Tower of the Stars with a Quest for Orion - Rosemary HarrisLondon & Boston: Faber & Faber, 1980, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrappers.
A Quest for Orion is a 2nd impression of1980, first published 1978, ISBN 0-571-11203-X.
From the cover: “A year or two ago, who could ever have believed all this would happen? asks Bill despairingly, as he returns with his companions Jan and Tom to their guerrilla hide-out in an abandoned Sussex farm. The twentieth century has closed for Britain and the greater part of Western Europe in defeat and pillage by the Neo-Stalinist ‘Freaks’ — and most of the inhabitants are enslaved or dead. Continued resistance seems as futile as a belief in ancient hero myths like those of Charlemagne or Arthur.
And yet, scattered and apparently at random, a thin, weak web of resistance is forming : in London and Northumberland there is Wolf’s and Alastair’s gang of ‘Templars’; in Southern Germany, Walther’s new Order of Teutonic Knights, whose last recruit, Jan’s special friend Matt, is destined to be their go-between and the means of restoring Charlemagne’s ancient Christian talisman to its historic protective role.
Tower of the Stars completes the story begun in A Quest for Orion, which told how western Europe was enslaved by the totalitarian tyranny of the Freaks — the Free Association of Kindred States and Nations. Tiny resistance groups survived: in Northumberland the ‘Templar’ gang led by Wolf and Alastair, and in Germany Walther’s Deutsche Orden.
At the beginning of Tower of the Stars, resistance seems to have collapsed. Tom Jay’s treachery has destroyed the ‘Templars’; Wolf is dead and most of the survivors are prisoners in the newly-built City in the Sea. But Clanger and the resourceful fourteen-year-old Charlie are still free and trying to re-join the others. Walther, also a prisoner in the City in the Sea, has half-won the confidence of the formidable First Interrogator, and Alastair’s intuitive gift becomes even stronger in captivity. Slowly and painfully the survivors of the resistance are brought together under the protection of Charlemagne’s Talisman and grope their way towards a climax which they cannot foresee but for which some higher power seems to be using them. Nosh, run, plan, says Charlie wearily. That’s all we ever do. But all the time the pattern is becoming clearer. Together A Quest for Orion and Tower of the Stars make a brilliantly plotted piece of science fiction, and also a moving story about people with whom the reader becomes closely involved.”