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Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover (Darkover anthology Book 11) [Kindle Edition]

Marion Zimmer Bradley , Elisabeth Waters
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Book Description incredible blending of fantasy and science fiction.

Eventually the Terrans rediscover their long-lost -- and now alien -- colony: Darkover.

Things are different there.

While adolescent male homosexuality is generally tolerated on Darkover, men are expected to outgrow it. When Dyan Ardais takes lovers young enough to be his sons, he risks not just his reputation, but his life.

Life in a Tower as a Keeper, the chaste virgin who holds a circle together, is grueling. Few succeed in the long, painful years of training. The ones who do have power greater than any queen, but what happens to the ones who don't?

Darkovan technology is based on matrix stones that amplify psychic gifts, and people with those gifts work in the Tower circles. But duty to family outweighs everything else, and anyone can be called home from the Tower to marry as her family dictates. A Comyn lady can have lands, wealth, family...everything but freedom.

Women can become Free Amazons, but that life has its own set of challenges. Before a candidate's trial period ends, she must decide if she is truly meant to cope with everything being a Free Amazon entails.

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About the Author

Marion Zimmer Bradley is probably best known for her Darkover novels and her best-selling Arthurian novel THE MISTS OF AVALON. 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, and an annual anthology, SWORD AND SORCERESS. For more information, see her website:

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  • File Size: 1443 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Works Trust (June 15, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003S9VNL0
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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting collection. September 20, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
For those who have been reading the "Friends of Darkover" collections of fan fiction that MZB has edited, most of these stories will be familiar; only a couple of them are new. These are the stories, written by MZB herself, that have appeared in the various collections, collected here in one place for those purists who refuse to read the Darkover fan fiction but want to read everything that herself has had to say. They include "To Keep The Oath", the story of how Camilla came to be a renunciate; "The Keeper's Price", written in collaboration with Lisa Waters about the failed keeper Hillary Castamir, "Everything But Freedom", about the Lady Rohana, and several tales of Dyan Ardais.
The writing is excellent, as any regular reader of Marion Zimmer Bradley could have guessed, and the stories give us interesting glimpses into the interstices between the full-length Darkover novels.
If you've collected all of the Friends of Darkover Collections, you may not feel that it's worth the price of a whole book just for two new stories (although the new ones -- "Hillary's Homecoming" and "Hillary's Wedding" -- are both quite good) but if you have not been willing to buy collections of fan fiction for the one or two actual MZB stories per book, this is the book for you.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Table of Contents July 2, 2010
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This book (kindle version) contains:

To Keep the Oath
Bonds of Sisterhood
House Rules
The Keeper's Price
The Lesson of the Inn
Hilary's Homecoming
Hilary's Wedding
Everything But Freedom
Hawkmaster's Son
A Man of Impulse
The Shadow
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Both good and bad parts April 4, 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book because I wanted to fill in the holes between the Darkover books without having to wade through fan fiction. I've never read any of the other Friends of Darkover collections. In my opinion, the stories ranged from excellent to painful.

"Hilary's Homecoming" was a nightmare continuitywise. I know that MZB has stated that she was never concerned about continuity in her books, but there is a minimum. I mean, Hilary comes home as a very young virgin from Arilinn and meets her grandson as a potential suitor!

The longest story in this book "Everything But Freedom" about Rohana Ardais (from the Renunciate trilogy) ran nearly 100 pages and was only vaguely interesting. Several of the other stories were also about the Free Amazons; they were interesting, but forgettable.

The highlight of this book was definitely the section on Dyan Ardais; specifically, the last two stories, "Man of Impulse" and "The Shadow". "Man of Impulse" deals with Dyan's stay with Merryl and Marilla at Lindirsholme, which was referenced in "Sharra's Exile". "The Shadow" is about the relationship between Regis and Danilo between "Heritage of Hastur" and "Sharra's Exile".

Although most of the collection was pretty mediocre, the book is definitely worth buying if just for Dyan's stories.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Filling in blanks June 5, 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Marion Zimmer Bradley declares in her preface to one of these stories that she was "not generally infatuated with [herself] as a short story writer," but she still found it worthwhile, over 37 years writing about Darkover, to turn out a few short pieces, and here she collects them for readers who are unable to obtain them in the original form. The stories are arranged according to focus: four about the Free Amazons, five about Hilary Castamir, four about Dyan Ardais (whom Bradley calls "by far the most popular character [she] ever invented"), and a novella focusing on Lady Rohana Ardais. In these stories we learn how Camilla, familiar to readers of The Saga of the Renunciates (The Shattered Chain, Thendara House, City of Sorcery) (Darkover) as Magda Lorne's lover, joined the Amazon order, and visit Guildhouses large and small to see something of how Renunciates live. We follow Hilary of The Forbidden Tower through her difficult and painful attempt at Keeper training, through her disappointed return home and her conflicts with her mother over suitors, to her rejection of the widower Farrill Lindir in favor of Colin Syrtis. We share Rohana's difficulties with a hard-drinking husband and son, an intransigent fostri (Jaelle n'ha Melora of the Renunciates novels), and the management of her family's estate; in many ways, despite Darkover's level (or lack) of technology, Rohana seems more Victorian than Medieval. Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some of the Best Short Stories June 26, 2010
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I was a fan of the different Darkover anthologies when they first came out. They were uneven - some of the stories were great and some were horrible. This collection is made up of the stories that Marion Zimmer Bradley wrote for the collections and shows an inside look at some of her characters.

As a technical note, the Kindle version has a somewhat linked table of contents. From the table of contents, you can jump to any story, but you can't jump back to the table of contents from inside the book. It's not that important as the table of contents is at the very beginning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent read
Published 3 months ago by Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars This writer is one of the best. Hew Darkover books are fantastic hard...
This writer is one of the best. Hew Darkover books are fantastic hard to put them down once you start reading them.
Published 6 months ago by Jennifer D. Raymond
5.0 out of 5 stars MZB Darkover Anthology#1
The onlything better than a Darkover story, more. This book is full of stories about the people that inhabit this fascinating world and explains more about the difficult culture... Read more
Published 9 months ago by sunglasslady19
4.0 out of 5 stars Empathetic, Sensitive and Truthful
Except for two stories, "Firetrap" and "The Keeper's Price", Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover is a set of fourteen short stories written by Bradley. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Becky B.
4.0 out of 5 stars A good, but not great, collection
I loved the book until the last section, when they put in several stories about the adventures of a man who is evil. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Cec
4.0 out of 5 stars dakrover
I have all the dark over books in the real world nearly so to find some short extras was a great pleasure
Published 23 months ago by Susan Lunt
4.0 out of 5 stars Some good stories in here
There were a couple of stories I really liked, but for some of them, I can't imagine how they made it into an anthology. Read more
Published on April 11, 2013 by alfafemme
4.0 out of 5 stars Darkover anthology
Have always enjoyed Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover series. This was an excellent anthology dealing with free amazons and other interesting characters found some of her other... Read more
Published on April 9, 2013 by cvc
5.0 out of 5 stars Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover (Darkover anthology)
She truely was one of the greatest sci fantasy writers of all time. Sometimes I come back to this between novels. Read more
Published on February 12, 2013 by Maren E Haugen
4.0 out of 5 stars Best of the stories
I now own stories I love. I had read many of the stories ,but all of them. This is a great anthology
Published on February 2, 2013 by Mary Ann Savage
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