I read a book as a kid about a mysterious/magical door with 5 locks. I believe the door is in the middle of nowhere. Two characters meet at the door, each with one key and knowing each other I believe. One is trying to pick the remaining locks, but getting nowhere. They then go on to search for the remaining keys, together or apart I'm not sure.

"As a kid" means I probably read it somewhere between 1988 and 1994.


The Keys to Paradise by Robert E. Vardeman.

Giles Grimsmate, a survivor of the Trans wars, has won the golden key in a game of chance. The thief Kajia has the second. The two of them, joined by a part-cat Trans called Petia, quest for the other three keys.

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