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Stories explore the shadowy realm of Witch World, a magical land were alein powers, ancient warfare, and bizarre incidents promote continuous adventures
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  • PDF | 223 pages
  • DAW (September 1, 1980)
  • English
  • 8
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy

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  • By Kindle Customer on February 5, 2013

    Andre Norton books are great! I recommend them highly to anyone looking for a great story that's easy to understand.

  • By ealovitt on November 12, 2005

    This collection of fantasy short stories and a novella takes place during the chaos that followed Estcarp's war against the alien Kolder and her neighbors, Karsten and Alizon. "Men who had marched with the Borderers under Lord Simon Tregarth or served beneath the Banners of the Witch Women of Es--where were they?"The crippled old men, the women and children who were left behind when their sons, brothers, and fathers went to war must now fend for themselves in a world made chaotic by petty warlords, bandits and, since these are Norton stories, dark and light magic.Normally I prefer Norton's novels over her shorter works, but "Lore of the Witch World" contains some of her finest writing, including "The Toads of Grimmerdale," plus settings and characters that fans will recognize from her full-length novels. The following stories are included in this book:"Spider Silk"--A blind young girl is rescued out of the hold of a wrecked slave ship, and raised by the fishing village's wise woman. Young Dairine learned to 'see' with her fingers and grows up mending the fishermen's nets and weaving fine cloth. When she is kidnapped and taken to an island of very alien weavers, she must test her skill against theirs in order to survive."Sand Sister"--The child, Tursla is somehow different from the others in her Tormarsh village. It is a difference of spirit rather than form. When the Torfolk decide to make a blood sacrifice to increase the fertility of their declining race, Tursla must use her 'sand magic' to rescue the stranger named Simond (son of Koris of Gorm from the original Witch World trilogy)."Falcon Blood"--Another shipwreck, this time with three survivors: a Sulcarwoman named Tanree, plus a wounded Falconer and his bird of prey. As all Norton fans know, the Falconers are extreme misogynists. They lock their women up in mountain fortresses, and visit them only for the purpose of perpetuating their race. This story attempts to explain (not too successfully) the reason for the Falconers' hatred of women."Legacy from Sorn Fen"--The crippled ex-soldier, Caleb rescues a denizen of the Wasteland of High Halleck from a cruel gang-rape. Although she dies, she rewards his kindness with a strange ring."Sword of Unbelief"-- The further adventures of the witch, Elys and warrior, Jervon, who first appear in "Spell of the Witch World" (the novella, "Dragon Scale Silver"), and also in "Gryphon in Glory" and "Gryphon's Eyrie." In "Sword of Unbelief," Elys must rescue Jervon from a powerful creature of the Dark. Norton borrows a setting and theme from Dante's "Inferno" and makes it uniquely her own."The Toads of Grimmerdale"--Hertha, who carries a child that was forced on her by rape, petitions the evil Toads of the Wasteland to use their magic against the soldier who brutalized her. Of course, their magic comes with a price."Changeling"--A continuation of "The Toads of Grimmerdale" wherein Hertha bears a daughter, evilly marked by her mother's pact with Dark magic. Hertha vows to save her daughter from her own folly.

  • By Jules Jones on December 28, 2005

    Lore of the Witch World is a 1980 collection of short stories and novelettes by Andre Norton, mostly reprints but with one previously unpublished story, "The Changeling" (a sequel to "The Toads of Grimmerdale"). Most of the material in this book, including The Changeling, is available elsewhere, but this is a useful alternative source.The Witch World is a planet in a parallel universe where magic works. The magic operates according to consistent rules which often drive the plot -- you won't find characters suddenly acquiring new powers just because it would be convenient to the author. The world is the setting for a large cycle of novels and shorter stories, mostly set around the time of an alien invasion that creates great destruction and social upheaval, even though the aliens are ultimately repelled. This collection fills in more of the Witch World during and after the time of the great battle against the alien invaders. It looks at characters and places outside the main story arc of the novels, as detailed by earlier reviews. There are occasional references to the events on the main story arc, but all of these stories will stand alone, and can be enjoyed without prior knowledge of the setting. They're beautifullly written, and a must-have for fans of Norton's writing. Fantasy fans in general should read this collection -- it's a nice introduction to the work of one of the greatest writers in the genre.

  • By KitchenSharkMama on March 8, 1998

    This group if shorit are gread and, in a way, introduce us to several characters that are filled out in "Witch World" novels. I own the Daw'80 paperback and have read it many times. If you can find a copy, I highly recomment it!


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