The Witch World Series


Most of the Norton books I own belong to this series. I have a complete collection of titles in the series (though not all editions/printings; a long way to go there). 

*A word on editions: my definition of “edition” includes different printings; I am not trying to collect every single printing. Instead, I am collecting books with a different binding, size, or cover art. I also consider a book a different edition if it uses a significantly different typestyle for the title/author; for example, see the 1968, 1970, 1975 and 1978 US printings of Sorceress of the Witch World. All have the same cover art, but use significantly different logos/typestyles for the author name and title, or are different sizes (the 1968 printing is smaller). I am not collecting variant printings of books that look the same except for price, ISBN; for example, I am not trying to get its and 11th printings of Witch World, which use the same cover as the 10th printing which I already have.

The collection is organized by cycles and series (Estcarp Cycle, High Hallack Cycle, The Turning, Secrets of Witch World) followed by collections of Witch World short stories, and other books which contain at least one Witch World short story or novella.

Did You Know?

*Witch World was originally called Quatpe of Swords. That is according to Len Collins in an article entitled "The World of Andre Norton" in a 1964 Canadian fanzine called TTH. Thanks to Paul Goode over at the Andre Norton forum for this tidbit.

*Koris of Gorm was modeled on a historical person. An interview with Andre Norton by Willard Harrison was printed in 1974 in Huitloxopetl #9, a fanzine published by Meade and Penny Frierson. Harrison asked Norton if any of her characters were based on any person, living or historical, and Norton replied, "No. I have an idea in mind, but once I begin writing, the main characters take over on their own, often changing in the process. I once had a villain turn into a second hero. There is only one character I ever directly based on a historical one and that is Koris of The Witch World who is modeled on Bertrand du Guesclin, the abnormally ugly hero of French history." That is also from Paul Goode, who notes that du Guesclin lived from 1320 to 1380. 

**Note: pb = paperback; hc = hardcover

Copyright 2007-2021 by Mike Grimm; cover images are copyrighted by their respective owners, are used here for illustrative purposes only, and are scans of my copies.