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Product Details

  • Series: "Light" (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (August 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312865074
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312865078
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,696,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Fans of the supernatural will enjoy this high-spirited, smoothly told novel from a fantasy master."--Publishers Weekly

"Taut, shapely, well-informed: the best entry so far."--Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Marion Zimmer Bradley was born in Albany, NY and lived for many years in Berkeley, CA. Best known as a writer of fantasy, science fiction, and romantic occult fiction, Bradley was also the editor of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine and many anthologies. Her most famous works include the Darkover series of science fiction novels and the New York Times bestselling The Mists of Avalon. Bradley's romantic, magical, contemporary novels for Tor include The Inheritor, Heartlight, Ghostlight, and Witch Hill. Marion Zimmer Bradley died in 1999.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 11, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Morton's Fork, West Virginia is reported to be a hotbed of psychic activity. The rumors draw paranormal researcher Professor Dylan Palmer and his fiancee Truth Jourdemayne to the small town. Truth soon learns that her ancestors Quentin Blackburn and his lover Athanasis Dellon fought to the death over control of the Wellspring gate that takes visitors to a world filled with magic.
Truth and Dylan also learn that the original fight between her great-uncle and his lover on the mortal plane several decades ago continues on the astral plane. However, this time the pair of spirits are using human descendants to fight their eternal battle. Athanasis possesses her own daughter, actress and confused psychic Sinah Dellon to be the tool in her war. Quentin has moved inside the body of rich drunk Wycherly Musgrave to use as his dupe. It is up to Truth to save the pair of pawns and close the gate before disaster strikes the townsfolk and her beloved.
Marion Zimmer Bradley is the mistress of several genres including the supernatural. That reputation is well deserved and her latest novel, GRAVELIGHT, will strengthen her hold on the top rung. The story line is fast-paced, filled with action, and quite entertaining. Truth be told, nobody does it better.
Harriet Klausner
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ann E. Nichols on January 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
When I met Wycherly Musgrave, Winter's brother, in WITCHLIGHT, he seemed like just one more thoroughly unlikeable member of a unlikeable and dysfunctional family. In GRAVELIGHT I learned that he's probably the only other member of the family who's worthwhile. Unlike his sister's adventure of the mind, we don't have to wait three-quarters of the book to find out what he's running from. Yes, he has good reason for hating himself. It was interesting to find out what happened to the Musgraves. Too bad that Wycherly is the only other sibling to break away. Will he find the truth and shall it set him free? GRAVELIGHT starts out with a chapter that sets us up for what is to come. Quentin Blackburn certainly misjudged the will of his lover, Athanais Dellon. Unfortunately, Attie didn't succeed in wiping out his evil influence. Unlike the first two books, this one changes viewpoint from character to character before tying everything together. This enabled the author to accomplish more than she could have by sticking with any one character. I enjoyed learning about Athanais and present-day Melusine ("Sinah") Dellon's self-serving ancestress and the origin of the Dark Brooding Evil Menace in Morton's Fork [great name!]. I enjoyed seeing Truth Jourdemayne and Dylan Palmer again, although the reversal of their believer-skeptic roles made me worry that they wouldn't be together by the end. I think Ms. Bradley chose wisely in the manner in which she resolved the problem. However I didn't understand why there should be any trouble between Truth and another character in GHOSTLIGHT who makes an appearance here and I still don't.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Olaf Keith on March 2, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I loved GHOSTLIGHT(1995); I liked WITCHLIGHT (1996) even better, but GRAVLIGHT surely tops both of them ! Her story of an alcoholic, a desperate actress and her two psychic reseachers is a great and compelling story. I could not put it down until I had read the whole book. Be sure not to miss this fantastic novel which tops nearly every novel MZB has written in recent years. And look for the next installment in the series.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Villines VINE VOICE on August 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
Bradley is undeniably one of the great craftspeople of fantastic settings; and her strong female characters are always a refereshing change from the status quo.
I would not, however, consider Gravelight to be one of her more stellar achievements. Although the story line is engrossing, the characters are just a little too stereotypical and the theology/magic system a tad too clichéd. The ending, likewise, is somewhat predictable and pat.
Were it most other author, this book would have received 3 stars. Nevertheless, the Bradley touches (particularly the emphasisi on the female characters) are sufficient to make this a respectable read for anyone who enjoys the genre. As always, Bradley manages to make you want to read to the end; even if you are pretty what that will be.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
winter musgrave's free-drinking brother makes his entrance driving as fast as he can from his dysfunctional family ,fears of a deceased girlfriend and his own guilty conscience...but he cannot escape the past or himself...he finds himself in a sinister small town living in the home of the local deceased witch,and is believed to be a "conjureman"...nearby a ruined sanitorium lures him to a legacy of evil...and he comes to face with an equally tormented actress who is in town to try to find her roots,which is difficult for her since the town is shunning her...was her family so evil??...the actress is also frightened by her own natural telepathic abilities...is this why her family was so hated no one will speak to her?...was her mother like this too???....anything you guess comes nowhere close to the frightening truth that awaits her and wycherly at the sanitorium...and truth jourdemayne and dylan palmer are in for it too as they take a couple of young psychics to the small town to investigate the large number of disappearances that seem to be centered around the crumbling sanitorium!...lots of chills await the reader with every turn of the "wheel"...awesome reading for a stormy night....enjoy!!!
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