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Witch World (Witch World Series) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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When released, he had become that of which he was falsely accused, a dealer in illegal merchandise. Then his path crossed that of Hansen and now the Organization is after him. He has been on the run for some time and has left a few dead pursuers on his back trail, but is tired and sleepy. Now he faces Sammy, who is more dangerous than the others.
Tregarth stops in a restaurant to eat a pleasant last meal and is accosted therein by Doctor Jorge Petronius, who is well know in some circles as the man who can make you disappear. Petronius offers his services in exchange for whatever remains of the $20,000 brought from San Pedro.
Tregarth accompanies Petronius to an ancient little house and is told the legend of the Siege Perilous. "One takes his seat upon the Siege and before him opens that existence in which his spirit, his mind -- his soul if you wish to call it that -- is at home." At dawn, Tregarth sits on the stone and disappears from this world.
Tregarth is spilled out to sprawl face down of the thick wiry turf of a gray-green moor. Behind him are two rough pillars of reddish rock. He walks directly away from them across the soggy turf. As the sun rises, he hears a horn calling and cautiously moves in that direction. He sees a woman pursued by thin, white hounds and then the masters riding on horses. The animals and men corner the woman and one of the men takes a weapon from a holster on his belt and raises it toward the woman.Read more ›
This author kept me turning the pages, not only for the cliff-hangers that the hero, Simon Tregarth gets himself into, but also for glimpses of a strange new, magical landscape. She doesn't pile on the adjectives, either. Her prose is remarkably clean. Just read the lead sentence of "Witch World," which introduces us to ex-soldier, Simon Tregarth:
"The rain was a slantwise curtain across the dingy street, washing soot from city walls, the taste of it metallic on the lips of the tall, thin man who walked with a loping stride close to the buildings, watching the mouths of doorways, the gaps of alleys with a narrow-eyed intentness."
He is a hunted man, unjustly cashiered from the U.S. Army for dealing in the post-war blackmarket. Since Simon had been labeled as a crook, he figured he might as well play the game.
After seven years in the underworld, surrounded by his enemies and a gunshot away from death, Simon treats himself to a decent last meal (Andre Norton heroes and heroines NEVER whine. They assess the odds, then keep on slogging). Enter the mysterious Doctor Petronius who persuades Simon that he has nothing to lose by vanishing from his enemies' gunsights through the Siege Perilous, a Cornish megalith that is rumored to be a gate to other worlds. Simon leaves the restaurant with Petronius, almost positive that he is walking into a trap. Instead of the bullet he is expecting, our hero is transported to the foggy moors of a new world.
The action doesn't let up.Read more ›
The good doctor told Tregarth of the legend of the Siege Perilous- the seat that could judge a man, determine his true worth, and deliver him to his fate. In legend, only Percival and Galahad had ever escaped the judging unscathed. Now it was Simon's term- and he was far from a pure knight.
The world to which he found himself transported was far from a paradise. It was an ancient world truly ruled by sword and sorcery. Simon already knew how to live by the sword. In the service of the Women of Power of ancient Estcarp he came to know of sorcery. For that mysterious extra sense that had kept him alive for so long was the faint stirring of the Power. Here in this world it would thrive. Indeed, it would prove both his personal redemption and that of dieing Estcarp, for before his arrival none but women possessed the Gift.
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Andre Norton is one of my favorite authors. She never disappoints, and this book is no exception. Well written characters, a compelling story, a very enjoyable read.Published 27 days ago by Not Nancy
I had not read WITCH WORLD in so many years that it was very nearly a new read for me. It is all that one would expect from a master of science fiction and fantasy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Charles van Buren
This was my first fantasy novel I read as a young girl. To this day it will be one of my favorites. It was my start in fantasy and I have never stopped.Published 1 month ago by Kathy
Andre Norton holds a special place in my heart - it was through reading her works that I developed a passion for the sci-fi/fantasy genres. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Catherine Mackay
The title and Auther say's all. It is very hard to beat the books Andre Norton wrote. She earned the name Grand Same of Science Fiction over and over.Published on January 25, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I know that Andre Norton is a venerated sci-fi fantasy writer, but her characters seem loosely drawn to me and I just never seem to care about them. Read morePublished on November 17, 2013 by JRTLVR
got the book in good shape love it! the package was a proper size and no rips or tares or anythingPublished on April 19, 2013 by kim whelan
I must admit, I've always been a fan of Andre Norton's early works before she branched out more into fantasy in the 1960s. Read morePublished on February 19, 2013 by Rebecca Lethlean