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The Ages of Chaos (Darkover Book 2) Kindle Edition
Set during the lawless Ages of Chaos, when the ruling families of the Seven Domains of Darkover ruthlessly inbred their psychic offspring to gain powerful and fearsome talents, two young women are born with "wild" psychic gifts. These stories—Stormqueen! and Hawkmistress!, one tragic and one triumphant—combine to give the reader a vivid and poignant picture of a devastating time period in the history of this fantastic world.
During the lawless Ages of Chaos, when the ruling families of Darkover ruthlessly inbred their laran-gifted offspring to gain powerful talents, a baby was born to the lord of Aldaran. This child, born on a dark and thunder-filled night, was possessed of a terrifying and uncontrolled talent: Dorilys, heiress to her father’s domain, could unwittingly call forth lightning, even while still a fretful child. Fearful for his daughter’s life and the safety of his domain, Lord Aldaran sent to a tower for help. But even the powers of a trained monitor and a Hastur lord might not be enough to save this painfully afflicted and deadly young woman.
Romilly was an independent tomboy from a noble family, contrary to the social demands of Darkovan women. That was bad enough, but when Romilly’s father arranged her marriage to a nobleman she found repulsive, she rebelled. Disguising herself as a boy, she fled into the deep forests. Living off the land was not nearly as difficult for Romilly as for most people, for she possessed a rare and highly-treasured gift—telepathic communication with hawk and horse. But Romilly soon discovered her newfound freedom was far from complete. Pulled into the maelstrom of a civil war, could Romilly find her true role in life without sacrificing her ideals?
“Suspenseful, powerfully written, and deeply moving.” —Library Journal
“A warm, shrewd portrait of women from different background working together under adverse conditions.” —Publishers Weekly
“For sheer skill in storytelling and worldbuilding, for wit, for strikingly intelligent development of the concept of telepathy, above all, for continuous concern for people, Bradley has put some more famous sagas in the shade.” —Chicago Sun-Times
“A rich and highly colored tale of politics and magic, courage and pressure.... Topflight adventure in every way!” —Analog Magazine, Lester Del Rey
“Delightful...a fascinating world and a great read.” —Locus
“Literate and exciting.” —New York Times Book Review
“May well be [Bradley’s] masterpiece.” —New York Newsday
About the Author
She was a science fiction/fantasy fan from her middle teens, and made her first sale as an adjunct to an amateur fiction contest in Fantastic/Amazing Stories in 1949. She had written as long as she could remember, but wrote only for school magazines and fanzines until 1952, when she sold her first professional short story to Vortex Science Fiction. She wrote everything from science fiction to Gothics, but is probably best known for her Darkover novels.
In addition to her novels, Mrs. Bradley edited many magazines, amateur and professional, including Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine, which she started in 1988. She also edited an annual anthology called Sword and Sorceress for DAW Books.
Over the years she turned more to fantasy; The House Between the Worlds, although a selection of the Science Fiction Book Club, was "fantasy undiluted". She wrote a novel of the women in the Arthurian legends -- Morgan Le Fay, the Lady of the Lake, and others -- entitled Mists of Avalon, which made the NY Times best seller list both in hardcover and trade paperback, and she also wrote The Firebrand, a novel about the women of the Trojan War. Her historical fantasy novels, The Forest House, Lady of Avalon, and Mists of Avalon are prequels to Priestess of Avalon.
She died in Berkeley, California on September 25, 1999, four days after suffering a major heart attack. She was survived by her brother, Leslie Zimmer; her sons, David Bradley and Patrick Breen; her daughter, Moira Stern; and her grandchildren.--This text refers to the mass_market edition.
- ASIN : B00J8V3SRO
- Publisher : DAW; Reprint edition (May 1, 2002)
- Publication date : May 1, 2002
- Language : English
- File size : 1744 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 763 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0739450301
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #235,284 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Allart Hastur is heir to his brother and so, must marry though he's been happy living as a monk in Neversin. His laran is a rare one that predicts the many paths of a possible future and leaves him distraught with fear. He and Cassandra, his new wife, become embroiled with the domain of Alderan where the heiress is a young girl Dorilys with equally strange laran, the ability to control storms.
It's a good read about the land in the mountains and the people and customs there. It's a time of war and the matrix circles in the towers have been drawn into various sides, creating new and powerful weapons with their laran.
I didn't realize that the Darkover series has been expanded with after the author's death by Deborah J Ross, so next up is Thunderlord, a completely new book (to me) in the Age of Chaos. I'm so looking forward to it.
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