Left homeless by the war that reduced Terra to a radioactive cinder, Hosteen Storm – Navaho commando and master of beasts – is drawn to the planet Arzor, to kill a man he has never met.
On that dangerous frontier world, aliens and human colonists share the land in an uneasy truce. But something is upsetting the balance, and Storm is caught in the middle. He had thought the war was over – but was it?
“Miss Norton endows this story of a homeless, revenge-driven man with her own inimitable touch. The result is a compelling and compassionate tale.” – The New York Times Book Review
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This was such a favorite as a kid. I didn't remember any details of the plot, but I did remember the Hosteen Storm and his animals.I recently listened to it in audiobook format, in a burst of nostalgia, and discovered that it is essentially a Western, thinly disguised as science fiction. There are other planets, a war between aliens and Terrans, various high tech weapons, etc. It is truly science fiction. But in large measure the story is about riding the range, Indians and cowboys (with cowboys who appreciate Native Americans and cowboys who do not), prejudices and misunderstandings. No wonder I loved it as a kid.
An awesome sci-fi adventure story ideal for young readers. The world of the Beastmaster takes place on an intriguing wild alien world with elements of a sci-fi western, wilderness survival, action/adventure, and a sprawling fantasy quest typically seen in the sword and sorcery genre now doubt leading to it's adaptation into Don Coscarelli's fantasy epic (also worth checking out.) The back drop of the story is the annihilation of the Earth as human kind survives living on frontier worlds but having lost the Earth to a terrible war with ruthless Zik. As human kind grieves the cosmic loss of our home and the billions killed in the attack , Holsteem Storm wanders onto Arzor as a mysterious western hero seeking revenge. His journey for that revenge will lead him to reconcile not only a broken family but his own inner demons and the loss of his world with the promise of a new future on this world. This is real treat for anyone who loves science fiction and fantasy, complete with strange new worlds, monsters, action, and unique "team" of heroes, not just Holsteem but his animals all with their own unique skills which made them a force to be reckoned with. Although, not as highly praised as say Tolkien's Lord Of The Rings, Andre Norton pens a great fun sci-fi epic for all ages, the first in a series of other Beastmaster books, that I personally can not wait to pick up and read. Strongly recommended for anyone who likes good sci-fi/fantasy fun (all nerds give it a shot ;)) and definitely recommend for ages 10 and up looking for another series of adventures to enjoy. Also recommended are the movie adaptation by Don Coscarelli, a sword and sorcery epic in the vain of Conan The Barbarian that stands as one of the best fantasy films of the 1980s. And for those of you whole like corny B-movies, there are 2 sequels and a tv-series to enjoy as well ;)
Storm is a Beast Master he can communicate by touch and telepathy with his eagle, meercats, and dune cat. He has been orphaned, now that his home planet is a mere cinder in space. So, he goes to Arzor, seeking revenge. This is a sincerely boring book. The plot meanders all over the place like a lazy stream. Character development is poor. Frankly, I didn't care whether Storm was able to exact revenge or not. I was more interested in his meercat than him. Good thing it was a short book it didn't take me too long to blaze through it.