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La quête de la Sorcière Blanche (Birthgrave #3)

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  410 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
He called himself by the name of the father he had never known, Vazkor, king of a forgotten land. In his veins were mingled the blood of that regal warrior and that of his witch mother, the silver-masked, snowy-haired survivor of the hated Old Race. He had sworn that she would die at his hands in the name of his father and all that his world had become. Across that barbari ...more
Paperback, 377 pages
Published January 4th 1999 by J'ai lu (first published 1978)
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Aug 06, 2016 Thomas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, sequel, 2016
Hunting the White Witch starts off immediately after the events of Shadowfire, which makes me wonder if the two books were initially intended to be just one story. Together, they make up an epic tale of a warrior on a quest for identity and revenge, going from place to place and having adventures at each location on the quest. Also, the first book was told from the perspective of one character, while the last two books were told from a different character's perspective; the last two books feel l ...more
Andreas Manessinger
OK, Vazkor's quest is finished, Tanith Lee turned the late and surprising success of a single Fantasy novel into a trilogy. Or so it seems.

The last two books are very coherent, they slightly differ in style and, of course, they are written from the point of view of a man.

I won't tell anything about the conclusion, but I will say that I enjoyed this book. It's well worth a read for everybody who is sick of the sterile, stereotypical "Yount Adult" fantasy of today. By the way, I was 16 when I firs
Tuvek, now known as Vazkor continues his quest to find and destroy his mother. Through conquered cities, across the ocean and into strange magical lands, he discovers and shapes his powers, brooding on how he will end his mother's life and avenge his father.

To be honest, this book didn't hold my attention the way the previous two did. It still centered primarily around Vazkor and his journey, and while he did progress as a character, I was more interested in his mother. I found myself getting im
Lisa (Harmonybites)
This is the final book of a trilogy that started in Birthgrave, Lee's first novel. That one was a phantasmagorical journey of a woman without any memory of herself through a landscape with that pulp fiction feel of H Rider Haggard tales of lost civilizations, or perhaps even more akin, Jane Gaskell's Atlan Saga The middle book, Vazkor, Son of Vazkor, as signaled by it's title, is centered on a Conan-like character called Vazkor, son of the heroine of Birthgrave. He retraces her steps, like her t ...more
Jan 11, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a different strand of fantasy in that the sorcerer's powers have no limit, he is without restraint, and learns relatively quickly of the disillusionment that comes with such power but finds at every turn, with no little struggle and suffering, reason to live and find interest in life. Picking up where Vazkor, Son of Vazkor left off, Quest for the White Witch is an impressive tale, beautifully written, even when what is being described is in fact horrific. Vazkor finds himself lead to th ...more
F.F. White
Feb 23, 2013 F.F. White rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is one of Tanith Lee's better books, so I recommend it whole-heartedly. That said, here are the important details.

This story begins with a man who solves every problem he has with magic, and that initially turned me off, as nothing seemed to be a problem. As the story progresses, he seems to use it more and more, until there are things that pose a true challenge. And then, the painful regress and a new path toward enlightenment. To get to the more thoughtful bits, you'll have to go through
I don't know why I had to wait until Lee's passing and it's rerelease to read this trilogy. I've seen these books on the shelf for years. I guess for many of those year I said I did not like fantasy books, only sci-fi. Well I'm often a stupid ass. This trilogy has marvelous writing and enchanting characters, and it is dark and haunting and epic too. There are scenes here that will echo in my mind for the rest of my life. No one writes like Tanith Lee, and this trilogy proves that was the case fr ...more
Oct 28, 2015 Joe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, non-fiction
Some nice prose, but turgid plot, unlikable characters and ewww ending. In fairness, I didn't read the first two books in this trilogy, but I am really glad now.
Jun 02, 2015 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spec-fic
RIP, Ms Tanner. You left behind some wonderful stories. Another victim of a terrible disease. Wonderful words on your website to say goodbye "“Though we come and go, and pass into the shadows, where we leave behind us stories told — on paper, on the wings of butterflies, on the wind, on the hearts of others — there we are remembered, there we work magic and great change — passing on the fire like a torch — forever and forever. Till the sky falls, and all things are flawless and need no words at ...more
Oct 10, 2016 Ryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 22, 2015 Norman Howe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sequel to The Birthgrave and Vazkor"," Son of Vazkor
Dec 09, 2008 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Part of the Birthgrave trilogy. A good testosterone-filled journey. I suggest reading The Birthgrave first.
Very well written, as always. But, thank God, it's over! The end was definitely worth the read.
Kerr Cuhulain
Jan 11, 2011 Kerr Cuhulain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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One of my all time favorites. I've reread this countless times.
May 22, 2012 Peter rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I read this series once - a bit strange in places
Ken Baker
Meh. Couldn't finish it.
Sep 20, 2008 Meredith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a really neat book.
Nov 05, 2013 AndrewP rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Book 3 of trilogy
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Tanith Lee was a British writer of science fiction, horror, and fantasy. She was the author of 77 novels, 14 collections, and almost 300 short stories. She also wrote four radio plays broadcast by the BBC and two scripts for the UK, science fiction, cult television series "Blake's 7."
Before becoming a full time writer, Lee worked as a file clerk, an assistant librarian, a shop assistant, and a wai
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Birthgrave (3 books)
  • The Birthgrave (Birthgrave, #1)
  • Vazkor, Son of Vazkor (Birthgrave, #2)

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