Few authors have achieved such renown as World Fantasy Life Achievement honoree and Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America, 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 has moved to America, and although the players have changed, the game is the same: gems, espioFew authors have achieved such renown as World Fantasy Life Achievement honoree and Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America, 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 has moved to America, and although the players have changed, the game is the same: gems, espionage, and adventure. Young Quinn Anders turns to Lorens van Norreys for help in finding out who killed his brother and why his brother was killed? What did the legendary Bishop's Menie have to do with his brother's death? Who had the remaining 12 statues in the set of 13 medieval knights and their leader, the Bishop-Prince Odacar? With Norreys aid but not his blessing, Anders sets out for the Netherlands on his quest for justice, and from the moment he land at the airport, he finds himself AT SWORDS' POINT.“A superb storyteller with a narrative pace all her own.” – New York Times“The Grande Dame of science fiction.” – Life Magazine...
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At Swords' Points Reviews
For the most part, Andre Norton is remembered for her fantasy and science-fiction novels, especially the WITCH WORLD series of novels. Many readers might be surprised to know that she also wrote a good number of non-SF/Fantasy books, including historicals, mysteries, and romances. AT SWORDS'S POINT is one her spy thrillers, the third (and last) of the SWORD novels that focus on political adventures in the post-WW2 era. This one has a nice bit of history in it as well, as the protagonist searches to discover lost artifacts and solve the mysteries behind his brother's death.As usual, it's a compelling story, and Norton relishes the opportunity to teach her readers a thing or two as they are swept along in the narrative. I have to admit that I "googled" a few of the locations just to get a visual of the places she described.Recommended for history buffs, and Norton fans.
As this novel was published in 1954, the Soviets were consolidating their hold on Eastern Europe and had just detonated their first H bomb. The missile race and the space race were in the near future and escaped Nazis filled popular literature. Spy novels were the coming thing.This is the third in the Sword Trilogy. Quinn Anders is seeking help in finding out what happened to his older brother, killed in an auto “accident” in the Netherlands. He finds that his brother was part of an unofficial underground, headed by Lorens van Norries, who is in all three books of the series. The group came together in resistance to the Nazis, and has changed enemies to resist the Soviets. With their blessings, Quinn goes to the Netherlands, looking for clues to his brother’s death, and to the ancient, gem encrusted porcelain knight that was his brother’s last gift.At Sword’ Point is well plotted and satisfying, but what lifts it above other Norton works is the brooding atmosphere of the Netherlands, half medieval and half modern. I fell in love with the place. It didn’t hurt that Lorens and Kane had had lives of their own in earlier Sword books.For a more complete review, see see http://sydlogsdon.com/2016/11/28/260-...
I'm not sure this is the edition I read: I may've read it in hardcover. I have the impression that this was the 1st book in a trilogy, followed by The Sword Is Drawn, then Sword in Sheath.Not sure about this: I wasn't really coherent when I was reading these older books. Lack of food will do that to you.
Another book read two decades ago, about which I remember little except that I enjoyed it. I remember it was a mass market paperback with a red cover, and I bought it cheap at Odd Lots when I was in high school.
At Sword's PointExcellent conclusion to the trilogy. Known characters from the first two books are now in strong supporting roles, action, adventure, spies, caves, hidden treasure, very enjoyable. Typos in translation from book to kindle not corrected. Hiss!