Synopses & Reviews
Orphans of the Storm
Lorcan was the son of the noble house of Erondale, but when war came to the dales and his father was killed, he could only flee to safety and hope for a better day. Fostered by relatives until he was turned out by a vicious cousin jealous of his legacy, Lorcan joined with others to fight marauders bent on murder and looting. All the while, Lorcan hoped for peace and a place he could settle and begin anew.
Meive, a noble lass of Landale, was lucky to survive a brutal attack on her dale led by a malcontent who joined with marauders for his own revenge. Like Lorcan, Meive sought only a haven from the violence, a bit of land where she could keep the honeybees that were her blessing and her responsibility.
When these two dispossessed young people meet, neither knows what will come of it. But together they are determined to fight the marauders and reclaim the ravaged land. With a dedicated band of loyal companions and the help of Goddess-blessed warrior bees, they will fight to the last to stake their claim for freedom and a new life. But Lorcan's vengeful cousin, riding with a crew of bloody raiders, could shatter the dream of a peaceful land . . .
Praise for the Witch World
"A superb storyteller with a narrative pace all her own." --New York Times
"Andre Norton is a superb storyteller." --Chicago Tribune
"One of the most popular authors of our time." --Publishers Weekly
"The grande dame of Science Fiction."--Life Magazine
"A seamless page-turner." --Booklist on Silver May Tarnish
"This is one of the better SF series going, with Norton using stripped prose to put her stereotypes through their foredestined rounds. Neat, swift, and strongly detailed. Old fans will dance and howl for more." --Kirkus Reviews on Beast Master's Ark
Millions of copies of Witch World have been sold since Andre Norton first wrote about this magical and exciting world. Told with freshness against the rich Witch World background, this fast-paced adventure is a timeless story of the courage and resourcefulness of Lorcan, heir to Erendale, and Meive, a maiden of Landale. After the death and destruction of war takes a terrible toll on both their dales, Lorcan, leading a band of blank shields from other war-torn dales, makes a stand in Meive's dale, where they hope to create a safe place where those who have lost land or kin in the war can start new lives. Aided by the magic of a swarm of warrior bees and a cat with uncanny abilities, Lorcan, Meive, and their newfound clanfolk fight for freedom, for respect...and for their lives, in a world where all they know has been destroyed by enemies from afar and traitors within their midst.
A fast-paced Witch World adventure by the authors of The Duke's Ballad finds heir Lorcan making a stand in the dale of the maiden Meive, where they hope to create a safe haven for those who have lost land or kin during a devastating war. Reprint.
An exciting, magical new novel of Andre Norton's fabulous Witch World
About the Author
Honored with a Life Achievement World Fantasy Award, Andre Norton
was the author of more than one hundred original novels, as well as many fruitful collaborations. She also was honored as a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America. Widely acclaimed as one of the most popular science fiction and fantasy writers of all time, Miss Norton passed away in 2005.
A native of New Zealand, Lyn McConchie is the author of books ranging from science fiction and fantasy to contemporary fiction and non-fiction, for adults and for younger readers. Her collaborations with Andre Norton on the novels Beast Master's Ark (2002) and Beast Master's Circus (2004), were both awarded the Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel by a New Zealander. Their third Beast Master collaboration, Beast Master's Quest was recently published. She has also collaborated with Miss Norton on the Witch World novel The Duke's Ballad. She lives in Norsewood, New Zealand.