The Dukes Ballad

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  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • The Dukes Ballad
  • Andre Norton
  • English
  • 07 December 2018
  • 0765345528

About the Author: Andre Norton

Alice Mary Norton always had an affinity to the humanities She started writing in her teens, inspired by a charismatic high school teacher First contacts with the publishing world led her, as many other contemporary female writers targeting a male dominated market, to choose a literary pseudonym In 1934 she legally changed her name to Andre Alice She also used the names Andrew North and Allen Alice Mary Norton always had an affinity to the humanities She started writing in her teens, inspired by a charismatic high school teacher First contacts with the publishing world led her, as many other contemporary female writers targeting a male dominated market, to choose a literary pseudonym In 1934 she legally changed her name to Andre Alice She also used the names Andrew North and Allen Weston as pseudonyms.Andre Norton published her first novel in 1934, and was the first woman to receive the Gandalf Grand Master Award from the World Science Fiction Society in 1977, and won the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America SFWA association in 1983.Norton was twice nominated for the Hugo Award, in 1964 for the novel Witch World and in 1967 for the novelette Wizard s World She was nominated three times for the World Fantasy Award for lifetime achievement, winning the award in 1998 Norton won a number of other genre awards, and regularly had works appear in the Locus annual best of year polls.On February 20, 2005, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, which had earlier honored her with its Grand Master Award in 1983, announced the creation of the Andre Norton Award, to be given each year for an outstanding work of fantasy or science fiction for the young adult literature market, beginning in 2006 Often called the Grande Dame of Science Fiction and Fantasy by biographers such as J M Cornwell and organizations such as Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Publishers Weekly, and Time, Andre Norton wrote novels for over 70 years She had a profound influence on the entire genre, having over 300 published titles read by at least four generations of science fiction and fantasy readers and writers Notable authors who cite her influence include Greg Bear, Lois McMaster Bujold, C J Cherryh, Cecilia Dart Thornton, Tanya Huff, Mercedes Lackey, Charles de Lint, Joan D Vinge, David Weber, K D Wentworth, and Catherine Asaro


The Dukes Ballad Dueling MagicsBorn Into A Family With Magical Powers, Aisling Is A Young Witch Who Fights To Protect Her Homeland Of Kars Unfortunately, The Biggest Threat To Kars Is Her Older Brother, Kirion, Who Has Chosen To Use His Powers For Evil, And Years Ago Forced Aisling Into ExileSince Aisling S Departure, Kirion Has Tightened His Hold On Shastro, The Duke Of Kars Through Shastro, Kirion S Dark Influence Works To Subjugate The Entire RealmWith Her Younger Brother Keelan Helping Her, Aisling Returns, In Disguise, To Undermine Kirion S Power And Defeat The Evil Duke But As Aisling Gets Closer To Shastro, The Duke Takes A Liking To Her, And She Finds Herself Questioning Her Mission But When A Neighboring Clan Lays Siege To Kars, Aisling And Keelan Realize They Must Act, Lest Kirion Bring Even Death And Suffering To Kars Loyal Subjects Than He Has Already CausedUsing All The Magic, Persistence And Ingenuity She Can Summon, Aisling Must Somehow Find A Way To Avoid The Attention Of Her Dangerous Older Brother, Save The People From His Murderous Sorcery, And Return To Their Dukedom The Peace And Prosperity It Once KnewA Main Selection Of The Science Fiction Bookclub

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10 thoughts on “The Dukes Ballad

  1. MrsJoseph says:

    stars rounded up to 5 stars Note While I do not normally post all of my reviews here on GR , my ongoing quest to get an Andre Norton book in every hand continues Note This review has spoilers for Ciara s Song I suggest you read Ciara s Song before reading this review.It s no secret I m a huge Andre Norton fan I ve really enjoyed all of her works that I ve read but my biggest Andre Norton obsession is her Witch World series I have been readin stars rounded up to 5 stars Note While I do not normally post all of my reviews here on GR , my ongoing quest to get an Andre Norton book in every hand continues Note This review has spoilers for Ciara s Song I suggest you read Ciara s Song before reading this review.It s no secret I m a huge Andre Norton fan I ve really enjoyed all of her works that I ve read but my biggest Andre Norton obsession is her Witch World series I have been reading and collecting this series for decades The Duke s Ballad is set about five 5 years after the final events in Ciara s Song Ciara s Song ended with Aisling and her cat Wind Dancer fleeing from her blood magic sorcerer brother, Kirion Kirion wants to drain Aisling of her magic he feels this will allow him to achieve great power In order to escape, Aisling became an exile over mountain in Escore While in Escore Aisling makes friends and is taught how to use her power but her heart years for Karsten and her home, Aiskeep During the years of Aisling s absence, Kirion has consolidated his power greatly Kirion is now the only advisor to the Duke of Kars, Shastro He has wealth and power but he wantsKirion wants to become the greatest sorcerer the world has known and to do this he wants to drain the life and power from his hated sister, Aisling Kirion has been killing and draining people with the most minor of power in their blood for years but he s been unable to put his hands on someone with true power Like his sister Kirion has also been using his power to slowly encourage the Duke, Shastro, into believing that the witches of Estcarp were plotting against him This allows Kirion to kill evenpeople looking for witches and allows Kirion to make small forays into Estcarp looking for victims.But Estcarp is not alone Escore is full of people displaced from Karsten during the Three Times Horning If a war were to break out between Karsten and Estcarp, Escore would get involved crushing Karsten So the power places Aisling under a geas sister against brother for the soul of their land Aisling must destroy Kirion and Shastro before the pair cause a war that will destroy all that Aisling holds dear Aisling and Wind Dancer return to Karsten to put a stop to Kirion and Shastro They in joined in this quest by Aisling s brother Keelan and Hadrann, the son and heir of another trusted keep, Aranskeep.In order to stop Kirion and Shastro, Aisling is magically disguised so that she, Keelan and Hadrann are able to enter the Kars court The four conspirators infiltrate the court, learning that Kirion and Shastro are worse than previously expected Kirion has been magically coercing different women of the court into having unwanted sexual relationships with Duke Shastro Shastro has also been torturing people witches from Estcarp come to spy on him and he enjoys this The pair has also been causing the deaths of the leaders of other keeps across Karsten Shastro and Kirion think to weaken these keeps in order to continue to reign unchecked and to eventually take the keeps land and wealth A lot of these deaths are shrilly demanded by Shastro as his paranoia induced by Kirion makes him believe that all are after him and his power The Duke s Ballad is a simple and yet complicated book With the exception of Kirion, even the the bad guys garner some sympathy Kirion, of course, is the big bad who s only motivation is a lust for death, destruction and power The Duke s Ballad is not an action filled book and though things are urgent, the pacing is slow Although the outcome of the events in The Duke s Ballad technically place The Duke s Ballad into epic fantasy territory, I feel the pacing really disguises that epic ness Unlike most books in the Witch World series, The Duke s Ballad has a lotpolitical machinations instead of Norton s typicallyaction based plot lines I would categorize The Duke s Ballad asof a slice of life story Norton s careful writing makes the book feel very intimate and the pacing of the story de emphasizes the magnitude of the book s quest This combination allows for a very comforting but yet exciting read for me.I do recommend this book and all books written by Andre Norton

