The Duke's Ballad

The Duke's Ballad

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Baker & Taylor
Gifted young witch Aisling returns from exile in disguise to prevent her power-hungry brother, Kirion, from continuing his reign of cruelty and murder.

McMillan Palgrave
The Duke's Ballad is the tale of Aisling, a young witch from a family gifted with a magical power that she must protect from her brother, Kirion, who wields magic unlike the rest of the family's. He gains power only by a terrible means: by killing others who wield magic.

Years ago, Aisling fled her native Kars when Kirion, working for the Duke of Kars, tried to kill her. Since Aisling's departure, Kirion has tightened his insidious hold on Duke Shastro. The malevolent sorcerer's dark influence works through Shastro to cast a deadly pall over all of Kars. A fatal chain of events is triggered when Kirion pitches the people of Kars into a war with a neighboring clan.

Aisling recruits her younger brother Keelan and returns in disguise, determined to undermine Kirion's power and unseat his evil pawn from the throne. Accompanied also by a catlike telepathic beast, Aisling becomes part of Shastro's court. But even as she begins to learn the ways of court power, a brutally cold winter besieges the land, testing the endurance of the people of Kars, who have little cheer in that darkest season.

As Kars and its people contend with Kirion's depredations, the warring clan's raids, and the devastating winter, Aisling and Keelan must somehow, through guile, persistence and ingenuity, find a way to avoid the attention of their dangerous older brother, and save the people from his murderous sorcery. Only if they can survive Kirion's terrible power can they deliver the dukedom into the peace and prosperity it once knew.

Andre Norton's Witch World is the most enduring and beloved fantasy creation by this Grand Master of SF and Fantasy. The Duke's Ballad is the first new novel in the popular Witch World series in nearly ten years. In the land of Kars, a powerful young witch, Aisling, returns after several years honing her talent in a neighboring land. The duke, a man with evil goals, is in league with his powerful sorcerer, whom Aisling must thwart if she is to bring their evil reign to an end. Magic, action and intrigue combine for a rousing fantasy adventure.


Holtzbrinck
Andre Norton's Witch World is the most enduring and beloved fantasy creation by this Grand Master of SF and Fantasy. The Duke's Ballad is the first new novel in the popular Witch World series in nearly ten years. In the land of Kars, a powerful young witch, Aisling, returns after several years honing her talent in a neighboring land. The duke, a man with evil goals, is in league with his powerful sorcerer, whom Aisling must thwart if she is to bring their evil reign to an end. Magic, action and intrigue combine for a rousing fantasy adventure.


Blackwell North Amer
The Duke's Ballad is the tale of Aisling, a young witch from a family gifted with a magical power that she must protect from her brother Kirion. He wields magic unlike the rest of the family's and gains power only through terrible means: by killing others who wield magic.
Years ago, Aisling fled her native Kars when Kirion, working for Shastro, the Duke of Kars, tried to kill her. Since Aisling's departure, Kirion has tightened his insidious hold on Duke Shastro. The malevolent sorcerer's dark influence works through Shastro to cast a deadly pall over all of Kars. A fatal chain of events is triggered when Kirion pitches the people of Kars into a war with a neighboring clan.
Aisling recruits her younger brother, Keelan, and returns in disguise, determined to undermine Kirion's power and unseat his evil pawn from the throne. Accompanied by a catlike telepathic beast, Aisling becomes part of Shastro's court.
As Kars and its people contend with Kirion's depredations, the warring clan's raids, and the devastating winter, Aisling and Keelan must, through guile, persistence, and ingenuity, somehow find a way to avoid the attention of their dangerous older brother and save the people from his murderous sorcery. Only if they can survive Kirion's terrible power can they deliver the dukedom into the peace and prosperity it once knew.

Baker
& Taylor

In a first new Witch World tale in more than ten years, gifted young witch Aisling returns from exile in disguise to prevent her power-hungry brother, Kirion, from continuing his reign of cruelty and murder. By the co-authors of Beast Master's Ark and Key to the Keplian. 20,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Tor Books, 2005
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780765306364
0765306360
Branch Call Number: SF Norton, A 2005
Characteristics: 318 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: McConchie, Lyn 1946-

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Andre Norton was the pseudonym used by Alice Mary Norton.


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