Web of the Witch World

Web of the Witch World 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 tha

  • Title: Web of the Witch World
  • Author: Andre Norton
  • ISBN: 9780441878796
  • Page: 318
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 that planet.

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    About “Andre Norton

    • Andre Norton

      Alice Mary Norton always had an affinity to the humanities She started writing in her teens, inspired by a charismatic high school teacher First contacts with the publishing world led her, as many other contemporary female writers targeting a male dominated market, to choose a literary pseudonym In 1934 she legally changed her name to Andre Alice The androgynous Andre doesn t really say male to English speaking readers, even though it is a man s name in other languages i.e Norwegian She also used the names Andrew North and Allen Weston as pseudonyms.Andre Norton published her first novel in 1934, and was the first woman to receive the Gandalf Grand Master Award from the World Science Fiction Society in 1977, and won the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America SFWA association in 1983.Norton was twice nominated for the Hugo Award, in 1964 for the novel Witch World and in 1967 for the novelette Wizard s World She was nominated three times for the World Fantasy Award for lifetime achievement, winning the award in 1998 Norton won a number of other genre awards, and regularly had works appear in the Locus annual best of year polls.On February 20, 2005, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, which had earlier honored her with its Grand Master Award in 1983, announced the creation of the Andre Norton Award, to be given each year for an outstanding work of fantasy or science fiction for the young adult literature market, beginning in 2006 Often called the Grande Dame of Science Fiction and Fantasy by biographers such as J M Cornwell and organizations such as Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Publishers Weekly, and Time, Andre Norton wrote novels for over 70 years She had a profound influence on the entire genre, having over 300 published titles read by at least four generations of science fiction and fantasy readers and writers Notable authors who cite her influence include Greg Bear, Lois McMaster Bujold, C J Cherryh, Cecilia Dart Thornton, Tanya Huff, Mercedes Lackey, Charles de Lint, Joan D Vinge, David Weber, K D Wentworth, and Catherine Asaro.

    340 thoughts on “Web of the Witch World

    • This second volume in the Witch World series is a continuation of the story begun in book 1 It is set a year after the end of book 1 and the marriage of the man from our world, Simon Tregarth, and Jaelithe, formerly one of the witches of Estcarp Simon is now fully established as a citizen of his adopted home and has been made a marshal in the south of the country, in charge of a force guarding the border against aggression from their neighbour, Karsten.As the story opens, Jaelithe realises that [...]

    • This is not so much a sequel to Witch World as a continuation of that story, which ended on a somewhat anticlimactic and inconclusive note Web is not quite the equal of its predecessor but manages to be an entertaining adventure story.Science fiction comes to the front in this story than in WW, and the fantasy elements are somewhat of a veneer To me, that made it a bit less interesting it was the focus on those sword toting heroes and wily witches that made Witch World stand out from the crowd [...]

    • Read for the Women of Genre Fiction Challenge.I think I really like Andre Norton This is only the second book of hers that I ve read, the second of the classic Witch World series I really love what she s done here but I think you ve got to have read the pulp fantasy and sci fi classics in particular Edgar Rice Burroughs s Barsoom series in order to fully appreciate it She s spun a new take on classic pulp fiction In a way she was the George R R Martin of her time she was flipping the tropes But [...]

    • I finished this book with an odd sense of incompleteness For example, the motives of Aldis of Kars are almost completely undeveloped Norton was experimenting with multiple viewpoints in this book, but Aldis is represented internally only once, and thereafter her actions are only viewed by others It might ve been interesting to see what she thought of things As the only female Kolder agent apparently , why did she abandon the plans she sold out to the Kolder to further Why, then, did she turn aga [...]

    • This was fun but not quite as good as the first Witch World novel In a lot of ways, it felt like a retread that didn t add much new stuff Simon is once again sent on an adventure across the different nations around Estcarp on a mission against the Kolder He and Jaelithe have sort of split up because she seems to have regained her witch abilities, and Loyse is in danger again Koris, for better or worse, is nowhere to be found, but at least Loyse continues to be a fairly active heroine I liked the [...]

    • Questo secondo libro parte abbastanza fantasy per arrivare come storia di fantascienza Simon,la strega maga che nel frattempo pure diventata sua moglie,anche se non si sa bene come, e tutta la truppa del precedente libro,sono alle prese con portali che conducono in altri mondi,possessioni psichiche e rapimenti alieni con sommergibili Il mondo di Escarp ora sotto attacco da una razza aliena proveniente da non si sa dove che si scontrer con la magia delle streghe.Pi intrigante del primo,ma non mi [...]

    • ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.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 S [...]

