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Zarsthor's bane by Andre NortonDescription: 'Zarsthor's Bane' is set in the Dales and the Waste beyond the Dales. The time frame is roughly the same as 'The Crystal Gryphon', but I'd rate this book a bit below 'The Crystal Gryphon' if only because the hero and heroine are not as likeable. Series:
Ace BooksReader Rating: 2
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Brixia, who was once the lady of a Hall in High Hallack now hunts and scavenges the deserted, post-invasion farmland of the Dales. Her only companion is the cat Uta. Brixia and Uta are drawn into Waste where Light and Dark Magic still exist, on a search for Zarsthor's Bane. Brixia discovers a place of Green Magic while under attack by one of the many loathsome packs of creatures that inhabit the Waste. Ultimately, she rescues her companions (a wounded lord and his squire), but not before Brixia survives a vintage Norton combat between the forces of Light and Dark. The banquet scene where Zarsthor confronts his Bane is especially eery, and tingling with Norton's special brand of magical description.