Zarsthor’s Bane

~ 4th Novel in the Witch World: High Hallack Series by Andre Norton

 

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Synopsis ~

Write from an old Amazon.com posting ~

It bound them all in a mystic web of ancient peril: the man whose madness drove him to seek it; the boy who followed him; the girl and her cat who crossed their path in the wild and lonely reaches of High Hallack - and the host of spirits waiting in lost An-Yak for the final confrontation of magic with magic, power with power. Brixia, who was once the lady of a Hall in High Hallack now hunts and scavenges the deserted, post-invasion farmland of the Dales. Her only companion is the cat Uta. Brixia and Uta are drawn into Waste where Light and Dark Magic still exist, on a search for Zarsthor's Bane. Brixia discovers a place of Green Magic while under attack by one of the many loathsome packs of creatures that inhabit the Waste. Ultimately, she rescues her companions (a wounded lord and his squire), but not before Brixia survives combat between the forces of Light and Dark.

 

Write-up from the back of the paperback editions ~

It bound them all in a mystic web of ancient peril: the man whose madness drove him to seek it; the boy who followed him; the girl and her cat who crossed their path in the wild and lonely reaches of High Hallack - and the host of spirits waiting in lost An-Yak for the final confrontation of magic with magic, power with power…
Hauntingly illustrated by Evan TenBroeck Steadman!

 

Wrie-up from a fan ~

Profusely illustrated by Evan Ten-Broeck Steadman, it borders on a horror story. The wars are over in High Hallack and Brixia, last survivor of the House of Torgus when the invaders razed her dale. Wandering with only a cat for companionship and scavenging for the means to survive, she comes across a young man, Dwed and his master, the dazed and confused Lord Marbon from Eggarsdale, a man obsessed on locating Zarsthor's Bane a talisman of great power and an heirloom of his house. They travel for a while together but get split up and Brixia feels compelled to follow the other three. She suffers many hardships and encounters many nightmarish creatures on the way, but she finds great aid in an unexpected place and form. Lessons learned from her wise woman nurse maid come in handy in day-to-day survival and she learns that she is stronger than she thought when she at last catches up with the three. A fast read, the many pictures help in the flow of the story. I had forgotten how good this book is. If you want to find out exactly what the Bane is and its final fate, read the book. ~ PG

 

Various reviews ~ For more info and other listings see Articles about Andre

1979 by Algis J. Budrys in Booklist, April 01
1979 by H. Flick Jr. in Kliatt Young Adult Paperback Book Guide, April
1979 by C. Newman in Voice of Youth Advocates, April
1979 by Don D'Ammassa in Thrust #12 (fnz), Summer
1981 by Mark Willard in Science Fiction Review #41 (fnz), Winter
2017 by Judith Tarr at TOR.com ~ August 28 

 

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Bibliography of English Editions ~

  • (1978) Published by ACE, PB, 0-441-95490-1 , $1.95, 204pg  ~ #95491 1981 $2.50 204pg, covers by Manuel Sanjulian, illustrated by Evan TenBroeck Steadman ~ #95491 1983 $2.50 204pg, #95492 1984 $2.50 204pg, #95493 1986 $2.75 204pg, #95493 1989 $3.50 204pg, covers by John Pound
  • (2012) Published by Premier Digital Publishing, eISBN 978-1-937957-61-2, DM, $3.99, 190pg ~ cover by Kib Prestridge
  • (2014) Published by Open Road Media, eISBN 978-1-497657-11-3, DM, $3.99, 204pg ~ cover by Kib Prestridge ~ re-released in 2017 with new cover-art by Ian Koviak

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Non-English Editions ~

  • (1981) Published in Rastatt, Germany; by Pabel, Terra Fantasy 82, 161pg ~ translated by Susi-Maria Rödiger ~ cover by Angelo Boog ~ German title Die Macht der Hexenwelt
  • (1991) Published in Warsaw, Poland; by Amber, 83-854-2307-9, 176pg ~ translated by Monika Ziemkiewicz ~ cover by Boris Vallejo ~ Polsh title Klątwa Zarsthora [The Curse of the Zarsthora]
  • (1994) Combined with "Gryphon in Glory" tanslated by A. D. Saveliev and Y. Saveliev ~ Published in Zelenograd, by Zelenogradskaya Books, 5-836-14024-0, HC, 382pg ~ "Zarsthor's Bane" translation by Dmitry Arseniev ~ cover by D. Avvakumov ~ Russian title Грифон торжествует [Gryphon in Glory]
  • (2001) Combined with "The Toads of Grimmerdale" translation by H. Mikhailov, "Lore of the Witch World", and "Were Wrath" translation by Dmitry Arseniev ~ Published in Moscow, by AST and St. Petersburg, by Terra Fantastica, 5-170-07078-0 and 5-792-10403-4, HC, 640pg ~ "Zarsthor's Bane" translation by Dmitry Arseniev ~ Russian title Преданья колдовского мира. Гнев оборотня. Сокровище Зарстора.

 

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