Andre Norton, the celebrated author of Witch World and many other fantasy adventures, offers a new novel unique among her works, set in a realm not dissimilar to northern England in the sixteenth century.
Drucilla, Sabina, and Tamara, identical sisters born to Desmond, Earl of Skorpys, understand the price of being princesses in a realm bordered by fractious neighbors. For generations their land has been plagued by incursions, raiding parties, and more serious conflicts with Gurlyon, the land to their North. But when these three plucky young ladies are kidnapped as part of a plot to undermine their father's realm, they are taken to a mysterious realm where they experience terrors unlike anything they could imagine.
Their captors, fearing pursuit, thrust the princesses into a deep recess in a bizarre underworld called the Dismals. Once there, they must fend off hideous creatures, and a young man who claims to be lord of this dark, forbidding realm. Not sure whether he is friend or foe, they must depend on their wits, on each other, and on the mind-link that binds them together. Only thus can they escape the bizarre nether-realm they must roam in search of a way home.
Their travails test them in ways they cannot foresee, both physically and magically. Powerful forces work against them, but together they may yet escape, and help right the wrong that brought them to the strange realm in the first place.
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One of the best-loved and most famous science fiction and fantasy authors of all time, the late Andre Norton was named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America. She wrote over a hundred novels, which have sold millions of copies worldwide. Miss Norton lived in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and passed away in March 2005 at the age of ninety-three.From Booklist:
The late grand mistress of sf and fantasy delivers yet another adventure with engaging characters, an unusual setting, and a thoroughly worked-out plot. The three telepathic daughters of a border lord are abducted as a ploy in a longstanding feud, and are left to die in the underground Dismals, where they meet a young man and his felinoid companion. With his aid, they learn not only a long-held secret but also a way, if fortune favors, to defeat both new and old evils. This tale is told with all of Norton's charm and vigor, not to mention yet another set of strong women accompanied by cats or reasonable facsimiles thereof, showing once more why she has maintained her popularity for more than a half-century. Unlike some of her recent books in established series, it constitutes a good introduction to her strengths for those who haven't yet encountered them. Frieda Murray
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Book Description Tor Fantasy, 2007. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110765343851