THE GOLDEN DOOR
BOOK 1 OF THE THREE DOORS TRILOGY
Rye has lived all his life in the walled city of Weld, and every year he and his family (his mother and two older brothers) have endured the terrifying attacks of the winged Skimmers with their taste for human meat. But the attacks are growing worse, the Warden seems indecisive and his brothers speak of the need for change—maybe even rebellion.
When the Warden calls for Volunteers to find and destroy the enemy who sends the Skimmers to destroy Weld's populace, red-headed Rye and his widowed mother watch in silence when first bold Dirk then subtle Sholto go forth into the unknown. They do not return and Rye realizes that to save his family, if not his city, he must go in search of his brothers. Young, unskilled, innocent and sensitive, Rye is motivated not by the desire for fame or glory but the desperate need to ease his mother's grief—and his own.
"It's everything you would want from fantasy adventure fiction, and everything you have come to love about Emily Rodda."
— Kids Book Review
"Veteran Australian author Rodda (the Deltora Quest series) opens her Three Doors trilogy with promising urgency and a twist of historical consciousness."
— Publishers Weekly
Award-winning and beloved author Emily Rodda grew up on Sydney’s North Shore and graduated from the University of Sydney in 1973 with an MA (Hons) in English Literature. Always an avid reader, she moved naturally into a career in publishing, first as a book editor, and finally as a publisher at Angus & Robertson. Rodda has been a full-time writer since 1994 and won the prestigious Dromkeen Medal in 1995. She lives in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, with her family.