Sunday, December 20, 2009

Review of The Rise of the Wyrm Lord by Wayne Thomas Batson

The Rise of the Wyrm Lord,by Wayne Thomas Batson, is the story of a girl named Antoinette who ventures into a new world of Glimpses, strange creatures, and a mission commissioned by King Eliam himself. Aidan Thomas, who we met in the first book of the Door Within Trilogy, meets Antoinette and discovers that she also believes in the Realm. Aidan tells Antoinette of many of his adventures and a special mission he has in mind for her when they discover she is chosen to go to Aleeble herself.

However, when Antoinette reaches the new world, she finds the Realm a place divided. Paragor, the evil one who hates anything related to King Eliam, and his forces are stronger than they ever were before. Also, in order to become one of the Twelve commissioned to help a kingdom see the truth, she must pass three tests, tests harder than what Aidan went through.

Will Antoinette choose to serve King Eliam, even through hardships? Is the rumored Wyrm Lord, an evil creature with terrible power, really in existence? If so, will Paragor be able to unleash him? Will the Twelve sent on behalf of the King perish?

Find out in The Rise of the Wyrm Lord.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The Rise of the Wyrm Lord has characters that seem so real, a land that I could really understand, one that didn't feel too foreign or too familiar. Genuinely creative ideas are placed throughout this book, with a good balance of drama and humor, even a splash of romance.

Antoinette is a headstrong character with passion and strength, something that I've noticed many of the female characters in Mr. Batson's book to posses. I really related to Antoinette perhaps more so than I did to Aidan because of the martial arts training, her tendency to make decisions on impulse, and the general way she acted in the story. Many girls will relate to the main character of this book.

I also enjoyed the action and adventure in this book. There are many battles scenes, both triumphant and sorrowful, but not too gory or out-of-touch that the reader feels confused. The author keeps the reader turning the pages with his knowledgeable explanation of the characters actions. The writing style of this book is good, although not flawless. The speech of the characters at times seems too plain and sometimes seems to flowery. Characters seemed blurry, as if they shared the thoughts of other characters or had the same personality.

However, as a person who enjoys writing, I know how hard it can be to pull of an epic story like this, and I commend Mr. Batson for a job well done. I highly recommend this book to fans of fantasy.

1 comment:

MaidenOfEmmanuel said...

Rise of the Wyrm Lord is the next Door Within book I have yet to read. I'm rereading The Door Within, that way I don't feel at a loss with that one, right now. :)


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