Flight of Vengeance

~ 2nd book in the Witch World: The Turning Series by Andre Norton

Two Original Stories Edited by Andre Norton



Contains ~

  • The Chronicler: “Once I was Duratan…” ~ (Introduction by Andre Norton)
  • Exile by Mary H. Schaub
  • Falcon Hope by Pauline M. Griffin


Synopsis ~

Write-up from the front flap of the 1992 dustjacket ~

The Witch World is Grand Master Andre Norton's bestselling fantasy series. In STORMS OF VICTORY, she began the most ambitious undertaking of her long and storied career, bringing to life the turbulent and pivotal events of the Witch World’s greatest crisis. FLIGHT OF VENGEANCE is the book that Witch World fans have long awaited. Here, in two full-length novels, are the awesome power and terrible consequences of THE TURNING, told by the people whose lives were utterly changed by this cataclysmic event.
Exile is the story of two outcasts thrust together by a monumental feat of magic, worked by the combined force of all the witches of Escarp to move mountains, The witches stopped the invasion by Pagar of Karsten, but their effort cost the witches dearly, killing many and striking powerless man others. A great upheaval uprooted families, destroyed nations, and wreaked havoc on the face of the world, unleashing powers thou ht long dead and gone. Exile is, most of all, the tale of Nolar, a witch who couldn't find her power until all others lost theirs. Magically summoned to rescue another, she discovered an enemy who, in his mind, would become a friend.
Falcon Hope is the story of the Dalesfolk of Sea Keep and the falconers they hire to defend themselves. In crisis, the falcon band find themselves fighting with, instead of against, other Witch Worlders to defend one small part of their world against an otherworldly enemy.


Write-up from the back of the paperback edition ~

The only way the Witches of Estcarp could save their realm from the invaders was to combine their power in a vast Turning. So, they willed a massive earth-movement that toppled mountains. But victory was bitter. Rivers shifted; the shape of the land was changed; hordes of innocent people lost homes, families, heritage…and the Witches’ power were spent in the enormous effort.

Here is the saga of the heroic survivors who struggle to resurrect their world from its ruins: a young healer and a lost borderer find new hope and the means to thwart an ancient evil awakened by the cataclysm, while a Lady of the Dales and a Falconer lord fight a common otherworldly enemy.

Excitement and adventure fill the pages of this second volume in the culminating epic of Andre Norton's Witch World, one of the most beloved fantasy worlds of all time.


Reviews ~

Kirkus Reviews ~ Issue: Nov. 1st, 1992
A sequel to Storms of Victory (1991), which consisted of short novels by Norton and Griffin set in the aftermath of the Turning, a decisive battle in the history of Norton's Witch World. This time, we get a pair of novellas by Schaub: "Exile" tells of Nolar, a young woman who saves a shard of a powerful magical stone; "Falcon Hope" brings together a young healer named Pyra and Tarlach, Lord of the Falconers. Except for loaning out her setting to the younger writers, Norton plays a very minor role here, presumably having contributed only the very brief framing story told by Duratan the Chronicler, who is seeking out the true story of the Turning. Griffin's part is not clear; her name appears on the title page, but not on either of the two stories. Bland and formulaic stuff; it's hard to imagine these stories making many new fans for Norton, let alone for the junior writers. 


Booklist Review ~ Dec. 15, 1992

Both of the novellas in this volume, one set in Estcarp, one in High Hallack, take place shortly after the cataclysmic Turning of the Mountains. “Exile” is linked to Songsmith, while “Falcon’s Hope” is a sequel to one of the pieces in Storms of Victory, the first volume of Norton and collaborators’ Witch World: The Turning. Both collaborators, P. M. Griffin and Mary H. Schaub, have mastered Norton’s style (Schaub maybe a trifle better), and both handle with deftness a classic Norton plot: a man and a woman overcome obstacles to fight evil and find each other. Though this is not the place to begin exploration of Norton’s vast and magnificent Witch World, now in its fourth decade, it is highly recommended to the saga’s fans. — Roland Green


Review by Publishers Weekly ~ Nov. 30, 1992

Schaub is credited as author of the two long tales (comprising more than 370 of the 384 pages) that, framed by a short introduction and afterword, make up this sequel to Storms of Victory, co-written by Nebula Grandmaster Norton and Griffin. In "Exile,'' the inhabitants of Witch World continue to cope with the aftermath of the catastrophic Turning of the first book. Nolar, a young woman disfigured by a facial birthmark and cast out of her family, is tutored by a brilliant scholar and comes late to her psychic powers. She and Duratan, one of the Witches nearly destroyed during the earlier Turning, search for a healing power and uncover traces of an ancient evil about to be set loose again. The second offering, ``Falcon Hope,'' takes up the tale of Holdlady Una of Seakeep and the mercenary leader, Tarlach the Falconer, who seeks a new start for his people and their avian bond-mates, wandering homeless for many years and threatened with extinction. This addition to the new Witch World series surpasses its acclaimed predecessor; engaging protagonists, vivid writing and thoughtful development offer excellent entertainment.


