"The story is compelling, and drew me in from the first few pages. . . . I recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading genre fiction with some substance to it." --Blogcritics"A brilliant twist on dystopianism. . . . The book builds just the right amount of tension, and shows the stark reality of benevolent tyranny, one that any so-called democracy could creep towards quite easily." --Prometheus
"A chilling look at what extreme socialized medicine could become in the hands of a dictatorial medical regime. . . Would make an excellent discussion topic for a book club." --MyShelf.com
"A suspenseful and thought-provoking novel that seems so plausible that it sends chills up my spine . . . truly a masterpiece of parapsychological science fiction." --Rebecca's Reads
"Grips the attention with the raw immediacy of the problems. . . . It asks the sort of questions only SF can pose, and paints a vivid picture of where failing to answer those questions might lead. . . . Stewards
is the kind of SF I've been craving!" --Jacqueline Lichtenberg, Monthly Aspectarian
From the Author
This series, which was originally called a trilogy, has been split into two series because Defender of the Flame
is a separate story set two centuries later that has a different hero and doesn't depend on having read the preceding books. Readers who don't agree with the controversial ideas in Stewards of the Flame
, or who want more science fiction action, often like it better, and it is also more closely connected to my earlier novels Enchantress from the Stars
and The Far Side of Evil
--yet no one wants to begin with a book labeled Number 3. So now the "Hidden Flame" series consists of Book One, Stewards of the Flame
and Book Two, Promise of the Flame
, while the "Rising Flame" series consists of Book One, Defender of the Flame
and Book Two, Herald of the Flame
(a forthcoming book to be published late in 2014). The only disadvantage to starting with the "Rising Flame" series is that the included backstory would spoil some of the suspense of the first series if you plan to read both.
For extensive background material on the topics dealt with by this novel please visit my website.