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The Tale of the Five: The Sword and the Dragon

(The Tale of the Five #1-2 omnibus)

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This is an omnibus reprint of Diane Duane's first two titles in this series, The Door into Fire and The Door into Shadow. In The Door into Fire, Herewiss, Prince of the Brightwood, is the only man in centuries to possess the Power of the Flame, but he cannot control it. Even though he cannot control the Power of the Flame, he does have a talent for sorcery and with the hel ...more
Paperback, 514 pages
Published October 27th 2004 by Meisha Merlin Publishing (first published 1979)
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Freyavenlyo
so, I had a really great review of the book, but alas, my firefox crashed and took it all away.

to sum it up, I liked the two parts of the Tales of the Five.
Didn't like the switch in view from one main character to the other (it's just me, i don't like switches)

don't know what happend at the end between herewiss ans freelorn, you'll know what I mean, because of the switch to segnbora. but okay.

Had a few to nice resolutions to problems to really give those books more an three stars. but compared t
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Mjhancock
Nov 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This book was a pleasant surprise. For me, Duane's best work is her Wizardry series, and this earlier series clearly has a lot of strands she'll be using for the Wizardry stuff later. And it's also very good on its own. It's actually a compilation of two books: The Door Into Fire, and the Door Into Shadow. The Door Into Fire tells how Herewiss, Prince of Brightwood, attempts to master and control the Power of the Flame, and the Door into Shadow describes how Segnbora, "sorceress and swordswoman" ...more
Meg
Feb 25, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantastical
Dreadful. The plot is convoluted and difficult to track, the characters entirely unlikeable. The one saving grace is the little snippets of folklore and poetry at the start of each chapter; they're strangely endearing. I checked out the sequel from the library at the same time, but I'm not going to even bother to read it.
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
Sep 25, 2009 marked it as decided-not-to-read
Shelves: fantasy-fiction
If this had come my way in the fifth/sixth grade, around the time I was loving the Sword of Shannara series, this probably would have been great. As I am only making the attempt now ... pass, sadly.
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Diane Duane has been a writer of science fiction, fantasy, TV and film for more than thirty years.
Besides the 1980's creation of the Young Wizards fantasy series for which she's best known, the "Middle Kingdoms" epic fantasy series, and numerous stand-alone fantasy or science fiction novels, her career has included extensive work in the Star Trek TM universe, and many scripts for live-action and a
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Other books in the series

The Tale of the Five (4 books)
  • The Door Into Fire (The Tale of the Five, #1)
  • The Door Into Shadow (Tale of the Five, # 2)
  • The Door into Sunset (Tale of the Five, #3)
  • The Door Into Starlight (The Tale of the Five, #4)