    • A while back, a then friend who is a huge Andre Norton fan challenged me to read Witch World, in exchange for which she would watch Doctor Who To the best of my knowledge, the latter never happened, but I kept my part of the bargain Simon Tregarth and Jaelithe are together now, the Witch having surrendered her name, and her virginity, and therefore her powers to Simon I think a powerful story could have been told about just that they are at war, and Witches, never plentiful, are fewer in number [...]

    • Another ridiculous 80s cover though, as I have no idea what the smaller figure is representing Simon, I suppose but not in any way as portrayed in the book.The 2nd book follows on the heels of the 1st, although it starts with Simon and Jaelithe married, a done deal so nothing is shown of the decision to sacrifice her powers, confronting her sisters or any internal angst.Having established the characters and players in the 1st book, there is plot action relating to those dastardly Kolders, and w [...]

    • A quite good book As was Witch world first of this series , not quite as enigmatic nor dark as some of Norton s other books, but still quite good There were several places in this story where events weren t explained very well, and I wasn t quite sure what was happening Also, as in the first book, the ending was a bit anti climatic The story built up to a big battle, but there wasn t much to the ending battle Sitll, very enjoyable, though.The different series in the Witch World books was rather [...]

    • This is the third of the Witch world novels I have read, and the 2nd of the earliest series of said books Like much of classic fiction, it s inteeresting to read a book that formulates and utilizes cliches and tropes, especially when some of those tropes now evoke a very different cultural response I expected Witch world to be fantasy, and it was, and yet it reminded me far of say Michael Morcooks Runestaff books than it did of Tolkien Ancient alien forces utilizing some sort of technology batt [...]

    • Web was a bit of a surprise I liked Witch World , but didn t love it I struggled with the prose and simply the act of reading The version of the book I had was a first edition paperback with a font that looks like 6 point on yellowing paper so old, it s orange I could only read about twenty pages before getting tired It was nominated for a Hugo in 1964, but it didn t generate the excitement in me I thought it would Web on the other hand, had me totally enrapt I ate it up despite the similar pros [...]

    • A fine sequel to The Witch World 1 , though it doesn t have the remarkable pacing, extraordinary reversals and vast scope of the first book Norton ties up lots of loose ends and spends too much time adding new muscles to the Hero The antagonists remain quite terrible in this book, though somehow despite their pervasiveness and ever trumped power, the tension fails to hold Norton seems to have violated the key to maintaining horror an asymmetry of power and knowledge between the villains and the [...]

    • I ve rediscovered Andre Norton thanks to a book club member who included this one in an order The hero finds himself embroiled in an alien world war to which he has traveled In this new environment he has won a throne and a witch wife but finds it threated by highly scientific alien invaders from a place called the Kolder The story provides an enjoyable read as Simon Tregarth and his witch wife, Jaelithe, strive to save the world to which he has been transplanted The reader hears the story from [...]

    • As one might expect, this volume doesn t work as well as Witch World However, it is an enjoyable read and furthers the adventures of the characters we have already met in Norton s interesting universe For those interested, the entire series in reading order is Witch WorldWeb of,the Witch WorldYear of the UnicornThree Against the Witch WorldWarlock of the Witch WorldSorceress of the Witch WorldLater on Norton added Spell of the Witch World a collection of stories set in that universe.

    • 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.

    • In the second of the Witch World series, Jaelith and Simon are trying rescue Loyse and stop Kolder from full scale invasion A nice little sequel to the first book, this does a good job of digging a little into Jaelith s and Simon s relationship and exploring the origins of Kolder and its alien technology.

    • Strangely sloppy and unsatisfying, and reads as if it were written under extreme deadline pressure situations spin by without clarification, characters come and go for no reason, and parts of the prose are almost impossible to read with a straight face However, Andre Norton s baseline brilliance of invention is hard to beat.

    • I read this book simply because it was written by one of my favorite authors It turned out to be too much mysticism for me and not enough science fiction for which Norton is known Hence, I am not a suitable reader to judge this work No star rating would not be fair.

    • This story of Simon Tregarthe and Jaelithe confronting the final battle with Kolder is original plotting of the Witch World novels I think Andre wrote a lot of background books about the Witch World which had similar quest features, but this isn t one of them.

    • Fine follow on, and in particular did a great job of giving a previously minor character a stronger part The main internal conflict between Simon and Jaelithe is a mixed bag it s human, simple, and credible but on the other hand I reacted a bit with oh, just grow up.

    • Definitely worse than the first one, felt like Andre Norton was under pressure from readers or the publisher to continue what was already a finished story.

    • Love her booksI have her books in paperback now I m putting them here where I can make text larger so I can enjoy them again.

    • I have never liked this as much as the other books about the Witch World, and after reading others comments, I realized it is because it feels incomplete and out of place.

    • Old school fantasy sci fi Wrote my thesis about this book and other Andre Norton s No feminist protagonist, but strong female characters and even stronger feminist implications.

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