Flight of Vengeance

~ 2nd book in the Witch World: The Turning Series

Two Original Stories Edited by Andre Norton


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Flight of Vengeance

 

 

 

Contains ~

  • Exile by Mary H. Schaub
  • Falcon Hope by Pauline M. Griffin

 

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Synopsis ~

Write-up from the front flap of the 1992 dustjacket ~

The Witch World is Grand Master Andre Norton's bestselling fantasy series. In STORMS OF VICTORY, she began the most ambitious undertaking of her long and storied career, bringing to life the turbulent and pivotal events of the Witch World’s greatest crisis. FLIGHT OF VENGEANCE is the book that Witch World fans have long awaited. Here, in two full-length novels, are the awesome power and terrible consequences of THE TURNING, told by the people whose lives were utterly changed by this cataclysmic event.
Exile is the story of two outcasts thrust together by a monumental feat of magic, worked b the combined force of all the witches of Escarp to move mountains, The witches stopped the invasion by Pagar of Karsten, but their effort cost the witches dearly, killing many and striking powerless man others. A great upheaval uprooted families, destroyed nations, and wreaked havoc on the face of the world, unleashing powers thou ht long dead and gone. Exile is, most of all, the tale of Nolar, a witch who couldn't find her power until all others lost theirs. Magically summoned to rescue another, she discovered an enemy who, in his mind, would become a friend.
Falcon Hope is the story of the Dalesfolk of Sea Keep and the falconers they hire to defend themselves. In crisis, the falcon band find themselves fighting with, instead of against, other Witch Worlders to defend one small part of their world against an otherworldly enemy.

 

Write-up from the back of the paperback edition ~

The only way the Witches of Estcarp could save their realm from the invaders was to combine their power in a vast Turning. So they willed a massive earth-movement that toppled mountains. But victory was bitter. Rivers shifted; the shape of the land was changed; hordes of innocent people lost homes, families, heritage…and the Witches’ power were spent in the enormous effort.

Here is the saga of the heroic survivors who struggle to resurrect their world from its ruins: a young healer and a lost borderer find new hope and the means to thwart an ancient evil awakened by the cataclysm; while a Lady of the Dales and a Falconer lord fight a common otherworldly enemy.

Excitement and adventure fill the pages of this second volume in the culminating epic of Andre Norton's Witch World, one of the most beloved fantasy worlds of all time.

 

KIRKUS REVIEW ~ Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 1992
A sequel to Storms of Victory (1991), which consisted of short novels by Norton and Griffin set in the aftermath of the Turning, a decisive battle in the history of Norton's Witch World. This time, we get a pair of novellas by Schaub: "Exile" tells of Nolar, a young woman who saves a shard of a powerful magical stone; "Falcon Hope" brings together a young healer named Pyra and Tarlach, Lord of the Falconers. Except for loaning out her setting to the younger writers, Norton plays a very minor role here, presumably having contributed only the very brief framing story told by Duratan the Chronicler, who is seeking out the true story of the Turning. Griffin's part is not clear; her name appears on the title page, but not on either of the two stories. Bland and formulaic stuff; it's hard to imagine these stories making many new fans for Norton, let alone for the junior writers. 

 

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Bibliography of English Editions ~

  • (1992) Published by TOR, HC, 0-312-85014-X, 978-0-312-85014-2, $21.95, 383pg ~ cover by Dennis A. Nolan, Maps by John M. Ford {Brown Paper Boards}
  • (1994) Published by TOR, PB, 0-812-50706-1, 978-0-812-50706-5, $4.99, 383pg ~ cover by Dennis A. Nolan, Maps by John M. Ford
  • (2014) Published by Open Road Media, DM, 978-1-497655-25-6, $3.99, 278pg ~ cover by Barbara Brown ~ re-released in 2017 with new cover-art by Ian Koviak

 

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Non-English Editions ~

  • (1999) Flight of Vengeance: Exile Published in Plzeň, Czech Republic; by Laser, PB, 80-7193-053-9, 192pg  ~ cover by Steve Crisp ~ translation by Věroslava Ončáková ~ Czech title Svět čarodějnic 6: Exil
  • (1999) Flight of Vengeance: Falcon Hope ~ Published in Plzeň, Czech Republic; by Laser, PB, 80-7193-056-3, 224pg  ~ cover by Steve Crisp ~ translation by Věroslava Ončáková ~ Czech title Svět čarodějnic 7: Sokolníkova naděje
  • (1994) Flight of Vengeance: Exile ~ Published in Warsaw, Poland; by Amber, 83-708-2704-7, 223pg ~ translation by Maciej Martyński ~ cover by Steve Crisp ~ Polish title Wygnanka
  • (1995) Flight of Vengeance: Falcon Hope ~ Published in Warsaw, Poland; by Amber, 83-708-2795-0, 252pg ~ translation by Maciej Martyński ~ cover by Paul Young ~ Polish title Pakt Sokolników [Pact Falconers]
  • (1996) Contains "Exile" by Mary H. Schaub and "Falcon Hope" by Pauline M. Griffin ~ Published in Moscow, by Sigma Press and Zelenograd, by Zelenogradskaya Books, 5-859-49063-1, HC, 416pg ~ translation by Dmitry Arseniev ~ cover by Don Maitz ~ Russian title Колдовской мир - 3: Полёт мести [Witch World 3: Flight of Vengence]
  • (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.
  • (2001) Contains "Falcon Hope" by Pauline M. Griffin, "Falcon Magic" by Sasha Miller and "We the Women" by Patricia Matthews ~ Published in Moscow, by AST and St. Petersburg, by Terra Fantastica, 5-170-05634-6 and 5-792-10390-, HC, 640pg ~ translation by Dmitry Arseniev ~ cover by Boris Vallejo ~ Russian title Надежда Сокола. На крыльях магии. Соколиная магия.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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