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HORN CROWN [ww]
Science Fiction Book Club: 1981 hardcover. This follows the DAW paperback from the same year, and has "DAW" on spine - it is the first hardcover edition. Cover by Jack Woolhiser, 211 pages. Condition is Fine in a near-Fine dustjacket: book is very tight and square, no interior stamps marks or writing; age tanning is negligable. Unclipped DJ has only light wear at spine ends including a 1/4" tear at bottom - otherwise perfect.
Andre Norton's Horn Crown. This is part of her "Witch World" series, and tells of the settling of High Halleck by immigrants who passed through a Gate of Worlds.
When Elron's people pass through the Gate which gives passage between worlds, they trade the memories of their old land for a future in this strange new place, known only to the Sword Brothers who had come before and scouted it. Yet while on guard duty, Elron is drawn, as though by half-dormant remembrances, to an ancient, eerie shrine of the moon. After Elron's cousin Iynne confesses a similar attraction for the shrine, she vanishes. Later, banished by his clan - declared kinless, because he had kept Iynne's shrine-visits a secret - Elron meets Gathea, an apprentice sorceress, who claims the shrine's magic powers as her birthright. Determined to seize these powers, she joins Elron on a perilous journey through the strange land. Elron and Gathea are forced to learn and employ the Old Ones' magic. They learn that only the powers of the Old Ones - the ancient gods, goddesses, and the Horned Hunter himself - can fend off the magical sirens and other life-threatening powers of Evil. Finally, Elron alone must rescue Iynne from the forces of Dark - and, by restoring the balance between good and evil, determine the future of the land.
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