Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Triple Book Review: The Door Within Trilogy by Wayne Thomas Batson
The Door Within, the first book in the series, left me with mixed feelings. On the one hand, the plotting is not the best, with characters who abruptly change their mind for no apparent reason, scenes that are overly rushed through, and a climax that wasn’t very exciting. On the other hand, the book has a fascinating premise, quite a few memorable scenes, and numerous brilliant fantasy ideas. While I was left disappointed with the book as a whole due its flaws, the potential of the author made me willing to give the second book in the series a chance.
Just as the plotting got better in the second book, it also got better in The Final Storm. The main character from the first book was brought back, along with the main character from the second book, and a new important character, though the way that the story frequently switched to the point of view of side characters sometimes slowed the story’s momentum. If you like the first two books, you’re pretty much guaranteed to like the third book, which managed to gloss over most of the weaknesses in the story, and wrap up everything fairly well.
There are a lot of violent and scary scenes, but nothing extreme, and anyone who can handle The Lord of the Rings movies should be fine with it. Some feminism might annoy readers on both sides of the issue. An example was a female warrior who could unrealistically beat massively muscular male warriors, but who got captured when a male warrior needed someone to rescue.