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Beyond the Burning Lands: The Swords of the Spirits Trilogy Paperback – 31 Oct 1989

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall & IBD; 2nd edition (31 Oct. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0020425724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0020425724
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 10.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,510,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Prince-in-Waiting Luke returns from exile to Winchester, a city of a future England ruled by patterns from the past, and sets out on a journey through the Burning Lands, a volcanic wasteland inhabited by strange peoples and the monstrous Bayemot.


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After some disaster (nuclear war?) Britain has returned to being several kingdoms. Machines are frowned upon and the people are kept in ignorance, famine and believing in spirits. A few, as a meritocracy, manipulate the minds of ordinary people by the use of electricity, keeping up an elaborate belief system which the people believe to be the spirits. A few others remain as Christians but little is known about their god and nonviolence and their practice of it makes them a laughing-stock, no more than a side show of eccentrics to amuse people. Luke is prince of Winchester but his scheming brother gets him exiled. He travels through burning lends (aftermath of nuclear war?) and discovers other civilisations notably Wales, and he eventually returns, having slain monsters that emerged from the disaster, to Winchester, where his brother has him arrested and orders him to put to death. He gets out of this by fighting a duel with his brother, as befits royalty being above the death sentence meted out to common criminals. He wins and is acclaimed prince and is a hero overnight but his conscience is restless because of his having to put to death his brother and his entourage. Raises questions about the nature of kingship, the morality of knowledge - to manipulate or to help people? non violence and the archetypal symbol of the demon/monster.
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By A Customer on 19 April 1998
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Luke's adventures continue as he learns about the Seers and their scientific discoveries in their underground sanctuary near Stonehenge. Although he realizes that the national religion is pure bunk, Luke wants to use it to further his own ambitions. But he is too young and restless to wait for years until the Seers--who study and recreate ancient Technology on the sly-- are ready.
The hot-headed hero sets off on his own to explore the lands beyond the volcanic barrier to the England of the medieval Future. Seeking the mythical city of Klan Gothlam in the country of the Wilsh, Luke meets a fair princess and a huge sea monster. Again he must evaluate an entirely new lifestyle, but despite the dangers of this journey, Luke must confront the greatest challenge to his Crown Prince status when he returns home. Not on a par with PRINCE IN WAITING: a good story but unevenly paced.
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Difficult to believe the story
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars 8 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great post apocalyptic tale 26 Sept. 2013
By TRice - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Started reading this series in when I was 13, my local library didn't have all three books so I got them from Amazon to finally finish out the journey and I'm glad I did.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars VOLCANIC EMOTIONS AND EVENTS 19 April 1998
By Plume45 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Turtleback
Luke's adventures continue as he learns about the Seers and their scientific discoveries in their underground sanctuary near Stonehenge. Although he realizes that the national religion is pure bunk, Luke wants to use it to further his own ambitions. But he is too young and restless to wait for years until the Seers--who study and recreate ancient Technology on the sly-- are ready.
The hot-headed hero sets off on his own to explore the lands beyond the volcanic barrier to the England of the medieval Future. Seeking the mythical city of Klan Gothlam in the country of the Wilsh, Luke meets a fair princess and a huge sea monster. Again he must evaluate an entirely new lifestyle, but despite the dangers of this journey, Luke must confront the greatest challenge to his Crown Prince status when he returns home. Not on a par with PRINCE IN WAITING: a good story but unevenly paced.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best "war book" I've read. 4 Nov. 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
beyond the burning lands by John Christopher... I finished it last weekend, and I won't lie, I waited for monday just to check out the next by christopher. I LOVE this series, and I can't wait to finish this one. I personally think its better than the harry potter series, but thats just me. This is serious and darker than Harry Potter, and also embodies what one undergoes in life, no matter what the situation. sadness, lies, anger, hatred are allcharacteristics of a human. Christopher Hooked me on the first book, The Prince In Waiting, and I absolutely loved it. The Structure and dramaticism is incredible and the way he transposes his characters into feelings we can all relate to, And Luke, most of all being a confused man in a changing world.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best of the three 8 Nov. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The pacing is odd at times and the book could have done with the last couple of chapters being stretched out somewhat, but in the end this is a fairly satisfying read. The best part, from the point of view of someone who has read most of John Christopher's post-apocalyptic young adult fiction (bizarre genre, no?), is that Christopher *finally* manages to develop some decently written, even believable, female characters. Pity that strength is set to crash and burn in the third volume of the series.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars please up date the binding 11 Feb. 2015
By Annette Grant Cady - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
please up date the binding on this book for it is a paper back . thank you
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Title Beyond the Burning Lands (The Swords of the Spirits Trilogy)
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