Zarsthor's Bane

A novel by Andre Norton.

Publishing history

  • Paperback, Ace, 204pp., ISBN: 0-441-95491-X, 1978

Timeline Notes

  1. p1. Chapter 1
  2. p2. Brixia survived flight from invaders for some years.
  3. p6. 'Her [Brixia's] life for the past three years taught her the very slim edge which lay between life and death.'
  4. p8. Meeting of Brixia & Uta.
  5. p19. Chapter 2
  6. p27. Fall of Moorachdale.
  7. p37. Chapter 3
  8. p49. Dwed: "He [Lord Marbon] took a bad hurt at the Pass of Ungo—the same time as his foster brother [Lord Jartar] was slain." "When the fighting went against him [Lord Marbon] so grievously this past year, my lord came to think more and more of the Bane."
  9. p53. Chapter 4
  10. p62. 'It was to the Waste that the lords of the Dales had, in their extremity of the seasons just past, gone for help against the invaders. And from the Waste had come that help—the wereriders—whom all men knew were not men at all but a daunting combination of man and feral beast.' (see: Gryphon in Glory and Year of the Unicorn) 'She [Brixia] had in her drifting, her fleeing and hiding, during the past two years skirted the Waste many times.'
  11. p71. Chapter 5
  12. p89. Chapter 6
  13. p107. Chapter 7
  14. p123. Chapter 8
  15. p139. Chapter 9
  16. p155. Chapter 10
  17. p175. Chapter 11
  18. p191. Chapter 12


  • This story must take place either in the early autumn of the Year of the Hornet shortly after the Hounds of Alizon were driven from High Hallack and many Dalesmen formed outlaw bands or in the spring of the Year of the Unicorn (there is no mention of cold weather). That means Brixia fled the fall of Moorachdale in the unnamed year before the Year of the Gryphon or in the Year of the Gryphon. (See: Year of the Unicorn)
  • Lord Marbon took his head wound when Lord Jartar was slain. If they were fighting the last of the Hounds, it must have happened in the Year of the Hornet. Surrounding dialogue suggests this is the case. Since his head wound and mental condition seems fairly recent, I would place this story in the late summer/early autumn of the Year of the Hornet shortly after the Hounds are defeated. (See: The Toads of Grimmerdale)
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