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The Gates to Witch World (Witch World)

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The first three legendary Witch World novels from one of the most popular authors of our time-Publishers Weekly

Few authors have achieved such renown as World Fantasy Life Achievement honoree Andre Norton. With the love of readers and the praise of critics, Norton's books have sold millions of copies worldwide. Perhaps her best loved and most influential novels, the Witch W...more
Paperback, Omnibus, 464 pages
Published October 3rd 2003 by Orb Books (first published January 1st 2003)
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The Gates to Witch World combines the initial three books of the “Witch World” series: Witch World (1963), Web of the Witch World (1964), and Year of the Unicorn (1965).

Witch World is the story of Simon Tregarth, a WWII veteran on the lamb, accused of crimes he didn’t commit. A mysterious man offers him freedom...but in another world. Simon makes his way through a ‘gate’ and finds himself in Estcarp, a country embroiled in war, its neighbors bent on their destruction. Escarp is governed by witc...more
Having trouble getting into the stiffer, more formal language use. Sept 12

I've tried three times, I think I might have to give up on this one, it is just not appealing to me at all, and I can't seem to force myself far enough into it to get interested. Nov 1

"Arthur and the Round Table -that's a fairy tale for kids. You're talking as if-"
"As if it were true history? Ah, but who is to say what is history and what is not? Every word of the past which comes to us is colored and influenced by the lea...more
Omnibus of Witch World, Web of Witch World, Year of the Unicorn. I've enjoyed Norton's straight-up sci-fi for decades. Of Witch World, though, I had only read the Gryphon series, as they seem to spend a lot of time out of print and little available. The first two Tregarth books (Witch World, Web) are a nice cross of sci-fi and fantasy. The characters feel a bit flat, defined by their actions rather than actions flowing from their personality. Yet the writing has a subtlety, implying much unsaid...more
Of the three, the final book was the one that most grabbed my interest. The first two were an interesting introduction to the Witch World and the process of gating used in the novels, but the third one really pulled out the stops. The best part of the first book was the very beginning: following Simon Tregarth out of Earth and into Witch World and hearing the legacy of the gate that took him to the 'world that would best fit him.' The 'older' vs. 'technology' civilizations was also an interestin...more
This is a compilation of the first three novels in Norton's Witch World series.

It's been ages since I first read these, and I'd forgotten how great Norton's fantasy writing could be. It was like hanging out with an old friend you haven't seen for over 20 years or so. Just awesome.
If you can get past the constant misuse of the word "which" when she means "that" the story can be entertaining, although it never really gets terribly deep.

Actually the third story in the collection was really great. I wish it went on.
Where was Norton when I was younger? Why did it take until I was almost 30 to actually get my hands on her writing?

I stayed up late to finish. I didn't want it to end. What other compliment can I offer?
Pretty good fantasy novel. There are a whole mess of characters introduced, which can be distracting.
Mark Hensley
The third section was mind-blowing.
Nancy Laney
Witch World, Books 1-2 / High Hallack 1
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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"...more
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