About the Book
The start of a stirring fantasy trilogy from Emily Rodda, the internationally bestselling author of Dragons of Deltora!
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 sending invaders, and 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. What terrors await him beyond the Wall?
- Dirk is a natural leader, who is brave, strong, and good-natured. Sholto is clever, quiet, and careful. Rye is humble, loyal, and courageous. Which character is most similar to you? Discuss the traits that are similar.
- Rye’s family tries to protect him from some of the darker happenings around Weld. How does this affect Rye?
- Lizbeth says that Sholto gets what he wants by fair means or foul. What do you think she means by this?
- Why do you think the Warden reacted oddly when he saw Rye? Did anyone else throughout the story have the same reaction when they met Rye?
- Before Rye chooses a Door, he is told that if he listens to his inner voice, he will make the right choice. Think of a time your inner voice led you to make a decision and discuss whether it was the right choice.
- How does Rye know that Dirk went through the golden Door? Which Door would you choose if you were Rye?
- Rye and Sonia pretend that they don’t need each other but they quickly learn this is not true. Discuss examples of how they helped each other throughout the story.|
- Who are some of the people that Rye meets who help him on his quest? Who are the people in your life who help and support you?
- Rye was given a bag of objects to help him on his journey. Among other things, he receives a ring that gives him speed, a hood that makes him invisible, a crystal that allows him to see through walls, and a serpent scale that makes him swim fast. Which special gift would you find most useful?
- It takes tremendous courage for Rye to face the serpents. Think of a time you’ve done something that required bravery and share this experience with the group.