Currently reading: Enchantress from the Stars

March is not going so well for me, outside of my fun new job. Last week I had the flu, which meant all I wanted to do was stay in bed and star at Netflix for hours on end. And then this week I pulled something really badly in my neck which meant more laying around watching Netflix. I had about one afternoon of perfect health in the last two weeks which is when I wrote these two reviews. Bleh.

Anyway, I’m kinda feeling better now! My cough is almost all gone and my strained neck-whatever isn’t as painful as it was on Monday, so that means back to blogging! Huzzah!

My new school library is a treasure trove of old children’s books– I keep finding loads of books I’d read when I was a kid, plus even older ones just hanging out between copies of newer books. I’ve been having a great time digging through the collection to see what’s there,1 and I found a bunch of (newly released) copies of Enchantress from the Stars by Sylvia Louise Engdahl. enchantress from the stars

I’d never heard of it, but there’s like six copies of it (in that weird paperback size2) which, in my library, means it’s a pretty important book. Turns out it’s a Newbery Honor book from 1971! I snagged a copy and took it home for the weekend.

It’s about aliens and anthropologists and part of it sounds like a fairy tale and it’s very exciting so far. I’m thinking it’s kind of a scifi-fantasy mix? Maybe? Here’s the summary:

Elana, a member of an interstellar civilization on a mission to a medieval planet, becomes the key to a dangerous plan to turn back an invasion. How can she help the Andrecians, who still believe in magic and superstition, without revealing her own alien powers? At the same time, Georyn, the son of an Andrecian woodcutter, knows only that there is a dragon in the enchanted forest, and he must defeat it. He sees Elana as the Enchantress from the Stars who has come to test him, to prove he is worthy. One of the few science fiction books to win a Newbery Honor, this novel will enthrall teenage and adult readers.

What are you reading this weekend?

  1. there are SO MANY Wishbone books! And they’re popular, too, which makes me happy. I loved the Wishbone mysteries when I was in elementary school and the show was actually on the air.
  2. tall as a trade but wide as a mass market?

2 thoughts on “Currently reading: Enchantress from the Stars”

  1. I love this book! Read it first as a teenager, and then reread it every so often. I love the three different perspectives, the way the same event can be interpreted in completely different ways, depending on what you believe. (I think as a teenager it was quite a mind-opening concept.) Hmmm. Maybe it’s time for another reread.

    1. Yeah, I’m really liking how each POV covers a different version of the same events! I’m getting scared off from the ending, though, because it’s looking like it’ll be really depressing. Is it really depressing?

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