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The Wizard of Karres (The Witches of Karres #2)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,324 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
At last-the sequel to The Witches of Karres. Three top writers continue the bewitching adventures begun in one of science fiction's most beloved novels. First time in paperback.

It just wasn't fair! Captain Pausert had foiled the deadliest of space pirates and eliminated the threat of the Worm World, yet his troubles kept piling up. Sent on a secret mission to stop the nani
Paperback, 464 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Baen (first published 2004)
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Peter Plantec
Mar 29, 2010 rated it liked it
This is the second in the Witches of Karres series. It's not quite as good as the first. It was written by three top scifi authors and it definitely keeps the feel of the first book, not an easy thing to define or reproduce. It is about the further adventures of two of the witches and the captain. I can't say much without a spoiler alert, but they go through harrowing, life threatening adventures finding help in unexpected places and the girls and the captain bond ever more closely together as t ...more
D.L. Morrese
Jul 14, 2011 rated it liked it
This gets an extra star because it is a sequel James Schmitz’s 1966 classic The Witches of Karres and it is good to see the old characters come alive again. I enjoyed this sequel for the most part and would recommend it to anyone who really liked Witches but it falls short of the original. The plot (which I won’t give away as a spoiler) is a bit shaky and feels contrived. The main characters lack the charm they had and diverge from the personalities Schmitz built for them in subtle but perceptib ...more
Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
Genre: Science Fiction

I adore James Schmidt’s The Witches of Karres - enough so to pick this book up. I thought it was fun brain-candy. It felt (and really is) just professionally done fan-fic. I enjoyed re-visiting the universe. However, the characters don’t ring quite true to me: Hulik du Eldel and Sedmon of the Six Lives are almost unrecognizable as the same people, except for their positions. I think that’s caused by their being thrust willy-nilly into a romance. Captain Paussart and Goth ar
Elizabeth S
Mar 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: n-scifi-fantasy
The authors did a great job continuing the story from "The Witches of Karres." It doesn't feel exactly the same as the first book, but does feel close enough that I wasn't groaning at any points. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

One of the things that I liked was that the authors did not re-explain everything, just a few things. For example, we don't redo that The Leewit is The Leewit. For that reason, and since this book picks up at exactly the same moment The Witches leaves off, you may want to reread
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book started a little slow. But after the first few chapters I really got into it. It was a lot of fun and very imaginative. I loved the characters and the situations they got into.

The concept of a circus in space that goes from planet to planet was a lot of fun. It took me a while to figure out just what some things in the book were but I really, really loved it. I was actually very sad when it ended.
Oct 28, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
The Wizard of Karres is a delightful homage sequel to the 1966 classic The Witches of Karres by James Schmitz. Mercedes Lackey, Eric Flint and David Freer definitely capture the rollicking, zany tone of the original. Recommended for fans of Diana Wynne Jones.
Kenneth Flusche
Jun 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deffenitly glad I read Schmitz book first, also glad did not read in the sixties as waiting so long for the seaqual not good. Lackey did a good job just a little update in lanquedge verry easily both books could have been written by same person. Ready to read the third book.
Samuel Lubell
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf
The original Witches of Karres by James Schmitz is one of the classics of 1960s science fiction with a lot of charm and humor. Unfortunately that is not true of this 2004 sequel by *three* different authors. This reads like poorly done fanfic that takes the characters but doesn't know what made the original book so good. Yes, the plot of the original was over the top not to be taken seriously, but the one here is worse as Captain Pausert and the witches end up joining the circus. I found this bo ...more
Nov 27, 2017 rated it liked it
the captain and goth relationship was really offputting! she is a child!
Mar 02, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
From School Library Journal

Adult/High School–James H. Schmitz's The Witches of Karres, a far-future space opera combining screwball comedy with psi powers, has remained one of science fiction/fantasy's best-loved classics since its first publication in the 1960s. Decades of readers have been disappointed that Schmitz himself never revisited his richly imagined universe, but now there's a sequel that should satisfy all but the most nit-picking fans. Wizard seamlessly picks up the story where Wi

Storyline: 2/5
Characters: 2/5
Writing Style: 3/5
World: 2/5

38 years after the publication of James H. Schmitz's Hugo-nominated "The Witches of Karres" comes the continuation of the adventures of Captain Pausert, Goth, and the Leewit. This new chronicle picks up right where "Witches" left off and is stamped as work of nostalgia.

