Lord of Thunder

~ 2nd Novel in the Beast Master Series by Andre Norton

(Series aka) Hosteen Storm


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 Synopsis ~

Write-up from an old Amazon.com posting ~

Why should all the native tribes on the planet Arzor be gathering in the sinister and almost unknown country of the Peaks at the height of the terrible dry season when no one could long survive away from shelter and water. They are gathering in large numbers, ignoring old enmities with other tribes, and traveling to forbidden regions. Storm is engaged to search for a crashed human ship at the same time, in the forbidden regions. To find the answer, Hosteen Storm, a Beast Master relocated here after Terra’s destruction in a galactic war, is sent into the Peaks on this mission of utmost danger. With his animal scouting team, Storm discovers a fantastic world underground and a plot against the off-worlders. Could he avert total disaster? What follows deals less with the environment of Arzor than in Beast Master, focusing instead on the hidden caverns of the ancient race which once peopled this planet. Storm endures a great deal in his attempt to locate potential survivors of the crash, including facing angry Norbies and dealing with hostile creatures and machinery.
 

Write-up from the front flap of the 1962 dustjacket ~

Why --- at the height of the great dry season when neither man nor beast can long survive away from shelter and water -- should all the native tribes on the planet Arzor be gathering in the sinister and almost unknown country of the Peaks? To find the answer, Hosteen Storm, a Beast Master relocated here after Terra's destruction in a galactic war, is sent into the Peaks on a mission of utmost danger. With his great cat Surra and his African Eagle Baku, a perfect scouting team, Storm and two companions discover a fantastic world underground and an uprising planned against the off-worlders. How can total disaster be averted?
The solution forms the dramatic climax of this superior science fiction by one of its foremost exponents, the author of such previous successes as The Beast Master and Sea Siege.

 

Write-up from the back of ACE paperback editions ~

 Why --- at the height of the great dry season when neither man nor beast can long survive away from shelter and water -- should all the native tribes on the planet Arzor be gathering in the sinister and almost unknown country of the Peaks? To find the answer, Hosteen Storm, a Beast Master relocated here after Terra's destruction in a galactic war, is sent into the Peaks on a mission of utmost danger. With his animal scouting team, Storm discovers a fantastic world underground and a plot against the off-worlders. Could he avert total disaster?
The solution forms the dramatic climax of this superior science fiction by one of its foremost exponents, the author of such best-sellers as The Beast Master and Witch World.

 

Write-up from the UK paperback edition ~

No one had ever gone into the “Blue” section of the planet Arzor and returned. It was the hunting ground of the terrible Norbie cannibals. Now there were rumours of an ominous gathering of the native tribes which might mean the destruction of the planet, and Hosteen Storm’s brother was trapped in the “Blue”…

This is Andre Norton’s second hair-raising science-fiction adventure about the young hero of The Beast Master. 

 

Write-up from the back of the Fawcett paperback edition ~

Lord of Thunder
The off-worlder wanted Storm, the Beast Master, to guide him into the forbidden Blue section of Arzor, the treacherous, wild Peak country that was the hunting ground of the feared Norbie cannibals.
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No one—government man, settler, or hunter – had ever gone into the Blue and returned. But suddenly Storm had no choice. The off-worlder had already set evil in motion, and now the fate of Azor – and possibly the stars beyond – rested with the incredible courage, daring, and wild creatures of the amazing Beast Master from Terra…

 

Write-up from the back of the Ballantine Del Rey paperback edition ~

Journey into the unknown…
The tribes of Arzor were marching. Following the call of a new leader, the horned Norbies had set aside their feuds to journey together into the Blue, the treacherous wild country beyond the mountains.
No human had ever gone into the Blue and even Storm, the Beast Master, balked a guiding an off-worlder into the forbidden land. But suddenly Storm had no choice – evil been set in motion, and now the fate of Arzor rested in his hand…

“A sequel to The Beast Master in which Hosteen Storm… once again pits his strength, courage and wits against the forces of evil that threaten his adopted land… the plot unfolds dramatically, logically, and swiftly to a completely satisfying climax.” – The Chicago Tribune
“Imaginative and skillfully written science fiction by an experienced and well-known writer.” – ALA Booklist

 

Write-ups from fans ~

Hosteen Storm has adapted well to his new life on Arzor, and found a new family--his step-father and -brother.  Now an offworld "Cit" comes to request help from them in finding his son who was a "tech" in the same military as Storm, and has been mustered out from a medical center.  Unfortunately the ship he was on had some kind of trouble (unspecified) and a number of men escaped from it on a lifeboat, which is believed to have crashed in the Peaks--the Norbie sacred area.  They are, therefore, withdrawing from their positions as riders for the ranchers--in the middle of the Big Dry, which is unprecedented, and may lead to trouble with the natives.  The head of the Native Affairs comes in person to the Quade ranch to reinforce the "Cit's" request, as a means of investigating the disturbance among the Norbies.  Storm reluctantly agrees, and organizes an expedition, but advises the "Cit" to stay behind.  This advice is disregarded, and causes more trouble, as the settlers have an agreement with the Norbies not to overfly their sacred area.  Storm, along with his half-brother Logan manage to get into the Peaks and discover a renegade "Tech" has managed to find his way into one of the Sealed Caves and is using the Old One's machines to convince the Norbies he is the Second Coming. ~ SL

 

