“…traveling to other worlds is hardly a new concept in fantasy, [but] the idea of having no control over it as well as it affecting mundane life like being unable to open doors is wonderfully terrifying. It’s something Stephen King would come up with and makes the opening very evocative…” - BookNest, C.T. Phipps ★★★★★
"Imagine not being able to open a door without mistakenly opening a portal to another world. It might sound glamorous to some people, but this "gift/curse" occurs whenever any type of door is opened, even a refrigerator...Once again Jamie Thornton has created a winner." - Amie's Book Reviews ★★★★★
Indentured to the Tower of Shadows, Junle needs to earn return home credits to pay for her mother's life-saving medicine, so she signs up for the most dangerous and well paying job in the tower. Junle is a torchlighter, one of the few who are strong enough to climb the pipes outside the tower to keep them working, and to keep the licatherin flowing.
But when a pattern-machine foretells the death of a torchlighter boy she loves, Junle will do whatever it takes to save him.
Even if that means turning the Tower of Shadows into a pile of rubble.
**Torchlighters takes place in the Tower of Shadows, just before Maella arrives. This short novel can be read as a stand-alone book before or after Tower of Shadows (Book 2). It does contain one spoiler for Book 2.**
Interview with the Author
Q - In what order should people read the Doormaker series? Who is likely to enjoy the series? The short story (Devil’s Harvest) and the short novel (Torchlighters) could be read and enjoyed at any point during the series, but otherwise I recommend the following reading order: Devil’s Harvest (Prequel Short Story), Rock Heaven: Book 1, Torchlighters, Tower of Shadows: Book 2, Library of Souls: Book 3, The One Door: Book 4.
Reviewers describe the Doormaker series like HIS DARK MATERIALS meets SLIDERS. Also, the Doormaker series has dragons. These dragons don’t breathe fire (sorry), and are called Klylups. And there are some seriously dark secrets and history you'll discover about them.
Q - Why did you decide to write the Doormaker series? I’m a voracious reader of fantasy and science fiction: Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series, Cassandra Clare, Bella Forrest Jeff Wheeler, Sarah J Maas, Rachel E Carter, Philip Pullman, to name a few of my favorites. I wanted to write a story about “The One,” but with some major twists. My main character, Maella (May-ella), starts totally unskilled and has been kept in the dark for her entire life about her family history, her magical abilities—everything. There’s a very good reason why, but no one will tell her that either! When I kept showing people the short story, they kept asking—actually demanding—to know what happened next. So I wrote how Maella starts so unskilled and innocent to eventually holding the fate of three worlds in her hands. So now there are 6 books in the series (lol). 4 full length novels, 1 short novel, and 1 short story.
Q - Thanks for talking with me today. Any last words? Hmmm. This is toughest question of them all, but…To all the readers out there—may light show you the way and darkness show you the stars.
Q - Do we have to read the Doormaker series to understand why these are your last words to this interview? Maybe. (Yes).
Jamie Thornton is the New York Times and multiple USA Today bestselling author of post-apocalyptic science fiction. She lives in Northern California with her husband, two dogs, a garden, lots of chickens, a viola, and a bicycle.