Enchantress from the Stars
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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.
be something frightening! But he kept a cheerful countenance as the Enchantress showed them where they could cross the river and pointed out the path on the opposite bank that they must take.And when they reached the other side of the log bridge Georyn looked back; the Lady stood at its far end, holding her own light aloft so that it shone upon her, turning her Emblem into a brilliant, flashing star. And this time, he raised his hand in a gesture that was more a pledge than a farewell. I stood
that we will be forced to seek the aid of the Enchantress again,” Terwyn said to his brother as I The Cup ✴ 101 they were finishing their meal. “But I hope that she will not put us into another such situation as we met last night. I do not care to be made a fool of more than once.” Georyn said, “She was not making fools of us,Terwyn. I cannot fathom her full purpose, but I know that there was more to it than a test of our loyalty to her. Somehow, I had the feeling that she did not enjoy all
this all along. The Lady answered gravely, “I am not permitted to say.” But as to what authority such as she might serve, she did not tell them. “Even if what we saw was not an evil spirit,” persisted Terwyn, “there are many that attend the Dragon; we have met a man who was turned into stone by them.” “That is another matter,” said the Enchantress. “The servants of the Dragon are not demons, either, but men who have been bewitched. They are a danger to you, but they are not in themselves evil.”
“But it’s so hard on a person who happens to be born into the wrong age!” Father put his arm around me. “Of course,” he said The Awakening ✴ 143 quietly. “It always has been, Elana. That’s just the way things are.” It is the way of things, I reflected.That was what Georyn had said, too. And yet to him the thought of an enchanted realm where it was not the way, even a realm that he could never enter, had seemed less a frustration than a comfort. ate that night Georyn left his bed and walked
I objected.“I can’t bear to have him think that I’d deliberately let him be hurt.” “He’ll agree to it of his own free will,” Father pointed out. “I haven’t ever asked you to deceive him, you know. You will tell Georyn quite openly that the ordeal will be a grueling one, but that it will be ultimately to his benefit. And that’s the truth.” Lowering my eyes, I said desperately, “Don’t ask this of me! It’s—not just a job, anymore.” The Stone ✴ 157 Father looked at me rather strangely and then