Defender of the Flame (The Rising Flame, Book 1) by Sylvia Engdahl

By Sylvia Engdahl

Starship pilot Terry Radnor is questioned and outraged while he's without notice recalled from interstellar exploration after which, simply while he has get entangled in a mystery undertaking supplying him amazing actual and psychic services, he's transferred to a cruiser for a journey of accountability he expects to hate. however the cruiser's project proves to be in contrast to something he may have imagined. Advancing quickly in his occupation, Terry reveals achievement in love and in dedication to a cause—until an ironic accident tears him clear of every thing he cares approximately. he's pressured to construct an entire new lifestyles, faraway from all that has formerly mattered to him. Is there any wish that he can satisfy his pledge to guard the realm whose safeguard is crucial--more the most important than a person else knows--to the way forward for humankind?

This sequence of novels, previously titled the Flame Trilogy, has been cut up into sequence: The Hidden Flame and The emerging Flame. this can be the 1st e-book within the moment sequence, that's a separate tale set centuries later that doesn't depend upon having learn the 1st sequence. not like a few of Engdahl's prior novels, those aren't YA books and aren't acceptable for middle-school readers.

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For a second, it looked as if the rain that was pelting them was evaporating, like drops on hot metal, a few millimeters above Zanna’s head. Deeba stared, but dark drifts hid her friend. The motor was louder. A car was approaching. The girls were shrouded in gritty smoke. They spluttered in panic and tried to call to each other. They could see almost nothing. The noise of the motor grew, and glints of reflected streetlamp-light winked momentarily through the fumes. “Wait a minute,” Zanna shouted.

He was about their age, very thin and wiry, dressed in odd patched-up grubby clothes. His hair was messy, his face shrewd. He was raising an eyebrow. ” he said, putting his hands on his hips. “You ain’t scared of a trashpack, are you? Pests like them? ” He lobbed another stone. “If you’re that yellow, why you off walking in the Backwall Maze? You wouldn’t like it if they came swanning into your manor, would you? ” He nodded and half-grinned, gave them a little salute, then strode off away from the wall, brushing dirt from his already dirty clothes.

None of them had paid any attention when the door opened, until they’d realized that the woman who’d come in was standing quietly by their table. One by one they looked at her. She’d been wearing a bus driver’s uniform, the cap at a perky angle. She was grinning. “Sorry to butt in,” the woman said. ” She smiled at all of them but addressed Zanna. ” The girls stared in dumb astonishment for several seconds. ” and Deeba had started laughing. None of this fazed the woman. She said a nonsense word.

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