  2. Althea Ann says:

    I feel bad about giving this book one star, but I ve decided not to finish it That very rarely happens But it s been over a week, I m over half way through, and I keep picking up other books instead I don t find myself even minutely caring what happens to any of the characters I can barely picture who the characters are they re so bland and generic.What happened I used to love the Witch World series I loved Andre Norton in general In part, it s that 25 years have passed In a larger p I feel bad about giving this book one star, but I ve decided not to finish it That very rarely happens But it s been over a week, I m over half way through, and I keep picking up other books instead I don t find myself even minutely caring what happens to any of the characters I can barely picture who the characters are they re so bland and generic.What happened I used to love the Witch World series I loved Andre Norton in general In part, it s that 25 years have passed In a larger part, I believe, it s that this book isn t by Andre Norton at all.Slightly funny The day I started reading this book, the guy was looking over my shoulder It might have been the first page Silly child You won t be able to move until I release you from my spell The captive gasped defiantly, and Kirion snickered At some stage in the proceedings, the girl lost consciousness He said, Wow, that is SO badly written Who is that by I said, some lady from New Zealand He said, Are there sheep I said, No, this is a fantasy book The sheep showed up, I believe, on page 54 It was an off screen appearance, but still.Anyway, there s a girl, she s secretly a witch, and she must endeavour to stop her evil brother, with the help of her nice brother.I don t know if she succeeds or not, but it seems likely that she will

  3. E.M. Farmer says:

    Not as good a book as is expected from an Andre Norton.I could only give this a three star rating as it was badly written Ms Norton let other lesser authors put her name on books that she had little or nothing to do with the writing It IS in the Witch World universe but names and situations are changed from the first book of this duology The second author who apparently did the actual writing is not very good.

  4. Michael G. Holbrook says:

    No Idea What This Book IsBut I know it s not Witch World The author is obviously skilled but never evoked any sort of real connection to Andre Norton s excellent stories Disappointing.

  5. Randall Hunt says:

    Written solely by Lyn McConchie, this book has neither the style, nor the tone of Witch World books written by Andre Norton Prepare to be disappointed.

  6. Septentrion says:

    Some pagers felt like fillers A pity Otherwise, the story was agreeable to read and ties the lose ends from Ciara s Song.

  7. Charlie says:

    A good thrilling book Full of adventure, tretuchury and love Has a few mature sections but nothing too bad.Would recomend to most teens or adults.

  8. William Perry Harkrader says:

    not all Norton protagonist seems unsure theme varies

  9. Derek says:

    Ten volumes into my epic re read of the Witch World novels, I ve got to say I m pretty happy to be doing it I hadn t previously read all of the novels and I m still not sure I ll be able to lay my hands on every one of them I ve managed to track down 27 of, I think, 28 , but I must have read half of them over a period of some 40 years their publication actually spans almost 50 They re fairly simplistic good vs evil fantasies, and sometimes the foregone conclusion of good triumphing over

  10. Sarah says:

    Meh I m not familiar with this series, so I don t have any particular allegiance to this author or her world It had potential to be a good story, but felt like a short story that had been fleshed out with filler in order to fill the 300 pages required to release it as a novel.The main character was bland she has a geas upon her so she s forced to save the country by making sure her evil oldest brother and the current evil duke are dead She waffles early on in the book about having to kill Meh I m not familiar with this series, so I don t have any particular allegiance to this author or her world It had potential to be a good story, but felt like a short story that had been fleshed out with filler in order to fill the 300 pages required to release it as a novel.The main character was bland she has a geas upon her so she s forced to save the country by making sure her evil oldest brother and the current evil duke are dead She waffles early on in the book about having to kill two nameless thugs, sent by said brother, then is sick, yet understanding when someone else kills them for her The problem I have is that she never really waffles about killing her brother or the duke, instead goes on hunting parties, dances and chats with the duke, blah, blah, isn t half assed plotting fun She s suspicious about everyone at first, but once she s in disguise, she behaves as she normally would, tells a perfect stranger precisely who she is, way before it would be considered safe to do so, uses her magic without checking if it s safe first I could go on but won t bother.I didn t feel particularly attached to any of the characters, and thought the end was forced