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Book 3 of 3 in the Witches of Karres Series

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Eric Flint is the author and creator of the New York Times multiple best-selling “Ring of Fire” alternate history series. With David Drake, he has written six popular novels in the “Belisarius” series, and he has collaborated with military science fiction master David Weber on 1633, and 1634: The Baltic War and  on Crown of Slaves.  Flint was for many years a labor union activist. He lives in East Chicago, IL, with his wife.  

Dave Freer is an ichthyologist turned author living in a remote island off Tasmania, Australia with his wife and two children.   He has co-authored with Eric Flint (Rats, Bats and Vats, The Rats, the Bats and the Ugly, Pyramid Scheme, and Pyramid Power) and, with Mercedes Lackey and Eric Flint (The Shadow of the Lion, This Rough Magic, The Wizard of Karres) as well as writing the solo novel, A Mankind Witch. 

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Product Details

  • Series: Witches of Karres (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; Reprint edition (May 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439134464
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439134467
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #766,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The third episode in the posthumous series based on James H. Schmitz's "The Witches of Karres" is far better than the second, leading me to believe that Mercedes Lackey was the superfluous chef who spoiled the soup in "the Wizard of Karres.". Gone are the sidetrips into elf-fantasy and a contrived circus adventure: in their place is a welcome return to a universe that has more of the flavor of Schmitz's 1966 original, which earned a Hugo nomination.

Set in the same regions of space as the original novel, "The Sorceress of Karres" also provides a look back into Captain Pausert's youth on Nikkeldepain where Goth has time-traveled to save him from an untimely death. We switch back and forth from that past to a present where Pausert and The Leewit are on a mission to learn why ships are still being lost in the Chaladoor.

With the exceptions of Moander and Hantis, the Nartheby Sprite, almost the entire casts of the first two novels return in "The Sorceress of Karres." Captain Pausert, Goth and The Leewit are back and we get a cameo appearance by Maleen, now married and a mother-to-be. This seems to be catching as former Imperial agent Hulik do Eldel is carrying the next generation of the hexaperson and heir apparent to the Daal of Uldune, who has become Hulik's husband (husbands?). Vezzarn is more like his old, larcenous self. Toll and Threbus play larger roles than they did in either of the previous books but they are consistent with the characterizations Schmitz created 44 years ago. Himbo Petey makes his return, along with the entire cast of the Petey, Byrum & Keep as authors Eric Flint and Dave Freer smoothly blend them into the storyline.
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'Sorceress' is the second sequel of Schmitz' classic 'The Witches of Karres', picking up a bit after 'The Wizard of Karres'. This book digs deeper into a number of the background events in 'Witches' but in a novel way, with linked story lines the current time and fourteen years in the past, the latter bringing an almost-marriageable Goth together with a younger Pausert to not only foil some bad guys trying to steal an alien map and resolve an inheritance problem left dangling by Pausert's great-uncle Threbus but set up Goth as Pausert's first love. Yes, we know where this is going but it's still fun to watch things unfold. With the knowledge she picked up in the past, Goth and the current, adult Pausert are able to shut down a galactic menace or two. There are also a few, to me underdeveloped, hints of new Klatha powers for Goth, so expect more stories in this universe. Goody, goody!!

Whereas 'Wizard' for the most part kept to the external, no frills narrative style of 'Witches', 'Sorceress' has a somewhat different texture, with more exposition and a deeper view into characters' motivations. This caught me at first, since I've re-read the first two books many times and so expected more of the same. Once I got farther into the story, I came to appreciate the clearer view (fewer "OK, what did he mean by that?" moments) and the necessity of doing so with a plot that takes place simultaneiously in different timelines. Flint & Freer deserve a lot of credit for putting together another great installment in the series.
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The Sorceress of Karrres, Eric Flint and Dave Freer, 2010.

Entertaining, but ultimately disappointing. 3*

1949 Witches of Karres, The Story, published in Astounding. Instant classic, a sweet "little" tale set against a deep background, of Captain Pausert and three very unusual sisters whom he "rescues" from unpleasant masters and returns to their home world of Karres, amid some exciting but not galaxy-altering adventures. I'm not quite old enough to have read it when it came out, but probably found it a few years later in "The Astounding Science Fiction Anthology". On amazon's 5* scale, an easy 10*'s. [For those who have only read the later novel, this story takes us up to the point where Pausert makes his escape from Nikkeldepain with an unexpected assist from the Sheewash drive, discovers Goth has stowed away due to a "premotion" of trouble (Goth volunteered, having picked him for her future husband anyway), and he is looking up Karres in the Regulations.]

1966 The original story had ended with a perfect hook to hang more tales on. Schmitz continued it as a novel of high, dimension-spanning, space opera. The grand schemes of the novelized addition didn't grab me as much as the more intimate, magical, 1949 story, but there is a lot of the patented Schmitz inventiveness and style. Maybe 4.5*'s.

2004 The Wizard of Karres OK, I'd give it 4*'s, at least partly for nostalgia's sake. Though not exactly Schmitzian, it does have a breezy, almost flip, style that is at least a recognizable imitation of the original Witches. A bit disappointing that it's about another Big Space Plague.

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