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Marion Zimmer Bradley (1930–1999)

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About the Author

Marion Zimmer Bradley is a science-fiction and fantasy writer, novelist, and editor. She was born in Albany, New York on June 3, 1930. Bradley attended the New York State College for Teachers from 1946 to 1948. She earned a B.A. from Hardin Simmons University in 1964. Bradley did graduate work at näytä lisää the University of California at Berkeley from 1965 to 1967. Bradley sold her first story to Fantastic Amazing Stories as part of an amateur fiction contest. She sold her first professional story to Vortex Science Fiction in 1952. Her novels include The Sword of Aldones and The Planet Savers. Both novels were set on Darkover, the setting for more than 20 subsequent Bradley novels. Bradley also wrote The Mists of Avalon, a reworking of the King Arthur legend with more emphasis on the female characters. She used the same approach with The Firebrand, which was based on The Iliad. In addition to writing more than 85 books, Bradley was the editor of an annual anthology for DAW Books, as well as the editor of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine. Bradley died in 1999. (Bowker Author Biography) Marion Zimmer Bradley was the bestselling author of "The Mists of Avalon", "Lady of Avalon", "The Forest House", & "The Firebrand", as well as the popular Darkover series of science fiction novels. She died in 1999. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän


Tekijän teokset

Avalonin usvat (1982) 16,131 kappaletta
Avalonin metsät (1993) 3,677 kappaletta
Avalonin valtiatar (1997) 3,290 kappaletta
The Firebrand (1987) 2,641 kappaletta
Priestess of Avalon (2000) 2,416 kappaletta
Darkover Landfall (1972) — Tekijä — 1,635 kappaletta
Black Trillium (1990) 1,596 kappaletta
Hawkmistress! (1982) 1,395 kappaletta
Stormqueen! (1978) 1,315 kappaletta
The Forbidden Tower (1977) 1,203 kappaletta
The Heritage of Hastur (1975) 1,196 kappaletta
The Bloody Sun (1964) 1,190 kappaletta
The Shattered Chain (1976) — Tekijä — 1,173 kappaletta
City of Sorcery (1984) 1,135 kappaletta
Thendara House (1983) 1,134 kappaletta
Exile's Song (1996) 1,116 kappaletta
Sharra's Exile (1981) 1,083 kappaletta
The Spell Sword (1974) 1,079 kappaletta
Two to Conquer (1980) 1,066 kappaletta
Star of Danger (1965) 1,019 kappaletta
The Shadow Matrix (1997) 1,017 kappaletta
The World Wreckers (1971) 1,001 kappaletta
The Heirs of Hammerfell (1989) 933 kappaletta
Traitor's Sun (1999) 911 kappaletta
Rediscovery (1993) 907 kappaletta
Tiger Burning Bright (1995) 834 kappaletta
Winds of Darkover (1970) 817 kappaletta
Lythande (1986) 817 kappaletta
Blood Trillium (1992) 772 kappaletta
Aavevalo (1995) 771 kappaletta
The Fall of Neskaya (2002) 724 kappaletta
Sword and Sorceress I (1984) — Toimittaja — 687 kappaletta
Lady of the Trillium (1995) 656 kappaletta
Ravens of Avalon (2007) 643 kappaletta
The Keeper's Price (1980) — Toimittaja — 602 kappaletta
Noitavalo (1996) 593 kappaletta
Hunters of the Red Moon (1973) — Tekijä — 589 kappaletta
The House Between the Worlds (1980) 589 kappaletta
The Inheritor (1984) 581 kappaletta
Zandru's Forge (2003) 558 kappaletta
Sword of Chaos and other stories (1982) — Toimittaja; Avustaja — 536 kappaletta
Free Amazons of Darkover (1985) 516 kappaletta
Sword and Sorceress III (1986) — Toimittaja — 511 kappaletta
The Catch Trap (1979) 505 kappaletta
Gravelight (1997) 505 kappaletta
A Flame in Hali (2004) 495 kappaletta
Sword and Sorceress II (1985) — Toimittaja — 476 kappaletta
The Ruins of Isis (1978) 460 kappaletta
The Other Side of the Mirror (1987) — Toimittaja — 449 kappaletta
The Colors of Space (1963) 443 kappaletta
Warrior Woman (1985) 441 kappaletta
The Survivors (1979) 420 kappaletta
Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover (1993) 419 kappaletta
Glenraven (1996) — Tekijä — 416 kappaletta
Red Sun of Darkover (1987) — Toimittaja; Avustaja — 415 kappaletta
The Saga of the Renunciates (2002) 401 kappaletta
Sword and Sorceress IV (1987) — Toimittaja — 400 kappaletta
The Ages of Chaos (2002) 396 kappaletta
Four Moons of Darkover (1987) 388 kappaletta
The Alton Gift (2007) 378 kappaletta
The Sword of Aldones (1962) 376 kappaletta
The Door Through Space (1961) 366 kappaletta
Leroni of Darkover (1991) 363 kappaletta
Yön tytär (1985) 362 kappaletta
Heartlight (1998) 362 kappaletta
Witch Hill (1990) 360 kappaletta
Sword and Sorceress V (1988) 359 kappaletta
Sword and Sorceress X (1993) — Toimittaja — 356 kappaletta
Domains of Darkover (1990) — Toimittaja; Avustaja — 343 kappaletta
The Best of Marion Zimmer Bradley (1985) 340 kappaletta
The Planet Savers (1962) 339 kappaletta
The Forbidden Circle (2002) 335 kappaletta
Sword and Sorceress IX (1992) — Toimittaja — 322 kappaletta
Renunciates of Darkover (1991) 320 kappaletta
Snows of Darkover (1994) 317 kappaletta
Sword and Sorceress VII (1990) — Toimittaja — 315 kappaletta
Heritage and Exile (2002) 315 kappaletta
Sword and Sorceress XVI (1999) 311 kappaletta
Sword and Sorceress XI (1994) — Toimittaja — 308 kappaletta
Sword and Sorceress VIII (1991) — Toimittaja — 304 kappaletta
Sword and Sorceress XV (1998) — Toimittaja — 303 kappaletta
Sword and Sorceress XVII (2000) — Toimittaja — 302 kappaletta
Sword and Sorceress VI (1990) 302 kappaletta
Sword and Sorceress XII (1995) — Toimittaja — 301 kappaletta
Endless universe (1975) 282 kappaletta
Darkover: First Contact (2004) 282 kappaletta
Towers of Darkover (1993) — Toimittaja; Avustaja — 279 kappaletta
Sword and Sorceress XIV (1997) — Toimittaja — 277 kappaletta
Sword and Sorceress XIII (1996) — Toimittaja — 274 kappaletta
A World Divided (2003) 269 kappaletta
Survey Ship (1980) 267 kappaletta
Web of Darkness (1983) 260 kappaletta
In the Rift (1998) 259 kappaletta
Sword and Sorceress XVIII (2001) — Toimittaja — 255 kappaletta
Sword and Sorceress XIX (2002) — Toimittaja — 248 kappaletta
Hastur Lord (2011) 238 kappaletta
Web of Light (1983) 231 kappaletta
Falcons of Narabedla (1964) 230 kappaletta
Greyhaven (1983) — Toimittaja — 224 kappaletta
Avalonin usvat. 1. nide (1983) 221 kappaletta
The Gratitude of Kings (1997) 221 kappaletta
The brass dragon (1969) 220 kappaletta
Avalonin usvat. 2. nide (1983) 206 kappaletta
Sword and Sorceress XX (2003) — Toimittaja — 198 kappaletta
Dark Satanic (1972) 180 kappaletta
Children of Hastur (1975) 175 kappaletta
To Save A World (2004) 164 kappaletta
Seven from the Stars (1962) 163 kappaletta
Oath of the Renunciates (1983) 160 kappaletta
The Best of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine Vol. 1 (1994) — Toimittaja — 150 kappaletta
The Best of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine Vol. 2 (1995) — Toimittaja — 136 kappaletta
The Children of Kings (2013) 134 kappaletta
Spells of Wonder (1989) — Toimittaja — 118 kappaletta
Endless Voyage (1975) 109 kappaletta
The Planet Savers / The Waterfall (1976) 101 kappaletta
The Winds of Darkover / The Anything Tree (1970) — Tekijä — 89 kappaletta
Thunderlord (2017) 79 kappaletta
The Complete Lythande (2013) 55 kappaletta
Drums of Darkness (1976) 36 kappaletta
Year of the Big Thaw (1954) 35 kappaletta
Souvenir of Monique (1967) 33 kappaletta
Luchsmond. (1987) 29 kappaletta
I cento regni di Darkover (1994) 24 kappaletta
Les Âges du Chaos (1994) 24 kappaletta
Die Avalon-Kassette: 4 Bde. (2003) 24 kappaletta
L'Empire débarque (1994) 22 kappaletta
Castle Terror (1965) — Tekijä — 21 kappaletta
Bluebeard's Daughter (1968) 18 kappaletta
The jewel of Arwen (1973) 18 kappaletta
AS BRUMAS DE AVALON . 17 kappaletta
L'alba di Darkover (1992) 16 kappaletta
Le cycle des legendes (1994) 15 kappaletta
