- Mass Market Paperback: 424 pages
- Publisher: DAW; 1st edition (October 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0879979623
- ISBN-13: 978-0879979621
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,785,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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City of Sorcery (Darkover) Mass Market Paperback – October 2, 1984
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About the Author
She was a science fiction/fantasy fan from her middle teens, and made her first sale as an adjunct to an amateur fiction contest in Fantastic/Amazing Stories in 1949. She had written as long as she could remember, but wrote only for school magazines and fanzines until 1952, when she sold her first professional short story to Vortex Science Fiction. She wrote everything from science fiction to Gothics, but is probably best known for her Darkover novels.
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. She also edited an annual anthology called Sword and Sorceress for DAW Books.
Over the years she turned more to fantasy; The House Between the Worlds, although a selection of the Science Fiction Book Club, was "fantasy undiluted". She wrote a novel of the women in the Arthurian legends -- Morgan Le Fay, the Lady of the Lake, and others -- entitled Mists of Avalon, which made the NY Times best seller list both in hardcover and trade paperback, and she also wrote The Firebrand, a novel about the women of the Trojan War. Her historical fantasy novels, The Forest House, Lady of Avalon, Mists of Avalon are prequels to Priestess of Avalon
She died in Berkeley, California on September 25, 1999, four days after suffering a major heart attack. She was survived by her brother, Leslie Zimmer; her sons, David Bradley and Patrick Breen; her daughter, Moira Stern; and her grandchildren.
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Top Customer Reviews
This novel takes place seven years after 'Thendara House', and Jaelle and Magda are full-members now of the Forbidden Tower. They've both been fully trained in the use of their Laran, and their abilities have grown considerably.
If you've enjoyed the other two books in this series-within-a-series, 'Shattered Chain' and 'Thendara House,' you will love this one--it's definitely the best, and it truly delivers on the potential of the other two. If you've missed the first two, you'll still enjoy this one on its own--Bradley makes sure to provide recaps of relevant past events and relationships, allowing a new reader to dive straight into this story. But, there's no question, if you already know and love these characters from their previous adventures, you'll be even more deeply engaged in this great story.
What Lorne finds in the mind of Alexis Anders shouldn't be possible. By all accounts, there is nothing on the other side of that mountain range. Nothing. Satellite photos show nothing, and it is common knowledge on Darkover that nothing can survive over there. Yet, the mind of Alexis Anders reveals the existence of a hidden city deep in the mountains, a city where there are women of power who are wearing robes. This may not seem too exceptional (except for a city existing where one shouldn't exist), but from the previous novels which feature Magda Lorne, we know that in a couple of instances using her "laran" Magda has encountered strange women wearing robes on the spiritual plane who have called themselves the "Dark Sisterhood". She originally dismissed this because there was no confirmation that what she thought she saw was real, but with this additional confirmation from Anders, Magda believes there truly is a Dark Sisterhood.
When Alexis finally regains her memory, she secretly commissions a guide to find this hidden city. Magda figures out what is happening and that Alexis is attempting something that she does not truly understand, Magda, along with her freemate Jaelle (another character we are familiar with by this point), and a couple of other women (including Cholayna and Camilla) try to track Alexis before she can find the city (or die trying to find the city).
"City of Sorcery", at its heart, is an adventure story, or perhaps a kind of "holy grail" story. The women are all chasing this mythical story, and there are Darkovan legends about this city, but nobody truly believed it could be real. It becomes something of a holy quest against impossible odds. This wasn't a story I expected to be that good (my expectation was that this would be one of the weaker Darkover novels), but it was. This is some excellent storytelling by Marion Zimmer Bradley, and just when she gets to the part of the quest where the story begins to drag, she changes direction and brings it on home and it is fresh and exciting again. This novel was a surprise for me, but a pleasant one. The Renunciate trilogy ("The Shattered Chain", "Thendara House") are some of the strongest of the Darkover novels that I have read, and I can only hope that Magda Lorne and the consequences of this quest will appear in the later Darkover novels (or short stories).
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