Storm Over Warlock

~ 1st Novel in the Warlock Series by Andre Norton

NOTE: This title has entered the “Public Domain” and is therefore open to any publisher that wants to print it. Many “Print on Demand” publishers have started to release this title. This site has chosen to ignore these published versions and only concentrate on estate sanctioned materials.


Synopsis ~

Write-up from the front flap of the 1960 HC dustjacket ~

Normally, Shann Lantee, most menial of the Terrans attached to the survey camp on the planet Warlock, and Ragnar Thorvald, an officer in the elite First-In Scouts, would never had been friends, or even speaking acquaintances. Now, as sole survivors of the invasion of the planet by bettlelike Throgs, their only hope for survival lay in staying together and, if possible, finding the unknown people whom, Ragnar believed, existed somewhere on the planet. So, relentlessly pursued by the Throgs and their vicious Hound and imperiled by mysterious "urges" relayed to them through an odd round amulet picked up by Ragnar, the two Terrans plunge into a weird, menacing half-world whose delicate female leaders govern by thought control.
Andre Norton, one of the best science-fiction writers at work today, is "a superb storyteller whose skill draws the reader completely into a fantastic other-world". (Chicago Tribune) This swiftly paced, wholly believable adventure in which an untried youth pits his intelligence and strength against invisible foes is a worthy successor to the author’s most recent book, Galactic Derelict.


Write-up from the back of the 1960s ACE paperback edition ~

Storm Over Warlock
“A satisfying and mature novel which readers will sieze upon if they want to enjoy a good adventure story.
“A survey base on a remote planet is wiped out by a raid of Earth’s enemies, the Throgs; the only survivor must face the perils of an unexplored planet while trying somehow to strike back at the enemy…
“As always Norton creates both human and alien beings well, and tells a story that you can’t stop reading.” – New York Herald Tribune


Write-up from the back of the 1970s ACE paperback edition ~

The Throg task force struck Terran survey camp without warning a few minutes after dawn, in a fully reconnoitered and deadly precise attack. Only a single cowering man, flattened on a ledge in the heights above, was witness to the eye searing lances of energy lashing back and forth across the base with methodical accuracy. And he knew that when the last of those yellow-red bolts fell, nothing would be left alive.
So Shann Lantee was the only Terran left, alone and weaponless, on the strange and hostile world of Warlock, prey to both the aliens of Warlock and the aliens from space.


Write-up from the front flap of the 1980 Gregg Press edition ~

Shann Lantee, a boy from the slums of the planet Tyr who has managed to get himself a place In the survey team that is planting a Terran post on the planet Warlock, and Ragnar Thorvald, a Terran officer of the elite First-in Scouts, are the sole survivors of an invasion of Warlock by the beetlelike Throgs, a hostile race of galactic imperialists. Relentlessly pursued by the Throgs, Shann and Thorvald, though unlikely companions, must strive together for survival, They struggle to evade the enemy and find the mysterious, menacing native race, which turns out to be governed by delicate females using thought control.
It is indeed a great achievement for Andre Norton to have made this tale, in which an untried youth's strength and intelligence are tested against invisible foes, altogether believable. This superb blend of science fiction and witchcraft draws the reader into the fascinating other-world so skillfully created by one of the best science fiction writers at work today.


Write-up from the back of the 1980s ACE paperback edition ~

The Throgs were predators, living on the loot they garnered by laying waste to defenseless worlds. The destruction of their native planet centuries before had left them a race of pirates with no home but their ships, no livelihood but thievery and violence.
When the Throg task force struck the Terran survey camp on Warlock, only Shann Lantee survived to find himself alone and weaponless on the strange and hostile planet – prey to both aliens of Warlock and the Aliens from space.
“A superb storyteller.” – The New York Times
“Outstanding among science fiction authors.” – The Washington Star
“An author who has tantalized and enthralled readers for years.” – The Saturday Review


Write-ups from fans ~

Another protagonist from a slum area --Shann Lantee from the "Dumps" on Tyr (an early version of The Dipple on Kowar.) He is a menial laborer assigned to a survey team on Warlock (another of Andre's 3-planet systems) to prepare for an incoming colony ship. He takes care of the mutated animals that serve the group.
One day, as a prank one of the other team members lets loose the pair of Wolverines and Shann has to go and catch them before the expedition leader knows that they are gone. Ironically, this mean-spirited trick saved his life as the camp is attacked by the Throgs (Andre's nastiest aliens so far) A savage race that resemble large ferocious Beetles. Their thought patterns are too alien to have any meeting of the minds with humans. They also need the same type planets as the Earth colonists do and a war has been going on for twenty-five years.
Alone, with no supplies and a pair of wolverines, he must play a deadly game of hide-and-seek with the Throgs.
After a while he is joined by an experienced scout who crash lands his ship. Together, they go on a quest to find aid from a rumored native race. After many harrowing adventures they are captured by the Wyverns, a matriarchal society of witches who are flummoxed by concept of males who can think for themselves. A jam-packed wild adventure. ~ PG


