Little Falls author Thomas J. Prestopnik recently published an omnibus paperback edition of his Endora Trilogy novels: The Timedoor (Book 1), The Sword and the Crown (Book 2), and The Saving Light (Book 3). These fantasy stories recount the exciting tales of siblings Christopher and Molly Jordan who discover a magic timedoor that opens up to the kingdom of Endora. There, many adventures await them, including confrontations with an army of trolls and goblins, an evil sorcerer, and their power-crazed archenemy, Belthasar.

The books were originally published nearly twenty years ago in single paperback editions and then later in eBook format, including an omnibus digital edition. The new paperback version runs 765 pages and is suitable for pre-teen and early-teen readers, though many adults have enjoyed the books, too.

In The Timedoor, eleven-year-old Christopher Jordan and his eight-year-old sister Molly embark on a journey to help rescue a young, kidnapped princess by the invading forces of the evil sorcerer Malaban, whose whereabouts remain a mystery.
In The Sword and the Crown, the Jordan siblings return to Endora four years later to help stop an evil impostor from being crowned king in a neighboring realm and waging a terrible war.

In the final book, The Saving Light, Christopher, and Molly face their greatest peril ever, racing against all odds to save their family, friends, and the magical world they have grown to love by preventing an old enemy from returning to power in both Endora and their own world.

Prestopnik found the inspiration to write the first book nearly forty years ago, in the fall of 1984, while walking one evening west along the Erie Canal on the South Side of Little Falls. At the end of Jefferson Street loomed the underside of the old 167-South Bridge, which spanned the canal and the Mohawk River. A set of cement stairs led to the highway above.

A set of cement stairs near the underside of the old 167-S Bridge in Little Falls, NY.Photo taken from Jefferson Street on March 27, 2004. The current bridge, being built at that time, is visible in the background.

A set of cement stairs near the underside of the old 167-S Bridge in Little Falls, NY.
Photo taken from Jefferson Street on March 27, 2004. The current bridge, being built at that time, is visible in the background.

While he approached the staircase on that cool, dry evening, the play of light upon the canal water from a solitary streetlamp nestled among leafy tree branches, coupled with a mass of shadows skulking beneath the bridge, created in his mind an ideal setting for a children’s adventure story. This area under the bridge (which, he admits, appeared much more visually intriguing at nighttime than during the day) inspired the concept and location of the magic timedoor that Christopher and Molly Jordan discover on a cold, foggy Saturday at dawn in Book One.

Prestopnik developed a rough plot and outlined the book, and by the end of the following year had written The Visitor’s In Mrs. Halloway’s Barn. Eventually, that book would be retitled and republished (in 2005) as The Timedoor after he decided to write two sequels in the series. The Sword and the Crown was also released in 2005, and The Saving Light was published in 2007. The new paperback omnibus edition is now available on Amazon.

The old 167-S Bridge spanning the Erie Canal. Photo taken from Jefferson Street on March 27, 2004.The stairs (on the left) are not visible.

The old 167-S Bridge spanning the Erie Canal. Photo taken from Jefferson Street on March 27, 2004.
The stairs (on the left) are not visible.

Thomas J. Prestopnik is the author of several novels spanning various genres including his more recent book Dream Trail, a backpacking novel with a dash of mystery, and Nicholas Raven and the Wizards’ Web, a Lord of the Rings inspired epic fantasy in three volumes. More information about these and his other books, and their links to Amazon, can be found on his website TomPresto.com and on his YouTube channel Walking Writer.