The Door into Shadow (The Tale of the Five, Book 2)

Diane Duane


In the Middle Kingdoms, the royal magics are failing. The dread Reaver armies threaten the southern passes, and behind them moves the eternal malice of the Shadow, sworn to destroy all it can of the Goddess's creation -- especially the re-established realms of humankind.

One man stands between the Shadow and its prey: Freelorn Ferrant's son, called the Lion's Child, exiled prince of Arlen. His companions are a strange crew -- from Sunspark, a fire elemental who's trying hard to understand humankind without burning anyone to cinders in the process, to Eftgan, housewife, mother of three, and warrior Queen of ancient Darthen.

And there are also the keepers of the blue Flame of Power: Herewiss, the first man in centuries to master the Fire, and wielder of the great sword Khávrinen, and Segnbora, a warrior and sorceress whose power is locked in her terrible past, and who speaks with the tongue of dragons.

Together they will face the nameless terrors of Glasscastle, where sorrow walks with madness. They will scale the awesome heights of the Bluepeaks in search of a kingdom's salvation. And they will make the first moves in the apocalyptic war that will set the true king on the throne... or see their world destroyed.

Edition note: The Door into Shadow was first published in the U.S. by Bluejay Books in 1984. That edition’s text, unchanged except for the substitution of British spellings for American ones, was used for the Corgi / Transworld Books editions of Shadow in 1992. For the book’s next U.S. edition, published by Meisha Merlin Books in 2001, various minor changes and additions were made to the original text, including the restoration of a small amount of material edited out of the 1984 edition.

This ebook closely follows the 2001 text, with some emendations -- mostly a matter of slight restructuring, rephrasing and polishing: no significant new plot or character material has been added. Future printed editions of The Door into Shadow will use this version of the text.

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