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Literature / The Tale of the Five

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The Tale of the Five is a fantasy series by American author Diane Duane. It is also referred to as "The Door Into ..." series, because of the volumes' Theme Naming.

It is set in the Middle Kingdoms, particularly Darthen and Arlen. It concerns the protagonists' fight to keep the Shadow from taking over the Middle Kingdoms. The main characters are Herewiss, the first man in a very long time to wield the power of blue Fire; his lover, Freelorn, the rightful heir to the throne of Arlen; Herewiss's other lover, Sunspark, a fire elemental; and Freelorn's other lover Segnbora, sorcerer/bard/swordswoman.


  • The Door into Fire (1979)
  • The Door into Shadow (1984)
  • The Door into Sunset (1992)

In 2018, Diane Duane revived the series with Tales of the Five, a series of five books (ranging in length from novelette to novel) which will lead up to the long-awaited conclusion, The Door into Starlight. Books in this series:

  • The Levin-Gad (2018)
  • The Landlady (2019)
  • The Librarian (TBA)

All the books are available as eBooks from

Other works by the author set in the Middle Kingdoms are the Sirronde's World series and the novelette Lior and the Sea.


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