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Web of the Witch World (1964)

by Andre Norton

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Web of the Witch World continues the story of Simon Tregarth, the modern man who escaped assassination by coming through a gate into the Witch World, and Jaelithe, a witch of Estcarp, as they fight the strange enemy who are invading their land. At the end of the previous novel, the Kolder, who are from a technologically advanced planet, had been defeated by the witchery of Jaelithe and her sisters (and it seems that Simon has some powers, too). Jaelithe gave Simon her name, thus showing her trust in (and love for) him, and Loyse and Koris declared love for each other.

But in Web of the Witch World the sappy stuff abruptly ends when Duke Yvian, formally betrothed to Loyse, kidnaps her because he needs to marry her to seal his claim to power in Karsten. This sets off another fast-paced science fantasy adventure in which everything is not as it seems, for once again our heroes discover that alien Kolder is influencing Estcarp’s enemies. Simon, Jaelithe, Loyse, and Koris must find and destroy the root of this evil while dealing with their own personal issues.

If you’ve read Witch World, you’ll definitely want to read Web of the Witch World since it is part two of the story — a direct continuation. Expect the same quick-moving plot filled with battles, captures, escapes, shapechanging, mind control, illusions, ships, and flying machines. Andre Norton created likable heroes and an interesting world, and the writing is pleasant, too. I listened to Brilliance Audio’s version read by Nick Podehl. He does a fine job — his narration isn’t particularly inspiring, but there’s nothing wrong with it either.

Where Witch World falls short of more excellent work is in the magic system, which is based mostly on telepathy and mind power. Thus, our heroes are able to do things by willing them strongly enough or by just “knowing” things, or sometimes through really good hunches. That works, I guess, but it’s not nearly as fun and exciting as the kind of stuff that, say, Brandon Sanderson dreams up. However, these novels were written in the 1960s — long before fantasy fans were demanding something “new.” Reading Andre Norton is valuable then, not just for a quick fun read, but also for an SFF history lesson. ( )
  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
Just as good as I remembered from the first time I read it in 1985. ( )
  marysneedle | Mar 29, 2013 |
A reasonably enjoyable book. There's some clunky grammar in here, and most of the characterisations are pretty thin, but it's not looking too shabby for a book that's nearly 50 years old! At any rate, it's been 20 years since I last read a Witch world book, so this served as a good reintroduction to that universe. ( )
1 vote salimbol | Dec 1, 2011 |
Hmm. Somewhat unsatisfying - too many coincidences, assumed deep plots (which, every one, flat-out failed for the plotters), pointless action just to move the story along and deal with Kolder permanently. The story ran on rails a bit too much. Useful in moving along the story of Witch World, but not much fun to read - not even Simon's deep musings on his relationship. I'll reread, but as a necessary step in reading WW, not for itself. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Sep 13, 2011 |
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Simon Tregarth, whose own earthly prowess had won him a throne and a witch-wife in an alien world knew that both triumphs were precarious as long as the super-science of Kolder held a foothold on their planet.

And his premonitions were right when those invaders from another dimension made their final diabolical strike for total conquest.
    QUEST FOR KOLDER

Somewhere the not-quite-human invaders from the place called Kolder were holed up, waiting for the chance to resume their conquest of a world. Somewhere they were storing up at the super-science of an adjoining world against the hour of their new assault.

Simon Tregarth knew he and his witch wife would know no peace until the last had been heard of Kolder. His task was twofold: track down its lair, then smash the gateway.

Yet the only way to start this counterattack would be by allowing himself - and perhaps his loved one - to fall into Kolder's monstrous hands.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0441878792, Mass Market Paperback)

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. The Kolder linger on, a constant threat to Simon and the witches he's sworn to protect. To save their world from this threat from another dimension, Simon and Jaelithe must venture to the heart of the poisonous Kolder realm and vanquish them for good, or witness the enslavement of their world.

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In the gray light before dawn, Jaelithe felt a summons that thrilled and alarmed her. When she left the sisterhood of the Wise Women to marry Simon Tregarth, she believed that she had laid aside her power as a sorceress. The summons clearly meant that she had kept her power; it also warned that evil was upon the land. She awakened Simon and together they answered the call, a cry for help from their old ally, Loyse of Verlaine.… (more)

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