The Sorcerer's Conspectus:

A comprehensive view of Andre Norton's Witch World

by Lotsawatts

The Way Wind

A Novelette in the [Witch World Saga] by Andre Norton


See Also: [Martinez ~ Glossary] [Martinez ~ Races] [Schlobin ~ Survey] [Coulson's Index] N/A Not Included

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Edition Used for Analysis:
[Witches: Wicked, Wild & Wonderful] (2012) Edited by Paula Guran, Published by Prime Books, TP, 1-607-01294-8, $15.95, 384pg ~ cover by Blitznetsov ~~ Note: Witches is not a Witch World title.


The Village of I’Estal is visited by Meg the Herbwife whom some say is a witch and some say is just a young girl heading west along the Way. She has come with the Winds to sell her wares at the village market. Touching many of the villagers each in their own different way.

Timeline Points:

  1. Pp. 199-200. "The crumbling walled fortress… …stood at the end of the Way Pass. It was named l'Estal, which in a language older than legend, had a double meaning–First and Last. For it was the first dwelling of men at the end of Way Pass along which any traffic from the west must come. And it was also the end of a long coiling snake of a road stretching eastward and downward to Klem, which long ago it had been designed to guard."
  2. Pg. 200. "There was no returning, for a geas had been set on the coil road, and those of lowland blood coming upon it might only travel one way–never to return. There had been countless attempts, of course. But whatever mage had set that barrier had indeed been one of power, for the spell did not dwindle with the years as magic often did."
  3. Pg. 200. "The trickle of travellers from the west were mostly merchants, dealers in a small way, too poor to make the long journey by sea to the port of Klem itself."


Sorcerer's Note:
The editor's comment in Witches: Wicked, Wild & Wonderful says it's set in the Witch World. With mention of geas, wizards, a priest, the Maiden, Mother & Crone… from the sound of it, this may be set in Arvon since the port town of Klem is on the east coast. Also possible but much less likely is High Hallack and even Escore which also have east coasts. Or it may even be set in a region of the Witch World that hadn't been explored before.

The Sorcerer’s recommend that you read next: The Key of the Keplian

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