Web of the Witch World

~ 2nd Novel in the Witch World: Estcarp Series by Andre Norton


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Synopsis ~

Write-up from an old Amazon.com posting ~

The Kolder linger on, a constant threat to Simon and the witches he's sworn to protect. To save their world from this threat from another dimension, Simon and Jaelithe must venture to the heart of the poisonous Kolder realm and vanquish them for good, or witness the enslavement of their world.

 

Write-up from the back of the ACE paperback editions ~

Simon Tergarth, whos own Earthy prowess had won him a throne and a witch-wife in an alien world, knew that both triumphs were precarious as long as the super-science of Kolder held a foothold on that planet.
And his premonitions were right when those invaders from another dimension made their final diabolical strike for total conquest.
Andre Norton’s Web of the Witch World is a terrific novel of scientific marvel, other-world color, and sword-and-sorcery action that will thrill and delight every reader.

 

Write-up from the front flap of the Gregg Press editions ~

IN THE GRAY LIGHT before dawn, Jaelithe felt a summons that thrilled and alarmed her. When she left the sisterhood of the Wise Women to marry Simon Tregarth, she believed that she had laid aside her power as a sorceress. The summons clearly meant that she had kept her power; it also warned that evil was upon the land. She awakened Simon and together they answered the call, a cry for help from their old ally, Loyse of Verlaine.
Never in the long history of Estcarp, whose roots merged with the dimly remembered Old Ones and others perhaps best forgotten, had such a pair been known—a witch who was Wedded Wife and her spouse, an alien male who could wield the Power once known only among the Wise Women. The trail they followed demanded all their resources, for it led from the empty chambers of Loyse to a battle of wills before the entrance to the last stronghold of the Kolder and their monstrous machines, a struggle that set ancient learning against science and ensorcellment against psychology.
Andre Norton weaves the threads of fantasy into a tale that compells the readers attention and holds him breathless through its dramatic conclusion at the brink of another dimension. This new edition of Web of the Witch World includes special endleave maps of the Witch World by Barbi Iohnson.

 

Write-up from the back of the 1978 UK paperback edition ~

Witch-power of Estcarp stood alone against alien sorcery of Kolder, treachery of Karsten and enmity of Alizon, as Simon Tregarth the outworlder and Jaelithe his witch-wife strove in the riding of armies and the storming of citadels for the security of Estcarp, last bastion of the Old Race in the struggle with demonic control wielded by the forces of Kolder.
For Kolder too had mastered the art of shape-changing, but not as the witches of Estcarp used it. This was a matter of shape-changing within, not without, a distorting and twisting of the minds of men so that they become spiritless, soulless beings, to act and kill at the behest of Kolder. And so the evil power spread its web over Estcarp and her allies.

 

Write-up from the back of the 1987 paperback edition ~

Somewhere the inhuman invaders of Kolder lay in wait: storing up the full force of their evil, making ready for their final demonic assault on the land of Estcarp…
Beset from all sides, the witch-power of Estcarp stood alone against the corrosive evil of an adjacent world; a world whose power to twist the mind and destroy the soul could turn men to murder at the behest of their masters. Simon Tregarth and his witch-wife Jealithe knew there could be no peace until they had tracked Kolder to its lair – and smashed forever the Gateway to its world. But how dire the cost if their only chance were for Tregarth himself to offer up his mind to the monstrous power of Kolder?
“Andre Norton will be remembered when many of us are totally forgotten” – Anne McCaffrey
“An imagination quite out of this world” – T.L.S.
 

Write-up from a Gregg Press sales flyer ~

A year after their first struggle with the Kolder, Simon and Jaelithe are once again drawn into action when their friend Loyse is abducted by the forces of Lord Yvian, the mercenary ruler of Karsten. Simon, Jaelithe, Koris, and the allies of Escarp launch a surprise raid in pursuit, only to discover that Yvian has been killed and Loyse is in the hands of the Kolder. While trying to rescue Loyse from the Kolder stronghold, Simon is brought under Kolder control, captured, and taken by submarine to the kolder headquarters. there Simon learns the secret of the Kolder, how they, too, entered the Witch World through a gate from another, dying world, and what their plans were for the conquest of Escarp, its allies and enemies. Using mind contact, Simon leads Jaelithe and an Escarp armada to him and sets up the final marvelous battle against the Kolder threat.

