Vacationing with her father in England, Becky and her newfound friend Rebecca the horse blunder into the "Eye of the Fog" and are carried back through time to ancient Britain. They emerge in the midst of a desperate struggle in which ruthless men are seeking to wipe out a race of benevolent centaurs. Thus begins an incredible tale of courage, faith and dogged determination in the face of impossible odds as Becky undertakes a perilous mission to save the centaurs. Along the way she encounters a series of ...
Vacationing with her father in England, Becky and her newfound friend Rebecca the horse blunder into the "Eye of the Fog" and are carried back through time to ancient Britain. They emerge in the midst of a desperate struggle in which ruthless men are seeking to wipe out a race of benevolent centaurs. Thus begins an incredible tale of courage, faith and dogged determination in the face of impossible odds as Becky undertakes a perilous mission to save the centaurs. Along the way she encounters a series of challenges that try her ingenuity and strength of character. At last she meets the ultimate test of her faith and will: she must open the Path to the Stars - the only hope for the centaurs' survival.
**Acclaim for Robert Siegel and Alpha Centauri**
“Absolutely fantastic! Has all the qualities of classical fantasy. The kind of book that should be around for hundreds of years!”
—Madeleine L’Engle, Newberry Award-winning of author of A Wrinkle in Time
“It is all here—everything your imagination longs for when it travels back beyond our sad and gritty history to the high and noble ages of which we mortals get only fleeting and heartbreaking glimpses in the tales we now call myths. Siegel is a bard, and that is a genus almost as rare nowadays as the centaurs.”
―Tom Howard, author of Christ the Tiger
“A mythic masterpiece.”
“Alpha Centauri bursts in the sky like the Fourth of July, brilliant to behold. High adventure, drama, self-sacrifice, courage, a bit of romance—it is all to be found in this well-written and beautifully illustrated tale. This is a fine work and a joy to recommend. Books like this don’t come along very often.”
“A feast of sheer delight awaits the reader of this brilliant fantasy novel.”
“The classic theme of pure beings fighting the forces of evil and chaos is handled deftly, with a believable character and a misty, faraway setting. . . The novel’s success rests upon the author’s ability to portray both a human girl and mythological beings with dignity.”
―The Library Journal
“A delightful new fantasy of journey and quest. . . Madeleing L’Engle, C.S. Lewis, Dr. Tolkien, meet Robert Siegel. He may be moving into your select circle.”
“Dramatic use of tension carries the plot swiftly forward. . . Imaginative and entertaining.
―The American Library Association Booklist
“This move in the direction of classical fantasy proves to be a pure triumph for both publisher and author.”
"I've spent my entire writing career trying to capture the magic that Robert Siegel effortlessly captures. . . Be prepared to love this book."
—J.R. Rain, author of Moon Dance
Robert Siegel is the author of nine books of poetry and fiction. His poetry includes A Pentecost of Finches: New and Selected Poems, The Waters Under the Earth, The Beasts & The Elders and In a Pig's Eye, and he has received prizes and awards from Poetry, Prairie Schooner, The Transatlantic Review, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, among others. His poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Poetry, the Atlantic Monthly, and the Sewanee Review. His fiction includes Alpha Centauri and the Whalesong trilogy, which received the Golden Archer and Matson awards.
Siegel has taught at Dartmouth, Princeton, Wheaton, and Goethe University in Frankfurt, and for twenty-three years at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he directed the graduate creative writing program and is currently professor emeritus of English. He has degrees from Wheaton, Johns Hopkins, and Harvard. He is married to Ann Hill Siegel, a photographer, and lives on the coast of Maine. Please visit the author at his website at: www.robert-siegel.com.