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When a backwoods medieval England duchy is the subject of a hostile alien scouting party, the aliens soon find that the primitive English are not to be be taken lightly. The plucky English take the fight to the aliens' own subject planets and find themselves fighting in defense of all mankind. The advanced arts of the aliens are rapidly turned against them by the wiley hero, but he must face weakness of friend, family, and foe alike as he tries to bring his subjects safely to an Earth lost among the countless stars. The narrator is a Catholic priest along for better or worse, and his witty but dry administration of his Holy duties make the story immensely entertaining, and this device somehow successfully combines tongue-in-cheek backwardness with real intrigue and very human characters. A very accessible work by Anderson that can be enjoyed by almost all ages and tastes.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 40% Tone of book    -   humorous or laughable FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   stranded on alien planet, fighting aliens to survive If an invasion, from Earth/human POV:    -   fighting overt invasion (attacking aliens) War or Invasion    -   Yes Major kinds of combat:    -   sword fights    -   lasers Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   religious figure Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Forests A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   unfriendly aliens Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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