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Year of the Unicorn By Andre Norton,

  • Title: Year of the Unicorn
  • Author: Andre Norton
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 367
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • There is a prequel called Horn Crown, book show 11Taken from their families in the Year of the Unicorn, thirteen were the payment to settle the Great Bargain by which the Hounds of Alizon were finally beaten from High Halleck with the aid of the Were Riders.The Were Riders wore the bodies of men, but they were not human kind, and the price of thThere is a prequel called Horn Crown, book show 11Taken from their families in the Year of the Unicorn, thirteen were the payment to settle the Great Bargain by which the Hounds of Alizon were finally beaten from High Halleck with the aid of the Were Riders.The Were Riders wore the bodies of men, but they were not human kind, and the price of their alliance was thirteen beautiful maids of High Halleck to be taken as brides to the unknown.Gillian, one of the thirteen brides, was destined to see beyond the illusion and mist that cloaked the shapes of the nomadic Were Riders, and view the lost powers, the forgotten world, and the ancient challenge that threatened them all.
    Year of the Unicorn There is a prequel called Horn Crown book show Taken from their families in the Year of the Unicorn thirteen were the payment to settle the Great Bargain by which the Hounds of Alizon were finally

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    1. I read the first three Witch World books in omnibus form Gate to Witch World , and this was my favorite of the three It s of a straight fantasy than the other two Witch World and Web of the Witch World contained a strong Sci Fi angle this one did not There are no flying ships or laser guns in Year of the Unicorn Don t be fooled, though there are no unicorns, either I admit it it s also my favorite in part because of the theme of arranged marriage There s something about the psychology of a girl [...]

    2. Year of the Unicorn is a typical Norton set up An outsider is forced to make a journey where she discovers hidden abilities, overcomes threats to life and personal integrity, and ends up with the promise of a new life.Unicorn takes us from the Witch World s original setting in Estcarp Escore across the seas to High Hallack, inhabited by a fair haired race of humans who deeply mistrust witchcraft and studiously avoid the sites of magic scattered across their dales Our hero is Gillan, a young woma [...]

    3. ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.Year of the Unicorn, third in Andre Norton s Witch World saga, is a departure from the first two novels It s the story of Gillan, a girl with no family and an unknown heritage who has grown up in an abbey in High Hallack, far from the places we visited with Simon and Jaelithe in the first two Witch World novels Gillan feels stifled in the abbey and longs for something She also feels the stirrings of a strange power within her She finds a way to escape her [...]

    4. I was reminded of this book by a post on Smart Bitches Trashy Books A reader posted a guest squee and I immediately headed to to grab it to discover that it was available for a free read on Kindle Unlimited I own an original copy of this book I loved it the first time I read it, and I love it now Andre Norton was my gateway to SciFi The Beastmaster, The Sioux Spaceman and fantasy The Witch World I own all of Ms Norton s original Witch World books and a few of the later books, co written with oth [...]

    5. For a YA readership, this is an excellent story It s got the lot a heroine who has a what are my origins mystique about her, a hero who is likewise a misfit among his group of exiles, a romance between the two, one person split into two people who has to try and reunite the two halves, magic and sorcery, deeper magic, double sight For the average teenager who likes fantasy novels, this is way up there.But oh dear It is let down badly by its awful awful awful Victorian faux medieval pseudo Arthur [...]

    6. My favorite Andre Norton book so far I think I read it my senior year in college and I definitely loved it Great High Fantasy with a female character I actually liked most of the time female protagonists are either too silly or too brilliant in my opinion, but she is likable y normal in a fantasy way.

    7. Oh, dear This series is going downhill Gillan s journey meanders so badly it s a miracle that the book ever ended.Fortunately I ve been reading them in story internal chronology, rather than publication order, so I know that it s not just a matter of getting worse as time goes on there are later published books I enjoyed .

    8. With Andre Norton it is hard to decide which of her books is my favorite This happens to be in the top two, with The Mirror of Destiny a close second.I m a sucker for a fantasy, and I m a sucker for a true, if only mild, romance clean Put the two together and you have Year of the Unicorn.

    9. Didn t like this book much at all An endless quest, unclear motivations, questions about the land the Were Riders were from unanswered I thought it was boring and predictable.

    10. I m honestly not sure if I would ve read this one right now if not for it being in the Witch World omnibus I picked up While this story is set in Witch World, it doesn t really have any direct ties to the two books published before it tells me that this in fact marks the beginning of the second series of Witch World novels, and maybe I would ve liked it better when I got it it then Part of my issue is that Simon and Jaelithe are lacking, but than that, I just didn t find this to be a very inter [...]

    11. Who is Gillan This tale is the search to answer that question She is an orphan with an unknown origin who never feels like she belongs With a safe but limited future, she makes her escape from the abbey by being one of the twelve and one brides needed for a treaty with the Were Riders The uncertainty of leaving has appeal to her as a chance to better her situation She meets Herrel through the selection process the Were Riders use to pair off with the brides His origin is mixed, he is not a valu [...]

    12. I really like Andre Norton I started reading her in high school and never stopped I even remember the first book by her I ever read Time Traders I reread that recently and found it held up pretty well Today my favorites are stories of High Hallack They feature heroines who have agency, intelligence and courage This book is no exception Gillan opts for adventure over security and nearly loses her life when she trades places with a young women, one of twelve plus one promised to men who came to th [...]

    13. Andre Norton tried turning in another direction for stories to tell Now she travels to another continent on Witch World New charcters, new peris and only a passing connection to Estcarp This is the High Hallack stories Think the Yorkshire Derbyshire Dales and you will get the environment Have to say I find the High Hallack stories not as satisfying as the Estcarp Escore stories.It also laid the foundation for the bane of all series, endless sequels prequels, either with the author churning it ou [...]

