Monday, January 22, 2007

The Trilogy Begins

Enter The Realm . . . through The Door Within trilogy by Wayne Thomas Batson. The Door Within, Rise of the Wyrm Lord, and The Final Storm tell of a kingdom ruled by a king unseen, threatened by a betraying evil, and populated by Glimpses.

What's a Glimpse? I'll tell you in a bit.

The first thing to love about these books are their covers - rich, mysterious hardbacks. The kind of covers that bring a warm satisfaction when you see them sitting on your bookshelf.

The sweeping scope of the novels reminds me of Tolkien, while their accessibility brings to mind Narnia (gradual discovery disbelieved by those older). While the first book holds a bit of condescension - instead of experiencing the adventure with Aidan, you're viewing young Aidan's adventure - the series improves in that respect in the following books.

These books are what I think of as "passage" fantasies - someone (or more than one) travels from this world into another. Batson adds a twist to this common fantasy element - every person in this world (referred to as the Mirror Realm) has a Glimpse twin - a person who's them but not quite them. Decisions one makes affects the other. And they can't meet, so when someone from this world enters The Realm, their Glimpse comes here.

It's a mind-boggling hypothesis that Batson pulls off with flair, though I did have a few fistfuls of unanswered questions by the trilogy's end (which I may post about in another entry if I have time - and spoilers would likely abound).

To read more about The Realm, visit the blogs below:

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
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...

Katie, great introduction. And thanks for being involved on this tour. It is so nice how much effort people like you put in. And, about those questions: I'll be happy to answer them, so fire away. Of course, I might be a little vague in my answers so as not to give everything away. ;-)

Rebecca LuElla Miller said...

Katie, I agree with Wayne--very nice into. And I agree with you--I have questions, too. I had a BIG one about book 2 which I'll have to mention in my post tomorrow. Yes, it is a spoiler, so I'll have to remember to include an alert. That's the one point I can't seem to get around with reviews. I'm either not saying enough for fear of spoiling the story or saying too much and spoiling the story. Hahah!

You're much more experienced with reviews and handle it like a pro.

Thanks for helping to make the tour go.


Nissa Annakindt said...

Hi, just cruising on by in the blog tour, very nice intro, makes me want to re-read 'The Door Within' all over again.

WayneThomasBatson said...

Uh, oh, Becky...I hope your question and/or criticism isn't of the "ripcord" variety. By that, I mean a strand of the story that, when yanked, causes the premise of the entire story to fall down like a house of cards! LOL

I found one in my favorite Fantasy ever: The Lord of the Rings. You know how the eagles always come to the rescue--saved them from the wolves, airlift Frodo and Sam from Mordor. Why not just put the evil ring in a box and have the eagles fly it into Mordor and drop it into the volcano?

I'm sure Tolkien had an answer for that. Just my silly musings.

chrisd said...

This was a great introduction. You did a wonderful job explaining the beginnings of the story without giving too much away.

Nice job-

chrisd said...

This was a great introduction. You did a wonderful job explaining the beginnings of the story without giving too much away.

Nice job-

Camy Tang said...

I agree--lovely, rich covers. Very intriguing story premise.

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