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The Golden Door
The Golden Door
General information

The Three Doors


Emily Rodda


Marc McBride (cover art)

Elizabeth B. Parisi (cover design (US))

Kate Rowe (any illustrations associated with the story, including maps and letters)


Omnibus Books - imprint of Scholastic Australia


January 1st, 2011

Followed by

The Silver Door

The Golden Door is a fantasy novel written by Emily Rodda. It is the first book in The Three Doors trilogy.

Book descriptionEdit

Australian versionEdit

"What terrors awaits Rye beyond the Golden Door?

The walled city of Weld is under attack from ferocious flying creatures that raid in the night, bringing death and destruction. The Warden calls for Volunteers to find and destroy the Enemy who is sending the invaders. The heroes of Weld answer the call one by one, never to return. Rye is officially too young to go, but his brothers are among the lost, and he must find them."[1]

American versionEdit

Three magic Doors
you here behold.
Time to choose:
Wood? Silver? Gold?

"Rye stands before three Doors, about to step out into the unknown. He's lived his whole life safe inside the enormous wall that rings the city of Weld and protects against the terrible dangers outside. Now, Weld is under attack from skimmers, flying beasts the kill in the night. If the enemy sending the skimmers isn't found, the citizens of Weld are doomed.

But that’s not why Rye has volunteered on a mission to leave Weld and stop the skimmers. His real goal is to find his two older brothers, who volunteered before him and never returned. Now Rye must open a Door and begin a perilous quest that could save his brothers... or cost his life."[2]


Skimmers, monstrous flying creatures, constantly attack Weld, a walled city in the middle of the Fell Zone, a ring of land so dangerous nobody could ever enter. The sorcerer Dann, creator of Weld, used magic to create a safe place within the Fell Zone, and thus Weld was born. However, five years ago, skimmers started raiding Weld, and now the city is in grave danger.

The Warden, ruler of Weld, refuses to do much, however, one day he issues a statement asking for volunteers over eighteen to participate in a secretive mission outside the Wall to defeat the Enemy that is plaguing Weld with skimmers. The one who emerges victorious will win his daughter's hand in marriage, becoming the new Warden. Dirk, Rye's brother, volunteers for the quest immediately, with a few of his friends close behind him. After a year, Rye and his mother receive a note from the Warden stating that Dirk was now assumed dead. Rye's other brother, Sholto, also applies for the quest, but with the same result.

A day or two later, Rye goes to Tallus, the healer of the town and Sholto's mentor, for advice. Tallus encourages him go on the quest, but Rye refuses. On the way home, he spots a baby goat, which is unusual because most goats are killed by the skimmers. He takes it home, but forgets and leaves it outside. The skimmers eat the goat along with the bell tree, the family's main source of money. With little money and shelter, Rye and his mother Lisbeth are forced to go to the Keep (the center of Weld where the Warden lives) for help. Rye is separated from his mother and accepts the quest, though he is only sixteen years old. He signs an official paper and is escorted to the Three Doors. There he meets a girl named Sonia who blackmails him into taking her with him through the Doors. Rye agrees. Rye selects the Golden Door because he is sure his oldest brother, Dirk, is through that door.

Sonia and Rye are almost immediately attacked by a fell-dragon. They defeat it, and then find themselves surrounded by Fellen, strange, mystical beings that live in the forest. The Fellen give Rye a small pouch of nine powers, which they say will aid him on his quest. They tell him that he displayed three signs, although they were imperfect, the last sign (drinking three times from Dann's Mirror) takes precedence. Sonia and Rye continue journeying, and take shelter in an abandoned animal shed with morbid messages scratched on the walls, and discover the light crystal, which shines brightly at Rye's touch. In the morn, Rye is attacked by a bloodhog, and is saved by Magnus Fitzfee. Here, he discovers the second power, a ring that grants incredible speed. Fitzfee takes them to Fleet, a town famous for its fine horses, and the protagonists hear of a strange event called the Gifting, to take place on Midsummer's Eve. 

To be continued... 



  • While the Lord of Shadows mentioned in this book is the same character as the Shadow Lord found in the Deltora Quest series. Tthe characters of Nanion and Ethena found in this book are ancestors of the Nanion and Ethena of the Deltora Quest series.
  • The people Fleet are the ancestors of the people of D'Or
  • The golden Door leads to the past


  1. Rodda, Emily. The Golden Door. Scholastic Australia. 2011.
  2. Rodda, Emily. The Golden Door. Scholastic Press. 2012.

See alsoEdit

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