The Sorceress of Karres
by Eric Flint & Dave Freer
Cover Artist: Stephen Hickman
Review by Carolyn Frank
Baen Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781439133071
Date: 05 January 2010 List Price $24.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Goth, the middle sister of the three daughters of Threbus and Toll, is becoming The Sorceress of Karres. In the original Hugo-nominated (1967) the Witches of Karres by James Schmitz, Captain Pausert rescues Goth and her sisters from enslavement in the Empire world of Porlumma, they survive many adventures aboard his merchant spacecraft, the Venture 7333, and eventually meet back up with the witches' parents on their home planet of Karres. With her older sister now married, Goth and her little sister, the Leewit, are off again with Captain Pausert to investigate the Chaladoor, a mysterious and dangerous section of space. From official release/information:
Product Description: As Captain Pausert had often had occasion to observe, life just wasn't fair! Hadn't he (with the help of the notorious witches of Karres, of course) outmaneuvered the deadliest of space pirates and eliminated the threat of the Worm World (as told in The Witches of Karres), after which, at the least, he deserved some time off. No such luck, though, as the Empress herself sent him on a secret mission to stop the nanite plague, but an enemy had somehow convinced the Imperial Fleet that he was actually a wanted criminal, so after a battle leaving his ship in urgent need of repairs all three of them joined an interstellar traveling circus (don't ask!) in order to save the galaxy once again (as told in The Wizard of Karres).
Time for a vacation? Don't be ridiculous—there's a new urgent mission that has Captain Pausert's name on it! This new novel finds the long-suffering Captain and the two young Karres witches—Goth, who vows she will marry him when she grows up, and her younger sister The Leewit—being sent off to investigate mysterious and ominous events in the notorious Chaladoor region of space. Goth soon becomes aware that unknown but surely inimical forces are tracking them, and in order to foil them she takes a desperate route to travel back in time and meet Pausert as a young boy. Meanwhile, the Captain and the Leewit find themselves in the middle of their own desperate situation in the Chaladoor.
Whoever it was who said that a change was as good as a vacation never met any of the Witches of Karres—nor experienced their amazing talent for getting Captain Pausert into trouble.