Tuesday, January 23, 2007

The Door Within Trilogy Continues

With a pile of spoilers! So if you haven't read the trilogy, skip to the post below.

I meant it - you're not allowed to read this part. I hate people reading the middle or the last page of the book before they've read the beginning. So no peeking!

I read the books soon after they arrived, which means I'm a bit fuzzy on some of the details - and some of the questions I had. A few have been answered as I've gone back and reread parts.

There were many things I loved about the world found through The Door Within, Rise of the Wyrm Lord, and The Final Storm. Eyes glinting blue and red and green. Flowerly dialogue that just begs to be read aloud. Cool swords and dragons. Adventures and bands of friends.

I usually hate teen books where the main character does something wrong that they know is wrong - I know they're going to regret it and I ponder how they can be so stupid! Not so with book #2 in this series. I completely understood why Antoinette left the mission, and it was one of the few times I've ever read that an author's been able to pull off protagonist disobedience credibly.

The Final Storm was confusing at times, with the Thread and the end "merging" only becoming clear through 2nd and 3rd rereadings. It reminded me of Lewis's The Last Battle in many ways. I wondered why this world seemed to "end" as it merged with the Realm. Since it's obvious that this world is still here, it made the books seem like "only books," while I'm still wishing Narnia is out there. Then the "merged" Realm continues on while the Three Witnesses head to the Sacred Realm - a move I wasn't prepared for since of the "end times" overtones similar to The Last Battle. I still very much enjoyed the book.

Well, I'd write more later, but I've already saved this as a draft twice!

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WayneThomasBatson said...


Very kind of you to review my books, and I really appreciate your analysis of Antoinette and her "tragic" decision. She's a strong believer. Nonetheless, she finds herself caught between devotions and bound to both. An easy trap to get into, but very hard to get out.

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