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Thunderlord (Darkover) Hardcover – August 2, 2016
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Praise for Darkover:
"Richly textured, well thought out, involving." ―Publishers Weekly
"Fans of Bradley will certainly want to read this flashback into Darkover history.... It is quite suspenseful, powerfully written, and deeply moving." —Library Journal
"This is the best Darkover novel in a long time.... It's a tale of culture clash, in classic Darkover style, a delightful return to a fascinating world, and a great read." —Locus
“For sheer skill in storytelling and worldbuilding, for wit, for strikingly intelligent development of the concept of telepathy, above all, for continuous concern for people, Bradley has put some more famous sagas in the shade." —Chicago Sun-Times
"[The Alton Gift] is a must for fans of the series, and reads as if Deborah has been channeling Marion's spirit.” —Center City Weekly Press
About the Author
Marion Zimmer Bradley is among the most famous, highly respected, and bestselling fantasy authors in our genre. The Avalon books and the Darkover novels are considered by many to be her finest achievements. Deborah J. Ross is the author of the Seven-Petaled Shield series, and a protégé and long-time friend of Bradley.
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As someone else also said, the first couple chapters are written from the point of view of one sister who is independent and rebellious, yet bows to her family's need for her to marry well and follow Darkover's rules for women. Then all of a sudden, they switch to the point of view of the submissive, obedient sister who actually marries the guy and the rest of the novel deals with the girl's growth to maturity through love. It doesn't really succeed as a romance. Someone said "Harlequin" novel. Got news for you: most Harlequin novels are now better written than this supposedly mainstream SF/F novel.
Note to author, editor and publisher: Bait and switch tactics are not like by readers. I will continue to read Darkover novels only if they are from another author.
I do think it was a good effort by Ross to stay true to the authentic Darkover, and also interesting to see some of the backstory about feuds and etc.
Great book for summer reading. it sounds like there may be two more in the works. I will be looking for those.