L'Alliance (2000) 15 kappaletta
Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Worlds (1992) — Toimittaja — 13 kappaletta
The Stars Are Waiting (1958) 13 kappaletta
I signori di Darkover (1993) — Toimittaja — 12 kappaletta
The Laran Gambit (Darkover) (2022) 10 kappaletta
Men, halflings & hero worship (1973) 10 kappaletta
The Wind People (1959) 10 kappaletta
Mythische Welten (1991) 10 kappaletta
The Climbing Wave [short story] (1955) 9 kappaletta
Lesson of the Inn (Darkover) (1992) 9 kappaletta
To Keep the Oath (Darkover) (1979) 8 kappaletta
Bride Price (Darkover) (2009) 8 kappaletta
Voorbij Avalon (2000) 8 kappaletta
Jordrysterens hævn (1991) 7 kappaletta
Hilary's Wedding (Darkover) (1993) 6 kappaletta
The Darkover Saga (1977) 6 kappaletta
The Starlit Jewel Songbook (2001) 6 kappaletta
Elbow Room (1980) 6 kappaletta
House Rules (Darkover) (1998) 5 kappaletta
The parting of Arwen (1974) 5 kappaletta
L'âge de Régis Hastur, Tome 3 (2007) 5 kappaletta
L'âge de Régis Hastur, Tome 2 (2007) 5 kappaletta
Hilary's Homecoming (Darkover) (1993) 5 kappaletta
Hasturs Erbe : Roman 5 kappaletta
Man of Impulse [novelette] (1998) 4 kappaletta
Bonds of Sisterhood (Darkover) (2009) 4 kappaletta
The Word of a Hastur (Darkover) (1994) 4 kappaletta
Den ¤sorte Trillium Bind 2 (1991) 4 kappaletta
Death Between the Stars (1956) 4 kappaletta
I am a lesbian (1962) 3 kappaletta
2000 3 kappaletta
Den ¤sorte Trillium Bind 1 (1993) 3 kappaletta
O Desterroa de Sharra 3 kappaletta
Measureless to Man (1962) 3 kappaletta
2002 3 kappaletta
2001 3 kappaletta
AS BRUMAS DE AVALON III (2022) 3 kappaletta
A Dozen of Everything 3 kappaletta
The Hawkmaster's Son (Darkover) (2009) 3 kappaletta
Exiles Of Tomorrow (1955) 3 kappaletta
The Day of the Butterflies (1976) 3 kappaletta
Hero's Moon (1976) 3 kappaletta
DER FREMDE ZAUBERER (2001) 3 kappaletta
Crime Therapist 3 kappaletta
Bird of Prey (1957) 3 kappaletta
Knives (Darkover) (1985) 3 kappaletta
Blood Will Tell [short story] (1980) 3 kappaletta
A Sword of Chaos [novelette] (1992) 3 kappaletta
Guide to Avalon (1999) 3 kappaletta
Centaurus Changeling (1954) 3 kappaletta
Els Colors de l'espai (1989) 2 kappaletta
Mgly Avalonu (2018) 2 kappaletta
The Engine [short story] (1977) 2 kappaletta
The Wild One [short story] (1960) 2 kappaletta
O Incêndio de Tróia 2 kappaletta
Die Amazonen von Darkover (1978) — Tekijä — 2 kappaletta
Im Reich der Fantasy (1996) 2 kappaletta
La puerta del espacio 2 kappaletta
Star of Danger - F350 2 kappaletta
Il ciclo di Avalon (1998) 2 kappaletta
The Waterfall [short story] (1976) 2 kappaletta
Darkover-Zyklus. Komplett. (2002) 2 kappaletta
Tambores na noite 2 kappaletta
La Dama de Avalón 2 kappaletta
Moonfire (2011) 2 kappaletta
O Legado de Hastur 2 kappaletta
Conquering Hero 2 kappaletta
The Darkover Cookbook 2 kappaletta
O Lobo de Hilghard 2 kappaletta
The Heart of the Hill 2 kappaletta
DirectX a Fondo - Con 1 CD ROM (1901) 2 kappaletta
The Strange Women 2 kappaletta
O Incêndio de Troia 2 kappaletta
Os corvos de Avalon 2 kappaletta
Avalonin usvat 2 1 kappale
Can Ellen Be Saved? (1974) 1 kappale
Avalonin usvat 1 1 kappale
Phoenix 1 kappale
Keyhole 1 kappale
Rediscovery 1 kappale
Rozbitkowie na Darkoverze (1996) 1 kappale
A Luz Espiritual 1 kappale
Bloody sun 1 kappale
Sea Wrack [novelette] (1985) 1 kappale
The Maenads 1 kappale
Mgły Avalonu 1 kappale
Oathbreaker (Darkover) (2009) 1 kappale
Espace vital 1 kappale
The Pledged Word 1 kappale
La matrice ombra 1 kappale
Magic Flute 1 kappale
Black And White 1 kappale
1995 1 kappale
1984 1 kappale
1998 1 kappale
1990 1 kappale
1997 1 kappale
Cœur de lumière (2002) 1 kappale
Raubvogel der Sterne (1959) 1 kappale
Den hellige ø 1 kappale
Erde - Der verbotene Planet (1960) 1 kappale
Sci-Fi Shorts, Volume 1 (2011) 1 kappale
Another rib 1 kappale
Shavrra's Exile 1 kappale
1996 1 kappale

