The Alton Gift (Children of Kings #1)

The Alton Gift (Children of Kings #1)

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by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Deborah J. Ross
     
 

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After the tragic, untimely death of Regis Hastur, a ruler who struggled lifelong to save the beloved world of his birth from the ambitions of the ruthless Terran Federation, the Terrans have finally abandoned Darkover to pursue interstellar civil war.

As Lew Alton-returned home to the world of his birth after decades spent in exile as the Darkovan representative to

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After the tragic, untimely death of Regis Hastur, a ruler who struggled lifelong to save the beloved world of his birth from the ambitions of the ruthless Terran Federation, the Terrans have finally abandoned Darkover to pursue interstellar civil war.

As Lew Alton-returned home to the world of his birth after decades spent in exile as the Darkovan representative to the Terran Senate-wrestles with the dark shadows from his past, his daughter Marguerida's psychic Gifts warn her of impending danger. But danger to whom? For though her precognitive senses fill her with a feeling of imminent doom, she can see nothing specific in her visions of the ever-changing, uncertain future. Her husband Mikhail, as powerful head of the Hastur Domain, is her most obvious concern-for he's a likely target for assassination. Far too many would stand to gain from his demise.

Meanwhile, unknown to Marguerida, her son, Domenic, searches for his place in a world of shifting loyalties-torn between love for two very different women-and struggles to come to terms with his destiny as the heir to Hastur.

But while Francisco Ridenow, longtime adversary of the Hastur clan, plots to bring down Mikhail and Marguerida, and the rulers of Darkover think only of their own political issues, a far greater threat is facing their world.

Even as increasingly desperate refugees flood the streets of Thendara, Darkover's capital city, in the wilds of the far-distant Hellers an ancient menace rises once again-a power against which neither swords nor the psychic sorcery of Darkover can prevail. Only an outlaw Terran, fleeing from a past he cannot remember, may hold the key to Darkover's survival.

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After the death of Regis Hastur, who labored to save his planet from exploitation by the Terran Federation, political tension heats up as Domenic Alton-Hastur, heir to the Hastur rule, faces opposition from longtime rival Francisco Ridenow, while unknown to all but a few, an ancient threat rears its head, wreaking havoc among Darkoverians of all ages and classes. Approved by the late Bradley to continue her Darkover novels, Ross remains faithful to Bradley's vision in this sequel to Traitor's Sun, creating a story filled with memorable characters, agonizing decisions, and powerfully subtle psychic forces. Suitable for all libraries, but particularly appropriate where the series has a following.


—Jackie Cassada

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756404802
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
06/03/2008
Series:
Darkover Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
544
Sales rank:
249,786
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Marion Zimmer Bradley was a professional writer for over forty years, publishing numerous novels and short stories. Among her best-selling works are The Mists of Avalon, and the Darkover series. Before her death in 1999, she and Deborah Ross planned the continuing novels in the Darkover series.

DEborah J. Ross became friends with Marion Zimmer Bradley when she sold a short story for the first Sword and Sorceress anthology. Ms. Bradley continued to encourage Deborah over the next two decades, through births, deaths, divorces, a sojourn in France, her literary apprenticeship, four dozen more short stories, two novels, and finally her work on the Darkover series.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
June 30, 1930
Date of Death:
September 25, 1999
Place of Birth:
Albany, New York
Place of Death:
Berkeley, California
Education:
B.A., Hardin-Simmons College, 1964; additional study at University of California, Berkeley, 1965-1967

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Alton Gift (Children of Kings #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Terran Federation left Darkover to fight in an interstellar war not realizing just how powerful the people with laran (psychic powers are) or that they can be a weapon against an enemy. Now the old ways no longer work. There are less laran users and towers have been abandoned because there have not been enough people to fill them.---------------------- - Trailmen¿s Fever which was thought to have been wiped out by Terran science makes a pandemic return. The knowledge of how to cure it is locked in an encrypted file in the bioweapon files so those who know how to use a computer can¿t access it. However, there is one Terran soldier Jeram who chose to stay on Darkover. His mind was entered without his consent to erase a few of his memories so that the off-world military won¿t discover what laran can actually is. As the plague threatens the world, he is the Darkover¿s last hope.------------------------- Taking place after the federation forces have left, The Regent Mikhail and his wife Marguerida try to hold society together but the poor, caught in a cycle of devastation have no lords to help them. Their son is torn between love and honor and finds the strength to rule when his father takes ill. These characters make THE ALTON GIFT very special because they care about their people and the audience will hope they survive and their son Domenic finds love. The authors have written a complex tale with interwoven storylines that are entertaining and exciting. They create a world with its own culture that seems believable. This adds to the Darkover mythos.----------- Harriet Klausner
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MBOLEY More than 1 year ago
I miss Marion Zimmer Bradley, but Deborah J. Ross has captured her style completely. This is a great book and I am anxiously awaiting the second one in this series. A dear friend of mine turned me onto these books back in the early 80's and I have almost all of Marion's books except for some of the anthologies. I hope and pray that Deborah keeps writing them to keep Darkover alive! I could recommend reading all of Marion's novels but here are a few!
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