1. I remember finding this book in my dad's old college collection so possibly publish in the 50-60's
  2. Cover had a white or silver tower on a background of a lot of orange or an explosion
  3. A boy or man laying on his stomach on a silver metal plate that looked to be zooming from the tower.
  4. a winged bat/pterodactyl like creature with claws flying above the man
  5. I remember a young man in a rookery of sorts raising said winged things. The man had an amulet. Something happens where the man escapes to a tower the amulet reacts to the tower and he and one of the winged creatures he was caring for were transported far away
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I remember seeing a cover on a paperback book by Andre Norton with a boy riding a device like a surfboard flying in the air. I don't remember if there was a tower or a "terror dactyl" on the cover.

If my memory is correct I probably saw the cover in the 1960s so a book or edition published after 1970 would probably not be the one I remember.

Unfortunately Andre Norton was very prolific, so that does not limit it down very much.

But after searching at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database I found a cover which should be the one I remember, the cover of the 1963 Ace Books edition of Star Gate.

Star Gate

From the plot summary on Wikipedia:

Riding his larng Cim, the four-eyed analogue of a horse, and accompanied by his pterodactyl-like hunting mord, Vorken, he leaves the only world he has known, following a map that his grandfather gave him. Falling in with a party of cross-breeds and a Star Lord, he helps them fight off outlaws and follows them through a pair of luminous webs to another Gorth. As they pass through the Star Gate Kincar is burned by an amulet, a Tie, that he wears. Joined by others, the group takes refuge in an abandoned keep that they find on their new world. Kincar meets a healer, Lady Asgar, who treats his burn while Lord Dillan tells him about many worlds and of travel between them. They have come to a Gorth that they had not intended to occupy, so they will have to build another Star Gate.

  • Well caught sir! Yes this is it. The "amulet" is called The Tie and is worn by a young man called Kincar. the pterodactyl like creatures are mords. Jun 30, 2020 at 17:22
  • The large aerial predators (pictured) are sa-mords; mords are smaller and domesticated, like Kincar s'Rud's companion Vorken.
    – DavidW
    Jun 30, 2020 at 18:13
  • Ha. I have that one too... but didn’t remember the cover. I guess my memory is biased to Vance vs Norton. Good sleuthing!
    – SeaOttre
    Jun 30, 2020 at 18:22
  • Holy guacamole, 45 cents for a novel? I did a quick inflation calculation, and I guess that's about right calculating from 1960. It'd be about $8.66 today, but wow.
    – T.E.D.
    Jun 30, 2020 at 23:28
  • Thank you so much! This is exactly the book I remembered. I have since found the book. It did my heart good to read it again after so much time. It had not lost it's luster! Thank you again. Jun 12, 2021 at 0:23

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