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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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[Coulson's Index] N/A - Published after 1996

See Also: [Martinez ~ Glossary] [Martinez ~ Races] [Schlobin ~ Survey]

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[Updated: 09/16/2019]

 

Edition Used for Analysis:
(1998) Published by Warner Aspect, PB, 0-446-60644-8, 978-0-446-60644-8, $6.50, 245pg ~ cover by Kevin Johnson

 

Synopsis:

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

 

Timeline Points:

  1. p1. Book One "Thrice-Horned to Death and Destruction".
  2. p3. Horning ordered in Karsten. (see: Witch World)
  3. p6. Ciara barely 9 years old.
  4. p13 Trovagh a year older than Ciara.
  5. p29. Yvian is short a bride (Loyse), Estcarp made a foray against the Kolder, Kolder are gone from Kars.
  6. p34. Betrothal of Ciara & Trovagh.
  7. p35. Later that year.
  8. p47. Death of Yvian. (see: Web of the Witch World)
  9. p54. Ciara 10 in less than a week.
  10. p60. A year past then another 18 months - Ciara 12 Trovagh 13.
  11. p62. Civil war reaches South.
  12. p67. Clan squabbling for four years.
  13. p70. Ciara is 13.
  14. p101. Ciara is 17.
  15. p102. Year of the Pronghorn - Ciara is 18.
  16. p107. Ciara and Trovagh wed.
  17. p110. Three years pass - a boy is born, four years later a daughter - Pagar begins his rise.
  18. p111. Next two years Pagar strengthens his keep, three years later crowned as Duke. Pagar is 33 when announces a campaign against Verlaine.
  19. p113. Attack on Kars by Estcarp/Sulcar - revolt by half-brother, three years pass.
  20. p114. Ciara's daughter is 16 - Pagar raids Estcarp over the next few years.
  21. p115. Ciara's daughter dies.
  22. p118. Another year.
  23. p120. Ciara and Trovagh's son has a son - three years pass, another son.
  24. p121. Pagar harrying Estcarp forces - mention of Facellian.
  25. p128. Alizon will be defeated.
  26. p135. The Turning. (see: Three Against the Witch World)
  27. p137. Book Two "If the Dream Is Worth the Price".
  28. p139. “Aisling was almost eleven.” (Ciara’s grandaughter)
  29. p140. “Kirion was now twenty, while Aisling had just celebrated her eleventh name day. Keelan at seventeen was kinder to his younger sister.”
  30. p164. “She [Aisling] celebrated her twelfth name day with Keelan assisting. His name day would come in early spring. He would be eighteen.” Snow.
  31. p167. Keelan turns 18.
  32. p175. “Two years after Keelan had deserted Iren [his mother's keep], Shandro became duke of Kars.”
  33. p208. Aisling is 17.
  34. p243. Aisling meets Neevor. (see: The Crystal Gryphon, Gryphon in Glory, Gryphon's Eyrie, The Jargoon Pard, set before The Warding of Witch World.)

 

Sorcerer's Notes:
There is a major problem with the timing in this novel - from all the other works the time between The Horning and The Turning is "close to 25 years" (see: Three Against the Witch World), which is insufficient time for a 9 year old to become a grandmother. In addition the Year of the Pronghorn is sometime BEFORE The Horning - (see: Silver May Tarnish) Also, why is Neevor in Escore and what is he doing welcoming strange girls who just came through a magic portal there by himself? The second half takes place between The Turning and The Gate of the Cat.

From the information in Ciara's Song, The Duke's Ballad and Silver May Tarnish I have come up with the following timeline. 1

Ciara's Age

Lorcan's Age

Years Since The Betrayal

Year

Event

1

 

1002

   

2

 

1003

   

3

 

1004

   

4

 

1005

   

5

 

1006

   

6

 

1007

   

7

 

1008

   

8

 

1009

   

9

 

1010

 

The Horning

10

 

1011

 

Yvian dead

11

 

1012

   

12

 

1013

   

13

 

1014

   

14

 

1015

   

15

 

1016

   

16

 

1017

   

17

 

1018

   

18

 

1019

Year of the Pronghorn

Ciara & Trovagh marry

19

 

1020

Year of the Winged Bull

 

20

 

1021

Year of the Yellow Dwarf

 

21

Lorcan

1022

Year of the Pard

A son (Kirin) is born

22

1

1023

Year of the Winged Bull

 

23

2

1024

Year of the Mandrake

 

24

3

1025

Year of the Spitting Toad

 

25

4

1026

Year of the Gorgon

A daughter is born

26

5

1027

Year of the Barrow-Wight

 

27

6

1028

Year of the Cameleopard

 

28

7

1029

Year of the Crowned Swan

 

29

8

1030

Year of the Raven

Pagar is crowned duke

30

9

1031

Year of the Night Hound

 

31

10

1032

Year of the Moss Wife

 

32

11

1033

Year of the Fire Troll

 

33

12

1034

Year of the Leopard

 

34

13

1035

   

35

14

1036

Year of the Gryphon

 

36

15

1037

   

37

16

1038

Year of the Fire Drake

 

38

17

1039

Year of the Hornet

 

39

18

1040

Year of the Unicorn

 

40

19

1041

 

Daughter is 16

41

20

1042

Year of the Fox Maiden

 

42

21

1043

   

43

22

1044

Year of the Red Boar

 

44

23

1045

Year of the Hippogriff

 

45

24

1046

 

Daughter died?

46

25

1047

   

47

26

1048

 

Kirin becomes a father to a son (Kirion)

48

27

1049

Year of the Kobold

 

49

28

1050

Year of the Snow Cat

 

50

29

1051

Year of the Horned Hunter

Another grandson (Keelan)

51

30

1052

Year of the Lamia

The Turning

52

 

1053

Year of the Sphinx

 

53

 

1054

Year of the Chimera

 

54

 

1055

Year of the Harpy

 

55

 

1056

Year of the Orc

 

56

 

1057

Year of the Weldworm

Aisling born

57

 

1058

Year of the Werewolf

 

58

 

1059

Year of the Horned Cat

 

59

 

1060

   

60

 

1061

Year of the Hydra

 

61

 

1062

Year of the Triton

 

62

 

1063

Year of the Centaur

 

63

 

1064

Year of the Opinacus

 

64

 

1065

Year of the Sumurgh

 

65

 

1066

   

66

 

1067

   

67

 

1068

 

Book Two of Ciara's Song begins, Kirion 20, Keelan 17 and Aisling 11

68

 

1069

   

69

 

1070

   

70

 

1071

 

Shandro becomes Duke of Karsten

71

 

1072

   

72

 

1073

   

73

 

1074

 

Aisling 17 and meets Neevor

74

 

1075

   

75

 

1076

   

76

 

1077

 

Aisling 20, start of The Duke's Ballad

77

 

1078

   

78

 

1079

 

Aisling 22

 


Footnotes:

1. See Also: Timeline Ciara's Song


The Sorcerer’s recommend that you read next: The Gate of the Cat


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