A Wall Street Journal bestseller in hardcover, this is #3 in the exhilarating series homage to James H. Schmitz’s legendary genre classic, Witches of Karres, by multiple New York Times best-seller and alternate history master, Eric Flint and Dave Freer. A planet-jumping space adventure combined with a rollicking time-travel romp featuring a straightlaced-but-lovable spaceship captain and two super-mental-powered teen girls.
#3 in the “Witches of Karres” homage series, this is a rollicking romp through the outer reaches of the galaxy.
If he’d known he was getting stuck with a pair of psi-wielding super-beings, even straightlaced do-gooder Captain Pausert might have thought twice about rescuing his two young “witch” charges from slavery on a dark planet. But what’s done is done – and with galactic peace once again threatened in the mysterious and pirate-ridden Chaladoor region, only a dangerous mission backward in time can save the present and – maybe – get stalwart-but-obtuse Pausert to see one of these young “witches” as more than just a friend.
About the “Witches of Karres” series:
“Fans of humorous science fiction will enjoy this outing.” –School Library Journal on The Wizard of Karres.
About Eric Flint:
“An SF author of particular note…one who can entertain and edify in equal, and major, measure.” – Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Dave Freer is an ichthyologist turned author living in a remote island off Tasmania, Australia with his wife and two children. He has co-authored with Eric Flint (Rats, Bats and Vats, The Rats, the Bats and the Ugly, Pyramid Scheme, and Pyramid Power) and, with Mercedes Lackey and Eric Flint (The Shadow of the Lion, This Rough Magic, The Wizard of Karres) as well as writing the solo novel, A Mankind Witch.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Having read the Witches of Karres I can say this book ALMOST gets it. There's something missing. The book felt slightly winded, dry in places, stale in others. There wasn't the life and whit that can be found in the first of this series. It was almost like the author was rushed. There was also a definite fear of the budding relationship between Pausert and Goth. The storyline appeared overly sanitized for your protection; like there was a Pedophillia Fairy floating around with a large wand ready to attack anything that even smacked of 'inappropriate'. If you are going to do it, do it. Don't go half way. Don't 'vaguely go where almost everyone has sort of headed in that direction before'. 'Do or do not' as Yoda would say. This also relates to the growing power that the Witches of Karres and Captain Pausert are gaining. They are going to be a force to be reckoned with. So . . . what's next? You've got a 500 lb gorilla in the room...now what? The book was worth the money spent but I sort of wish I had it in paperback, not hardcover.
When James Schmitz Ended "The Witches of Karres", the ending practically invited sequels. The two so far have done a good job of continuing the basic approach of the original. One of the most significant things in the stories of Schmitz is the ability of young women to manage what they need to manage, definitely a feature here. I have followed and will continue to follow the adventures of Pausert, Goth, the Leewit, and others with interest. Through the two sequels the characters have developed as one would hope for, especially with children. The one thing preventing the fifth star is the characteristic of all sequels: if you have not read the earlier books, you will be rather at sea. The best solution is to start from the beginning, with "The Witches of Karres. That one should have six stars at least.
I recommend the series. It is entertaining and very well written.