Associated Works

Varkaiden maailma (1987) — Avustaja; Avustaja — 1,519 kappaletta
Ancestors of Avalon (2004) — Autor, eräät painokset1,293 kappaletta
Synnyinhauta (1975) — Johdanto, eräät painokset698 kappaletta
Women of Wonder (1975) — Avustaja — 329 kappaletta
Harper's Encyclopedia of Mystical & Paranormal Experience (1991) — Esipuhe — 253 kappaletta
100 Great Fantasy Short, Short Stories (1984) — Avustaja — 245 kappaletta
Grails: Quests of the Dawn (1992) — Avustaja — 233 kappaletta
Space Opera (1996) — Avustaja — 230 kappaletta
The 1981 Annual World's Best SF (1981) — Avustaja — 213 kappaletta
The Way of the Wizard (2010) — Avustaja — 200 kappaletta
Children of the Atom (1953) — Jälkisanat, eräät painokset193 kappaletta
A Century of Science Fiction (1962) — Avustaja — 190 kappaletta
Year's Best Fantasy 2 (2002) — Avustaja — 167 kappaletta
The Mammoth Book of Sorcerers' Tales (2004) — Avustaja — 157 kappaletta
Moonsinger's Friends: In Honor of Andre Norton (1985) — Avustaja — 142 kappaletta
Treasures of Fantasy (1997) — Avustaja — 141 kappaletta
A Magic-Lover's Treasury of the Fantastic (1998) — Avustaja — 131 kappaletta
Spell Singers (1988) — Avustaja — 131 kappaletta
Excalibur (1995) — Avustaja — 123 kappaletta
The Mists of Avalon [2001 film] (2001) — Original book — 99 kappaletta
The Mammoth Book of Merlin (2009) — Avustaja — 97 kappaletta
Visions of Fantasy: Tales from the Masters (1989) — Avustaja — 97 kappaletta
The Prentice Hall Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy (2000) — Avustaja — 90 kappaletta
The DAW science fiction reader (1976) — Avustaja — 89 kappaletta
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories (1980) — Avustaja — 85 kappaletta
Lost Mars: The Golden Age of the Red Planet (2018) — Avustaja — 77 kappaletta
Thieves' World: First Blood (2003) — Avustaja — 65 kappaletta
The Merlin Chronicles (1995) — Avustaja — 65 kappaletta
The Paganism Reader (2004) — Avustaja — 62 kappaletta
The Chronicles of the Round Table (1997) — Jälkisanat — 60 kappaletta
Stellar #5: Science-Fiction Stories (1980) — Avustaja — 55 kappaletta
The Second Science Fiction Megapack (2011) — Tekijä — 53 kappaletta
Tales by Moonlight II (1988) — Avustaja — 44 kappaletta
Top Fantasy (1974) — Avustaja — 33 kappaletta
Women of Vision : Essays by Women Writing Science Fiction (1988) — Avustaja, eräät painokset33 kappaletta
Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction (2011) — Avustaja — 29 kappaletta
Angels of Darkness: Tales of Troubled and Troubling Women (1995) — Avustaja — 27 kappaletta
Grails: Quests, Visitations and Other Occurrences (1992) — Avustaja — 23 kappaletta
Music of Darkover (2013) — Avustaja — 23 kappaletta
Tolkiens Geschöpfe (2003) — Avustaja — 20 kappaletta
The Best from Amazing Stories (1973) — Avustaja — 20 kappaletta
Univers 1982 (2001) — Avustaja — 14 kappaletta
Science Fiction Jahrbuch 1983. (1982) — Avustaja, eräät painokset14 kappaletta
Science Fiction Almanach 1981. (1980) — Tekijä, eräät painokset10 kappaletta
J. R. R. Tolkien, der Mythenschöpfer (1984) — Tekijä — 7 kappaletta
Venture Science Fiction May 1957 (1957) — Avustaja — 7 kappaletta
Across the Spectrum (2013) — Avustaja — 7 kappaletta
Sinister Wisdom 14 (1980) — Avustaja — 5 kappaletta
Beyond the Fields We Know (1978) — Avustaja; Avustaja — 4 kappaletta
Future Science Fiction October 1954 — Avustaja; Avustaja — 4 kappaletta
The Passionate Café (2010) — Avustaja — 3 kappaletta
Green Egg, Vol 21 #81, Beltane 1988 — Avustaja — 1 kappale
Fantastic Universe March 1955 (1955) — Avustaja — 1 kappale

