The First Battle of Morn

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An attempt to protect his flying horse catapults Torin into the center of the struggle for his planet, Morn, where the rulers want him for their "mind child" and the rebels want him as their savior.

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As a child, the fantasy worlds of Oz, Narnia, and Middle Earth seemed as real to Deborah Moulton as the world in which she lived. What began as story-telling to her own children developed into her first book, The First Battle of Morn, which was published by Dial Books in 1988. Children of Time, another sci-fi book soon followed. Now, after a twenty year hiatus, Ms. Moulton has returned to her love of writing and her passion for exploring fantasy worlds.

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Grade 7 Up The fast-moving, interesting plot of this science fantasy carries the sympathetic young hero Torin away from the compound where his father breeds transports, the winged horses which are the chosen steeds of the sinister Teachers who rule the planet Morn. The birth of an unusual foal threatens first its mother, Torin's beloved Saba, and then Torin himself, catapulting them into night flight through a countryside rich with alien life. In a skillful combination of passing references and more involved scenes, Moulton creates an entire world of animal and plant life. Details such as the flying stirrups that hold a rider's legs clear of his horse's beating wings and the innate social prejudices that make Torin more human and believable build a certain social milieu, as do the fascinating gradual revelations about the winged horses and the horrific activities of the Teachers, who are slowly changing into something no longer human. Torin discovers that genetic factors have made him the key figure in the coming battle for possession of Morn, and he finds himself penetrating the heart of the Teachers' stronghold. His guide is the telepathic gorbul Grizzum, a remarkable blend of traits, now wise, now childlike, now grumpy. The book reveals new wonders, creatures, and surprises right up to the end. Despite occasional disorienting shifts in point of view, the story is exciting, gripping, and vividly written. Lyle Blake Smythers, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
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