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Moon of Three Rings by Andre Norton

Moon of Three Rings (original 1966; edition 1967)

by Andre Norton, Jack (cover) Gaughan (Illustrator)

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Title:Moon of Three Rings
Authors:Andre Norton
Other authors:Jack (cover) Gaughan (Illustrator)
Info:Ace Books (1967), Paperback
Collections:Read, Discarded, Cover done
Tags:Fic, SF, !Sale:YS

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Moon of Three Rings by Andre Norton (1966)

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    DisassemblyOfReason: If you enjoyed Norton's short story "Swamp Dweller" in this anthology, MOON OF THREE RINGS also involves a woman with unusual powers who has a beast show.

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Hmmm, not very good. The story is OK - some interesting aspects to it - but there's a lot of coincidence, lots of plotting behind the scenes that we never get to see (why _was_ the Combine doing all this? The page of "explanation" at the end makes very little sense), and it's written in very high language. Usually I can take Andre's style just fine, but somehow this one overloaded me. I'll read the rest of the series and see if this one's worth keeping - but unless the rest of the story is really great, I think I can do without this. Krip and Maelen are interesting but opaque - I know what they do and what we're told about why, but I have no feeling for them as people. I liked Simele better than the both of them. And the whole thing with body-switching and the very convenient available bodies just...just too much. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Jan 1, 2013 |
Nice to be entertained in a different universe. ( )
  baggette | Sep 29, 2006 |
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This is NOT a part of the Free Trader Series.
There IS no Free Trader series in Norton's Universe. No more than there is a Forerunner, Patrol or Free Trader/Combine rivalry series.

The Free Trader Solar Queen (which will NOT be found in 3 Rings) is NOT part of a free trader series but of a Solar Queen series.

3 Rings is not part of a free-trader series. You might not even be able to call it a Moon-Singer series - it would be more of a Vorlund/Malen or Beast Master series.
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At the time of the Moon of Three Rings, the galactic trader Lydis lands on Yiktor.
Krip Vorlund, a junior crewmember, seeks amusement at a beast show. He is strangely attracted to the owner of the show animals, a delicate and mysterious woman Maelen.

When Vorlund is kidnapped by a Combine ship seeking to control the planet, he learns too well the nature of Maelen's sorcery; she transforms him into a wolfish creature in which form he retains his own soul.

Between them - Kip and Maelen - they spin an eerie tale of dreams and visions, of metamorphasis and extra-sensory perception, of timelessness and limitlessness.

The primitive world of Yiktor, evoked from myth and legend and ingeniously fused with the future, will be entered most receptively by readers acquainted with medieval heroes and mysticism. Even the singing prose rings with the cadence of legendary literature.
..........The Horn Book

[Actually, you don't need to know anything in that last paragraph to fall into ANY of Norton's worlds.]
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The primitive world of Yiktor, evoked from myth and legend and ingeniously fused with the future, greets readers with medieval heroes and mysticism, singing prose and an eerie tales.

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Krip, the Free Trader, is changed into an animal by the strange Moon Singer maiden in an effort to save him from the evil power seekers; but now he faces a more serious danger - that of not being able to return to his human form.

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