Storms of Victory

~ 1st book of the Witch World: The Turning Series

Two original stories by Andre Norton and Pauline M. Griffin


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Storms of Victory



 Contains ~

  • Seakeep by Pauline M. Griffin


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Synopsis ~

Write-up from the front flap of the 1991 dustjacket ~

For over twenty-five years, Andre Norton. "the Grande Dame of science fiction,” (Life Magazine) has enchanted millions of readers with the most famous and popular of her works, the enthralling novels of magic and excitement set in the Witch World, “One of fantasy's most enduring world settings” (Library Journal). Now, culminating decades of sharpening her artistic focus, comes the greatest epic of the Witch World oeuvre. STORMS OF VICTORY is the crystallization of Ms. Norton’s vision of the most pivotal time in the development of the Witch World mythos. Working closely with P.M, Griffin, one of a select group with whom she has carefully structured the entire Witch World: The Turning, Norton has brought to vivid life the Turning. This massive effort of the combined magical Power of the Witches of Estcarp foiled the invasion by Pagin of Karsten. ,.but brought chaos and destruction to every corner of the Witch World, as well as crippling most of the Witches involved, To a single sanctuary at Lormt stream the homeless and bereft to seek news of those lost to them during the cataclysmic Turnin , A young scholar, Duratan, gathers and relates the tales of hardy survivors and their heroic struggles to wrest life and justice from the ashes of a war-torn, ravaged world. Two full-length novels, Port of Dead Ships and Sea Keep, chronicle the grand sweep of the legendary time of the Turning. The former is the struggle of a young woman to harness new-found witch Power after the other witches have been stripped of their own, while she battles an ancient evil that drew to the Witch World a terrifying menace through a new, otherworldly sea gate. The latter is the rousing saga of proud Falconers and Dales nobility who are forced to ally against a scourge of pirate marauders. STORMS OF VICTORY is truly the great Witch World epic millions of readers have eagerly awaited.


Write-up from the back of the paperback edition ~

The Witches of Estcarp defeated Pagin of Karsten when they caused the Turning, a massive cataclysm that moved mountains to block the invasion. But the witches’ enormous use of magic crippled their powers and brought chaos and destruction to all of Witch World.
At the Lormt sanctuary, a solitary chronicler is trying to bring people news of those lost or missing since the cataclysm. And to him come two rousing epics of heroism and triumph, one of a young Sulcar woman who awakens to her Power only to do battle with an Ancient Evil; the other a saga of a Dales Lady and the falconers who help her defend her lands from marauding pirates.

“Both are thoroughly excellent tales that will find readers among Norton’s vast following.” – ALA Booklist

“Nebula Grand Master Norton is back at the top of her form.” – Publishers Weekly


KIRKUS REVIEW ~ Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 1991
Yet another massive series of Witch World yams kicks off, this set in the chaotic aftermath of a climactic battle, the Turning, in which the (good) Witches of Estcarp defeated the invading (evil) Hounds of Alizon. A short story about the Chronicler of Lormt frames the two short novels here. Norton's "Port of Dead Ships" describes how a young girl, a passenger on a ship carrying royal refugees, becomes involved in a magical battle of wills with an evil power. Griffin's "Sea Keep" features a widowed Lady of the Dales who, to defend her home, is forced to ally with traditional hatedrival Falconers. Standard stuff. Witch World fans, go to. 


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Dedications and Acknowledgements ~

Seakeep is dedicated to Maria Franzetti, a friend. - P.M.G.


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Bibliography of English Editions ~

  • (1991) Published by TOR, HC, 0-312-93171-9, LCCN 90049030, $19.95, 432pg ~ cover by Dennis A. Nolan {Maroon Paper Boards}
  • (1992) Published by TOR, PB, 0-812-51109-3, LCCN 90-49030, $4.99, 432pg ~ cover by Dennis A. Nolan
  • (2014) Published by Open Road Media, DM, 978-1-497655-24-9, $3.99, 322pg, ~ cover by Barbara Brown ~ re-released in 2017 with new cover-art by Ian Koviak


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Non-English Editions ~

  • (1998) Storms of Victory: Port of Dead Ships Published in Plzeň, Czech Republic; by Laser, PB, 80-7193-032-3, 198pg ~ cover by Steve Crisp ~ translation by Věroslava Ončáková ~ Czech title Svět čarodějnic 4: Přístav mrtvých lodí
  • (1998) Storms of Victory: Sea Keep Published in Plzeň, Czech Republic; by Laser, PB, 80-7193-039-3 ~ cover by Steve Crisp ~ translation by Věroslava Ončáková ~ Czech title Svět čarodějnic 5: Mořská pevnost
  • (1994) Storms of Victory: Port of Dead Ships Published in Warsaw, Poland; by Amber, 83-708-2637-7, 244pg ~ translation by Ewa Witecka ~ cover by Steve Crisp ~ Polish title Port umarłych statków [Port of Dead Ships]
  • (1994) Storms of Victory: Sea Keep Published in Warsaw, Poland; by Amber, 83-708-2649-0, 246pg ~ translation by Ewa Witecka ~ cover by Steve Crisp ~ Polish title Morska Twierdza [The sea fortress]
  • (1996) Contains "Port of Dead Ships" by Andre Norton and "Seekeep" by Pauline M. Griffin ~ Published in Moscow, by Sigma Press and Zelenograd, by Zelenogradskaya Books, 5-859-49061-5, HC, 416pg ~ tanslated by Dmitry Arseniev ~ cover by Peter Andre Jones ~ Russian title Колдовской мир - 2 [Witch World 2]
  • (2000) Contains "Port of Dead Ships" by Andre Norton , "Seekeep" by Pauline M. Griffin and "Exile" by Mary H. Schaub ~ Published in Moscow, by AST and St. Petersburg, by Terra Fantastica, 5-170-03408-3 and 5-792-10350-X, HC, 640pg ~ tanslated by Dmitry Arseniev ~ Russian title Порт погибших кораблей. Морская крепость. Изгнание.







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