The Tale of the Five, Volume 1

The Door Into Fire

The Door Into Fire
A sorcerous swordsmith desperate to achieve true power. His stubbornly nonmagical sword. His princely runaway lover. His hungry new fire elemental. Put them all together, and what can possibly go wrong?…

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 friend and lover Freelorn, prince of Arlen, exiled from his native land and pursued across the Middle Kingdoms by the usurpers’ allies. Invoking perilous sorceries and the even more dangerous assistance of the fire elemental Sunspark, Herewiss manages to rout the armies besieging Freelorn and his little band of followers. Together they flee east to seek brief refuge in the mysterious lands near the edge of the world they know.

But now Herewiss faces a devastating choice. His time to master the blue Fire is running out. Should he abandon his fruitless search and join Freelorn in his fight to regain his kingdom? Or should he seek out the ancient keep in the Waste where countless doors lead into other worlds—among them, perhaps, the door that when opened will show Herewiss how to break through into the Power he must master or die?…

The Door Into Fire, first novel set in Diane Duane’s award-winning Middle Kingdoms universe, opens a fantastic saga of magic, adventure and love that has become a cult classic for its uniquely inclusive take on epic fantasy and its unforgettable characters.

“Good strong stuff with the right light touch.” (Terry Pratchett)
“Expands the limits of the swords and sorcery genre. Exciting, magical, intelligent.” (Publishers Weekly)

Middle Kingdoms

Amazing Award for best new SF / Fantasy writer (nomination): 1980, 1981

Lambda Award (for entire Tale of the Five series): 2012

Dell SF mass market paperback, February 1979

  • Cover: Terry Oakes
  • ISBN: 9780440118749

Bluejay Books trade paperback, 1979

  • Cover: Susan Shay Collins
  • ISBN: 0312941072

Methuen (UK) mass market paperback, 1980

  • Cover: uncredited
  • ISBN: 9780812536713
Corgi Books UK mass market paperback, 1991
  • Cover: Geoff Taylor
  • ISBN: 0552136611

In The Sword and the Dragon, Meisha Merlin hardcover, 2004

  • Cover: Don Maitz
  • ISBN: 9781892065513

Lionhall Press paperback / ebook, 2011

  • Cover: Diane Duane
  • ISBN: 9781072319344
 

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