Middle Kingdoms

Eligible for 2019 Hugo Award nomination: the Tale of the Five Series

The Five contemplate a Hugo Award

So it's that time of year when nominations open up for the World Science Fiction Society's Hugo Awards, and it turns out that work of mine is eligible to be nominated for one in 2019. (I confess to being a little excited, since some of my earliest work is involved -- not to mention my very earliest award-nominated work -- in a universe for which I have something of a soft spot.)

The Levin-Gad

In this 20,000-word novelette set in the main character through-line of the Door Into... novels, the first man in a thousand years to bear the Blue Flame of Power, Herewiss s'Hearn, is now happily married to King Freelorn of Arlen, their lover Segnbora tai-Enraesi, the fire elemental Sunspark and the dragon Hasai. But Herewiss tells none of them why (at a most delicate moment) he must undertake a clandestine mission to the city of Darthis.

The Tale of the Five / The "Middle Kingdoms Sequence"

   

This is the series the first volume of which marked Diane Duane's entry into the fantasy field, and brought her her first award nomination (for the John W. Campbell Award for best new SF/fantasy writer). Since then the Tale of the Five has been hailed for its early groundbreaking approach to sword and sorcery, as relevant now as when the books made their debut.

The three "Middle Kingdoms" novels are now available as ebooks in all the major formats. Click on the cover images for download / purchase info.

The Door Into Fire

Medium:

Novel

Genre:

Fantasy

Subgenre(s):

Heroic fantasy / sword and sorcery

Series / license:

Middle Kingdoms series / "Tale of the Five"

First publication:

1979, mass-market paperback, Dell Publishing Co.: ISBN 0440118743

Awards / nominations:

Two-time John W. Campbell Award nominee

US editions:

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

World editions:

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

Ebook editions

Errantry Press, 2010: Ebooks Direct | Smashwords | Kobo.com


Covers / graphics:

          

Quotes:

"Good strong stuff with the right light touch." (Terry Pratchett)

"Expands the limits of the swords and sorcery genre. Exciting, magical, intelligent."
(Publishers Weekly)

Summary:

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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The Tale of the Five / The "Middle Kingdoms Sequence"

   

This is the series the first volume of which marked Diane Duane's entry into the fantasy field, and brought her her first award nomination (for the John W. Campbell Award for best new SF/fantasy writer). Since then the Tale of the Five has been hailed for its early groundbreaking approach to sword and sorcery, as relevant now as when the books made their debut.

The three "Middle Kingdoms" novels are now available as ebooks in all the major formats. Click on the cover images for download / purchase info.

The Tale of the Five / The "Middle Kingdoms Sequence"


   


This is the series the first volume of which marked Diane Duane's entry into the fantasy field, and brought her her first award nomination (for the John W. Campbell Award for best new SF/fantasy writer). Since then the Tale of the Five has been hailed for its early groundbreaking approach to sword and sorcery, as relevant now as when the books made their debut.

The three "Middle Kingdoms" novels are now available as ebooks in all the major formats. Click on the cover images for download / purchase info.