The Saga of the Renunciates Hardcover – January 1, 2002
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- Publisher : DAW Books, Incorporated; Book Club (BCE/BOMC) edition (January 1, 2002)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 1116 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0739456121
- ISBN-13 : 978-0739456125
- Item Weight : 2.63 pounds
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Although having read Marion's work on early Britain, Troy and Atlantis, Darkover was a nice original surprise. And this book especially. Well, actually, it's three books, but once you start off with the first you just won't stop reading until you've also finished the third! The two central characters, two renunciates from very different origins, develop a great deal during the course of the books, but remain interesting all the time.
The Dry Towners are a bit simplistic, although to be honest, I just couldn't help thinking about the Taliban and their view of women when I was reading that particular part. And, as I have very strong negative feelings about the stupidity in being afraid women might sometimes be more intelligent than certain men are, and then just forbidding schooling altogether, I quite liked reading this part anyway even if it was simplistic.
But the reading about the very different cultures (Darkovan and Terran), as well as the clash between them, were terribly interesting. You must have a high developed imagination just to put the strorylines together.
I also liked two side characters very much, Rohana in the first two books, and of course Camilla in all three of them.
Finally, I enjoyed meeting up with some of the characters from the two earlier books. But, if I had not read those, I am sure it would not have a problem whatsoever. You truly can read every Darkovan novel in itself. But, if you do read more, it's just nice to meet up with old friends!
As the other reviewers have stated, this is a highly entertaining read. There was suspense, humor and sadness throughout. Magdalena, Peter and Jaella's characters are enjoyable to get to know. The fact that I got to follow them through a long period of time in these three books (though Peter had a tiny role in the last book) made it even more pleasing to read Bradley's work. This is a book that I have read before and will come back to later.