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The Fall of Neskaya: The Clingfire Trilogy, Volume I [Kindle Edition]

Marion Zimmer Bradley , Deborah J. Ross
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The Fall of Neskaya, Book One of the Clingfire Trilogy, marks the legendary author's final return to Darkover before her death. Set in the tumultuous era of The Hundred Kingdoms, a terrible time of strife and war, this unique fantasy world is divided into a mutlitude of small belligerent domains vying for power and land. One ambitious and corrupt tyrant will stop at nothing to control Darkover-even wield the terrifying weapons of the matrix.

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From Publishers Weekly

Fans of Darkover, Bradley's popular series of the planet of the Bloody Sun, rejoice. As Bradley's health was declining, she and Ross sketched the new Clingfire Trilogy, set in the aftermath of the Ages of Chaos when the Hundred Kingdoms used vicious telepathic laran weaponry to annihilate their neighbors. This solid opener, like others in Bradley's canon, centers on the coming-of-age of a laran-gifted youngster, Coryn Leynier, who becomes under-Keeper at Neskaya Tower, a powerful hub of the psi Tower network, and eventually finds himself pitted against both evil human foes in battle and black psionic wizardry in the Overworld. Ross has fleshed out Bradley's encyclopedic vision of the Darkovian Dark Ages into a competent, fast-paced narrative congruent with the late author's familiar 1960s theme: "make various kinds of love, but not nuclear war." Ross also seems to have mastered the familiar Darkovian vocabulary, though perhaps not injecting it so frequently, as well as Bradley's absorbing minutiae of life under the Bloody Sun copper butterfly hairclips and all. With ancient Neskaya Tower crumbled in the cataclysmic conflict between Coryn Leynier and his enemies and Bradley now gone, the next two volumes of the Clingfire Trilogy should showcase Ross's literary strength her sensitivity to human needs and talents even more clearly. (July 10) FYI: Bradley also collaborated with Diana L. Paxson on a final sequel to The Mists of Avalon, Priestess of Avalon (Forecasts, Apr. 30).
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During the era of the Hundred Kingdoms, when Darkover is splintered by constant border conflicts, the laranzu Rumail, ambitious and power-hungry King Damian's Tower-trained brother, is sent to Verdanta to examine young Coryn Leynier and his sisters for evidence of psychic ability. While examining Coryn, Rumail buries a weapon of destruction deep within his mind. Rumail knows Coryn's laran is strong and gambles that the boy will become a Keeper, the highest rank among the Tower-trained. As such, Coryn would be perfectly placed to unwittingly bring down Darkover's most powerful dynasty, the Hasturs of Thendara, putting control of Darkover in Damian's hands. Coryn does indeed become Keeper of Neskaya Tower, but Rumail fails to reckon on the power of love to intervene. Yet when Neskaya falls, will Coryn and his lover, a Hastur queen, be equal to the near-impossible task of stopping Rumail's abominable abuse of laran? Completing this new novel of Darkover after Bradley's death, Ross succeeds in keeping it true to Bradley's style. Paula Luedtke
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  • File Size: 812 KB
  • Print Length: 458 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0756400341
  • Publisher: DAW (July 1, 2002)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002IPZG0Y
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful visit to Darkover! October 8, 2002
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When I read a Darkover book, I want to forget I'm reading and just GO there. I have been reading in this series for over 20 years, and I, like all her fans, was sure that with Bradley's death, we'd be left without any more visits to the planet of the bloody sun.
Although I enjoyed the story line of the Margaret Alton books, I hated them with a passion. They were too long, rambling, and committed the ultimate sin: They TOLD you instead of SHOWED you. I know that Bradley often commented on this problem in the stories sent to her for her Darkover anthologies, and it grates on my nerves like fingernails on a chalkboard.
So I had some trepidation about this book, even though its co-author was different from the other trilogy. I read it and loved it, but my expectations were low at the time. Now I have re-read it, and I saw even more in the book this time than I did the first. And I "went to Darkover" just the way I wanted to, something I was never able to do with the Exile's Song trilogy.
I was stunned to see one negative review here, comparing this book UNFAVORABLY to those. I'm an editor and I positively itched to take a red pencil to the Margaret Alton books... one more redundant "psychic dialogue" between characters and I would have screamed. I'm sure as some have pointed out there were inconsistencies in The Fall of Neskaya from other Darkover books... hell, Bradley made a few of those herself. <G> But it was a great read, with great characters, and anyone who wants a return trip to Darkover will not be at all disappointed.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bradley and Darkover fans have a reason to celebrate! November 18, 2001
When MZB died a couple of years ago, I truly expected that there would be no more Darkover novels and that her literary estate would have sense enough not to farm her creations out to lesser writers. Gladly, that is not the case. Ms. Ross is an absolutely excellent heir to the entire Darkover milieu. While she superbly echoes Bradley in much of the content and even style, she aptly adds to the mythos in important details and concepts. Her extrapolatory gifts appear great. The book is truly a page-turning delight with memorable characters, as heart-achingly real as MZB's own. I greatly anticipate much more from DJR, especially the promised final two volumes of this Clingfire Trilogy.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DARKOVER LIVES ON! July 19, 2001
For lovers of Marion Zimmer Bradley and Darkover, this book is pure delight. Written by Marion and her friend, Deborah Ross, this book proves that both Marion and Darkover will live on. I have enjoyed Ms. Ross short stories in Marion's Sword & Sorceress anthologies and will be interested to see where she takes the next chapter of this story.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A minority report October 29, 2001
I was delighted to return to Darkover, but I have some reservations about its new chronicler. There's no way Ross can satisfactorily imitate Bradley, so all Darkover fans have to accept that there has been a change. Perhaps some constructive criticism can be offered to help with the awesome challenge Ross faces as Bradley's successor. For example, more care with diction would be a good thing. I believe that Bradley was careful not to use words or expressions inconsistent with Darkover's own history. "Neskaya" has quite a few that I think Bradley would have avoided as too redolent of Earth: topiary, "trust a fox to guard a coop of chickens" (are there foxes on Darkover now?), flat-fell seams, war-room, various herbs from earth in food for the first time, and dragons (there weren't any before). Finally, I think this book is too long by about 20% and that Ross flirts with sentimentality in both plotting and writing. Bradley was pretty tough-minded, and Darkover is a tough place. In spite of these reservations, I enjoyed the book and look forward to the next from Ross, even while I ask if this is really going to sustain a trilogy.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful addition o he Darkover series July 10, 2001
The Terran colony of Darkover sunk into a feudal state because of a lack of communication between the planet and earth. It is a world where several kingdoms vie for prominence and war is a way of life. The most destructive weapons are created from laran, a form of psychic energy, which can be used at great distances to harm an enemy.
One of the greatest tyrants of the time is Damian Deslucido, who is absorbing small kingdoms in his goal to rule the world. However, his success in absorbing Acorta may prove to be the seeds of his own destruction because the despot planned for his son to marry Acorta's Queen Taniel Hastur-Acorta, but she escapes. On the road she meets Coryn, a near master Laranzu, who helps her regain her health and spirit. They quickly learn the meaning of love, but fate separates them to fight Damian on different fronts with littler hope of victory or getting back together.
Fans of Darkover will know that this novel occurs during the Hundred Kingdom era before the compact by Varzil the Good was instituted. The beloved Marian Zimmer Bradley and her cohort Deborah J. Ross make it clear how they feel about a civilized society containing weapons of mass destruction. THE FALL OF NEKAYA is the opening installment of a new trilogy that lives up to the greatness label of the entire series. The interesting and complex characters will either receive reader empathy or the audience's antipathy depending on who they are. This exciting novel will light up the fantasy universe.

