~ A Short Story in the Witch World Saga by Andre Norton



Synopsis ~

It’s a time after the Turning and rebuilding is underway. Mereth a lady of Lormt, mute and lacking the Old Talent of Mind-Touch, discovers a frightening scene in a field. As the people of Lormt try to solve the mystery trouble breaks out among the villagers. Mereth rescues one of the villagers and brings her into Lormt. This leads to a battle with an evil from below, and Mereth gains a great gift.


Bibliography of English Editions ~

  • Masters of Fantasy (2004) Edited by Bill Fawcett and Brian Thomsen, Published by BAEN, HC, 0-743-48822-9, $25.00, 384pg (pgs. 29-46) ~ cover by Jeff Easley
  • Masters of Fantasy (2006) Edited by Bill Fawcett and Brian Thomsen, Published by BAEN, PB, 1-416-50927-5, $7.99, 563pg ~ cover by Jeff Easley

 Write-up from the back of the paperback edition of "Masters of Fantasy" ~

You are cordially invited to explore the many worlds of modern fantasy, with an array of the field's brightest stars as your guides. Masters of Fantasy presents a glittering roster of today's most popular fantasy writers, offering brand new adventures set in their most popular series, including:

David Weber, author of the NY Times best-selling Bahzell series... Mercedes Lackey, among the most popular of today's fantasy writers, author of the best-selling Valdemar novels... David Drake, author of the best-selling Lord of the Isles series... Andre Norton, whose Witch World novels have enthralled readers for four decades... Elizabeth Moon, whose Paksenarrion series are among the decade's most popular fantasy novels.

Also on board are such stars as Hugo and Nebula winner Michael ResnickNew York Times best-selling author Robert Asprin and hid popular "Myth" series collaborator Jody Lyn NyeMickey Zucker ReichertAlan Dean Foster, and more in a feast of fantasy adventure.


    1 • From Category to Genre in a Bookselling Sense or When Sales and Popularity Begin to Command Respect • essay by Brian M. Thomsen [as by Brian Thomsen]
    5 • Out of the Deep • [Valdemar] • novelette by Mercedes Lackey
    29 • Earthborne • [Witch World Universe] • short story by Andre Norton
    47 • Mything in Dreamland • [Myth Adventures] • novelette by Robert Asprin and Jody Lynn Nye
    69 • Race for the Sky • [The Bifrost Guardians] • novelette by Mickey Zucker Reichert
    95 • Shadamehr and the Old Wive's Tale • short story by Margaret Weis and Don Perrin
    115 • Serenade • [Spellsinger] • novelette by Alan Dean Foster
    145 • Child of Prophecy • [The Wars of Light and Shadow] • novelette by Janny Wurts
    169 • The Afterlife of St. Vidicon of Cathode • [Saint Vidicon] • novelette by Christopher Stasheff
    197 • The Elf House • [Lord of the Isles] • short story by David Drake
    211 • Gifts • [Paksenarrion Universe] • novelette by Elizabeth Moon
    233 • The Amorous Broom • [John Justin Mallory] • short story by Mike Resnick
    245 • Web of Deception • [Bahzell] • novel by David Weber



Non-English Editions ~

  • (2005) "Masters of Fantasy" Edited by Bill Fawcett and Brian Thomsen ~ Published in Warsaw, Poland; by ISA SP, 83-741-8070-6, PB, 448pg ~ translation by Ewa Pawelec ~ cover by Clyde Caldwell ~ Polish title Mistrzowie Fantasy [ Masters of Fantasy]
  • (2005) "Masters of Fantasy" Edited by Bill Fawcett and Brian Thomsen ~ Published in Moscow, by Eksmo and St. Petersburg, by Domino, 5-699-09859-5, HC, 528pg ~ cover by Richard Heskoks ~ Russian title Мастера фэнтези [Fantasy masters] ~ pgs. 39-62


Russian Omnibus Editions ~

  • (2021) Published in Moscow, by Azbuka-Atticus, HC, 978-538-91915-25; 608pg ~ cover by E. Salamashenko ~ Russian title Колдовской мир. Тайны Колдовского мира [The Witch's World. Secrets of the Witchcraft World] limited to 4000 copies


    • "The Jargoon Pard" as "Magic belt" ~ translation by G. Solovyova, pp. 5-166
    • "Zarsthor's Bane" as "The Curse of Zarstor" ~ translation by G. Solovyova, pp. 167-290
    • "Lore of the Witch World" as "Secrets of the Witchcraft World"
      • "Spider Silk" as "Spider silk" ~ translation by by G. Solovyova, pp. 293-334
      • "Sand Sister" as "Sand Sisters" ~ translation by by G. Solovyova, pp. 335-383
      • "Falcon Blood" as "Falcon Blood" ~ translation by by G. Solovyova, pp. 384-400
      • "Legacy from Sorn Fen" as "The Legacy of the Thorn Quagmires" ~ translation by G. Solovyova, pp. 401-411
      • "Sword of Unbelief" as "Sword of Disbelief" ~ translation by by G. Solovyova, pp. 412-442
      • "The Toads of Grimmerdale" as "Grimmerdale Toads" ~ translation by by G. Solovyova, pp. 443-497
      • "Changeling" ~ translation by by G. Solovyova, pp. 498-526
    • "Ully the Piper" as "Ully-piper" translation by by G. Solovyova, pp. 527-537
    • "One Spell Wizard" as "The Talentless Mage" ~ translation by G. Solovyova, pp. 538-551
    • "Were-Wrath" as "Werewolf's Wrath" ~ translation by G. Solovyova, pp. 552-584
    • "Earthborne" as "Daughter of the Earth" translation by G. Solovyova, pp. 585-605


Ukrainian Omnibus Editions ~

  • (2019) Published in Kyiv, Ukraine by Globe, (Fanzine), HC, 722pg. ~ cover by Rodney Matthews ~ Ukrainian title Колдовской мир-7 [Sorcerer's World -7] ~ Limited to 10 copies?


    • "The Warding of Witch World" as "Guardians of the Witching World" ~ pp. 7-482
    • "Earthborne" as "Daughter of the Earth" ~ pp. 483-502
    • "Four from the Witch World" as "Four stories about the Witching world" (collection)
      • "Stillborn Heritage" by Elizabeth Boyer ~ pp. 503-556
      • "Stormbirds" by Caroline Cherry as "Petrels" pp. 557-598
      • "Rampion" by Meredith Ann Pierce ~ pp. 599-658
      • "Falcon Law" by Judith Tarr as "Law of the Falcon" ~ pp. 659-718

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



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