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The Sword is Drawn by Andre Norton
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The Sword is Drawn (1944)

by Andre Norton

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Series: Lorens van Norreys (1)

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Few authors have achieved such renown as World Fantasy Life Achievement honoree and Science Fiction Writers of America Grand Master Andre Norton. With the love of readers and the praise of critics, Norton’s books have sold millions of copies worldwide. The House of Norreys—those merchants of gems for over three hundred years—faces its greatest crisis ever: the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. The old Jonkheer lay dying in his bed when he called his grandson to be with him in the last hours of his life, and at this time, young Lorens van Norreys is entrusted with the future of Norreys. That future lies in the legendary Flower of Orange, a priceless baroque necklace that the Nazi scavengers burn to possess. It is up to Lorens to save the necklace and the House of Norreys. With the first encounter with the Nazi invaders, Lorens faces his challenge as The Sword Is Drawn .… (more)

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One of Andre Norton's first books, the first in a trilogy about a young man involved in the Dutch resistance. This book begins during the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands, shifts to the Dutch East Indies just before and during the Japanese conquest (an interesting unusual moment --I had not thought of the DEI being free for over a year after the fall of the Netherlands and making a serious, though unsuccessful, attempt to prepare to resist)--the briefly the coat of Australia, then across the U.S. and back to the Netherlands. As this suggests, it is a bit choppy. The boy is the heir to the House of Norreys who are jewelers, and he is entrusted by his dying grandfather with the responsibility for a precious necklace called The Flowers of Orange, which he has to return to the Netherlands to retrieve.. The story is competent but I think Norton's SF/fantasy is usually better. ( )
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Johnson, MargaretIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ward, KeithCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Let him in whom old Dutch blood flows

Untainted, free and strong;

Whose heart for Prince and country glows,

Now join us in our song.

Let him with us lift up his voice,

And sing in patriot band,

The song at which all hearts rejoice,

For Prince and Fatherland.

We brothers, true unto a man,

Will sing the old song yet;

Away with him whoever can

His Prince or land forget;

A human heart glowed in him ne'er,

We turn from him our hand,

Who callous hears the song and prayer,

For Prince and Fatherland.

- Dutch National Anthem
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London, England

2 June, 1940

Dear Lawrence:

If you should receive as many as five copies of this letter, do not be surprised.
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"'Vive le Geus! Is nude leus,' repeated Lorens out of his memory.

Heys' broad thick eyebrows went up. "'Long live the Beggars! The sword is drawn.' Yes, that is as appropriate today as it was four hundred years ago -"

"Only it's machine guns now," commented DeWitte, "not swords."
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