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    Wednesday, March 05, 2008

    BOOKENDS
    Enchantress from the Stars by Sylvia Engdahl
    Georyn is a woodcutter's son on Andrecia, determined to kill the evil dragon plaguing their forest and be rewarded with knowledge from the king. Jarel is a medical officer with a crew set out to colonize Andrecia -- and to force the natives onto reservations. Elana is a member of an advanced civilization from another planet, on her way to Andrecia to save the primitive people from losing their land and their culture to colonization. Through a series of encounters and misadventures, the story is created of how the Enchantress from the Stars helped a woodcutter's son free his people from a powerful magical dragon and his minions.
    Part interplanetary adventure, part fairy tale, this story is full of magic, science, misunderstandings, humanity, moral issues, romance -- and a wonderful prose that weaves it all together flawlessly in three voices. And I quite enjoyed it -- it was thought-provoking and engaging. I'll definitely recommend it to those not afraid of mixed genres or of a little substance in their books.
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