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DARKOVER: FIRST CONTACT: DARKOVER OMNIBUS #6 [Darkover: First Contact: Darkover Omnibus #6 ] BY Bradley, Marion Zimmer(Author)Mass Market Paperbound 07-Sep-2004 Paperback
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A group of Terran colonists crashlands on a new planet and are forced to develop a new civilization based partly on where Earth standards but mostly on what they want in this new world. A large group of them are Scots who bring their culture in music and Gaelic tongue to Darkover.
"They lament, he thought, but they know life goes on. The Scots have been exiles for centuries, for millennia. This is just another exile, a little further than most, but they will sing the olds songs under the new stars and find new mountains and new seas..."
It's a great introduction to the series and I enjoyed it immensely. (I'll add to this review when I finish the next book in the omnibus).
brad the Wolf has been brought up to control the armies of his family, but loses his place in the kingdom because of his bitterness..As he grows up and returns he finds he is now his younger brother's general and is under the regent his father.. This tale has lots of action but also soul searching that can destroy a man.
I have put off submitting my review until I have read this three times. Each time I find something new to think about and I love Darkover tales with their ESP, and matrix tower and learonus and star stones and just people sort of like us.
I'm astonished to be the first reviewer of this book. I would have expected every MZB fan to jump on it at once. It is essential for all readers of the extensive Darkover collection, as it fills in all the missing details of how humans first arrived on Darkover, in a crashed spaceship that was on its way to a Terraformed colony all ready for humans. Instead, they are on a halfway earth-type planet with unknown terrors and unexpected miracles. Who was Saint Valentine of the Snows? Find out. Why is a Ghost Wind called a Ghost Wind? Find out. Who was the first victim of the lethal scorpion-ant? Find out. Who was the first person of Earth birth to use a matrix crystal? Find out. Who was the first human-chieri mix? Find out.
If you are a Darkover reader and you haven't read this book, why not? Wake up and smell the "jaco." But watch out for the flowers; they can do some pretty strange things to humans and animals as well. And stay away from scorpion-ants.