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Beast Master's Quest

Beast Master's Quest

An Beast Master Adventure

Beastmaster (Volume 5)

Andre Norton and Lyn McConchie

Tor Books




Laris is a young orphaned ex-refugee gifted with the beast master ability allowing her to communicate with animals. Her closest companion is a remarkably intelligent and mysterious cat-like creature named Prauo, whose origin is shrouded in mystery. Laris, having made a home for herself with the Quades, a family of Arzor ranchers, also has become friends with beast masters Tani and Hosteen Storm, who help her develop her beast master skills.

When Laris inherits a spaceship from a distant relative, she realizes that she might now fulfill her dream of finding Prauo's home planet. But it won't be easy, and she is relieved when she is able to convince her new extended family to embark with her on a journey into the unknown depths of space.

What Laris and her friends find in space, however, tests their beast master abilities and threatens their lives. Prauo's homeworld is beset by dangers the intrepid travelers could not have anticipated. It will take all of their talents and experience to get back to Arzor alive.

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Chapter One

Two riders hurtled across the edge of the desert, laughing and whooping. In front of them raced an old frawn bull, his nostrils red-rimmed partly from his rasping breaths but partly also from mounting fury. He was lord of...


Praise for Beast Master's Quest

“An exciting adventure conceived with splendid imagination.” —New York Herald Tribune on Beast Master

“Adventure, mystery, intrigue, humor, romance. Norton and McConchie serve them up with style. This dynamic duo has created a courageous and conflicted heroine and a supporting cast that's every bit as fascinating as the main players. Keep it up, ladies! Your fans love it.” —Penny Kenny on Beast Master’s Circus

“An updated coming-of-age story . . . both authors mesh flawlessly to produce a long awaited continuation to the Beast Master saga.” —Romantic Times on Beast Master’s Ark

“The grande dame of science fiction.” —Life Magazine on Andre Norton

“A superb storyteller with a narrative pace all her own.” —The New York Times on Andre Norton

“Andre Norton is a superb storyteller.” —Chicago Tribune on Andre Norton

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About the author

Andre Norton and Lyn McConchie

Andre Norton was one of the most famous science fiction and fantasy authors of all time. She was awarded a Life Achievement World Fantasy Award and named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America. She wrote over one hundred novels, including novels in her Witch World, Beast Master, Solar Queen, and the Time Traders series. Miss Norton passed away in March 2005.

Lyn McConchie is the co-author with Andre Norton, of Beast Master's Ark, Beast Master's Circus, and other novels, as well as her own fiction. A native of New Zealand, she has been awarded the Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel by a New Zealander, for Beast Master's Ark, and again for Beast Master's Circus. She lives in Norsewood, New Zealand.

Andre Norton

Lyn McConchie



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