Beyond the Burning Lands (The Sword of the Spirits, #2)
Beyond the Burning Lands - The Sword of the Spirits, #2 Author:John Christopher Set in the South of England in a future where, due to a world wide ecological (not military) catastrophe, life has reverted back to a militaristic, medieval setting of walled cities and perpetual warfare. — Luke leaves the Seers' sacred sanctuary near Stonehenge to return to Winchester as an honoured member of his brother's royal court. Luke is s... more »atisfied for the time being to serve as his brother's second in command and confidant. However, his desire for adventure sends him on an expedition to the uncharted territory beyond the Burning Lands, an active volcanic region to the north. After a perilous journey, the expedition reaches the country of the Wilsh, a wealthy and civilized people who are ruled by the wise and generous King Cymru from his royal seat in the beautiful open city of Klan Gothlen. Luke is astonished to see that several of the prejudices of his country are not in sway here: technology is openly used and discussed, and polymufs are not relegated to a lower caste: the Wilsh king has a polymuf as his chief adviser.« less
This is an interesting series about civilization after a nuclear holocaust wiped out most of the earths population. It is hundreds of years before this story begins so you are left to put what happened together from hints in the story. It is set in a military oriented feudal society, with any sort of technology being anathema to the common people - to the point where the religion preaches against it. People who have no genetic aberrations in their family are also held to be of higher blood then those born deformed from the radiation. It is a good story, but based on upper elementary / junior high / teen levels rather than adult so it is fairly short. The author also wrote the Tripod series.