Merkitty avainsanalla


Virallinen nimi
Bradley, Marion Eleanor Zimmer
Muut nimet
Ives, Morgan
Gardner, Miriam
Dexter, John
Chapman, Lee
Bradley, Marion Z.
Zimmer, Marion (näytä kaikki 9)
Zimmer, Marion E.
Zimmer, Marion Eleanor
Bradley, Marion
Glastonbury Tor, in Somerset, England (ashes)
Albany, New York, USA
Berkeley, California, USA
heart attack
Albany, New York, USA
Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas (Bachelor of arts)
David R. Bradley (son)
Paul Edwin Zimmer (brother)
Moira Stern (daughter)
Paxson, Diana L. (Schoonzuster)
Society for Creative Anachronism (co-founder)
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
Palkinnot ja kunnianosoitukset
Guest of Honour, Eastercon, UK (1983)
World Fantasy Award (Life Achievement, 2000)
Gandalf Nominee (Grandmaster of Fantasy, 1980)
Locus Poll Nominee (All-Time Best Novelist | combined)
Locus Poll Nominee (All-Time Best Author, 1988)
Locus Poll Nominee (Best 80's Author, 1988) (näytä kaikki 11)
Locus Poll Nominee (All-Time Best Fantasy Novelist, 1998)
Locus Poll Nominee (All-Time Best Novelist | combined)
Locus Poll Nominee (All-Time Best Author, 1999)
Locus Poll Nominee (All-Time Best Fantasy Author, 1999)
World Fantasy (Life Achievement, 2000)
Russell Galen (Scovil-Chichak-Galen Literary Agency)
Lyhyt elämäkerta
Marion Zimmer Bradley wurde 1930 in Albany, New York, geboren. Internationale Bekanntheit erlangte sie vor allem mit ihren Science Fiction-Romanen über die Bewohner des Planeten Darkover.



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Very disappointed in this 'feminist' retelling which wasn't that at all. Lots of female characters but they are mostly wimpy Barbie clones, which we're told interminably are 'beautiful' and the Morgaine character seems to basically hate and beat herself up all the time. The story drags a lot because it isn't really a story but more of a diatribe about Christianity where all the Christians are irredeemably awful. And nearly all the men, even those that start out 'nice', are basically betrayers bla bla. It's very downbeat and as such, far too long. There's also lots about spinning. Great plans are made but then go down the tubes because the people who are meant to be directing them can't be bothered. No, this is not the feminist version I'd hoped it would be.… (lisätietoja)
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kitsune_reader | 295 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 23, 2023 |
The eponymous story is by Patricia Floss and concerns the growing friendship of two young men, both outsiders. The setting is a couple of generations after the events described in the Renunciates trilogy, and the books about the Forbidden Tower. A lot more hybrid offspring of Darkovans and the original Terran stock from which the Darkovans descend have been born in the meantime, but prejudice against them endures, especially from the Comyn ruler class. However, the Comyn is shown as falling into decay and on the brink of dissolution. A group of intelligence operators from the Terran Zone are waiting to put a more egalitarian rule in place when that happens.

