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Brother to Shadows

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Brother to shadows marks the triumphant, long-awaited return of one of the most distinctive voices in the realm of the future-possible - the first sf novel in over a decade by the incomparable Andre Norton, winner of the Science Fiction Writers of America's prestigious Grand Master Award. At the end of the history of Ho-Le-Far Lair, a young Shadow named Jofre is cast out i ...more
Paperback, 311 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Avon Books (first published 1993)
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The paperback has the same cover art as the hardcopies, and I don't know why it isn't so displayed.

The main characters are Ninja types, hired by a Zacathan to supplement an unauthorized research into a (vaguely defined) machine to elicit pictures of past events. This device was 1st introduced in Catseye, where it led to some disastrous results to the expedition to Rhukharv (on Korwar). The Zacathan thinks he's got the bugs worked out, but I'm ~halfway through, and about all I can say is that the
Mar 21, 2010 Terence rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Norton completists
Recommended to Terence by: Library used-book shelf
Rating: 2.5

Pretty typical Norton SF: Alienated youths, mental links with animals, Zacathans, the Patrol, the Guild and its Veeps. But there's no "spark" animating the material. Definitely only for the Norton completist in the family.

If you want to understand why she's a Grandmaster, sample the Solar Queen or The Witch World novels.
Jan 04, 2014 Andre rated it liked it
Norton style is characteristic of her time and this work is emblematic of that style: light and inviting, an easily read bildgundsroman about coming of age and working out the many problems and challenges that represents. Featuring some of her most well known motifs--primitive vs the advanced, challenged ethics, psionic communication with animals--for Norton fans, it's probably like comfort food. Nonetheless the plot is not as strong as it might have been and had a very loose feel to it. The cli ...more
Jan 09, 2008 Sherri rated it it was amazing
A favourite of mine when I was growing up, I recently picked up a copy to re-read, for old times sake. Amazingly, it's just as good now as I remember it being, which normally doesn't happen. Although occasionally the story moves a bit slowly, that just makes the rest of the book all the more exciting, and serves as a nice pause in the plots and intrigue. A definite must for any Andre Norton fan, or fan of sci-fi/fantasy. And don't worry that it's the fifth book in a series... as far as I can tel ...more
So I've now finished the Free Trader books and this one was ... meh. Nothing special. It was very vague, plotwise, as Norton books have tended to be, and I don't count it one of her best. Had a lot of the same themes - alienated teen, animal companions, etc. The world building was very interesting, but I was within the last 20 pages going, "I can't be almost finished with this book." There were so many plotlines that could have been explored and they just weren't. -sigh-
Dec 15, 2016 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kinda nice that despite there being male and female characters, there was no romance.
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Alice Mary Norton always had an affinity to the humanities. She started writing in her teens, inspired by a charismatic high school teacher. First contacts with the publishing world led her, as many other contemporary female writers targeting a male-dominated market, to choose a literary pseudonym. In 1934 she legally changed her name to Andre Alice. The androgynous Andre doesn't really say "male" ...more
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