Ciara's Song

~ 8th Novel in the Witch World: Estcarp Series by Andre Norton

This book was written solely by Lyn McConchie but set in Andre Norton’s Witch World, hence marketed as collaboration.


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Synopsis ~

Write-up from the back of paperback edition ~

The wonders and adventures of Andre Norton’s Witch World saga have thrilled millions. Now comes a new chronicle about the hidden realms of the Witch World…
The Darkness Over Karsten
Ciara of Elmsgarth is only a small girl when the edict is issued by the Duke of Kars: KILL ALL WITH WITCH BLOOD, AND TAKE ALL THEY OWN. A greedy mob murders her family, but Ciara is protected by the powerful Lord Tarnoor and his son, Trovagh. Safe in the isolated, siege-proof citadel of Aiskeep, Ciara and Trovagh grow, marry, and raise children.
Then the folly that grips Karsten worsens. Bigotry and corruption lead to crime, civil strife, war, and poverty--and the rise of an evil sorcerer, a black mage on a vendetta to destroy all Ciara has, and everyone she holds dear…
By the Authors of The Key of the Keplain

 

Write-ups from fans ~

A family of the Old Race living in Karsten learns of the thrice-horning, but they have no time to escape the slaughter.  They can, however, see to it their young daughter, Ciara, reaches a hiding place.  After the slaughter is over and done with, the Lord of the neighboring Keep rescues her and raises her as his own, with Trovagh, his young son.  When the children are grown, they marry and raise their own children, who have little of the look of the Old Race, since Ciara's father was only half Old Race.  So they live peacefully with the other Karsten people.  The oldest grandson upon reaching adulthood wants to go and live in Kars City, where he becomes corrupted by the vices of the major Lords there, and eventually tries to take over his grandparents' Keep, killing them and trying to kill his much younger sister.  She escapes, however, and makes her way to Estcarp. ~ SL

 

A two-part book, Ciara's Song is set in Karsten. Part one starts with Duke Yvian ordering the thrice horning of all members of the "old race" which meant anyone could legally kill and rob them. Nine-year-old Ciara was able to hide when her family was slaughtered. Powerful neighbor, Lord Tarnoor takes her in to hide her from those who would kill her. She grows up using Power for healing purposes. She marries Tarnoor's son Trovagh an bears him a son named Kirin who rebels and joins Duke Pagar's army to conquer Estcarp. Tarnoor is forced to join too. The Witches of Estcarp Turn and tumble the mountains to wipe out Pagar's army including Tarnoor and Kirin. End of part one. Part two concerns Kirin's children, Kirion, the eldest hates his siblings and dabbles in dark magic. Keelan, at first a spoiled brat, grows into the heir for Aiskeep. The youngest, Aisling has inherited Power from her grandmother Ciara, but it is growing beyond her control. She leaves her home to go to Escore to find someone who can teach her how to use her gifts safely. She faces many dangers on her quest. Will she survive and successfully find the answers to her dilemma? And, how does Ciara's Song fit into this scenario? Read and find out. ~ PG

 

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Dedications and Acknowledgements ~

To animal-loving friends Helen McCarthy, Rachel Denk, Linnette Horne, ad of course Andre Norton as always.
To them this book is dedicated; may their beloved associates live long and prosper.
- L. McC.

 

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Bibliography of English Editions ~

  • (1998) Published by Warner Aspect, PB, 0-446-60644-8, 978-0-446-60644-8, $6.50, 245pg ~ cover by Kevin Johnson
  • (2001) Published by Oxmoor House, HC, 0-759-50179-3 ~ UK printing ~ cover by unknown ~ (NOTE: this release is somewhat in question. Amazon.com lists this as an Imported Item and is currently unavailable; it is also listed at Amazon.uk.com but is unavailable. However none of the Andre Norton Collectors that I have conversed with about it have ever seen or heard of this release.)
  • (2001) Published by Warner Aspect, DM, 0-446-60644-8, $6.99, 259pg ~ cover by Kevin Johnson

 

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