Andre Norton enthralled readers for decades with thrilling tales of people challenged to the limits of their endurance in epic battles of good against evil. None are more memorable than her Witch World novels.
Far from the besieged home of Simon and Jaelithe, in peaceful Norsdale, we meet Gillan, who longs to leave her dull life in a secluded country abbey. But when her wish comes true, she finds more than a little adventure. As she ventures out, not only is her life in danger, but also the power that lies within her, waiting to be discovered.
©1981 Andre Norton (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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The lords of High Hallack have pledged thirteen brides to the Were Riders of the Wastelands. Gillan, having grown up as a foundling child who survived a shipwreck, takes the place of a friend so that she can leave the Abbey of Norstead to seek her fate outside its confining, monotonous safety.
We find that Gillan is of the blood of Escarp and manifests the powers of its witches. This complicates matters for the Were Riders, especially for Herrel, her chosen mate.
This was the first of the Witchworld novels located in High Hallack and one of the most sophisticated in the series. While seeing through the mists of deceptions and magic woven against her, she makes decisions and choices that help her character become full and developed.
Kate Rudd does an admirable, but not spectacular, job in its narration.
"Reread As an Adult"
Loved this book as a kid! So happy to see it was an audio-book now!
I do have a problem with Andre Norton's rambling style as an adult. As a kid, I just zeroed in on the story.
I read the Witch World series years ago, and was thrilled to discover that some of its books were available on audible.com. It is like Harry Potter for adults, with a rich fantasy world of adventure and magic. I only wish that more of Andre Norton's awesome Witch World series were available on audiobook. There's about a dozen of them, if I remember right. Kate Rudd did a great job of narrating the Year of the Unicorn, which is written from a woman's point of view. If you love fantasy, adventure, and magic, this series is for you! Welcome to Witch World!!!
"Not my Favorite"
I enjoyed the first two books of the series and had high hopes for this one, only to find it somewhat dry and unengaging.
I'm not a fan of first-person narrative.
I found her voice a bit too high-pitched for the material and she could have payed closer attention to pronunciation.
I'd have suggested a different book, entirely.
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