Wow, Andre hauled out all the old stories and characters from Estcarp, Escore, the Dales, High Hallack, and Arvon for this book. It's really like three individual shorter stories with a framework to hold them all together.

Am also going to have to go back and read the first two books of the Secrets of the WW. I know I real the one with the Alizonder, but it appears to me I may have missed The Key of the Keplian. Maybe. I'm not sure. Frankly, there are like thirty books in the series, including dozens of short stories, I am somewhat confused.

This one was all Andre Norton, without the other authors she often wrote with in her later years. It had the typical feeling of her WW books, lots of fights between the forces of Light and Dark with the tiniest soupcon of romance. I enjoyed it, but don't think it is my favorite of the series. That would probably be The Crystal Gryphon or the Horn Crown. I don't know, it depends on the day.

All I know is that I fell in love with this series when I was an 11 year old girl who was SUPER EXCITED to find books worth spending her babysitting money on. Books where strong, smart, powerful women and men had kick-ass adventures in defense of truth, goodness, and innocence. Fighting the Dark was a hard job, but luckily Simon, Jaelithe, Gillan, Herrel, Kyllan, Kemoc, Kaththea, and all the rest were up to the job.

Although more than 30-mumble years separate me from that 11 year old, I still LOVE Andre Norton's books, even the not-her-best ones. And that is a legacy worth leaving. Rest in peace, dear Ms. Norton, and thanks for all the books.