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Tales of the Witch World 3

~ A Collection of Original Stories by Various Authors for the Witch World Saga

Edited by Andre Norton

NOTE: This title released in Poland in 1998 as 2 parts thus creating Tales of the Witch World 4

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Synopsis ~

Write-up from an old posting ~

Nineteen writers, 17 of them women, contribute their elaborations of events and people in those war- and magic-torn lands. Many of the tales, set in the Dales after the fall of Escarp and its witches, tell of young women who learn to cope with unusual powers. In "The Scent of Magic," Juanita Coulson writes of an orphan of the nomadic Vupsall who must accept her powers in order to save her people; another young woman evades recruitment by the witches and finds love in A. C. Crispin's "Heartspell." The only boy ever raised among Falconer women is the subject of "Falcon's Chick" by Patricia Shaw Mathews. In a charming debut, "Were-Flight," Lisa Woodworth tells of an orphaned shape-changer, brought up in an abbey, who fulfills her destiny to metamorphose into a cat.


Write-up from the front flap of the 1990 dustjacket ~

Set in the most famous fantasy world created by the "Grande Dame of science fiction” (Life Magazine), Andre Norton. The previous books in this series have been lauded as "a first rate contribution to one of fantasy’s most enduring settings" (Library Journal); "must reading” (Rave Reviews); and “a welcome exception to the tedium of shared world anthologies“ (Publishers Weekly]. Ms. Norton saved the best for last, a rich variety of tales of adventure, danger, magic and redemption told in the special way that has become the trademark of her bestselling Witch World books. Superb tales written by stellar fantasy talents, including Jayge Carr. Juanita Coulson, A.C. Crispin, Esther M. Friesner, Patricia A. McKillip, Marta Randall and Patricia C. Wrede.


Write-up from the back of the paperback edition ~

Never before had there been a volume of so many first-rate original stories set in the world of magic and adventure created by “the Grand Dame of Science Fiction” Andre Norton – Life Magazine
Featuring enthralling tales of daring and destiny penned by fantasy stars A.C. Crispin, Ester Friesner, Patricia A McKillip, Marta Randall, and Patrice C. Wrede, among others, this book, “a welcome exception to the tedium of shared world anthologies” will enchant the millions of readers who have made the Witch World the most popular creation of “one of the most popular writers of our time” Publishers Weekly.


KIRKUS REVIEW ~ Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 1990
A third collection of tales by various hands, 19 in all, set in Norton's best-known fantasy world. Norton's own part in this latest volume (beyond the admittedly key elements of background and inspiration) consists only of a three-page introduction. That leaves the rest squarely up to the talents of her contributors, who range in experience from such old hands as A.C. Crispin, Patricia A. McKillip, and Esther Friesner to writers with a bare handful of professional sales among them. Too many of them fail back on the tired YA formula of a young woman learning to wield her magical powers in the face of impending evil. The more entertaining stories are those that break the pattern: Jayge Carr's "Plumduff Potato-Eye," about a gentle giant beset by would-be giant slayers; Crispin's "Heartspell," in which the heroine gives up her chastity in hopes of avoiding initiation as a witch; or "A Question of Magic," Marta Randall's tale of a young woman who denies that magic exists. This one will appeal mainly to Norton completists and Witch World addicts; others can pass it by without feeling guilty.


Bibliography of English Editions ~

  • (1990) Published by TOR, HC, 0-312-85044-1, 978-0-312-85044-9, $18.95, 467pg ~ cover by Victoria Lisi {Brown Paper Boards}
  • (1991) Published by TOR, PB, 0-812-51336-3, 978-0-812-51336-3, $3.95, 467pg ~ cover by Victoria Lisi - Price in Canada C$4.95. Other prices: UK £3.50; New Zealand $11.95; Australia $8.99


Non-English Editions ~

  • (1998) Published in Warsaw, Poland; by Amber, 83-716-9705-8 ~ translated by Karolina Bober ~ cover by Steve Crisp ~ Polish title Opowieści ze Świata Czarownic 3
  • (1998) Published in Warsaw, Poland; by Amber, 83-716-9861-5, 222pg ~ translated by Karolina Bober ~ cover by Steve Crisp ~ Polish title Opowieści ze Świata Czarownic 4 ~ reprinted in 1999


See Also: Write-up in The Sorcerer's Conspectus ~ WW: Books - Tales of the Witch World 3