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Brother to Shadows
Brother to Shadows
Author: Andre Norton
Cruelly cast out of an order of spies, assassins, and bodyguards, Jofre is forced out into an unfamiliar world, where he encounters an obsessed alien archaeologist and a beautiful, deadly rival.
ISBN-13: 9780380770960
ISBN-10: 0380770962
Publication Date: 4/1999
Pages: 311
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 16 ratings
Publisher: Avon Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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Like many of Andre Norton's novels the main character is uncertain of his origin, is at a crossroads in his transition to adulthood as to what coarse in life he will take and he is thrust into conflict that he does not know all the hidden reasons and motivations for. All in all the book lives up to the sense of wonder you'd expect from a novel by Norton. It's more like her earlier works which I prefer over her latter ones.
Has all of the expected elements of a Norton SciFi novel:
Thieves Guild
Examples of PSY powers by a few of the charicters
An assumed galaxy wide civilization
The "Patrol"
A mystical link to some ancient artifact by the main charicter
A partnership between Aliens/Humans/Animals.

On a personal note I've been a fan of Norton's work for about 40 years now, yet I'd never heard of this particular novel till I saw it listed here.