The Prince in Waiting

The Prince in Waiting Luke lives in a society whose finest art is fighting Since a natural disaster years before there have been no machines people must rely on their bodies and wits All believe in the Spirits strange ot

  • Title: The Prince in Waiting
  • Author: John Christopher
  • ISBN: 9780020425731
  • Page: 456
  • Format: Paperback
  • Luke lives in a society whose finest art is fighting Since a natural disaster years before, there have been no machines people must rely on their bodies and wits All believe in the Spirits strange, otherworldly beings whose messages are relayed through holy Seers.

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    1. The story is told from the point of view of the central character, the protagonist, teenage Luke. As the story opens, he is about to turn thirteen, and he is concerned with typical teenage boy things, such as friends, fighting, and competition. Luke has been practicing with his sword ready for the big contest, and battle game where armies of boys are led by four captains against each other.This book is set in feudal England, with a medieval level of technology. Each of the cities across England [...]

    2. This takes me back. I just acquired a replacement copy, and have reread, after many a year (decades). I first read this novel, along with most of Christopher's other great SF novels, when I was in High School (early 70s). After that I re-read this novel many times, but by the 80s (I think), I had moved on. Now, it is great to wallow in nostalgia (which never gets old).The story: post-global catastrophe, some type of unspecified mass earthquake. The human population has been decimated, and its ex [...]

    3. From ISawLightningFallJohn Christopher made me love the end of the world. When I was a child, someone (I’ve forgotten exactly who) gave me a copy of Christopher’s Tripods Triology, a YA romp through an earth dominated by towering, three-legged, metallic creatures. The mélange of post-apocalyptic survivalism and science fiction completely captivated me, but as the years rolled on I lost track of Christopher. Seems I wasn’t the only one. Despite steadily writing under a variety of pseudonym [...]

    4. This novel was hard to get into and it took me awhile to get through the first 100 pages. But after that point, things sped up and it became more interesting and engaging. The end totally blew my mind and I'm excited to see where the next book will take the story. I really didn't like the main character, he's got a lot of growing up to do. Maybe he's not supposed to be a likeable character? But Christopher's writing style and the ideas that he comes up with are so intriguing.

    5. John Christophers Bücher spielen entweder während einer Katrastrophe und er beobachtet, wie sich die Menschen verhalten, wenn die Zivilisation um sie herum zerfällt (Tal des Lebens, Insel ohne Meer, Tripods Band 0, Pendulum ) oder lange nach einer Katrastrophe in einer Welt, die die Errungenschaften der Vorfahren vergessen hat (Tripods, Der Fürst von morgen)und sein Urteil über die Menschheit in solchen Situtaionen ist nicht sehr positiv.Anders als die heute oft üblichen Jugenbücher, die [...]

    6. Perhaps had I read this when younger or perhaps had I not already read The Tripods Trilogy, I might have enjoyed The Prince in Waiting. As things are, it felt a bit formulaic with nothing particularly new to add either to the genre or the author's oeuvre. The general concept of the universe was intriguing, but it served as background to the story of young boy triumphs rather than as a focus.Last but not least, the female characters are tiresome stereotypes that were dated at the time of publicat [...]

    7. The sword of the spirits is a trilogy of(young) fantasy novels that I read as a boy and is to this day one of my favourite reading experiences. I don`t remember too much which probably makes this review redundant but only that it was a perfect reading experience for a young boy .It encapsulated as the title suggests a combination of budding masculinity and spirituality.A combination that i fear is rare these days . The series seems,sadly, to be out of print, probably pushed out of the market by [...]

    8. Set in a future England ravaged by natural disasters and anti-technological paranoia, this somewhat-obscure young adult novel introduces what is probably John Christopher's best trilogy. The story, set among the warring neo-medieval cities of southern England, is told through the perspective of Luke, an ill-tempered, violent, anti-intellectual (but very cunning) little yob who typifies his society's warrior elite. Christopher's crisp prose and action-packed plot, full of jousts, palace coups, wa [...]

    9. Unusual, but gripping English post-apocalyptic SF novel. Very readable, I read it over a matter of days, which is fast for me. It's a great yarn with a good, slightly unsympathetic protagonist in teenage Luke, a moody, gauche young man who rises from commoner to heir to the kingdom.There are similarities with the author's Tripod series but I actually think this trilogy might be better, more mature, even though it is still a children's novel.

    10. :|فکر میکردم جان کریستوفر بهتر از این بنویسه:|ایده ی کتاب خیلی ناب و تک بود ولی به نظرم خود نتونست از آب درش بیاره نویسندهسعی شده بود فانتزی حماسی با علمی تخیلی قاطی بشه روند داستان یه جوری بودصحنه ها به سرعت عوض میشد و روند خیلی سریع بود و توصیفات هم فوق العاده کم بودخود داستان [...]

    11. (Yet another overdue review in which I actually don't remember tons about the book. Sorry.)Really enjoyable young adult book that I should really just find a copy of. Great fantasy-ish setting. (Is it spoilery to note that a 40 year old book that's a trilogy starts out as fantasy and then turns out to be post-apocalyptic scifi?)

    12. This was a wonderful read! It was slightly dark I thought for a young reader book, but reading it as an adult was a real treat. It is a futuristic novel set in the year 2000 after the world has been all but destroyed by natural causes. Society survives, but lives like medieval times. Really fascinating, and I plan to read his other books based on how much I loved this one.

