets up his own kingdom in an attempt to defeat the true king. Aiden is drawn into this strange land. There he is destinied to become the 12 knight of Alleble.

Wayne has crafted a fascinating tale with many colorful places(the Realm, Mithegard, Paragory), interesting concepts(the Glimpses, the connection between the Realm and our world), and characters(Gwenne, Captain Valithor, Grampin, and Aiden). This is a great book to give someone who has read the Chronicles of Narnia and is looking for more. Highly recommended.

Please take the time to visit the other members of the tour...

Jackie Castle

Valerie Comer

Karri Compton

Frank Creed

CSFF Blog Tour

Gene Curtis

Chris Deanne

Janey DeMeo

Tessa Edwards

April Erwin

Beth Goddard

Marcus Goodyear

Todd Michael Greene

Leathel Grody

Karen Hancock

Katie Hart

Sherrie Hibbs

Sharon Hinck

Joleen Howell



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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...

Jim, too cool review. You are so right about Tommy Nelson taking a chance on a new author. I mean, if you think about it, the fantasy genre itself is dicey in Christian fiction, so to sign an unknown to a three book deal…mannnn, I am very grateful.

I'll be around throughout the tour, so let me know if you have any questions.

Becky said...

Nice review, Jim. You've hit on a key point--Tommy Nelson took a chance on a new author and did the books up beautifully. Doesn't hurt that it's a good story, either. LOL