- Series: Clingfire Trilogy (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: DAW (July 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0756400538
- ISBN-13: 978-0756400538
- Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 42 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,455,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Fall of Neskaya: The Clingfire Trilogy, Volume I Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2002
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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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Top customer reviews
A primary concern was that there were grammatical and spelling errors throughout. It appeared as if the manuscript were drafted in long-hand and then converted by a software program. The broken words and sentences were constant enough to have taken the reader away from the story repeatedly.
I honestly think that this is one of the best Darkover novels, even though it was not, for the most part, written by Marion Bradley. The characters were vivid, the plot excellent, the writing superb. A fine addition to a very fine series.
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.