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- Print Length: 269 pages
- Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (July 1, 2014)
- Publication Date: July 1, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KLOY3S0
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- Lending: Enabled
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About the Author
Jean Rabe had the immense pleasure of co-authoring novels with Andre Norton: Taste of Magic, Dragon Mage, and Return to Quag Keep. She also edited an anthology with Norton, Renaissance Faire, and edited several of her short stories for various DAW Books anthologies. Rabe and Norton were friends, longtime pen pals, and shared books and stories about their cats and dogs. Rabe is the author of thirty fantasy and adventure novels, and many, many short stories.
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Some of this author's most interesting characters must overcome physical handicaps to fulfill their destiny. She wrote novels, e.g. "Night of Masks" (1964) and "Flight in Yiktor" (1986) starring physically disadvantaged heroes, and three of the best stories in this collection are similarly peopled:
"Ully the Piper" - Ully of Coomb Brackett in the Dales was crippled falling out of a tree as a boy. He is asked to pipe for a dance on Midsummer's Eve, but a bully steals his musical instrument and drives him away. Ully is then given the opportunity to offer up his music to another, much stranger group of dancers.
"Dream Smith" - The 'dream smith' of the title was burned so severely by an explosion at his father's forge that he must wear a mask and live away from the other villagers, including his family. The heroine has also been cast off by her family because of physical abnormalities. This story's magic is delicate, almost wistful. The happy ending is a bit contrived, but I wouldn't have had it any other way.
"Earthborn: A Witch World Story" - One of the scholars of Lormt, a mute old woman is forced to confront an ancient evil.
It is easy to get caught up in Norton's fantasies. She conjures her reader right into the midst of the mayhem and magic through the eyes of likable, believable characters. This collection, mixed though it is, will be treasured by her fans.
What a treat to have these quick short stories collected in one place.
For anyone with a few stray minutes and a bit of imagination, this is
a great read