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The Tale of the Five by Diane Duane
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Nov 28, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 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" allies with Herewiss and his group to rebind the Royal magic against the Reaver armies and the Shadow. And while that may sound big and ponderous in the way that only fantasy stories can, Duane keeps the high fantasy elements well-balanced with very human and personal connections. I thought the first book was stronger than the first, but both are worth reading for fans of Duane or fantasy in general.

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