Recommended to Maryanne by: For newspaper review
In the first book of her new trilogy, master storyteller Emily Rodda weaves her magic once again. The Golden Door introduces Rye, youngest of three brothers. His brothers, and others, have vanished one by one while seeking to stop the deathly flying skimmers which attack and kill the citizens of The Weld.
Rodda unfolds a story full of magic, danger, chance encounters and strange characters who offer assistance at critical junctures. Accustomed to thinking less of himself than his heroic sporty eldest brother, and his clever, quick, second brother, Rye must somehow face hazards, battle evil-doers, trust his instincts and new abilities, and find the hero within himself.
Rodda’s language is simple and clear, her writing is assured, the plot is fast paced and yet allows us to get to know Rye and his assorted friends whom he collects along the way. Rye is an immensely appealing character – unassuming, loyal and courageous when it matters.
Emily Rodda has won the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award for a record five times. Many readers will be familiar with Rodda’s best-selling Deltora Quest series, and this trilogy promises to be another extraordinary adventure.