 

Write-up from the 2016 digital release ~

Fantasy and science fiction Grand Master Andre Norton’s Witch World saga continues in Web of the Witch World. After repulsing the Kolder, the land of Estcarp is safe, until a sudden disappearance sends Simon Tregarth and his allies on a quest to stop an enigmatic new danger. Though the Kolder were defeated before, they rise again with a vengeance, and their plot is even more sinister than before. From Karsten in the south to the swamps of Tor to the Kolder’s impenetrable stronghold and beyond, Simon must fight to stop the invaders of his adopted home once and for all.
 

Write-ups from fans ~

Picking up right after Witch World, Jaelethe discovers that her Powers have not altogether left her in spite of wedding Simon. She has a hard time convincing the council of Witches that this is the case and they refuse to return her witch-jewel. Simon gets a "sending" that Loyse has been lured away, captured and taken to Karsten. Simon, Koris and 10 men sneak into Kars in disguise after stopping into Verlaine to kill Fulk and where the discovered that he had been under the control of the Kolder. In Kars, the Duke is killed and the Estcarpian forces escape only to get captured buy the Kolder who are still bent on taking over the world. Simon must use his latent powers to help locate the Kolder home base and the Gate that they used to enter the Witch World. Simon mentally calls Jaelethe to reveal the location of the Kolder base to the Sulcars and they team up to try to close the Gate. I recommend reading Witch World before reading this one. A page-turner with lots of adventure! ~ PG

 

1964’s Web of the Witch World is a direct sequel to Witch World, in which Simon Tregarth transformed himself from fugitive to hero when he fled from the world of post-war Europe to the strange realm of the Witch World. Simon, Jaelithe (now Simon’s wife), and their allies stymie an invasion by the otherworldly, malevolent Kolder and save Estcarp, the witch stronghold … for the moment.
Simon and his allies are painfully aware that even though the initial Kolder invasion failed, the Kolder still lurk in their island stronghold. There is no reason to believe that the bad guys…. ~ JN
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Various reviews ~ For more info and other listings see Articles about Andre

1964 by P. Schuyler Miller in Analog Science Fact -> Science Fiction, August
1977 by Charles N. Brown in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, Winter
1977 by E. Sisco in School Library Journal, September
1987 by Andy Sawyer in Paperback Inferno #68

2017 by Judith Tarr at TOR.com ~ April, 10

 

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Bibliography of English Editions ~

  • (1964) Published by ACE, PB, # F-263, $0.40, 192pg ~ # G-716 1968 $0.50 192pg, covers and illustration by Jack Gaughan ~ #87871 1972 $0.75 190pg, #87871 1973 $0.95 190pg, #87873 1974 $1.25 190pg, #87874 1976 $1.50 190pg, #87875 1978 $1.95 190pg, #87876 1981 $2.25 190pg, covers by Davis Meltzer, ~ #87876 1983 $2.25 190pg, #87877 1983 $2.50 190pg, $87878 1984 $2.50 190pg, #87879 1986 $2.75 190pg,  #87879 1988 & 89 $3.50 190pg, covers by John Pound
  • (1970) Published by Tandem, PB, 0-426-05020-7, £ 5s (60p), 192pg ~ UK printing ~ cover by Philip Castle
  • (1977) Published by Gregg Press, HC, 0-839-82357-6, LCCN 77023208, $7.95, 192pg ~ As Witch World 2: Web of the Witch World ~ Dust Jacket and Text Art by Jack Gaughan, Frontmatter by Alice Phalen, Endpaper Maps by Barbi Johnson {Binding: 5.625 x 8.25 - Dark Blue Cloth Boards with Gold Lettering} Limited to 1200 copies.
  • (1977) Published by G Prior, HC, 0-860-43070-7, £4.95, 200pg ~ UK printing ~ This Edition is an identical copy of the Gregg Press release with the exception of the Title & Copyright Page.
  • (1978) Published by Universal (Tandem), PB, 0-426-05020-7, £0.75, 192pg ~ UK printing ~ cover by Rodney Matthews
  • (1987) Published by Gollancz, PB, 0-575-03996-5, £2.50, 192pg ~ UK printing ~ cover by Mark Harrison
  • The Gates to Witch World (2001) Published by TOR, HC, 0-765-30050-8, LCCN 2001041532, $27.95, 461pg ~ cover by Mark Harrison ~ Omnibus containing Witch World (1963), Web of the Witch World (1964) & Year of the Unicorn (1965)
  • (2016) Published by Worldbuilders Press, DM, no isbn, $2.99, 164pg ~ cover by Matt Forsyth

