The Gates to Witch World (Witch World Chronicles) Paperback – 1 Sep 2003
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Simon Tregarth, an ex-WWII officer, relentlessly pursued by enemies who want him dead, finds an escape into another world where they cannot pursue - the Witch World. The first person he meets is Jaelithe, a witch of Estcarp, who is being pursued to the death. Estcarp is a nation of witches, a declining nation, hated by its neighbours north & south. Eastwards are only uncrossable mountains; westward, a vast ocean from which come the alien, inimical Kolder, a race of technologists. The first two books are the tale of Simon & Jaelithe and their fight to preserve Estcarp & defeat all three enemies. The third, set some years later, concerns their three children (yep, the inevitable eventually happens!) who do the unthinkable (which it literally is to the Witches) and head eastward across the impenetrable mountains.
As a product of the 60's, these are inevitably short, some 200 pages each in the original editions. If it's a somewhat grim setting, the world is well-thought out & believable, the story and the writing superb. All of the main characters are fully-fleshed out; no cardboard cut-outs; and there's plenty of action, to boot. Not bad for 200-odd pages, eh? I managed to get the second trilogy out of the library after I originally read the first, and seem to remember finding them not as good. But, 30+ years after first reading these three, I still wouldn't hesitate to recommend them.
If you want a good read then I recomend to you any of Ms Norton's books they never disapoint. Her genra is so comprehensive that I await any book she may write or has written.
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The second, Web of the Witch World, tells of Koris and Loyse, who both think they are less in worth than those around them, but who eventually prove themselves most eminently worthy.
And the last, Web of the Unicorn, depicts Gillan and Herrel, who again think themselves outsiders. wounded
somehow from birth, but after passing through many ordeals, find out who they truly are.
This is the first of two omnibuses bh one of most distinguished living SF and fantasy writers. (Booklist)
My concern with this electronic edition is that there seems to have been less attention to copyediting than usual. Whole paragraphs are misplaced at the beginnings and ends of chapters. If I didn't already know the stories well, it would be Very Confusing.
I hope this review will prompt some editing, and a revised (corrected) version!