This book is dedicated to a very good little witch named SYLVIA ANN THOMAS.
It was around the hub of the evening on the planet of Porlumma when Captain Pausert, commercial traveler from the Republic of Nikkeldepain, met the first of the witches of Karres.
"...and there you can stay without food or drink until the Holy Man comes in the morning!" he continued immediately, in the taut voice of a man who has gone through hysteria and is sane again. The captain realized he was addressing the Leewit.
"Your other Holy Man didn't stay very long!" the diminuitive creature piped, also ignoring the captain. Apparently she had not yet discovered Maleen behind him.
"This is a stronger denomination - much stronger!" the store owner replied, in a shaking voice but with a sort of relish. "He'll exorcise you all right, you little demon!"
"Well," the captain muttered, heading hurriedly across the outer room towards the passage, "here we go again!"
Captain Pausert, master of the old pirate-chaser Venture has finally found his niche. Unlucky in love and unsuccessful in business on his home planet, he seems to have a knack for selling job-lot cargoes around the fringes of the Empire. In fact, he's so far ahead of the game that he even finds time for the occasional heroic act. Like rescuing three poor child-slaves from their abusive masters. And then discovers he's broke again, wanted by the authorities and at odds with the most malevolent force in all of space. For Pausert hasn't rescued any ordinary put-upon juvenile slaves but three of the legendary witches of Karres complete with awesome psi powers...
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Captain Pausert, a freelance space trader, gets more than he had bargained for when he frees three slave children from their masters, only to discover that the seemingly harmless little girls are three of the notorious Witches of Karres.