    14. Always spellbindingFirst book by Andre Norton, I ever read, but not my last Been waiting for kindle versions for awhile Hopefully, I will be able to finally have the complete works Looking forward to reading all of them again and again.

    15. I m going back and reviewing the actual editions I have I m pretty sure this is the first edition at least the first Ace paperback edition The cover art and internal art are credited to Jack Gaughan, who illustrated other books by Norton.My copy is in very poor shape which is not uncommon in these older editions, which were often printed on very poor quality paper and were much used Year of The Unicorn, particularly, which was very popular, tends to be in poor shape in older editions Obviously I [...]

    16. That was tedious It is told first person and the bulk of the story is the heroine trying to puzzle out illusions and traveling through danger alone She only rarely interacts with other people, and doesn t really think about other people, so other characters are largely absent and ciphers when they do appear The story is a good one, I just had a hard time getting into it.

    17. I first bought and read this sometime before 2006 since, if that had occurred in 2006 or afterward, I d have a record in GR, and in my A Writer s Gotta Read stuff , but it couldn t have been too long before I remembered loving it, though having some problems with is, and that s the same way I feel this time I think it s safe to say I couldn t connect to the characters in The Memory Keeper s Daughter because they were flat characters, not because Blood Meridian made me a sociopath permanently.The [...]

    18. I think this is the first Witch World novel I read It may even be the first Andre Norton book that I ever read And even though it s the third Witch World novel, Witch World is like Discworld a bunch of stories that happen to have the same setting Within the setting there are sequences it s best to read in order, but Year is the beginning of such a sequence.It opens with Gillan trapped in the Abbey where many women had taken refuge after the Alizon attacks Except that she was found, prisoner, on [...]

    19. The first of the High Hallack book, published in 1965, this falls chronologically after or in the midst of the Gryphon trilogy some time line slip ups aside My copy has cheesy to the extreme cover art of the inexplicable I suppose meant for sales.As far as a walk down memory lane goes, I actually recalled rather little about the book, beyond the main premise And I admit that this walk brought up some logic questions that may not have occurred on the initial and youthful read re reads view spoile [...]

    20. By our modern standards, Andre Norton s work is only protofeminist The romance novel framing of this story proves this Gillian joins the group of 12 brides being taken by treaty to the Were Riders, in place of a young woman who though pledged by her relatives for their advantage would not have survived the strangeness.Gillian, it turns out, is not of the blood of the Dales, but of another at least she s not the lost heir of anything, in this book and she has skills of seeing past illusion and so [...]

    21. The Witchworld series is a classic in the genre, and yet I kind of feel that this isn t a book that would be written now It has a classic quality to it, like I m reading an arthurian legend or something similar, yet unfamiliar at once It s tale of sexual politics, in a world in which Witches have power only while they remain virginal, is surprisingly well done, even though it s age shows some what.This is a book I m not sure you d get now adays With a protagonist whose principal initial action i [...]

    22. The third of Andre Norton s Witch World novels going by the order in which they were written turns away from the science fiction elements of its predecessors and sits thoroughly in the fantasy genre It also is related to the first two books only peripherally, with a new setting and a new narrative.And that narrative is in a first person woman s voice The two previous novels, despite the witches in their titles, centered on the adventures of a typical male protagonist and the women, although they [...]

    23. Very good book This lives up to the best of Norton I had some slight reservations about the first two books in the Witch World Estcarp Cycle books This one, first in the Witch World High Hallack Cycle far surpass those and will rate in my list of all time best books The different series in the Witch World books was rather confusing to me To assist others, here are several sites with good information A suggested reading order andre norton books arcAlthough I m not sure I d agree with this Publica [...]

    24. For many years, I considered this book one of my favorites of Norton s works, but rereading it this time I was less impressed I think I liked it originally because it was the first of her Witch World books which was unequivocally straight medieval level culture fantasy, in contrast to the earlier ones which were a science fantasy blend of magic vs machines On the whole, I have always prefered straight fantasy This time through, I was struck by how much it resembled all the other woman oriented [...]

    25. It s always tricky to enumerate the Witch World books they weren t written in anything remotely like chronological order This one takes place shortly after the death of Past Abess Malwinna of Norstead Abbey, and includes That Which Runs The Ridges, which is dealt with thoroughly in Gryphon s Eyrie.The characters in this book appear in several other books most notably The Jargoon Pard The storylines are often a bit tangled due to a somewhat dreamlike aura of sorcery, and it s somewhat hard to fo [...]

    26. I first read this at 19 I loved it then, but at 55 it doesn t speak to me the same way.The story is a riff on the classic tale of beauty and the beast a young woman who doesn t quite fit in her own community has an opportunity to ride away with a strange group of shape shifting horsemen as the bride of one of them She must choose the cloak of the man she will marry Rather than the most beautiful cloak, she chooses one that is a little bit odd and ends up with a man who is a little bit odd.The lo [...]

    27. I read all of the Andre Norton books in my junior high school library around 1980, but reading Year of the Unicorn leads me to believe that it was not among them Otherwise, this entire book would not have been such a complete and pleasant surprise A straight fantasy novel with adventure and romance elements that link it in spirit to fairy and folk tales, this could be read as a stand alone perhaps even better than as a part of the Witch World series If I run across this in a used bookstore, I wi [...]

    28. 4 7 153 16 14Gillan wishes to leave her dull life as a collector of herbs and creator of herbal recipes However, when her wish comes true, she finds that sometimes the same routine can be good Girls have been selected as a bride to the were riders, as payment for their aid in war They are brought to the abbey where Gillan resides, but one, a pretty girl, does not truly belong, and Gillan decides to take her place As she moves away from the abbey with the man who will be her husband, she finds da [...]

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