The “imaginative . . . intriguing” far-future novel about the telepathic bond of friendship between human and animal—from the New York Times bestselling author (Booklist).
Exiled after his home planet was turned into a military outpost following an interstellar war, Troy Horan is relocated to the planet of Korwar. Under the watchful eye of the police state, he lives in the Dipple, a restricted area for subcitizens. He works as a day laborer in an interplanetary pet shop and has no idea why animals from Terra, a third-rate power, have been imported to Korwar—or why he has the ability to silently communicate with them, especially the kinkajou.
But a murder forces him to flee with his animal friends into the Wild, where mysterious, sealed ruins conceal Korwar’s most fiercely guarded secret. With no one he can trust and an entire government under siege, Troy leads his extraordinary band of warriors in a final bid for freedom none of them may survive.
Andre Norton (Alice Mary Norton) was for me one of the most influential people in my early years. I first picked up one of her books (Time Traders) in my grammar school library in 5th grade back in 1959 and my life was never the same afterwards. Her book and many others that followed led me into the wonderful world of reading. To this day I love reading SciFi but I also love reading many other genres. It is to Ms. Norton that I owe a great debt, she got me started and it has been a joy ever since. Thank you.