One difficulty with the story is that it is set between The Heritage of Hastur and Sharra's Exile, two books I once had, but can recall nothing about. Marius, one of the young men, is a brother of Lew, who was involved in a disaster of some kind triggered by the 'goddess' Sharra - a psychic creation from what I can make out, as this happened in one of the Towers where the native psychic abilities - referred to as laran - are honed. Lew was injured and had to leave Darkover, accompanied by the boys' father, to seek healing elsewhere and Marius doesn't know if they will ever return. In his father's absence, another of the Comyn has been given control of the lands ruled by Marius’ father, and Marius himself is treated as an embarrassment. He is sent to the Terran Zone for education to get him out of the way, rather than being accepted into the Cadets for training like other young noblemen. Marius nurses his anger and hatred of the Comyn throughout the story. However, in the Terran Zone, he meets another young lad, also a victim of the prejudice against part Terrans, and through him gradually learns to trust. The story is doubtless interesting to those who know more about the background of this era, but I found it a bit slow paced and didn't particularly enjoy it.

Two other stories in the book, by Bradley herself, fill in gaps in the Renunciate cycle of stories. In 'Bride Price', Lady Rohana, Jaelle's kinswoman, meditates by the body of her husband Gabriel who has finally keeled over from a combination of his heavy drinking and epilepsy, and thinks back to their wedding and how they once had regard for each other.

'Everything but Freedom' is a longer tale dealing with the time referred to in the first two novels of the Renunciate trilogy, The Shattered Chain and Thendara House. After Jaelle was rescued from Dry Town slavery in Part One of The Shattered Chain, the Comyn rulers insisted she live with Rohana for a time before they would let her take the Renunciate Vow. They hoped that, having learned what it was to be Comyn, she would decide to become a docile Comyn woman instead of renouncing that birthright to become a Renunciate aka Free Amazon.

As the story begins, Rohana is heavily pregnant with the child Gabriel insisted she have, in penance for her independence in hiring the Renunciates to try to rescue Melora, Jaelle's mother, and Jaelle herself. Kindra arrives to take Jaelle to the Guild House, but Rohana, unwell towards the end of her pregnancy, persuades her to stay for a while. Jaelle is incandescent: she is an absolute brat in this story, although the women constantly excuse her behaviour on the basis that she is sixteen years old. The story has two main aspects: the first deals with the balancing act Rohana has to perform, at a time when she is debilitated, in order to ensure the Domain operates smoothly while preserving the fiction that her husband Gabriel is managing its affairs. In reality, he is a drunkard who flaunts his liaisons with other women to her face and is prone to fits of rage which bring on epileptic seizures. In addtion, she has to contend with his envious sister who would like to usurp her role, and with the behaviour of her two sons, especially Kyril, the elder, who already shows signs of being worse than Gabriel, a promise fulfilled in the last section of The Shattered Chain. In the other important strand of the story, Rohana reconciles her Comyn upbringing with the knowledge that she loves Kindra and would be happy sharing life with her as a Renunciate, but she reluctantly decides not to leave with her because the Comyn would probably destroy the Renunciates Guild in retaliation for losing such a high-born woman as herself.

This story was interesting as a gap filler, but dragged a bit. Jaelle was annoying so it was good that she left early! It was nice to see Kindra again, as she was an interesting character, killed off off-stage between the first two volumes of the Renunciates trilogy.

Finally, the last story in the book, Blood Hunt, by Linda Frankel and Paula Crunk, is by far the best, perhaps because it is so different to the usual Darkover fare. It focuses on the catmen, a native Darkovan species who were mentioned as a feared danger in some of the other stories I’ve read recently. The background of this is that one of them has caused a disaster by using a matrix stone, a jewel normally used by humans educated in the Towers, and Damon Ridenow, a key character in the Forbidden Tower series, has had to resolve it (possibly in a novel called The Spell Sword).