 

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Non-English Editions ~

  • (1993) Published in Sofia, Bulgaria; by Clear 2, PB, 161pg ~ Bulgarian title Магьоснически свят. Книга 2: Паяжината [Wizarding world Book 2: Spiderweb]
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  • (1995) Published in Plzeň, Czech Republic; by Laser, PB, 80-85601-92-3, 183pg ~ cover by Milan Fibiger ~ translation by David Hájek ~ Czech title Svět čarodějnic 2: Stín nad světem čarodějnic
  • (1994) Published in Paris, France; by Pocket, PB, 22-660-6280-8, 221pg ~ translation by Gille Dupreux ~ cover by Chistophe Kro ~ French title La vallée dans l'ombre
  • (1964) Published in Rastatt, Germany; by Pabel Verlag ~ translation by Walter Brumm ~ German title Im Netz der Magie
  • (1975) Published in Rastatt, Germany; by Pabel Verlag, Terra Fantasy 5 ~ translation by Walter Brumm ~ German title Im Netz der Magie
  • (19??) Published in Rastatt, Germany; by Moewig, TB 9 ~ German title Im Netz der Magie
  • (1986) Published in Rastatt, Germany; by Moewig ~ translation by Walter Brumm ~ German title Im Netz der Magie
  • (1986) Published in Rastatt, Germany; by Moewig, 38-118-3792-2, 322pg ~ translation by Walter Brumm ~ German title Hexenwelt. Gefangene der Dämonen/Im Netz der Magie ~ omnibus containing Witch World and Web of the Witch World
  • (1985) Published in Tel Aviv, Israel; by Am Oved Publishers ~ Hewbrew title בקורי עולם המשפות
  • (1979) Published in Bologna, Italy; by Libra Editrice, I Classici della Fantascienza, n. 37, 400pg ~ translation by Roberta Rambelli ~ illustrated by Allison ~ Omnibus containing La rete del mondo delle streghe [Web of the Witch World] and Tre contro il mondo delle streghe [Three Against the Witch World]
  • (1991) Published in Milan, Italy; by Mondadori, Urania Fantasy n. 35, 173pg ~ Italian title Il segreto del mondo delle streghe
  • (1992) Published in Milan, Italy; by Mondadori, Urania Fantasy, n. 47 ~ Italian title Tre contro il mondo delle streghe
  • (1974) Published in Tokyo, Japan; by Sogensya, 44-886-0203-7, 285pg ~ translation by Jun Atsugi ~ Cover by Ichiro Takebe ~ Japanese title 魔法の世界の凱歌 ~ reprinted in 1982
  • (1993) Published in Kaunus, Lithuania; by Eridanas, 224pg ~ translation by Anita Kapočiūtė ~ Lithuanian title Raganų pasaulio voratinklis
  • (1992) Published in Poznań, Poland; by Amber, 83-850-7945-9, 220pg ~ translation by Ewa Witecka ~ cover by Steve Crisp ~ Polish title Świat Czarownic w pułapce
  • (2013) Published in Warsaw, Poland; by Nasza Księgarnia, 978-83-10-11795-3, PB, 288pg ~ translation by Ewa Witecka ~ Polish title Świat Czarownic w pułapce
  • (1991) Published -- Association "Complex" LO PO 'Avtokomp, no ISBN, PB, 136pg ~ translation by M. Gutkin ~ cover by E. Olifina ~ Russian title Паутина Колдовского мира
  • (1992) Combined with "Steel Magic" and "Witch World" ~ Published in Zelenograd, by Zeleogradskaya Books and Angarsk, by Amber, 5-863-14008-9, HC, 416pg ~ Russian title Серая магия [Grey Magic]