    13. I have loved this series for as long as I can remember. I only wish it was still in print. I was lucky enough to have some correspondence with the author before he passed and look forward to shareing my yellowed and dogeared copies with my son when he's older.

    14. inam ye seganeye dige az in nevisandeh ke albate be nazare man be ghashangie dastane sepayeha nist.

    15. I found this book surprisingly engaging. It's unexpectedly complex and does some fun stuff with genre bending.

    16. Good old straight forward fantasy. It’s funny that the future is well into our past: 2000. This story takes place centuries after the year 2000 when there was a war using nuclear weapons and damage by radiation. Luke is 13 years old and very very competitive. I really enjoyed how he won his sword. The tactics he used. I liked the character of his friend Martin. It’s funny, I read this book decades ago as a child and elements of the story has lingered in the back of my mind throughout my life [...]

    17. This is the first volume in John Christopher’s “The Sword of the Spirits” trilogy, which is aimed at young adults. I count Christopher’s Tripods trilogy among the best young adult science fiction I’ve ever read, so I was interested to see him do fantasy. The story begins with Luke, a young man, visiting a colony of dwarves who work with arms and armour at a great forge. We learn some more about the city where he lives, a medieval-sounding place with a Prince and his captains, wagons on [...]

    18. This book is basically a Song of Ice and Fire (i.e. Game of Thrones) for children. Want to read about betrayal, treachery, characters-dying-even-though-you-like-them, but don't want to read a 1000 page introduction to the series which is Game of Thrones? Then this book is for you.It starts off like a children's tale of princes and the like but turns dark fast. Real fast. Once characters start dying, you know you are in the right spot. It may seem like a typical 'hero's journey' at first, but I r [...]

    19. In 7th or 8th grade, over a span of about two months I devouredThe Dark Is Rising Sequence, The Sword of the Spirits Trilogy, and a few other lone titles by John Christopher (The Lotus Caves and The Guardians). These books (initiated by The Tripods Trilogy) were turning points for me bringing an amazing recognition that books could be, well, amazing. The Sword of the Spirits is surely a weaker trilogy than the Tripods, but it remains classic John Christopher. A future that is like the past; a ci [...]

    20. A series of machinations by religious and political leaders results in Luke's father as becoming the new Prince of Winchester.Luke's being named as his successor and future "Prince of Princes". he's, on the whole, pleased with his new position But before he reaches the age of seventeen his mother is murdered, his father is treacherously killed in a battle, and his elder half-brother Peter has engineered his own succession as the new Prince Luke, realizing that his position as a dispossessed heir [...]

    21. This is book that I never finished reading as a child. Now trying it again (thank you Aladdin for reissuing), I can see why. Initially, this comes across as a medieval fantasy or retelling of King Arthur rather than science fiction--and I would have picked it up because of the Tripods. In addition, it has a slower, methodical pace with more character development than Christopher's other children's books. So much so, I am going to argue this is solidly a young adult series, despite the main chara [...]

    22. IMPATIENCE IN THE MEDIEVAL FUTUREVery good read, but not on a par with Christopher's TRIPODS series. Perhaps the sense of urgency is lost because so much time elapses in this book, instead of the plot pursuing its course remorselessly day after day. But John Christopher fans will want to complete this futuristic series set in a medieval England.Thirteen-year-old Luke Perry, the son of a commoner (promoted to Captain) hears a prophecy of the Seers (priests of the Spirits) that he will become the [...]

    23. Luke's is a world of sovereign cities, whose armies march to war every year against each other. Luke has finally come to an age where he can wield a sword, and he is delighted to be chosen as one of the four young captains for the ritual Combat. Later that year, his fortunes continue to rise when his father is made Prince of the city after an uprising by the city's nobility. And when the Spirits foretell that Luke himself is going to become the Prince of Princes, it seems that everything is goin [...]

    24. It has been 4 years since the men have been let out to fight. King Stephen has, like a coward, hidden behind the walls, building them up brick by brick. By the end of the fourth year they stood up like giants, intimidating for miles around. It cannot last. Luke's father, a captain in the army, as well as many other captains, form a group with the head seer to throw the coward out. King Stephen is finally removed and Luke's father replaced as king. Men and women cheer as the army leaves the city [...]

    25. I read this years and years ago in junior school and loved it at the time, but was never able to find it since then, or the sequels until recently. It has some thematic similarities to the Tripods, in that both are set in a future in which civilization has collapsed and man no long has much access to technology, but the details are of course totally differentI suspect I liked it so much because in the end, we discover that the whole religion that underpins society is a con, run by people using t [...]

    26. I read this book and the second in the series about 20 years ago and then since my local library wasn't the greatest I never got to the read the third. And since I was 10, I didn't pay attention to the title or the author (I still do this). But it has haunted me since, I have tried for years to find it, and two days ago I finally did. This was quite probably my first introduction to the post-apocalyptic genre and not much has really lived up to it. Reading it now, it isn't quite as exciting as I [...]

    27. It is nice to read fantasy that doesn´t drag on and on into "epic" tales of nothing for 3000 pages.Though 'the prince in waiting' isn't technically fantasy, it is set in post apocalyptic England, where a feudal society has risen, it holds some good fantasy tropes.John Christopher writes 'to-the-point' and doesn't dwell on details. One might say it scratches the term 'pulp', but the ideas and philosophical topics elevates it from that. And the pace is fast and engaging.I like it, and I'm gonna r [...]

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