This review is of the 1983 printing of this novel that was first published back in 1965. Ms Bradley was one of the masers of science fantasy novels from that time period.
In this book we have Larry Montrey, a sixteen year old Terran boy and Kennard Alton a sixteen year old Darkoven. They meet in Thendara just outside the space port and the story goes from there.
Well written with rich details about two very different worlds coming together. This story shows that no matter the world you come from you can find a friend if you are willing to look beyond what is familiar.
While this is a world filled with alien creatures that the boys have to deal with it is really a story about the boys. About the differences that society builds and making bridges.
This story is good enough that I have read it many times over the past twenty years. I recommend this book for the YA market. Well worth the read, even with the controversy that has stained Ms Bradley's legacy.