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  • Posted January 10, 2010

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    exhilarating character driven Darkover thriller

    The Terran Empire was no more having morphed into the Federation. With that change, the philosophy of choice ends so that those worlds like Darkover that fail to join the Federation will receive a special visit from the insidious World Wreckers whose mantra is join or die.

    Darkover has had such a visit with the assassinations of the Comyn Council members. Only the Hastur of Hastur, Regent of Darkover, remains in the way of a Terran takeover that would exhaust the planet's natural resources as a military stop. The ruler however is old and dying. His grandson Regis Hastur is heir, but he prefers not to rule as that would mean giving up his beloved Danilo Syrtiss. However, on his death bed, the current ruler informs his grandson that he has an older half-brother Rinaldo hidden away in shame. Regis always wanted a sibling, but now feels he might have a way to give up being the heir at a critical time when the planet lacks strong leadership.

    This is an exhilarating character driven Darkover thriller, which apparently Deborah J. Ross completed from a manuscript written by the late great Marion Zimmer Bradley before she died over a decade ago. The story line is fast-paced as the Terrans use any means to gain control, but it is the two brothers who make the novel work as in spite of their psi powers they seem real. With a super look at power, responsibility, accountability and leadership; fans of the saga will not be able to delineate what are Ms. Ross' touches and what was Ms. Bradley as we welcome a new Darkover entry.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2010

    Hastur Lord Well Worth the Read

    While I have pretty much have read everything Marion Zimmer Bradley has written, I must admit that I was somewhat skeptical of others writing/dabbling in this world. But I truly believe that Deborah J. Ross has done a magnificant job with this story and brings to life a time period between "The World Wreckers" and "Exile's Song"...

    While the Alton Gift introduced us to some new characters post "Traitor's Sun",..I believe that the Hastur Lord brings to life those who are very complex and how their lives were woven together - particularly how Regis Hastur has made choices in not only his early life but also during the time of Exile's Song and beyond.

    I truly appreciated the writing, the style, and the character development of this fantastic read. Even the subplot of men being pledged to one another brought to me a wonderful depiction of honor, loyalty, and love. The trust that builds due to one man's honor is something that I believe is so lacking in our own culture at times. Thank you Ms. Ross for having the courage to write about courage, trust, and honor in a way that defies convention and what is called "normal." Certainly - this read can provide all that you need for drama, originality, and character development. It has plugged some holes in my understanding of the Darkover world.

    Again, thank you!

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