Hosteen Storm is back. The Beast Master and the rest of the settlers are puzzled by total withdrawal of the native tribes back into forbidden territory. Why are the friendly tribes and the hostile tribes having a secret meeting with Hosteen's half-brother the only human invited? And why at this time? Something is amiss, but with only his feelings of impending trouble, Storm cannot deal with the situation until he can scout around for more information. Complicating the situation, a wealthy off-worlder has landed and demands help in locating his son whose lifeboat crashed in the most forbidden area of the planet, where no off-worlder has ever set foot in.
Reluctantly, Storm agrees to help the man if he will abide by his rules. Of course, he lies, and that leads to all kinds of trouble for the Beast Master. He discovers the culprit behind the major plot, but can he stop him in time to keep the natives from being set upon the human settlers? This book uses the Amerindian concept of "Medicine" to explain a lot of the action, a basic rule being don't mess with another man's medicine! ~ PG

 

1962’s Lord of Thunder is a sequel to The Beast Master, picking up pretty much where The Beast Master left off. Hosteen Storm has lost his birth planet and his people [1], but Arzor has given him a new home, a new family, and a new life.
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The first hint that there are great events brewing is when all of the native Norbie tribes announce an unprecedented truce and abandon their usual haunts to march off upcountry. They claim that the migration is for a religious purpose, but will not reveal the exact nature of that purpose…. ~ JN
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KIRKUS REVIEW ~ Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 1962
The planet Arzor is torn between the indigenous Norbies, red-yellow, horned creatures, and the "off-worlder" human exiles from Terra, the planet that was reduced to a blue, radioactive cinder in a galaxy-wide holocaust. The plot is simply that the superstitious Norbies are being duped by an insane off-worlder to attack the peace-loving off-world inhabitants of Arzor. The story of Hosteen Storm's discovery of the situation and his eventual solution of the problem is secondary to the fascinating description, the imaginative ideas, and the general quality of prose and dialogue. For the experienced science-fiction reader. 

 

Various reviews ~ For more info and other listings see Articles about Andre

1962 Kirkus Reviews, September 01
1962 by Don Thompson in Cleveland News, November 02
1963 by S. E. Cotts in Amazing Stories, February
1963 by P. Schuyler Miller in Analog Science Fact -> Science Fiction, February,  reprinted in: (UK) Analog Science Fact -> Science Fiction, July
1964 by P. Schuyler Miller in Analog Science Fact -> Science Fiction, May
2015 by James Nicoll, April, 17   Θ

 

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Bibliography of English Editions ~

  • (1962) Published by Harcourt Brace, HC, LCCN 62014247, $3.25, 192pg ~ cover by Richard Powers {Orange Cloth Boards}
  • (1962) Published by Longmans, HC, $4.25, 192pg ~ Canadian printing ~ cover by Richard Powers
  • (1963) Published by ACE, PB, # F-243, $0.40, 174pg ~ 1967, #G-691, $0.50, 174pg ~ #49236 1969 $0.75 191pg also 1971 ~ covers by Alex Schomburg ~ #49237 1975 $1.25 191pg ~  cover by Davis Meltzer
  • (1966) Published by Gollancz, HC, 0-575-00277-8, £ 15s (180p), 192pg ~ UK printing ~ cover by Alan Breese {Orange Paper Boards}
  • (1968) Published by Peacock, PB, 0-140-47062-X, PK62, £ 20p, 188pg ~ UK printing ~ cover by Douglas Lee Travis
  • (1978) Published by Fawcett, PB, 0-449-23636-6, $ 1.75, 224pg ~ 1980 $1.95, 1981 $2.25 ~ cover by Ken Barr
  • (1984) Published by Ballantine Del Rey, PB, 0-345-31396-8, $2.50, 224pg ~ cover by Laurence Schwinger

 

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Non-English Editions ~

  • (1987) Published in Japan; by Hayakawa, 41-501-0732-7, SF S62, 303pg ~  translation by Yamada Tadashi ~ cover by Ishihara Takashi ~ Japanese title ビースト・マスター2
  • (1987) Published in Warsaw, Poland; by a book club, no ISBN, 138pg ~ translation by Wiesław Rychlicki ~ Polish title Władca Gromu [Lord of the Thunder] ~ Limited to 100 copies
  • (1992) Published in Warsaw, Poland; by Agencja Wydawnicza TOR, 83-900-0265-5, 154pg ~ translation by Małgorzata Kowalik ~ Polish title Władca Gromu [Lord of the Thunder]
  • (2001) Published in Poznań, Poland; by Rebis, 83-730-1094-7, 212pg ~ translation by Jarosław Kotarski ~ cover by Jim Burns via Thomas Schlück ~ Polish title Władca Gromu [Lord of the Thunder]
  • (1994) Combined with "The Beast Master" ~ Published in Zelenograd, by Zelenogradskaya Books, 5-863-14030-5, HC, 384pg ~ translation by V. Shcherbakov ~ cover by D. Avvakumov ~ Russian title Повелитель зверей [The Beast Master]
  • (1994) Combined with The Beast Master" translation by T. Zavyalova and "Velvet Shadows" translation by N. Rezanova ~ Published in Nizhny Novgorod, by Parallel and in Tula, by Filin, 5-860-67005-2 and 5-729-30020-4, HC, 244pg ~ "Lord of Thunder" translation by T. Zavalova ~ cover by E. Limanowa ~ Russian title Мастер зверей [The Beast Master]
  • (2004) Combined with "The Beast Master" and "The X Factor" ~ Published in Moscow, by Eksmo, 5-699-08497-5, HC, 448pg ~ translation by Dmitry Arseniev ~ Russian title Повелитель зверей [The Beast Master]

 

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