Top 10 Books by Andre Norton

Andre Norton is the pen-name donned by Alice. She was one of the very first women to write in the genre of science fiction and fantasy. The lady is a master when it comes to dealing with great make-believe worlds; there is no better weaver of such stories. She had written over seventy published works, all aimed at the age group for young adults and children. Norton also wrote historical fiction, which to was simply spell-bounding.

 

The Zero Stone

This book falls among one of the most andre norton popular novels of all times. Angkor is training as a gem trader, but his eyes fell on a mysterious stone ring given to him as a gift. After the killing of his father, Angkor along with his mutant of a sidekick set out for the journey of their lives.

Read it For:
One of the very first sci-fi books. It deserves a spot on the classics for sci-fi.
Don't Read it For:
The book is light and not too deep, perfect for those who look for easy reads.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is written in simple terms and is not unnecessarily complicated.

Catseye

Troy Horan, after being sent to another planet after his home planet turned into a military base, works as a day laborer at an inter-planetary pet shop. The boy does not understand why the animals have been imported along with people and why he can have conversations with the pets. But a murder makes the boy run into the wild with his friends.

Read it For:
The queen of sci-fi gives you yet another mysterious page-turner.
Don't Read it For:
The book lacks excitement.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is one of the oldest well-written sci-fi books and is also one of the andre norton best sellers.

The Time Traders

The tensions between Russia and the U.S have never been this bad. After the U.S invents and utilizes the utility of time travel, Russia masters the art of space travel. Ross Murdock, the boy who has lived a life of crime, when is offered with an opportunity of joining the military as a “rehabilitation” program, does not refuse.

Read it For:
A good book with a well-chalked plot.
Don't Read it For:
Although the book has a great plot, the ending kind of makes this book a bit out of touch with the rest of the story.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is well suited for children.

Sargasso of Space

The first installment of the most beloved series of the author, this book is about the Solar Queen’s bid on the newest planet Limbo. But when the Solar Queen and her team of people go to check the planet, they find something deeper than what they had expected.

Read it For:
This book is an utterly refreshing read.
Don't Read it For:
The book is filled with minor editing mistakes.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is the first book for the action-packed series of the Solar Queen and her other adventures.

Garan the Eternal

One of the best of the andre norton books, this book takes you through the insanely epic journey of Garan, who serves as the link between two planets. For one he stands between their planet’s doom, and for another, he is the link to their ancient past.

Read it For:
This is a breath-taking journey of the link between two distinctly different intergalactic worlds.
Don't Read it For:
The book is a masterpiece.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book has been woven nicely, there are no plot holes, and the story moves at a steady pace.

Storms of Victory

When the Witch World was in danger, the witches of the Escarp moved mountains to save themselves. But in that process, they awoke the dormant powers of the land and opened a treasure box of new problems.

Read it For:
The book has two different stories, which make the book engaging.
Don't Read it For:
For all those readers who have had their share of witches and magic, stay away from this.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is one of the best works of the writer. Well-thought and well-written.

The Scent of Magic

An orphaned child, Willadene, works as a maid. But she possesses the talent of smells and can tell things of magic in her world. This ability takes her from being a maid to being an apprentice and then to the highest ranks in the courts. But little does she know of the depravity which hangs low on  her.

Read it For:
The book, for the most part, is engaging and written in the best possible way.
Don't Read it For:
The book is well-suited for only children.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is written in the simple and easy language.

Night of Masks

Destroyed by wars and living in the ghetto of Dipples, Nik hides behind a mask. He wishes for a different planet and a warm sun. But one day, he gets a chance at a new life. What will he do?

Read it For:
A spell-binding book of mystery.
Don't Read it For:
The book is set in a dark atmosphere, which can be depressing.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is well-written. This is a one of a kind story.

Ware Hawk

The last of her line, Tritha must return to her ancestral home of Hawkholme. But little does she know what awaits her there. She hires Nirel for her protection for the journey home. She is the sole survivor, and her family’s destiny lies in her hands.

Read it For:
One of the best fantasies to be written in Andre Norton’s days.
Don't Read it For:
The book may seem childish considering the fantasy books we have now.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is spell bounding journey.

The Crystal Gryphon

Kerovan of Ulmsdale suffers the curse of his ancestors. He walks on hooves and sees the world through the eyes of amber. After his marriage, he seeks out his true place but is separated from his wife.

Read it For:
Another amazing page-turner by the writer. An epic journey
Don't Read it For:
The book drags out a bit and is another tale of witches and magic.
What makes this book stand out?:
The writer’s grasp of the fantasy writing is well depicted by this book.

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