The Rise of the Wyrm Lord by Wayne Thomas Batson is the second book in the Door Within trilogy from Thomas Nelson Publishers.
Here we have another beautifully designed book for young adults and young readers alike. The text in the books appears to follow the cover design--blue text or purple text anyone? One might expect it to be hard to read, but I was never distracted by it at all.
This time around, young Aidan Thomas, the hero from the first book, has returned to our world and soon meets the human twin of a glimpse he was fond of in the first story. Since Aidan has been told that he can only go to the Realm of glimpses once before he dies, he helps Antoinette, a young girl with a penchant for Kendo, to get into the Realm when she is summoned by Good King Eliam. Antoinette ends up being the main character in the second book and if you enjoyed Aidan in the lead role in the first book, don't worry...Antoinette is a great character and you won't be disappointed. And I gather, from the preview at the end of this book, that somehow Aidan returns to the glimpse realm for the final installment of the series.
This book is a great sequel and Batson shows purpose in bringing in the alternate lead character. I believe that both Aidan and Antoinette will be appearing in the third trilogy book, The Final Storm, and it just gives another unique twist instead of following one person through the whole thing. If you've read my review for the first book, The Door Within, then there's really not much I would add, since this book follows the same formula and delivers an enjoyable read. In fact, I'm hard pressed to decide which one I've enjoyed more! I will say that I'm looking forward to the third book and the conclusion of the story. If you can get readers through two trilogy books and have them salivating for the third, then I call that successful writing!