Synopses & Reviews
The start of a stirring fantasy trilogy from Emily Rodda, the internationally bestselling author of Dragons of Deltora!
The walled city of Weld is under attck from ferocious flying creatures that raid in the night, bringing death and destruction. The Warden calls for Volunteers to find and destroy the Enemy sending invaders, and the heroes of Weld answer the call one by one, never to return. Rye is oficially too young to go, but his brothers are among the lost and he must find them. What terrors await him beyond the Wall?
"Mining folktale tropes, veteran Australian author Rodda (the Deltora Quest series) opens her Three Doors trilogy with promising urgency and a twist of historical consciousness. The enclave of Weld, surrounded by a wall with no opening, is under attack from above. Man-eating 'skimmers' fly over the city on warm summer nights, swarming wherever there is light or sound. The autocratic government calls for volunteers to find and destroy the source of the scourge, revealing that there is, after all, a way out of the city. Sixteen-year-old Rye's older brothers, Dirk and Sholto, volunteer and vanish, presumed dead. After a foolish error by Rye impoverishes the family, he sneaks away to volunteer, facing the choice of the three magical doors and the challenges beyond. Are Rye's brothers really dead? Can the skimmers be stopped? And would anyone really want the promised reward: the Warden of Weld's spoiled daughter? Rodda avoids two-dimensional stereotypes entirely: while the brothers' roles are traditional, each is appealingly human. Rye goes questing, not because he has a high destiny, but because he loves and misses his family. Ages 8 12." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Emily Rodda is the author of the hugely successful Deltora Quest series, with over two million copies in print. Winner of the Childrens Book Council of Australias Book of the Year (Younger Readers) Award a record five times, she seems to know instinctively what children want to read. She currently lives in Sydney, Australia.