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Domains of Darkover (The Friends of Darkover Present) Mass Market Paperback – March 6, 1990
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From Library Journal
From the origins of one of Darkover's most potent mysteries ("Beginnings" by Cynthia Drolet) to the exploration of the many meanings of honor ("To Serve Kihar" by Judith Sampson), this collection of 17 stories continues to flesh out Bradley's popular world of the Bloody Sun. Featuring contributions by Mercedes Lackey, Deborah Wheeler, and others, the book belongs in libraries where the series has a following.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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: www.mzbworks.com. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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First, there is "Clingfire," which takes two minor characters from the novel Stormqueen! (Coryn, Keeper of Hali Tower; and his lover Arielle, far below his station), fleshes them out, and puts one of the early, male Keepers in what seems to be the classic dilemma of the later female teneresti: is doing work that you love more important than spending your life with the person you love most?
Next, there is "Just a Touch..." which is nearly as powerful as the story it reminded me of ("The Alton Gift", which appears in _The Keeper's Price_), but with a much more uplifting ending. This was my favorite in the anthology, and in and of itself makes the collection worth seeking out.
The third story that deserves special mention is "The Plague." The theme is typical for a Darkover story (in a stressful situation, a woman of supposedly limited skills discovers her laran is far stronger than she thought), but the circumstances are unique, and the author captures the understanding I would expect Darkovan culture to have of bacteria ("tinylives") very well, and doesn't start sounding like she's giving a 20th-century Terran explanation (I hate that!)
For these three stories, the anthology is worth trying to get your hands on, but none of the rest particularly stand out (except for "Mists" and "Man-eater" which both annoyed me and stood out as BAD). However, there are much more enjoyable and better-organized anthologies of Darkover short stories, IMHO.