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The Rise of the Wyrm Lord

by Wayne Thomas Batson
Series: The Door Within #2
336 pages, Fantasy
Reviewed by Luthien

This book is well written and I enjoyed it very much.

Plot

Aidan meets up with another believer in Alleble. His excitement only increases when he realizes that she is Gwenne's "twin." When this girl gets a chance to go to Alleble, she does not hesitate for one second beyond getting permission from her parents. While she is there she finds that her mission is quite different from Aidan's: a mission of diplomacy. After a series of hard decisions which she is forced to make, with two legendary evils returning, the Seven Sleepers who were the first wolvins and the Wyrm Lord who was the first dragon, she begins to truly learn the meaning of "Never Alone."

Morality

Good is good and bad is bad. When characters make unwise decisions, they feel the consequences. One girl witnesses another girl being sold as a slave and decides to free her at no matter what cost to herself.

Spiritual Content

Again, King Elaim represents God. The characters trust in Him fully and believe that no matter where they are, He will take care of them and be with them so that they are "Never alone." Aidan has a vision of Alleble; a Glimpse also appears in Antoinette's room.

Violence

One character gets a bloody nose, several explosions occur, a couple of duels are fought, a battle occurs, a major war is on the verge of breaking loose, the oldest tree in the world is cut down by enemy soldiers, several characters are wounded, and several characters die.

Drug and Alcohol Content

None.

Sexual Content

None.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

A short story about mucking a dragon stall is told.

Conclusion

I found this book to be very enjoyable and enthralling. It was well written and captivating. I liked the fact that the characters were realistic and had developed personalities. The plot was well thought out and the places and actions in the book were very nicely described so that you could see the beauty of Yewland and feel the menace of the Seven Sleepers. I found this book to most definitely worth the read.

Fun Score: 5
Values Score: 5
Written for Age: 13+

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