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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,513 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sylvia Engdahl Narrator: Jennifer Ikeda Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2015 ISBN: 9781449802981
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Three alien races meet on the small green world of Andrecia. The Imperial Exploration Corps wants to claim the planet for their own, but the Anthropological Service stands in their way. And when young Elana makes contact with native Georyn, a love story exploring the very depths of human emotion unfolds.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A serious and thought-provoking novel…Combined with this is an adolescent love-story that is no romantic nonsense; it is realistic and moving. The story is full of drama and suspense.”

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

  • “An involved and provocative science fiction story for thoughtful readers.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kylee | 2/17/2014

    " I read that book 5 times with out finishing because I thought it would be boring but then I read it again this year and it was amazing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aubrey | 2/14/2014

    " I loved this book! Although it is marketed as juvenile I really think it should be in the YA category. It is very thought provoking. The whole concept is quite unique. Although it was written almost 40 years ago it still reads like a modern novel (no bell bottoms, weird lingo, etc.). This is definitely a book I would love to read again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Skelton | 2/11/2014

    " Read to Blake and Erika; they liked it more than I did I think... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrian | 2/9/2014

    " Nice- thoughtful- a little longwinded on the philosophy part. I enjoyed it, but I'm not sure I'm recommending it. The review I read painted it as "half fantasy, half science fiction" and the plot was built on how alien technology is the basis for fairy tales in a less advanced culture. I'm pretty sure it was all fantasy, though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emy | 1/30/2014

    " I don't want to be harsh, but this book was a drag. I just don't like space/other world types of books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angeline | 1/29/2014

    " This book is defiantly a re-reader. I don't think you could ever get tired of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 1/26/2014

    " Enjoyed the book. The characters were real and it was hard to stop reading once I got going. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joni | 1/18/2014

    " Lovely book. An interesting read about three cultures coming together. I especially liked the differing viewpoints and how things were interpreted differently based on the perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 1/18/2014

    " A sci-fi book. Great, great, amazing idea for a story. I loved where the plot was, and where it was going. But in the end I found I was disappointed. But definitely worth reading! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bridget | 11/29/2013

    " I loved the combination of fairy tale and far-future science fiction. Elana, Georyn and Jarel were all wonderful characters, and the ending was just the right combination of hopeful and heart-breaking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave Manning | 10/23/2013

    " What a nice combination of sci-fi and fantasy. Yet still, it gave much deeper insights into cultural interactions than Star Trek's "prime directive". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anthony Pacheco | 10/16/2013

    " I loved this book growing up. The ending was powerfully bittersweet and interwoven elements of three genres (fantasy, science fiction and visionary) makes for a thought provoking book. Highly recommended. This book is literally my favorite young adult novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chalse | 9/22/2013

    " This book is really nice. It's a refreshing read compared to all of the sci-fi nonsense you see nowadays. Enchantress from the Stars takes the genre to a whole new level. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tia | 9/6/2013

    " Good book, and I enjoyed the idea having 3 different worlds at different stages of development interacting with each other. I found it a little simplistic in a few areas. I felt like the author could have developed the differences in the 3 cultures a little bit more, but it was still a fun idea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renée Reeves | 5/9/2013

    " A lovely book written for young teenagers, although many adults would enjoy it as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chelsea Cuppycake | 5/5/2013

    " For some reason, this took me a while to read, but I really did like it, for a sci-fi novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura Seagraves | 4/25/2013

    " its ironic that I read this book right before starting guns germs and steel. I liked much of this book but the main female character was very annoying, I would be curious to read the second book to see if she grows up some. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nisha | 1/25/2013

    " A great old YA sci- fi/ fantasy with a girl as a protagonist... Got me hooked on the genre when I was a kid! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lia | 1/2/2013

    " A very good reader. Sometimes she got a little carried away and distracted from the book, but overall, she brought a good understanding and characterization to the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maddy | 9/24/2012

    " I thought this was a great cross between fantasy and science fiction. It was a great insight on how different people perceive things. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Reynaldo | 4/24/2012

    " Amazing how it represents a future that could come at any time in our life time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clifford | 2/19/2012

    " Interesting combo of fantasy and sci-fi genres, recommended to read by my 12-year-old. I particularly liked the way the different levels of technological development were presented, and the moral dilemmas of the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bradley | 2/9/2012

    " A very positive story. It was well written but needs a smidge more grit. Otherwise a fine tale. =) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 7/9/2011

    " I give this book two stars, because the writing was amazing. I couldn't stand the plot. It wasn't even bad, just terribly conflicting and completely frustrating. I would not reccomend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nisha | 5/21/2011

    " A great old YA sci- fi/ fantasy with a girl as a protagonist... Got me hooked on the genre when I was a kid! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 5/17/2011

    " I've always loved this for the different points of view of the characters. The same events are reinterpreted by a young man who is living a fairy tale, a hard-nosed modernist terraforming a new planet, and a young woman on her first anthropological field expedition. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna! | 2/4/2011

    " I thought that this book was quite good. I had to read it twice to get it to stick though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Reynaldo | 1/26/2011

    " Amazing how it represents a future that could come at any time in our life time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/7/2011

    " A good read though for me it started slow but did build up to an ending I didn't figure out. A fantasy/Science fiction book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chalse | 12/25/2010

    " This book is really nice. It's a refreshing read compared to all of the sci-fi nonsense you see nowadays. Enchantress from the Stars takes the genre to a whole new level. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mckinley | 11/24/2010

    " Really enjoyed this. How to help without messing things up.
    Newberry award book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 11/22/2010

    " I thought this book was really well written, I loved the imagery and the plot came together very well! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurelle | 11/15/2010

    " One of my very favourite science fiction books from when I was young! This is the sort of book that you turn back to and re-read whenever new materials are running scarce. The writing is beautiful and the three storylines flow together seamlessly. The ending is bittersweet and perfect! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 11/5/2010

    " I loved this book in Junior High School and re-read it not too long ago -- a wonderful story -- full of many layers in true SF style. This and a subsequent Engdahl title as well as A Wrinkle In Time hooked me on reading for life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 11/3/2010

    " I couldn't get into this book enough to finish it before it was due back at the library. (to be fair, I didn't have a lot of free reading time when I had it) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marita | 10/24/2010

    " I first read this when I was eleven, and never forgot it. It was the book that set my life philosophy about relative truths and world views. I LOVE this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikka102 | 10/19/2010

    " Raises interesting questions (if you could stop suffering, should you?) Shows how three different levels of civilization might view the same situation. (Also interesting to note that this was written before Star Trek came up with the Prime Directive.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mordena | 10/11/2010

    " The narration is very distancing and intellectual -- the characters are more mouthpieces than real people. Still, the story ended up touching me. Interestingly, it is the fairy-tale stock character of the brave woodcutter's son, off to slay the dragon, that I found the most real and believable. "

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Author Sylvia Engdahl

Sylvia Louise Engdahl is an the author of almost a dozen science fiction novels and many works of nonfiction. She lives in Eugene, Oregon, and currently works as a freelance editor of nonfiction anthologies for high schools.