1960’s Storm Over Warlock begins as Shan Lantee, a low-ranking recruit from an abjectly deprived background, suddenly becomes the senior member of his exploration team on the planet Warlock. Unfortunately this does not come because his worth is suddenly recognized by his superiors. It comes because he’s the only human member of the team who is not in the Terran Survey camp when it and all of its inhabitants are burned to ashes by the hostile alien Throgs.
Shan isn’t alone, quite; he is accompanied by Tagi and Toggi, two mutated wolverines “bred for intelligence, for size, for adaptability…. ~ JN
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KIRKUS REVIEW ~ Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 1960
Fleeing from Throg invaders, Shann Lantree and Ragnar Thorwald enter the world of beautiful women. Immensely powerful as they are lovely, these witches control men by thought domination. Shann's victory over the beetle-like Throg and his civilized alliance with the women is told here with that sweep of imagination and brilliance of detail which render Andre Norton a primary talent among writers of science fiction. A boy's story, packed with adventure and fancy.


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

1960 Kirkus Reviews, April 01
1960 by P. Schuyler Miller in Astounding/Analog Science Fact & Fiction, September, reprinted in: (UK) Astounding Analog Science Fact -> Fiction, January 1961
1960 by Floyd C. Gale in Galaxy Science Fiction, October, reprinted in: (UK) Galaxy Magazine #82
1980 by Spider Robinson in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact, December
1981 by Roger Schlobin in Science Fiction Studies, July
2015 by James Nicoll, March, 27   Θ
2017 by Judith Tarr at, Nov. 06


Bibliography of English Editions ~

  • (1960) Published by World, HC, WP260, LCCN 60007204, $3.00, 251pg ~ cover by Ed Emshwiller {Yellow Cloth Boards}
  • (1961) Published by ACE, PB, # F-109, $0.40, 192pg ~ #F-329 1965 $0.40 192pg, #78741 1969 $0.60 192pg, covers by Edward Emshwiller ~ #78742 1973 $0.95 201pg, #78743 1976 $1.25 201pg, covers by Josh Kirby, #78744 1981 $1.95 201pg, #78745 1982 $2.25 201pg, #78746 1983 $2.50 201pg, #78747 1985 $2.50 201 pg, covers by Gino D'Archille
  • (1980) Published by Gregg Press, HC, 0-839-82635-4, LCCN 79024953, $9.95, 251pg ~ Gregg Press Science Fiction Series of Andre Norton ~ Dust Jacket by Fred Knecht Jr, Frontmatter by Barbara Anderson {Binding: 5.625 x 8.25 - Black Cloth Boards (Publisher states the color is Dark Green) & Spine with Silver Lettering, Blue End Papers}


Non-English Editions ~

  • (1962) Published in Munich, Germany; by Moewig, OCLC: 73741569, Terra SF 241, 64pg ~ German title Die Hexen von Warlock Teil 1
  • (1962) Published in Munich, Germany; by Moewig, OCLC: 73741570, Terra SF 242, 64pg ~ German title Die Hexen von Warlock Teil 2
  • (1974) Published in Frankfurt, Germany; by Ullstein, 35-480-3097-1, Ullstein-Bücher 3097, 125pg ~ translation by Walter Ernsting ~ German title Sturm über Warlock
  • (1985) Published in Rastatt, Germany; by Moewig, 38-118-3805-9, TB 5, 160pg ~ translation by Walter Ernsting ~ German title Die Hexen von Warlock
  • (1995) Combined with "Ordeal in Otherwhere" and "Forerunner Foray" translation by A. D. Saveliev and Y. Saveliev ~ Published in Moscow, by Sigma Press and Zelenograd, by Zelenogradskaya Books, 5-863-14043-7, HC, 544pg ~ "Storm Over Warlock" translation by M. Shamray ~ cover by D. Avvakumov ~ Russian title Испытание в Иноземье [Ordeal in Otherwhere]
  • (2004) Combined with "Ordeal in Otherwhere" and "Forerunner Foray" ~ Published in Moscow, by Eksmo, 5-699-01839-5, HC, 448pg ~ cover by David Mattingly ~ Russian title Буря над планетой Колдун [Storm Over Warlock]
  • (2014) Combined with “Ordeal in Otherwhere”, “Catseye”, “Judgment on Janus” & “Victory on Janus”, Published in Moscow by Eksmo, 9785699760862, HC, 800pgs ~ “Storm Over Warlock” translation by Sergeeva, “Ordeal in Otherwhere” & “Catseye” translation by D. Arseniev, “Judgment on Janus” & “Victory on Janus” translation by O. Kolesnikova ~ cover art by A. Dubovik ~ series: All Norton ~ Russian title Колдовской мир [Victory on Janus]


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