Spell of the Witch World (Witch World Series 2: High Hallack Cycle, #2)
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Spell of the Witch World (Witch World Series 2: High Hallack Cycle #2)

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Elys and Elyn, born in the same hour, were of the blood of Estcarp though they lived as strangers in the High Hallack among the Dalesmen. Their mother, Mistress of the Powers, had bound their fate together with her necromancy.
Unknown Binding, 159 pages
Published January 1st 1977 by Gregg Press (first published April 1972)
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Aug 14, 2013 Terence rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Norton fans
Shelves: sf-fantasy
The cover blurb of my copy of Spell of the Witch World is deceptive. After three paragraphs of effusive – but general – praise and comparison to Tolkien, the final one explains “[h]ere you will meet the twins, Elys, the witch-sister, and Elyn, the warrior-brother – and the pact that drew both into perils beyond the laws of our everyday stars.” Leaving aside the over-the-top rhetoric, the deception lies in the fact that Spell comprises three novellas – “Dragon Scale Silver” (where we meet the twi...more
I bought this book because it was part of the Witch World series, my favorite series by Norton. As I started to read it, I couldn't tell it had anything to do with the Witch World except in title only. Then, about a hundred pages in, I realize it's 3 short stories. Generally not a fan of the shorties.
With that being said, I still found myself enjoying this book, liking the characters and the story itself. Not nearly as entertaining as other Witch World books but still worth a read if you're a No...more
This is not the version I own... mine is paperback.

This series of short stories is a good way to gain some background on some of the characters in other, longer tales. For example, Elys, daughter of a witch, from the first story, emerges again as a side role in Gryphon in Glory.

D.L. Morrese
This is an anthology of three short stories, Dragon Scale Silver, Dream Smith, and Amber out of Quayth. I read many Andre Norton books years ago when I was in high school, so when I saw the free Kindle promotion for this one, I grabbed a copy.
These are typical sword and sorcery stories, and, quite honestly, they were just all right. I remember staying up late into the night reading Andre Norton books as a teenager, but the stories here did not tempt me to do that. I don’t think it’s the stories,...more
Consisting of three short stories: (1) The novella Dragon Scale Silver (introducing Elys and Jervon), (2) Dream Smith, and (3) Amber Out of Quayth.

More essentially motiveless violence. If the invaders from Alizon were after something in the Waste, why didn't they just ask the Dalesfolk for passage? The Dalesfolk might've issued warnings, but they probably wouldn't've tried to stop the strangers' passage. Come to that, once the Dalesfolk realized what the 'Hounds of Alizon' wanted, why didn't the...more
Cass 크리스티나
(As posted on my blog, Pneumatised!)

Spell of the Witch World is classic Andre Norton. If you're a fan of classic fantasy (that is, swords and sorcery), Andre Norton is highly recommended. Somehow Norton is able to engage the reader in even the simplest of stories. "Dragon Scale Silver" is about a sister who, after having a premonition of her brother heading into danger, decides to rescue him herself. "Dream Smith" is a cute tale about a deformed blacksmith who crafts a dream world for him and th...more
Derek (Guilty of thoughtcrime)
Definitely better than the first two books in the High Hallack sub-series.

Strong characters who triumph mostly through their own abilities: the last novella is a bit too fatalistic.
Truth be told I'd like to give it 3 and a half.

The book was fine, I really liked the way it was written, and the stories were very interesting.
The first story (as much as I liked it) I was not pleased with the ending, the second story I admit I did not quite get it, the last story I really enjoyed.
Not as good as the first few books in the series, I thought, but still enjoyable. In the later books, like this one, Andre Norton began exploring more unsual characters and settings in her Witch World saga. This is one such.
I read these books in high school, and enjoyed the sweet innocence of them all over again last week. I'll have to try to find some more of the series, they're long out of print now.
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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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