A guardsman pursues a catman, aided by hunters and dogs, in revenge for the death of his close friend during this incident. The catman, Sherdra, encounters a peddler, who is educated in the use of laran himself. Coryn is the illegitimate son of a Comyn lord, who has run away from the role that would have been forced upon him. Coryn attempts to hide Sherdra from the hunters, while an unlikely friendship develops between them, as their ability to communicate using laran allows them to build a gradual understanding based on mutual knowledge and respect. The story is an interesting attempt to convey an alien viewpoint, especially as the cat people are not so uncivilised and animalistic as Coryn has been taught: they revere their women and would never take their children away from them as the Comyn do routinely. The story also has the added twist that Coryn was sent by his noble father to the monks at Nevarsin, who are often mentioned in passing in other stories. There he was educated as a healer and taught to be tolerant of others, by monks such as Brother Stefan who followed the christoforo faith. This is especially interesting as the christoforo are often mentioned, usually in derogatory fashion, in Bradley’s own writings, where they are portrayed as bigoted against same-sex couples. In this, they are given a different slant as having a non-violent approach very different to mainstream Darkovan society, and a respect for others.

In summary, the final story deserves 5 stars but the rest of the book lowers the overall rating for me to 3 stars.
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kitsune_reader | 1 muu arvostelu | Nov 23, 2023 |
This is an anthology of short stories about the Renunciates, sometimes called the Free Amazons, who have broken away from the subservient role forced upon women in Darkovan society, to join with others in a Guild that enjoys certain rights and obligations. (For anyone who doesn’t know, Bradley wrote numerous novels and short stories about Darkover, a planet where a Terran spaceship was stranded, then developed a feudal culture and was rediscovered by the Terran Empire thousands of years later.)

The first story, ‘Strife’, by Chel Avery concerns a small group of women who are given permission to set up a Guild House in a remote village as they all have laran, the Darkovan name for psychic abilities, and need a quiet place to bond as a group. One of them has some experience and is training the rest, but their work is disturbed when they accept the request of their landlord’s mother to take on the training of her grandson, who is developing laran, but whose father refuses to believe in it and is beating him for having nightmares etc. A satisfactory read, but I didn’t find it gripping.

The second story is an extract which Bradley excised from Thendara House and subsequently published in a Darkovan fan magazine. It concerns a major falling out between two of the Renunciate characters who feature in the main trilogy. It is a bit disconcerting because it must be a flashback, since Kindra is still alive and the two characters are referred to as ‘girls’ whereas Camilla for one is middle aged in The Shattered Chain, first in the trilogy. I didn’t feel this extract added anything to our understanding of the characters and for me it served to make Rafaella more annoying than she is in the novels.

‘Broken Vows’ by Annette Rodriguez concerns a young woman who fell in love with a man and ran away to marry him, but changes her mind and returns to throw herself on the mercy of the Guild House, I found it puzzling as she is Kindra’s daughter, yet in a story written by Bradley in The Other Side of the Mirror, another Darkover anthology, Kindra tells Rohana that she had to leave her children behind when she escaped to become a Renuciate and they are now grown up, and her daughters married. She doesn’t mention another daughter born during her time at the Guild, which this girl supposedly was. I also didn’t find the decision the Renunciates come to about the prodigal’s fate particularly convincing.

‘If Only Banshees Could See’ is set ten years after the events in the third volume in the Renunciate trilogy and concerns Magda/Margali and Camilla. It contains a major spoiler for anyone who hasn’t read that volume, which I won’t disclose here, but I didn’t find it convincing as a portrayal of either character. It also fits in with the Forbidden Tower sequence of stories as a couple of characters from that have cameo roles.

‘A Midsummer Night’s Gift’ by Deborah Wheeler is the story of a Renunciate midwife who is attracted to men and finds herself strongly fancying the husband of a woman in labour. Rather conveniently, this happens on Midsummer’s Night when a certain amount of licence is allowed in Darkovan society. The midwife has to decide whether there is truly a conflict between her vows and what the man’s wife asks of her. To say more would give away the whole twist of the story. In some respects I found this a little saccharine, though not the grislier aspects of the difficult birth.

Story number six is ‘The Honor of the Guild’ by Joan Marie Verba, a more interesting tale of what happens when a Renunciate is mentally ill and starts murdering men who ‘deserve it’ for their ill-treatment of non Renunciate women.

‘A Butterfly Season’ by Diana L Paxson is the tale of an encounter when a Renunciate is hired as guide for a non-human race. Quite an interesting story.

I found ‘Misjudged Situations’ by Kelly B Jaggers a little unsatisfying; in real life, injustices are left unpunished, but in fiction it doesn’t really work, and the revenge that the character does manage to inflict doesn’t undo the unfairness of her compatriots’ verdict.