Harriet Klausner
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice continuation of Darkover. Good story.
Published 26 days ago by nc guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This was my first book by Marion Zimmer Bradley but not my last. It is a well written book with well developed characters and a great story line. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Darkover stories
I collected these Darkover books over thirty years ago - my first and only venture in to Si-fi and fantasy. Read more
Published 7 months ago by B.B. Humphrey
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great read.
While this book is missing the MZB magic, it still continues her vision of a world she developed and nurtured. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Elizabeth R Crew
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice effort
So it is a bit different from straight MZB. I still enjoyed it, and it took me to Darkover...have read from purist's reviews and understand their disappointment, but on the other... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Deborah S. Winders
5.0 out of 5 stars Consuming
I have loved the darkover series for decades. I have purchased them in hardcover, softcover, audio and e format. Always a pleasure.
Published 18 months ago by Annamarie Lubow
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fall of Neskaya: The Clingfire Trilogy, Volume 1
This book is great, like all the Darkover novels, it could stand by itself and works well right into the rest of the books. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Maren E Haugen
5.0 out of 5 stars Seamless transition
This book was written by Deborah J. Ross in the Darkover world created by Marion Zimmer Bradley; apparently, the idea and some of the early plot concepts came from Ms. Read more
Published on December 29, 2010 by James Yanni
5.0 out of 5 stars Going back in history
For most of her career, Marion Zimmer Bradley focused on the often strained relationships between the people of the lost colony of Darkover, with their mysterious psychic powers... Read more
Published on June 25, 2009 by Chrijeff
5.0 out of 5 stars MZB
I loved this book,and can't wait to get the others. I've had most of her books,but they need replacing. This one is just as good as the others are.
Published on April 30, 2009 by Jacquie Howard
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