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Brother to Shadows [Mass Market Paperback]

Andre Norton
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 311 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books; Revised edition (13 Aug 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380770962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380770960
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 999,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A senior member of an order of spys, assassins, and bodyguards forces Jofre out into an unfamiliar world, where he encounters an obsessed alien archaeologist and a beautiful, deadly rival.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
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Brothers and Sisters of Shadow unite to fight evil and greed in the complex instellar reaches.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another fabulous story from Andre Norton 14 Sep 2006
By Loves Reading VINE VOICE
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, it is adventure in its best form, imaginative, loads of action and good old-fashioned story telling.

The stroy is about Jofre - since early childhood, Jofre has honoured the ways of the Brotherhood. Now the illustrious order of bodyguards and assassins has cast him out in disgrace, cruelly condemning the young Shadow to wander a treacerous world alone. But his true destiny awaits him in a stinking port where the vilest of star-travelling scum congregate. For here he is bound by blood-oath to a gentle reptilian knowledge-seeker on a quest to penetrate the mysteries of time itself - a sacred duty imperiled by those who would use a window on the past to wreak havoc upon an already volatile universe. In war and revolution - on far planets and in shattered lands - Jofre's spirit will be tested in fire and blood...as his sworn mission is threatened by a mysterious Shadow-sister whose own secret agenda could doom them all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Anvery gratifying read 4 Mar 1998
By A Customer
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Andre Norton as long been one of my favorite authors and one can but hope that there will be more of these books coming.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Grand Master had not lost her touch 20 Aug 2003
By Ama Lady - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is vintage Andre Norton. I enjoyed it so much, I am going to attempt to get a hardbound copy so it will last longer than my paperback will. If you are a Andre Norton fan, do not miss out on this book. I can only hope that she will write a sequel. There were so many things that I would like to see enlarged upon. For instance, will Jofre confront the Shagga priests and vindicate himself with the Brotherhood of Shadows. Are he and Tanyan bonded as a couple? What race of people did Jofre come from? What happened to his parents? Why was his escape pod ejected from whatever ship he was on as a baby? What other adventures will our intrepid Zacathan, Shadow Brother, Shadow Sister and Yat encounter? There are so many possiblities open.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Quest in Time 12 Aug 2012
By Arthur W. Jordin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Brother to Shadows (1999) is a singleton SF novel in the Andre Norton universe. It has the usual worlds, weapons and species, but otherwise is not connected to any series. It starts on Asborgan, but soon moves offworld.

In this novel, Jofre is an offworld human who was found as an infant within a lifeboat. The Master trained him as Shadow brother. The issha are bodyguards and assassins for hire.

Zurzal is a Histechneer of the Zacathans. He is on a quest that has caused him to be expelled from his clan. He has a time scanner that can provide information on Forerunner ruins.

Taynad is an Asborgan female who has been trained as a Shadow sister. She is given a mission offworld on Tseek.

Yan is a Jat, a creature that appears nonsentient, but has some powers of communication. It emits calming emotions and occasional visual images.

In this story, the force stone has died and the Lair is no more. The Shagga priest declares that the Master has done his duty and gives permission for the Right and Left Hands to follow their Master. But the priest refuses to let the younger issha commit suicide.

He sends these youngsters to other Lairs, but he outlaws Jofre and refuses him weapons. Yet Jofre asserts his traveler's rights. Jofre leaves the Lair with a very small pack into risky weather.

Jofre takes the shortest route to the plains. He intends to follow the plan of his Master and find work among the offworlders. But the trip to the spaceport will take ten days.

In the pass, Jofre notices a landslide and walls in the heights. It is another closed Lair. He stays there during the snowstorm.

He finds a stave near the Lair and a black stone within. It is warm to the touch and feels like a force stone. He wants to throw it away, but his arm and hand put it in his sash against his will.

Meanwhile, the Shagga priest has sent a bird to follow him. When it reports back, he sends a farflyer to an agent within the port. Yet other events nullify the attempts to assassinate Jofre.

When Jofre reaches the slums near the spaceport area, he hears a fight in an alley. He feels compelled to intervene. Three men are attacking another, so he breaks one man's collarbone.

The other two are downed with a stunner. The attacked person is not a man, but a scaled lizard-like creature. It introduces itself as Zurzal and offers him a position.

Later Zurzal takes Jofre back to the slums to locate a man with vital coordinates. Then they go offplanet on Zurzal's quest. On Wayright, Zurzal retrieves his time scanner and they wait for transport to Lochan.

This tale brings others into the game, including the Holder of Tseek. Jofre learns that offworlders have weapons that can kill or paralyze him at a distance. Taynad wonders what another issha is doing on her mission.

The plot is well written and interesting, but only Jofre -- the main character -- is fully fleshed in the first half of the story. Other characters -- Zurzal, Taynad and Yan -- come up to her usual standards within the last half.

This volume is not one of the author's major works and does not have a sequel. Yet it is very similar to The Zero Stone, Moon of Three Rings and other of her works.

Jofre and Zurzal win through in the end. This story is also included in the omnibus Ice and Shadow.

Highly recommended for Norton fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of other worlds, advanced technologies, and a bit of romance. Read and enjoy!

-Arthur W. Jordin
4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars solid and well written. 15 Jan 2001
By Dixon Whitley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is not in any way original, or very thought provoking for that manner. But this is bulk sci-fi at its best. It takes a story that has been written at least a dozen times, and remakes it in a way that is very readable and entertaining. The main characters are from a tribe of superwarriors who have to fight much stronger and better equipt enemies. While this is a plot that has been made several times, and by better authors, this books works like most saturday action movies that Hollywood creates. It's not that thought provoking and you know what is going to happen but it is still good entertainment for a rainy day.
6 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Anvery gratifying read 4 Mar 1998
By KitchenSharkMama - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Andre Norton as long been one of my favorite authors and one can but hope that there will be more of these books coming.
3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reading! Ms. Norton really kept me in suspense! 26 Nov 1997
By Craig.Shuey@usa.net - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Brothers and Sisters of Shadow unite to fight evil and greed in the complex instellar reaches.
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