‘Awakening’ by Mary Fenoglio is an interesting tale of a young wife who finds the relationship with her husband deeply unsatisfying. A Renunciate’s arrival seems to point to an obvious way out, but the story is not so predictable in its resolution, and lessons must be learned for the character to grow.

‘Carlina’s Calling’ deals with the original setting up of the Renunciates from the point of view of one of the priestesses of Avarra who helped to form the new order. Similarly, the very short ‘A Beginning’ points to the origin of the Sisterhood of the Sword, the other all-women organisation which later merged with the priestesses of Avarra.

‘Set a Thief’ by Mercedes Lackey is set after the Compact, the oath that all Darkovans took to renounce the distance weapons which were destroying them. The Guild of Renunicates has just been formed and one member, a trained assassin, receives an assignment to protect Varzil the Good, author of the Compact, from an unknown threat. One of the more original stories in the book with an engaging character.

‘Shut In’ by Jean Lamb deals with the abuse some parents were prepared to inflict in order to force the awakening of psychic abilities (laran) against the background of the wars that the Compact ended.

In ‘Danilla’s Song’ by Vera Nazarian, a man has to be escorted to a Tower for psychic healing so his sister engages Renunciates. There’s a mystery about the identity of one of them which the sister uncovers except it is not revealed to the reader. It is probably thought too ‘obvious’ for the readership to not know it, but if you haven’t read all the books or at least not read most of them for years, that’s not the case, so I found this story irritating.

‘A Proper Escort’ by Elizabeth Walters is a fairly light hearted story of how a Renunciate must escort 10-year-old Dyan Ardais home in time to bid farewell to his dying grandmother, Lady Rohana. Apparently Dyan has quite a fan following, but I only know him from cameos in the short stories read either here or in ‘The Other Side of the Mirror’. All I can say is that for someone who apparently grows into a ‘love to hate’ villain, he is a very well behaved and courteous child, nothing like his unpleasant father.

‘Lesson in the Foothills’ by Lynne Armstrong-Jones is a light hearted story of how a Renunciate who usually keeps the account books must try to find a girl lost in the mountains because all the rough tough Amazon guides are out on call.

In ‘Summer Fair’ by Emily Alward, a trader is having a hard time during a recession and having little luck at a fair where she takes a booth until an unusual woman turns up to help; not a customer but something else indeed. I won’t say anything more to ‘spoil’ this story which was more unusual than some of the others in the anthology.

‘Varzil’s Avengers’ by Diann S Partridge deals with the aftermath of the wars ended by the Compact, when some of the combatants are dead and others are elderly and bear the scars of the terrible laran distance weapons. It transpires that deadly energies trapped since that war are now about to get loose unless a group of heroes reunites for one last time.

‘To Touch a Comyn’ is written by Andrew Rey, the only male contributor, and is very different to anything else in the book, but I enjoyed it perhaps because of that. It concerns Rakk, a woman from a high gravity planet who is built like a brick outhouse and has down to earth ways to match, and the fallout when she befriends one of the planetary rulers and is then forbidden to see him again. Nicely original.

‘About Time’ by Patricia B Cirone deals with the frustrations and mutual antagonisms between a group of Renunciates. An interesting story that looks into how people get along or not with realism.
In ‘Family Visit’ by Margaret L Carter, a Renunciate must face the heartache of visiting a pregnant daughter at the family’s request, only to face rejection and hostility despite her badly needed midwifery skills.

‘Dalereuth Guild House’ by Priscilla W Armstrong answers an interesting ‘what-if’. During the wars when laran weapons were used, these were manufactured at Dalereuth. With the peace and the banning of all such wares, the town has fallen on hard times. Two Renunicates from Thendara, sent to see if they can reopen their Guild House, find the townsfolk friendly, but also wary of letting them move back and create competition, now the economy has slumped. A good twist ending and a good note on which to finish the book.

In summary, this collection is a mixture; some of the stories are original whereas others come across as a bit too alike, and the very short ones are over before you can engage with the characters. So despite the gems, I can award only 3 stars.
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kitsune_reader | 1 muu arvostelu | Nov 23, 2023 |
A re-read of two books read separately some years ago, so the reviews have been posted under those individual books, as most of the reviews on GR are done that way.

The Spell Sword - 4 stars - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1954206844

The Forbidden Tower - 2 stars - rel="nofollow" target="_top">https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1954215831

Gives average rating for combined volume of 3 stars.… (lisätietoja)
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