As an ode from Mercedes Lackey and company, the new volume manages to maintain consistency with the characters from the 1960s era original. It retains the lighthearted, thou
Aug 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
Quasi spoiler ahead...I doubt if anything profound will happen in the last 10 pages, so I'll write this now.
I thought the 1st book was ok. I think this is...meh. The whole premise of the adventure makes absolutely no sense. We have a plague, so we have to get across the universe to warn everyone, and either through miscommunication or foul play we end up stranded and forced to join...the circus!!!??? Seriously? We're indentured to the circus, the somehow managed to clear up the miscommunication
Vanessa Grant
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I read Mercedes Lackey's The Wizard of Karres a couple of years ago, mostly because the original The Witches of Karres by James H. Schmidt is one of my favorite Science Fiction tales.

Mercedes Lackey does a good job of remaining true to Schmidt's vision of the universe and characters Schmidt created, I'd I'd recommend this book to readers who like the space odyssey character-focused style of science fiction.

For me, The Wizard of Karres lacked the magic feel of the first book. This might have bee
Mar 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Many years ago I read a book by James Schmidt called The Witches of Karres. I really enjoyed it and was delighted to reread it when it was republished in about 2004/5. As you can imagine when I came across a sequel to it, written by three really good authors (all of whom I enjoy reading), I was delighted. Given that it was written by three people, none of whom had written the original, I was very pleased with the outcome. The characters of Pausert, Goth and The Leewit were consistent with their ...more
Alex Knipping
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book
Ach, misschien is vier sterren net iets teveel van het goede, maar ik heb het altijd jammer gevonden dat 'De heksen van Karres' van James Schmitz nooit een vervolg kreeg en alleen al daarom ben ik royaal met de sterren. En, eerlijk is eerlijk, de sfeer is goed getroffen, de karakters 'in line' met het eerste deel en hoewel het verhaal wat moeizaam op gang komt, raakt het op tijd in de goede stroomversnelling. 'De heksen van Karres' las ik als puber en ik was benieuwd of kapitein Pausert, Goth en ...more
Sep 13, 2008 rated it did not like it
Okay, I've never had much luck enjoying one of those "sequels" that's written by a different author (in this case, 3 other authors), so I won't get my hopes up too high for this one, but the original was just so darn much fun (excuse my language) that I was loathe to let go. And now, in desperation, but with a lowered bar, I'm sheewash-driving right into this followup.

I'll let ya'll know what I think.


Update: couldn't finish it. Bogged down about a third of the way into it and decided instea
Nov 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
I had read Witches of Karres and wasn't very impressed, but as I had Wizard of Karres I gave it a try and I must say it was better than witches however that's not saying a lot.

Overall I would say it was okay. I didn't think there was much substance to it. I found the story a bit blah. I thought it was worth reading if only to confirm I don't like this series of books.
E.T. Ellison
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Not as fresh as the original, but still cool. Not sure how the collaboration worked, but I'm glad they wrote the sequel (long after the author of the original passed on to spend the afterlife on Karres…wherever it is at the moment).
Steven Bass
Jul 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
A well done sequel to The Witches of Karres. They maintained the feel of the original book. Same strengths and weaknesses. A fun read, but not a book I'd recommend to my friends to rush out and read.
Marla Shin
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Perfect sequel to an old favorite, James Schmitz's Witches of Karres. I hope there will be more.
Jan 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The change of author did not change the feel of the book, nor my enjoyment of it.

Fun read!
Oct 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Terrific book. The three authors imitated the original perfectly, while carrying the overall plot further along and introducing new features.
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
This was a hoot and did James Schmitz proud.
Patty Sutton
not really into sci-fi but enjoyed this very much
Apr 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: misty
Couldn't get into it at first and was getting slowly disappointed but then the story drew me in and by the end I was pretty excited. Not Lackey's usual brand of fantasy but a fun read nevertheless.
Jan 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
Kept the style and plot twistings of the original. THANK YOU!
Jan 20, 2009 rated it liked it
Written by the other authors as a sequel to the Witches of Karres by James Schmitz which is a wonderful book. This isn't. Maybe if I hadn't read the other first...
Jan 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
The Witches of Karres by James Schmitz was amazing and as a different author it is hard to follow. This was a good attempt but not quite right.
Jan 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
Trite, predictable, and charmless. My recommendation: re-read James Schmitz's original The Witches of Karres instead.
Oct 22, 2008 rated it liked it
A long-delayed sequel, not by the original author, written by a three-headed writer. It's amazing, but it doesn't suck!
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Mercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972. During the late 70's she worked as an artist's model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts &am ...more
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