Heroic fantasy / sword and sorcery
Series / license:
Middle Kingdoms series / "Tale of the Five"
1979, mass-market paperback, Dell Publishing Co.: ISBN 0440118743
Awards / nominations:
Two-time John W. Campbell Award nominee
Mass-market paperback, Dell Publishing Co., 1979: ISBN 0-440-11874-3
Trade paperback, Bluejay Books, 1984: ISBN 0-312-94107-2
Mass market paperback, Tor Books, 1985: ISBN 0-812-53671-1
Omnibus trade paperback (with The Door into Shadow, Meisha Merlin Books, 2001
UK: mass market trade paperback, Methuen/Magnet Books, Great Britain, 1981: ISBN 0-417-05850-0
Germany: mass market German edition, as DIE TUR INS FEUER: Heyne Verlag, 1988, ISBN 3-453-02352-8
UK: mass-market edition, Corgi Books, January 1991: ISBN 0-552-13661-1
Covers / graphics:
"Good strong stuff with the right light touch." (Terry Pratchett)
"Expands the limits of the swords and sorcery genre. Exciting, magical, intelligent."
Herewiss is the only man in centuries to possess the Power of the blue Flame, but he can't use or control it -- not even to help his dearest friend, Freelorn, exiled prince of Arlen. Herewiss does have a talent for more mundane sorcery, and (aided by the unearthly creature Sunspark) he uses it to rout the armies besieging Freelorn. But now Herewiss faces a devastating choice.
His time to achieve the blue Fire is quickly running out. Should he join Freelorn in his fight to regain his kingdom? Or should he seek out the ancient keep in the Waste where doors lead into other worlds -- perhaps even the door whose use will teach him to control the Power that he must master or die?...
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