What's the Name of That Book??? discussion

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UNSOLVED: One specific book > YA Novel at first seems like it's set in the Middle Ages, with a young boy joining some monks in an abbey. It turns out that they have electricity and outside of the abbey electricity is viewed as magic and a bad thing. Read around 1997.

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message 1: by Anne (new)

Anne | 7 comments The book at first seems like it's set in the middle ages, with a young boy joining some monks in an abbey. It turns out that they have electricity and outside of the abbey electricity is viewed as magic and a bad thing.

For the longest time I thought it was The Dark Is Rising but when they made the movie I realized it was not.


message 2: by Cupcakedoll (new)

Cupcakedoll | 304 comments Winter of Magic's Return by Pamela F. Service

This probably isn't the one you're looking for, but it's set in that kind of world and has several sequels so it's faintly possible that one of them is the book you want.


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message 4: by Amanda (new)

Amanda (misterfive) | 202 comments While I wouldn't judge anything about The Dark Is Rising by the movie, it still doesn't sound like your book as it's about a modern boy in the modern world although he does go back in time.

Not sure this counts as YA, but Christopher Stasheff's Warlock series takes place on a planet that was colonized by Medieval romantiscists who wiped their memories of all modern technologies. However, the knowledge of technology, including electricity, is being kept alive inside the abbey. Not sure it's what you are looking for, though, as most of the main younger characters are aware of it because their father is from off planet. Plus the planet is full of espers (called witches and warlocks).


message 5: by Tab (new)

Tab (tabbrown) | 5054 comments How many years ago did you read this? Anything about the cover?
Location story takes place?
Part of a series?
Any fantasy elements, like witches, dragons, trolls, etc?


message 6: by Anne (new)

Anne | 7 comments Tab wrote: "How many years ago did you read this? Anything about the cover?
Location story takes place?
Part of a series?
Any fantasy elements, like witches, dragons, trolls, etc?"


I read it in 5th grade so...19 years ago?
It seemed to be set in England.
I believe it was part of a series.
I don't recall witches, dragons, or trolls.


message 7: by Lobstergirl, au gratin (new)

Lobstergirl | 40196 comments Mod
Anne, are you still looking for this or did you find it?


message 8: by Anne (new)

Anne | 7 comments Nope haven’t found it


message 9: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart | 21015 comments Did you rule out The Prince in Waiting, suggested above?

I also thought of The Weathermonger as a possibility.


message 10: by Andy Phillips (new)

Andy Phillips | 216 comments This is a long shot but A Canticle for Leibowitz?


message 11: by Anne (new)

Anne | 7 comments The prince in waiting is a possibility, the canticle maybe but a longer shot. I think not on the weathermonger, as I don’t recall boats or siblings.


message 12: by Jim (new)

Jim Gough | 16 comments It sounds like The Prince In Waiting (Just had that solved for me!) I remember in the book about the monks having electricity, they had an arc furnace which the forged a fancy sword for the boy character who is called Luke. They also told him there was a network of such places around the world but over the years they had lost contact with them all.


message 13: by Kris (new)

Kris | 36044 comments Mod
Here's the Google Books preview of The Prince in Waiting by John Christopher:

https://books.google.com/books?id=kVw... There are different cover images.


message 14: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart | 21015 comments I messaged Anne, and she replied back that The Prince in Waiting is not the book in question.


message 15: by Anne (new)

Anne | 7 comments yeah, I am reading the prince in waiting right now and first off there weren't dwarves. and the main boy I think lived in the keep that was where these monks lived. there was definitely florescent lighting in said keep. and I remember them describing a tool and it took me a while to realize they were describing a vacuum.


message 16: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart | 21015 comments Did you rule out Pamela F. Service?

Tomorrow's Magic is a combined edition of her first two books.


message 17: by Kris (last edited Oct 21, 2021 04:24PM) (new)

Kris | 36044 comments Mod
Anne, would you call this a YA Fantasy novel?

Are they referred to as Christian "monks"? Is the term "electricity" used?

Who and where is the boy's family? How does he comes to live at the abbey?


message 18: by Anne (new)

Anne | 7 comments no they don't call them monks and I don't think Christianity is referenced. but they live in what is I believe referred to as a monastery. and the way its described it sounds like a medieval castle tower.
I dont remember his family at all. I think he's an apprentice.


Justanotherbiblophile | 1784 comments Another long-shot:

Anathem


message 20: by Anne (new)

Anne | 7 comments the description sounds promising justanotherbiblophile


message 21: by Kris (last edited Oct 30, 2021 09:04AM) (new)

Kris | 36044 comments Mod
Wikipedia's plot summary (with Spoilers) of Anathem by Neal Stephenson - Justanotherbiblophile's suggestion:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anathem

Google Books preview:
https://books.google.com/books?id=8iw...


message 22: by John (new)

John Green | 62 comments This sounds like The Prince in Waiting by John Christopher, but it's only a subplot, which might be why it seems less immediately obvious: the role of the "Seers" becomes more obvious in the sequels (Beyond the Burning Lands and The Sword of the Spirits).


message 23: by Kris (new)

Kris | 36044 comments Mod
Google Books preview of The Prince in Waiting by John Christopher - John's suggestion:

https://books.google.com/books?id=htq... There are different cover images.

Quotes from the book:
- We took seats. Lanark said: "Now, Luke, what would you like to know?"
There were so many things that it was hard to think of one. I said after a moment: "The machines - what makes them go?"
"Electricity."
"What is that?"
- The light, I saw, came from long tubes of glass. Ezzard touched another button and more of them flashed into radiance, lighting the stairs below.
"Ezzard!" I cried. "These lights..." He looked at me. I could scarcely bring myself to...


message 24: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart | 21015 comments Anne had ruled out The Prince in Waiting in message 15.

I wish we could find this!


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