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The Flame novels are divided into two duologies, The Hidden Flame and The Rising Flame, which are set 200 years apart and can be read independently.


Stewards of the Flame by Sylvia Engdahl

Trade paperback, 496 pages
ISBN 978-0615314877 ~ List price $18.50
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Book One of the Hidden Flame duology

Bronze medal, 2008
Independent Publisher
(IPPY) Awards


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Video trailer, description and excerpt

Reading group discussion guide (contains no spoilers)

Background information on the timely issues dealt with by the story, such as government-controlled health care

“Grips the attention with the raw immediacy of the problems. . . . An inquiry and commentary on the nature of what it is to be human, and where evolution can take us from here. 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, author of the Sime/Gen SF series

“Extremely entertaining. . . . A cautionary tale that Big Brother is coming through the government medical complex.” —Harriet Klausner, MBR Bookwatch



Book Two of the Hidden Flame duology

“The gripping drama of the first volume continues . . . 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

“It is not necessary to read the first [book] in order to be enthralled by the second. . . . Although clearly a work of science fiction, the ideas and futuristic possibilities are disturbingly real and will remain with the reader long after they’ve finished the book.” —Peggy LaVake, IndieReader Staff Review, July 2010

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Spoiler warning: Promise of the Flame is complete in itself and can be read independently, but reading it first, or even reading the description, will spoil some of the suspense of Stewards of the Flame. So if you plan to read both books, don’t go to this page until you have finished it.
Promise of the Flame is a stand-alone story that doesn’t depend on having read the preceding book, and may be more to the taste of those to whom that book’s controversial view of trends in health care policy didn't appeal. Its issues are further removed from our own society, but important to anyone interested in interstellar colonies, the future development of the human mind, or the question of how high a price should be paid for freedom of choice.

Promise of the Flame by Sylvia Engdahl

Trade paperback, 494 pages
ISBN 978-0615314884 ~ List price $18.50
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Defender of the Flame by Sylvia Engdahl

Trade paperback, 454 pages
ISBN 978-0615804347 ~ List price $17.50
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Book One of the Rising Flame duology

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“This book reaches back to the brio and speculation of Engdahl's classic books of the Seventies. . . . The reader will be taken on an exciting and suspenseful ride. . . . With an admirable protagonist and many interesting and well-drawn characters major and minor, Defender is satisfying on multiple levels. . . . I expected to like this book; I was startled that I loved it. A must read!” —Nicholas Birns, author of Understanding Anthony Powell

“This is fun reading, about a starship captain facing many tough choices. . . . If you choose to think more deeply about the view of humanity’s future, that's icing on the cake. Enjoyable and thought-provoking reading.” —Sondra Eklund, Sonderbooks

While the Rising Flame duology follows the Hidden Flame duology, it is a completely separate story set two hundred years later that does not depend on having read the earlier one. Although these are not Young Adult novels and are not appropriate for middle-school readers, the Rising Flame duology will be of interest to adults and mature high school students who have enjoyed Engdahl's YA books Enchantress from the Stars and The Far Side of Evil, as it deals with some of the same themes.



Book Two of the Rising Flame duology

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“A futuristic ride that has many parallels in today’s society. This is a ‘thinking man’s’ science fiction book—the type we need more of today!” —The Feathered Quill

“These novels are not so much genre ‘Romance’ or even just ‘Science Fiction’ as they are Literature.  These are novels about life.” —Jacqueline Lichtenberg, Alien Romances: Reviews 14

“"Engdahl's books are torches that light a flame of hope that we may have a future beyond the clouded one on Earth.” —--Laurie Pollack, Amazon.com

While this book can stand alone, Defender of the Flame should be read first if you plan to read both. It is not necessary to have read the books in the Hidden Flame duology, although the backstory included in the Rising Flame duology contains some spoilers.

Herald of the Flame by Sylvia Engdahl

Trade paperback, 472 pages
978-0692293768 ~ List price $17.50
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FAQ about the two Flame duologies

Please note: The Hidden Flame duology and Rising Flame duology, unlike my earlier novels, are not Young Adult books and are not appropriate for middle-school readers. (If you are wondering why, read the FAQ.)


OMNIBUS EDITIONS (now available in both paperback and Kindle formats)

You can save $10 off the retail list prices by buying the omnibus paperbacks instead of the individual ones. However, the omnibus editions have smaller print.



Trade paperback, 762 pages
978-1534691957 ~ List price $26.95
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Trade paperback, 686 pages
978-1534673809 ~ List price $24.95
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PURCHASE COPIES

Print copies are no longer sold at this site, but they are available at Amazon.com or from used book dealerss. Ebooks cannot be obtained from retailers other than Amazon, because that is a requirement for making them available in Kindle Unlimited. They can be purchased (or borrowed by Kindle Unlimited subscribers) at the links listed below.

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Stewards of the Flame
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Promise of the Flame
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The Hidden Flame
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Defender of the Flame
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Herald of the Flame
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The Rising Flame
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