  • (1992) Combined with "Witch World" ~ Published in St. Petersburg, by North-West, 5-835-20012-9, HC, 416pg ~ translation by Pakhomov ~ cover by Denis Gordeev ~ Russian title Колдовской мир [Witch World]
  • (1992) Combined with "Witch World" translation by Stepanova ~ Published in St. Petersburg, by North-West, 5-835-20012-9, HC, 416pg ~ "Web of the Witch World" translation by Pakhomov ~ cover by Sergey Tenin ~ Russian title Колдовской мир [Witch World]
  • (1992) Combined with "Witch World", "Three Against the Witch World" and "Warlock of the Witch World" ~ Published in Novosibirsk, by EYA, 5-872-16034-8, HC, 512pg ~ Russian title Колдовской мир [Witch World]
  • (1993) Combined with "Witch World" translation by C. Staselovicha and "Forerunner Foray" translation by O. Fedotova ~ Published in Minsk, by Prameb, 5-854-42035-X and 5-854-42034-1, HC, 448pg ~ "Web of the Witch World" translation by N. Chadovicha ~ cover art by A. Arinushkin ~ Russian title Мир ведьм [Witch World]
  • (1999) and (2004) Combined with "Witch World" and "Three Against the Witch World" ~ Published in Moscow, by AST, 5-237-03206-5 and 5-170-06013-0, HC, 544pg ~ translation by A. Grusberg and Oleg Kolesnikov ~ cover by Luis Royo ~ Russian title Колдовской мир. Паутина Колдовского мира. Трое против Колдовского мира.
  • (2004) Combined with "Witch World" translation by Sergey Stepanov, "Three Against the Witch World" translation by A. Pakhomov, "Warlock of the Witch World" translation by N. I. Lebedev and "Sorceress of the Witch World" translation by A. Smirnova ~ Published in Moscow, by Eksmo and St. Petersburg, by Domino, 5-699-06536-9, HC, 848pg ~ "Web of the Witch World" translation by A. Pakhomov ~ cover by I. Zhmaylova and Y. Katashinskaya ~ Russian title Колдовской мир [Witch World]
  • (2005) Combined with "Witch World", "Three Against the Witch World", "Warlock of the Witch World", "Sorceress of the Witch World" and "Year of the Unicorn" ~ Published in Moscow, by Ermak and AST, 5-170-26909-9 and 5-957-71700-2, HC, 976pg ~ translation by A. Grusberg and Oleg Kolesnikov ~ Cover by Luis Royo ~ Russian title Колдовской Мир [Witch World]
  • (2005) Combined with "Witch World", Three Against the Witch World", "Warlock of the Witch World", "Sorceress of the Witch World" and "Year of the Unicorn" ~ Published in Moscow by AST, 5-170-26911-0 and 5-957-71699-5, HC , 976pg ~ translation by A. Grusberg and Oleg Kolesnikov ~ LIMITED to 2000 copies ~ Russian title Колдовской Мир [Witch World]
  • (2016) Combined with “Witch World”, “Three Against the Witch World”, “Warlock of the Witch World”, & “Sorceress of the Witch World”, Published in Moscow by Eksmo, 9785699802364, HC, 896pgs ~ cover art by A. Dubovik ~ series: All Norton ~ Russian title Колдовской мир [Witch World]


 

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