- Hardcover: 464 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books (Dec 17 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765300508
- ISBN-13: 978-0765300508
- Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 3.9 x 24.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 767 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,233,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Gates to Witch World Hardcover – Dec 17 2001
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From Library Journal
This volume combines for the first time in hardcover the initial three installments in Norton's very popular "Witch World" series Witch World (1963), Web of the Witch World (1964), and Year of the Unicorn (1965). As long as you're ordering the Conan books (above) from Tor, you might as well get this, too.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
"Web of the Witch World". The Kolder continues to menace Simon and the witches he has vowed to keep safe, but the coven he wants to protect seems reluctant to accept him. To save his brave new world, Simon and a witch must journey to their enemy's stronghold and accomplish the impossible by defeating the Kolder in their home turf.
"Year of the Unicorn". In far removed from the war Norsdale, a bored Gillan obtains what she always desired, but soon learns that wishes that come true might not be what one really wants in life. Now she is embroiled in an adventure of a lifetime that probably means certain death for her unless she can enable the power within her to come alive.
THE GATES TO WITCH WORLD is a compilation of three of the best science fiction novels of the twentieth century. These books deservedly made Andre Norton a household name in the early sixties and yet the tales retain the freshness that enthralled readers then and will fascinate a new audience with its exciting plots and engaging characters.
In her Introduction, C. J. Cherryh refers to Norton's Witch World novels as "the good stuff". She is right. I am so pleased to have this omnibus collection of the three seminal Witch World novels although it can never replace my tattered old Ace paperbacks with the Jack Gaughin covers. It even felt a little odd to be reading clear text (minus some of the typos that Ace was notorious for) on a white page instead of the yellowing pages of the acidic paper of these old books.
However, I found myself just as caught up in the story of Simon Tregarth, the tarnished war hero who stepped through a gate ahead of an assassin into the world of Jaelithe, the Witch of Escarp, as I have ever been. The story of these two who fight, along with Koris of Gorm and Loyse of Verlaine, to try to preserve the ancient world of Escarp from the advance of the Kolder, is played out against a vivid background of cultures such as the Falconers, who value their hawks far more than their women; the Sulcar, valient seagoers; and last but not least the matriachal Witches who rule the land of Escarp through the power of the jewels and their minds.
The third book is Year of the Unicorn. It is set in High Hallack, a land of dales and small holdings. High Hallack has been torn by war with Alizon from overseas. This story is set after the war has been won when the Dalesmen are faced with meeting a bargain they made during their most desperate hours with a people they feared, the Were riders.
The premise is the barter of 13 brides for the services of the Were Riders against the hounds of Alizon. The heoine is Gillian, who also came from overseas on an Alizon ship as a child, but not of Alizon. The hero is Herrel who does not fit into the mould of his kinsmen and thus has suffered all his life as an outsider in a very close knit group.
Published in the 60's these books have not aged a bit and are as fresh as the first time I picked them up.
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The second, Web of the Witch World, tells of Koris and Loyse, who both think they are less in worth than those around them, but who eventually prove themselves most eminently worthy.
And the last, Web of the Unicorn, depicts Gillan and Herrel, who again think themselves outsiders. wounded
somehow from birth, but after passing through many ordeals, find out who they truly are.
This is the first of two omnibuses bh one of most distinguished living SF and fantasy writers. (Booklist)
My concern with this electronic edition is that there seems to have been less attention to copyediting than usual. Whole paragraphs are misplaced at the beginnings and ends of chapters. If I didn't already know the stories well, it would be Very Confusing.
I hope this review will prompt some editing, and a revised (corrected) version!