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3.87  ·  Rating details ·  926 ratings  ·  28 reviews
When a highly skilled sensitive comes into contact with a strange green stone, she finds herself trapped in the past in the identity of another person.
Hardcover, 286 pages
Published April 16th 1973 by Viking Children's Books (first published 1973)
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Mary Catelli
The third in the series, though much less connected than Storm Over Warlock and Ordeal in Otherwhere. (Blink and you'll miss it.) And it opens on the same planet where Catseye takes place

Ziantha also sprang from the Dipple and escaped it; Yasa, a catwoman, a high-ranking veep of the Thieves' Guild, recognized her as a sensitive and took her in. The story opens with her raiding an information stash kept by a politician now in exile -- and happening on a rough clay lump in his rooms. It obsesses h
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The first book that I ever read by Alice Norton - known as Andre Norton. She was basically a SF&F writer who began writing back in the 1950s. Most of her books deal with Psychic traits, links between animals and humans, and psychic links between objects and humans. Her development of characters that you care about, actually care about is one of the best in the field.

I originally purchased this book at the Airport while waiting to take a flight down from New York to visit my Grandparents in
Wilson E. Stevens Sr.
Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in the Forerunner series. Good read, and written for a younger audience. The main character in the book is a young woman named Ziantha from the slums of a pleasure planet, that had some abilities to sense the past of objects she held. Overall the book explores the possibility of using Parpsychology in a universe of the future. She was taken in and trained by the thieves guild, and expected to work for them. While on a assignment, she found a item of interest that called to ...more
Mar 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf, fiction
While labelled third in the Forerunner series, you won't spoil anything in the first two books if you read this one first. Ris Lantee, Shann Lantee's son(?) is a character, but Norton never kills of protagonists so this won't be a shocker. Also, there's not any significant content from earlier in the series you need to know to enjoy this.

Ziantha is a bit bland and with less agency than Charis Nordholme of the second book and the time travel sequences felt a bit jammed together. A decent read but
Gary Fortuin
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Quick easy read that didn't sacrifice style or quality. Kind of a psionic space opera tale of intrigue and action adventure. Hard to pin it down, but it's a good story with some interesting twists in it at the end.
Nov 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Generally considered a sequel to Storm Over Warlock and Ordeal in Otherwhere, but the ties are slender. The background universe is the same, and an important character is the son of the protagonists of the previous book. He also is a telepath trained by the Wyverns of Warlock. Previous books in this loose series were SF adventure written in a clean style. In this book, Norton often writes in a pseudo-archaic style probably in an effort to make the book more exotic. For me, it just makes the book ...more
May 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Picked this one up at an estate sale for 50 cents. Cover art is superb. In the 70s, all the cool fantasy authors decided that magic was passe, but powers of the mind are *really real* (Uri Geller bends spoons, etc.). Toward that end, Norton faithfully applies the rules from the AD&D Psionics Handbook (2nd Edition) and takes us on a glorious adventure with a 12th-level psionicist.

My spouse read this one first and accurately called it Inception with mind powers. The plotting is cool, both in t
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it
To much fantasy needed more sci-fi.
Melissa Prange
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: scifi
Ziantha’s a member of the Thieves’ Guild. While working a job at High Lord Jucundus’ apartment, she spots a mysterious clay figure. The figure draws her in, but she manages to ignore its siren’s call. She finishes her job and moves on—but not for long. She just can’t get the figure out of her mind. Using her telekinetic powers, she steals the figure only to realize it contains something more powerful than she could have ever imagined—a stone of power. This stone leads her on a dangerous journey ...more
Peter Tillman
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked this a lot, back when I was about 14, and still remember a few bits:
The scene I remember was underground, in the Forerunner tunnels. They are lit in a dim gray light by Forerunner {light tubes?}, which are VERY old. The team is deep in the tunnels when the lights start to fade....


Genuinely scary moment!

Here's the review to read:
"...The alien artifact has an agenda of its own. It wishes to be reunited with its 'twin' and leads Zianth
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book brings back Shan Lantee, as he helps our young Esper escape from a life of slavery to the powerful Guild. Ziantha is trying to steal information on a memory cube, but is called by an artifact which begs her wordlessly to take it home.

The Guild person who controls Ziantha is intrigued, and begins tracing the artifact, allowing for random events which bring in Lantee. The story shows a different side of the spaceport, and of the all-powerful Guild, while still focusing on one individual
This very simple tale of far-futuristic galactic intrigue seemed more like a short story than a novel. I don't think the writing is what most people would think of as "great," but the very basic of writing mechanics are there - descriptions, building suspense, top-level character development, etc. This would be a great book for a beginning writer to read. I very much enjoyed it as a quick distraction between finishing The Many Colored Land by Julian May, and waiting for the Golden Torc to come i ...more
S.A. Parham
Aug 13, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Not the best of the Norton books, but not half bad. The general storyline is a wild psychic talent recruited by the Thieves Guild as a child and conditioned against betraying them. Her own survival after tangling with a powerful Forerunner artifact means she finally has to make the choice to become more than a Guild tool. I think my son got more out of the story than I did, so I'll add a half star more than I would normally.
Not exactly a sequel to Ordeal in Otherwhere. Dating note: this is described as being very shortly after Uncharted Stars.

The story begins on Korwar, and includes a visit to Waystar. On a secondary note, I don't find that Ziantha is treated significantly better by her partner than by her patrons in the Thieves' Guild. One might impugn the motives of the Veep Yasa, and of her employees, but they treat Ziantha with a fair amount of respect, whatever their motives.

I have read all of Nortons work for third until 1990 or so. I have not read any of Her co-authored works because it feels like trading on Nortons name. I don't recall a single novel that wasn't enjoyable read Some of the older works feel a bit dated now. But it's not like reading Ee Doc Smirh. Norton is usually a fun light read
Nadine Jones
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read this as a kid, and I don't remember much about it, but I must have loved it at the time, because I dressed as the heroine for Halloween that year. Naturally, as with most years, no one knew who I was supposed to be ...
Nov 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is one of the very first Andre Norton books I read - and I've read it again since because that was a long time ago and I didn't quite get it at the age of 10. All I knew was it was good and fascinating. :o)
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
1978 grade B-
Aug 08, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
A good book. I'm not a huge fan of the "ancient starspanning empire" stories but this is a good one. Maybe I've just seen it a bit much.
May 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Interesting book. It had a slow start but some interesting world building.
Shannon McDermott
Intriguing in some ways, but a bit too out there in others. This will be enjoyed, or not enjoyed, according to how one's tastes run for the weird side of sci-fi.
When I read this there was n-o-t-h-i-n-g like it ... now it would likely be dated. Still ... I love the title, the original cover art, and I liked how Ms. Norton approached a different way of being.
Jeff Young
Feb 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This was probably the first Norton I read and still remains my favorite. So much adventure in one book - well done. Any good writer nowadays could aspire to such.
Jan 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Surprised at how well this held up.
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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. She also used the names Andrew North and Allen ...more

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