Bibliography of English Editions ~

  • (1992) Published by TOR, HC, 0-312-85014-X, 978-0-312-85014-2, $21.95, 383pg ~ cover by Dennis A. Nolan, Maps by John M. Ford {Brown Paper Boards}
  • (1994) Published by TOR, PB, 0-812-50706-1, 978-0-812-50706-5, $4.99, 383pg ~ cover by Dennis A. Nolan, Maps by John M. Ford
  • (2014) Published by Open Road Media, DM, 978-1-497655-25-6, $3.99, 278pg ~ cover by Barbara Brown ~ re-released in 2017 with new cover-art by Ian Koviak


Non-English Editions ~

  • (1999) Flight of Vengeance: Exile ~ Published in Plzeň, Czech Republic; by Laser, PB, 80-7193-053-9, 192pg ~ cover by Steve Crisp ~ translation by Věroslava Ončáková ~ Czech title Svět čarodějnic 6: Exil [World of Witches 6: Exile]
  • (1999) Flight of Vengeance: Falcon Hope ~ Published in Plzeň, Czech Republic; by Laser, PB, 80-7193-056-3, 224pg ~ cover by Steve Crisp ~ translation by Věroslava Ončáková ~ Czech title Svět čarodějnic 7: Sokolníkova naděje [The World of Witches 7: Falconer's Hope]
  • (1994) Flight of Vengeance: Exile ~ Published in Warsaw, Poland; by Amber, 83-708-2704-7, 223pg ~ translation by Maciej Martyński ~ cover by Steve Crisp ~ Polish title Wygnanka [Exile]
  • (1995) Flight of Vengeance: Falcon Hope ~ Published in Warsaw, Poland; by Amber, 83-708-2795-0, 252pg ~ translation by Maciej Martyński ~ cover by Paul Young ~ Polish title Pakt Sokolników [Pact Falconers]


Russian Omnibus Editions ~

  • (1996) Published in Moscow, by Sigma Press and Zelenograd, by Zelenogradskaya Books, 5-859-49063-1, HC, 416pg ~ cover by Don Maitz ~ Russian title Колдовской мир - 3: Полёт мести [Witching World 3: Flight of Vengence]


    • "Exile" by Mary H. Schaub ~ translation by D. Arseniev, pp. 9-191
    • "Falcon Hope" by Pauline M. Griffin as "Nadezhda Sokola" ~ translation by D. Arseniev, pp. 192-414


  • (2000) Published in Moscow, by AST and St. Petersburg, by Terra Fantastica, 5-170-03408-3 and 5-792-10350-X, HC, 640pg ~ cover - left drawing by B. Vallejo, lower right by L. Royo and upper right by G. Ruddell ~ Russian title Порт погибших кораблей. Морская крепость. Изгнание. [Port of the dead ships. Sea fortress. Exile]


    • "Port of Dead Ships" as "Port of the dead ships" ~ translation by D. Arseniev, pp. 5-228
    • "Seakeep" by Pauline Griffin as "Sea Fortress" ~ translation by D. Arseniev, pp. 229-452
    • "Exile" by Mary Schaub ~ translation by D. Arseniev, pp. 453-635


  • (2001) Published in Moscow, by AST and St. Petersburg, by Terra Fantastica, 5-170-05634-6 and 5-792-10390-, HC, 640pg ~ Illustrations on the cover by D. Mattingly, G. Ruddell & B. Vallejo ~ Russian title Надежда Сокола. На крыльях магии. Соколиная магия. [Hope Falcon. On the wings of magic. Falconry magic]


    • "Falcon Hope" by Pauline Griffin as "Nadezhda Sokol" ~ translation by D. Arseniev, p. 5-212
    • "We, the Women" by Patricia Matthews as "On the wings of magic" ~ translation by D. Arseniev, p. 213-386
    • "Falcon Magic" by Sasha Miller as "Falconry magic" ~ translation by D. Arseniev, p. 387-633


Ukrainian Omnibus Editions ~

  • (2010) Published in Kyiv, Ukraine by Globe, (Fanzine) ~ 784pgs. ~ cover by Rodney Matthews ~ Ukrainian title Колдовской мир-5 [Sorcerer's World -5] ~ Limited to 10 copies and not released until 2019


    • "Exile" by Mary H. Schaub ~ translation by D. Arseniev, pp. 5-126
    • "Falcon Hope" by Pauline Griffin as "Nadezhda Sokola" ~ translation by D. Arseniev, pp. 127-273
    • "We, the Women" by Patricia Matthews as "We Women" ~ translation by D. Arseniev, pp. 275-395
    • "Falcon Magic" by Sasha Miller as "Falconry Magic" ~ translation by D. Arseniev, pp. 397-573
    • "No Night Without Stars" as "There is no night without stars" ~ translation by D. Arseniev, pp. 575-714

See Also: The Sorcerer's Conspectus entry for this title.

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