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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 419 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (December 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141655517X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416555179
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,090,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Andre Norton was "one of the most popular writers of our time" Publishers Weekly "Exciting and adventuresome." Library Journal" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Called “a superb talent” by The New York Times, Andre Norton was a legend in science fiction, and one of our greatest storytellers. Many of today’s top writers, including David Weber, Eric Flint, and C.J. Cherryh, have cited her as a primary influence on their own work. She was Guest of Honor at the 1989 World Science Fiction Convention, and has received the Grand Master award from the Science Fiction Writers of America and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the World Fantasy Convention. She was astoundingly prolific, with over thirty books in her celebrated and popular Witch World series alone. She introduced three generations of SF readers to SF and fantasy, both through her critically acclaimed YA novels and her adult works, and was one of the most popular authors in both fields.

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I heartily recommend this book to Andre Norton fans.
DJ of Hamiltonia
Read these (this is the first 2 of a 4 book story) when I was a small lad and they are just as entertaining now as they were then.
David Jordan
A very good read for Norton fans, good plot, fast moving, well developed characters.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Elise on May 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
"Moonsinger" is a reprinting of the first two books in a series of four:

1. Moon of Three Rings
2. Exiles Of The Stars
3. Flight In Yiktor
4. Dare to Go A-Hunting

The Moonsinger series is an integral part of Andre Norton's Forerunner universe, explaining a great deal about who the Forerunners were and why they disappeared. (Click on my name to see the list of nearly 40 books in this universe, which can be read in almost any order.) The Moonsinger series takes place midway through the greater story arc of the Forerunner books.

The first two Moonsinger books are told from the point of view of a spaceman named Krip Vorlund and a body-swapping alien named Maelen. The third and fourth books focus more on a third character, but Krip and Maelen are part of the story until the end.

These are two of Andre Norton's best books, by far. They are creepy, exciting, and unpredictable. The writing is much more smooth and focused than many of Norton's more recent works.

In some ways Maelen is like the Wise Ones of Norton's "Witch World" series (she draws on energy from the moon to perform feats that seem like magic), but this is not really a tale of witchcraft so much as ESP, telepathy, and similar mental powers. Maelen tends to behave in a rather cool and arrogant way, but that is the point of the story here.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on May 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Moonsinger (2006) is an omnibus edition of the Moonsinger duology. It contains both Moon of Three Rings and Exiles of the Stars. In these novels, Krip Vorlund is a Free Trader, a minor esper, and the junior crew member on the Lydis and Maelen is a Moonsinger of the Thassa. Drawn together on the planet Yiktor, they fight against native ambition and offworlder intrigue.

In Moon of Three Rings (1966), Krip first meets Maelen at the great trade fair at Yrjar. Krip attends a beast show conducted by Maelen and, after a remarkable performance, he is invited backstage to meet her "little people". They are interrupted by a runner with word for Maelen about a dealer in beasts. Krip accompanies Maelen to her confrontation with the dealer and her acquisition of a much abused barsk, a predator of the highlands that is seldom seen in captivity.

While at the beast tent, the dealer threatens Maelen with a snik-claw knife and Krip protects her by temporarily paralyzing the dealer's weapon hand with his stunner. Maelen expects no further trouble from the beast dealer, but he lodges a formal complaint . . . against Krip. Taken for using a weapon on the fair grounds, Krip relinquishes the stunner to his ship captain and accompanies the authorities. Then armed men attack his guards and take Krip away to a far off prison.

This begins an adventure that leads to closer mind contact between Maelen and Krip. Moreover, Maelen exchanges his body with that of the injured barsk to preclude recapture by searchers. In this, Maelen violates Thassa Standing Words and is later confronted by the Thassa assembly.

In Exiles of the Stars (1971), Krip and Maelen are aboard the Lydis as crew.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DJ of Hamiltonia on February 8, 2009
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I have enjoyed the Moonsinger books for many many years. This latest version combines two into one - a bargain! Here you get Moon of Three Rings and its sequel Exile of the Stars.

The story is typical Andre Norton. It manages to combine many themes that Norton fans have come to love.

It is not a Witch World book but our female character is a witch of sorts. It has a Free Trader background but it is not typical of those stories. The Moonsinger is like a Beast Master so fans of that story line will enjoy the animal interactions.

Because the main characters change bodies, part of the story deals with the psychological impact of such a change - especially when you weren't expecting it! There is also a little romance. As you can see, there is alot going on in these books.

I heartily recommend this book to Andre Norton fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By OBH on June 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A very good read for Norton fans, good plot, fast moving, well developed characters. one of Norton's better stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. E. Guenther on June 19, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you're a trekkie and also love Lord of the Rings you need to give these stories a try. A long time ago Norton was compared to Tolkien. Norton's descriptions of ancient discoveries leave a lot to the imagination because she describes how things look without explaining what they are. There is occasionaly a bit of Indiana Jones here as well in the second book as they characters discover a lost alien outpost and must deal with what they find there. These have always been one of my favorite stories.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on May 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
"Moon of Three Rings". When Free Trader ship Lydis lands on Yiktor crew member Krip Vorlund attends a beast show where he meets and is attracted to Maelen, the owner of the "little people" animal players. When he intercedes in an incident involving her, the local law arrests him only to have others abduct him. Maelen mentally stays in contact with Krip and will do anything to rescue him even violate the code of the Thassa that she is a member of in good standing.

"Exiles of the Stars". Krip and Maelen are crewmembers on the Lydis though his body is now that of a Thassa thanks to her sorcery while she hides as one of her "little people" animals. The ship debarks at Thoth, but a religious civil war forces a quick reloading of cargo, the valuable Forerunner artifacts to be delivered to Ptah. However, a gadget hidden inside one of the cargo items forces an emergency landing on an allegedly uninhabited Sekhmet. Instead Forerunners reside on the orb using ESP to control others to do their bidding that is when they do not snatch their body for their own use.

The reprint in one book of two classic Andre Norton tales will showcase how great this author has been over the past five or so decades. Each novel is terrific as science fiction meets fantasy especially with the traits of the various races (some being more science fi while others are fantasy); that ability to move back and forth effortlessly between the two genres is a trademark of the incomparable Ms. Norton. Fans will enjoy the two Krip-Maelen thrillers that entertain yet leaves readers considering ethical principles like a forced body exchange is a rape. This reviewer thinks it is great to see the duo back in print.

Harriet Klausner
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