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The Alton Gift (Darkover) Mass Market Paperback – June 3, 2008
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I could not put the book down.
I particularly loved the trouble that Deborah Ross went to in re-imagining the history and subtly reminding the reader of what had happened in novels written many, many years ago. For those of us who have been reading Darkover novels for thirty years, it was a kindness.
I'd strongly recommend this book to anyone who is familiar with the Darkover novels. It will be like coming home to old friends and meeting some new ones in the process.
This consistency is completely shattered by The Alton Gift. Like many readers, I eagerly awaited the release of this book because I wanted to see more Lew, more Mikhail, more Marguerida. The story didn't feel quite compelted, and I wanted to see what happened next. This book entirely let me down.
There are pages and pages of action, but the feel is entirely wrong. Lew Alton survived and overcame the obliteration of his hand, the death of his wife, his torture by a former friend, and the constant haunting of the Sharra Matrix, yet his response to the essential use of the Alton Gift at the end of Traitor Sun is entirely out of character. It seemed as if the author wanted to discuss the use of the Alton Gift, and latched onto the first character she could. Such a discussion has other characters that would eagerly take up the cause, yet they are overlooked in preference for Lew.
The treatment of Javanne, if even ever so briefly, is indicative of the problem with this book: a failure of consistency.Read more ›
Unfortunately, I found too many things that made me go "huh?" Too many Darkovan characters in this book are described as having brown eyes. That's extremely unlikely, given that there was so much prejudice against brown-eyed Marius Alton in Sharra's Exile because of the brown eyes he inherited from his Terran mother. The Darkovans in Bradley's books all have green, blue or gray eyes, not brown, which they consider alien and like the eyes of an animal -- "beast eyes." That prejudice wouldn't be gone, despite some of the brown-eyed Terrans mixing it up with the Darkovans since they reestablished contact 100 or 150 years before the book opens, yet ordinary Darkovans without Terran blood are described as brown-eyed here. Are the minor character Yllana's eyes pale blue, as in Traitor's Sun, the previous book by this author, or are they golden like her mother Marguerida's? Marion Zimmer Bradley very firmly established that Lew Alton has dark brown hair, a fact which he comments upon in passing, along with the fact that his "laran" is nonetheless strong; in this book he's described as having graying red hair. Aside from that, I had a really hard time believing Lew would do many of the things he does in this book.
Then there are the glaring inconsistencies with the genealogy described in the books.Read more ›
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Deborah Ross faithfully continues the series! A must have for fans of Darkover.Published 18 months ago by Thomas Lemkuil
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