Lore of the Witch World

~ A Collection of Short Stories by Andre Norton within the Witch World Saga



 Contains ~

  • 07~ Introduction (in) by C. J. Cherryh
  • 11~ Spider Silk (1976) (na) Flashing Swords! # 3, Edited by Lin Carter, Published by Dell, PB, 0-440-02579-0, $1.25, 272pg ~ cover by Don Malt
  • 49~ Sand Sister (1979) (na) Heroic Fantasy, Edited by Gerald W. Page & Hank Reinhardt, Published by DAW, PB, 0-879-97455-9, $1.95, 320pg ~ cover by Jad
  • 95~ Falcon Blood (1979) (ss) Amazons!, Edited by Jessica Amanda Salmonson, Published by DAW, PB, 0-879-97503-2, $2.25, 206pg ~ cover by Michael Whelan
  • 111~ Legacy from Sorn Fen (1973) (ss) Garan the Eternal, Published by Fantasy, HC, 0-686-02511-3, LCCN 73160575, $4.95, 199pg ~ cover by Morris Scott Dollens
  • 121~ Sword of Unbelief (1977) (nv) Swords Against Darkness # 2, Edited by Andrew J. Offutt, Published by Zebra, PB, 0-890-83293-5, $1.95, 284pg ~ cover by unknown
  • 150~ Toads of Grimmerdale, The (1973) (na) Flashing Swords! # 2, Edited by Lin Carter, Published by Nelson Doubleday/SFBC, HC, # 5859, $1.49, 200pg ~ cover by Frank Frazetta

Synopsis ~

Write-up from the back of the paperback edition ~

The Witch World…Far away in space and time, the Witch World has become the legendary home of all who dream and wonder of unknown worlds.
C.J. Cherryh, in the introduction to this latest Witch World book, writes:
“The Witch World is never explored: the smallest valley holds strange happenings and a past which reaches into things stranger still. The traveler finds the unexpected, the ancient, the bizarre at every turn. Nature is powerful here and those who open their hearts to it and to living things find themselves capable of marvels and involved in an old, old warfare. One meets old friends here, and hears of them; finds remnants of eldritch powers and visitants; finds – if one looks – ancient truths about courage and honesty and duty that involve the highborn and the ordinary, the young and the old, humans and the four-footed kind all in one fabric of magic and mystery.”
“Lore of the Witch World” brings in one volume all the novelettes and tales which have not previously been collected, including the never previously published novelette “Changeling”.


Various reviews ~ For more info and other listings see Articles Over the Years

1980 in Publishers Weekly, August 08
1980 by R. Green in Booklist, October 15
1980 by S. L. in Kliatt Young Adult Paperback Book Guide, October


Bibliography of English Editions ~

  • (1980) Published by DAW, PB, 0-879-97560-1, 978-0-879-97560-9, No.400 #UJ1560, $1.95 US $2.25 Canadian, 223pg ~ 3rd printing #94637-9 UE1634 1981 $2.25, 4th printing #97950-7 UE1750 1982 $2.50, 5th printing #77012-2 UE2012 1985 $2.95, 6th printing #77243-5 1987 $3.50 269pg, covers by Michael Whelan
  • (2012) Published by Premier Digital Publishing, eISBN 978-1-937957-43-8, DM, $3.99, 230pg ~ cover by Kib Prestridge
  • (2014) Published by Open Road Media, eISBN 978-1-497656-39-0, DM, $3.99, 223pg ~ cover by Kib Prestridge ~ re-released in 2017 with new cover-art by Ian Koviak


Non-English Editions ~

  • (1990) Combined with "Spell of the Witch World" Published in Bydgoszcz, Poland; 83-700-3776-3, 318pg ~ translation by Jarosław Kotarski ~ Polish title Świat magii czarownic [The world of magic witches]
  • (1994) Published in Poznań, Poland; by Zysk i S-ka, 83-862-1196-2, 222pg ~ translation by Jarosław Kotarski ~ Polish title Mądrość Świata Czarownic [The Wisdom Of The Witch World]
  • (1994) Combined with "The Gate of the Cat" ~ Published in Moscow, by Sigma Press, 5-863-14029-1, HC, 448pg ~ translation by Dmitry Arseniev, except “The Toads of Grimmerdale” translation by K. Queen (sort story in "Lore of the Witch World") ~ cover by D. Avvakumov ~ Russian title Кошачьи врата [Gate of the Cat]
  • (2001) Combined with "The Toads of Grimmerdale" translation by H. Mikhailov, "Were Wrath" and "Zarsthor's Bane" 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 ~ "Lore of the Witch World" translation by Dmitry Arseniev ~ Russian title Преданья колдовского мира. Гнев оборотня. Сокровище Зарстора.


See Also: Write-up in The Sorcerer's Conspectus ~ WW: Books - Lore of the Witch World 

View the 2001 Russian contract


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