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Ralestone Luck Hardcover – February 1, 2007

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For well over a half century, Andre Norton has been one of the most popular science fiction and fantasy authors in the world. Since her first SF novels were published in the 1940s, her adventure SF has enthralled readers young and old. With series such as Time Traders, Solar Queen, Forerunner, Beast Master, Crosstime, and Janus, as well as many stand-alone novels, her tales of action and adventure throughout the galaxy have drawn countless readers to science fiction.

Her fantasy, including the best-selling Witch World series, her "Magic" series, and many other unrelated novels, has been popular with readers for decades. Lauded as a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America, she is the recipient of a Life Achievement Award from the World Fantasy Convention. Not only have her books been enormously popular; she also has inspired several generations of SF and fantasy writers, especially many talented women writers who have followed in her footsteps. In the past two decades she has worked with other writers on a number of novels. Most notable among these are collaborations with Mercedes Lackey, the Halfblood Chronicles, as well as collaborations with A.C. Crispin (in the Witch World series) and Sherwood Smith (in the Time Traders and Solar Queen series). An Ohio native, Ms. Norton lived for a number of years in Winter Park, Florida, and now makes her home in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where she continues to write, and presides over High Hallack, a writers' resource and retreat.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Aegypan (February 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603129316
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603129312
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,897,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By the gunner VINE VOICE on July 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
Ralestone's Luck
By Andre Norton

(c 1938 r 1966)

The Ralestone luck is a sword known as the luck of Lorne., a great blade forged during the Crusades by an Arab astrologer. It's been gone for over a century. Now the Ralestones must find it or lose every thing they have.

First I should say this it is not a science fiction or fantasy that Ms. Norton is so famous for. It is her second book, an adventure story following the The Prince Commands Prince Commands, also not a science fiction or fantasy, just a good adventure story.

I recommend this book for Andre Norton completest and fans of adventure stories that do not have any graphic sex, just great fun.

Gunner, July, 2009
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I was surprised when I saw that this Andre Norton story was written in the 1930's as I'd know of the author as a science fiction and fantasy writer active in the 1960's. I'm glad to have found it offered free for Kindle from Amazon.com as it's a fun read, although clearly an early work of this noted science fiction and fantasy author (according to Wikipedia this was her first book written though not her first published). For me, Ralestone Luck brought to mind the original versions of the early Hardy Boys books and the Nancy Drew mysteries. Here you'll meet spunky young people confronting Depression Era gangsters and their shyster lawyer over the possession of a decaying mansion set in Louisiana's bayou country. Then there's a missing sword linked by legend to the Ralestone family's fortune, possible pirate treasure, a mysterious and initially unfriendly young Cajun, references to the Civil War, and a family heritage that spans centuries. Today's reader shouldn't be shocked by outdated characterizations of African Americans but rather intrigued by the story's portrayal of a bygone era and its attitudes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trucker57 on June 8, 2014
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I had not realized that Andre Norton had written outside the scifi/fantasy genre. Reminds of a Nancy Drew/ Hardy Boys book.
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By L. J. Capehart on April 19, 2015
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I've been an Andre Norton fan for a lot of years. Recently I've started re-reading some of her books, and it reminded me all over again why she is a favorite author of mine. This was one of her books that went a different path from the usual science fiction, but I loved it! I wish she'd written more like this one, though I love all the others, too. I wonder if she had vacationed in New Orleans before she wrote this. The brothers and sister, the main characters of the story, are excellent characters, the story line is very interesting-it was just as good the second time around!
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By marie a on April 11, 2015
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Not one of her best, written early in her career and the dialog shows it. I don't believe that I ever finished reading my paperback copy but my mom loved it. I plan to read it again on my kindle this summer. If you are an ardent fan of Norton's (which I am then) by all means download this free copy and change gears in your head to mid 20th century when EVERYTHING was different. I don't think this is sci-fi rather a Goth tale. Norton did write other thing under different names but aren't we all glad she discovered fantasy and sci-fi?
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By ALinn on September 24, 2012
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Ralestone Luck, while not being a straight fantasy novel, is a wonderful and adventurous story. If you are a fan of a good story or a fan of Andre Norton herself, you cannot go wrong with this book. Three siblings set out to make their fortune and reclaim their luck while enemies try to stop them and an unknown person holds the key to the Ralestone Luck. This book is very much an old fashioned adventure/mystery with excitement and danger and a good family dynamic. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good read!
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I stumbled on this book, a published work of a budding author. While it does show some of the author's youthfulness at the time it was written, it also betrays her as one of the best authors of her time. The Luck is a sword. Lost, hidden away, the family has withered. But as they limp home, near penniless, their adventures reunite them with their Luck and with each other. One of my all time favorite reads!
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By John Brooks on March 20, 2013
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I've read a number of Norton's books lately, and "The Prince Commands" has been a favorite, so I thought I'd try this other non-scifi book. It was a little rough starting, but it didn't take too long grabbing me, as she always does. It's a fun story about likeable characters. It's a little predictale at times and a little dated, but I think you'll enjoy it none the less.
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