About the Author
For well over a half century, Andre Norton (1912-2005) was one of the most popular science fiction and fantasy authors in the world. With series such as Time Traders, Forerunner, Beast Master, and the Central Control Series (comprised of the books Star Rangers and Star Guard), her tales of adventure have drawn countless readers to science fiction. Her fantasy novels, including the bestselling Witch World series, have been popular with readers for decades.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A decent continuation to the Solar Queen series. I don't think I've read Derelict for Trade (the immediate predecessor to this one), which left me groping a bit - but not much, the setup from the previous book was pretty clear. The interesting thing in this one was the way the viewpoint moved around - as I recall, Norton's Solar Queen novels were entirely (or at least mostly) from Dane's POV, while this one was from Dane, Ali, Rip...lots of people. All from Solar Queen people though - we never saw the crew from the outside. The puzzle is interesting, the solution is fascinating...though the deus ex machina to deal with the tool used to reach the solution seemed a bit much. I'd have been more interested if they'd just learned how to deal with it - shut it off unless needed. Or perhaps some trauma removed it (which it did, kind of). But "Problem over, OK, don't need that any more, let it fade"...that was just a little too much authorial meddling. Still, interesting story, good writing, characters true to (what I remember of) the original characterization - I'm looking for the next (and the previous!) one in this series.