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Promise of the Flame Paperback – September 17, 2009
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"It is not necessary to read the first [book] in order to be enthralled by the second. . . Engdahl's gift is to make her characters seem comfortable and familiar to the reader. . . The ideas and futuristic possibilities are disturbingly real and will remain with the reader long after they've finished the book." --IndieReader Staff Review
"Engdahl has produced high-quality work over a forty-year period, but this is one of her finest achievements." --Nicholas Birns, author of Understanding Anthony Powell
I started reading Promise of the Flame as soon as it arrived and I was hooked from the first page. . . . Sylvia Engdahl knows how to pace a novel and get her message across while telling an engaging andsuspenseful story." --J.C. Jones, Mixed Book Bag
"I think I actually like Promise of the Flame even more than Stewards of the Flame. . . . In the sequel, the characters have to balance survival (short and long term) with [their] ideals. Definitely not an easy task." --TamiBrady, TCM Reviews
From the Author
My Flame series, which was originally called a trilogy, has been split into two duologies since there are now four books and the third begins a separate story set two centuries later than the preceding ones, which doesn't depend on having read either of them. Readers who disagree with the controversial view of healthcare expressed in Stewards of the Flame, or who want more science fiction action, often like it better -- yet no one wants to begin with a book labeled Number 3. So now the Hidden Flame duology consists of Book One, Stewards of the Flame and Book Two, Promise of the Flame, while the Rising Flame duology consists of Book One, Defender of the Flame and Book Two, Herald of the Flame. Please note that unlike my earlier novels, these two duologies were never issued as Young Adult books and they are not appropriate for readers below high school age.
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