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The Sorceress of Karres (Witches of Karres) Mass Market Paperback – May 31, 2011
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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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Not anywhere near as good as the original witches of karres.Published 1 month ago by Harriet Roberts
Witches, space aliens and traitors that keep you guessing game all the way. What more could you ask of a story!Published 2 months ago by Tawanna Rhodes
A magical mix of magic and adventure with a bit of romance as well. Third book in one of my favorite series. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
This has wonderful imagery and great ideas to broaden the imagination.Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
Loved this third edition in the series. Eagerly awaiting number 4 and 5 and 6 and...!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not quite as good as book 2, but still very good. An A minus to book 2's A plus.Published 8 months ago by James H. Sheppard