Bloody Sun (Second Age #1)

Bloody Sun (Second Age #1)

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by Marion Zimmer Bradley
     
 

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Jeff Kerwin had spent his early years in the Spacemen's Orphanage on Darkover. Yet he'd never felt that he belonged there, for he was haunted by dreams of the world surrounding the Terran city. After being shipped back to Earth, Jeff finally returns to the planet of the bloody sun, where he hopes to unlock the mystery of his heritage.

Overview

Jeff Kerwin had spent his early years in the Spacemen's Orphanage on Darkover. Yet he'd never felt that he belonged there, for he was haunted by dreams of the world surrounding the Terran city. After being shipped back to Earth, Jeff finally returns to the planet of the bloody sun, where he hopes to unlock the mystery of his heritage.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780441068593
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/15/1985
Series:
Darkover Series
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Marion Zimmer Bradley was born in Albany, NY and lived for many years in Berkeley, CA. Best known as a writer of fantasy, science fiction, and romantic occult fiction, Bradley was also the editor of "Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine" and many anthologies. Her most famous works include the "Darkover" series of science fiction novels and the "New York Times" bestselling "The Mists of Avalon," Bradley's romantic, magical, contemporary novels for Tor include "The Inheritor, Heartlight, Ghostlight, "and" Witch Hill," Marion Zimmer Bradley died in 1999.

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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Bloody Sun (Second Age #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
brjunkie More than 1 year ago
Jeff Kerwin grew up in the Spaceman's Orphanage on Cottman IV, until he was forced to travel to Earth. When he wasn't able to imitate their lost Earth son Jefferson Andrew Kerwin, he joined the Terran Space Service to make his way back home to Darkover. Around his neck he wears a blue stone. He's had it for as long as he can remember, but he has no idea that it's a matrix stone. Not only that, but that it use to belong to his mother, a leronis, the Keeper of Arilinn after the late Leonie Hastur. With his red hair not hidden under a hood in the Trade City, he is mistaken for one of the Comyn. There are those who don't agree with what decisions the Comyn has made for the people of Darkover. Some do want the Terran technology. A stone gets chunked at Kerwin's head, by an unknown pitcher. Because his Terran father thought ahead to give his son the best of both worlds, Kerwin has citizenship into the Empire. He hopefully and desperately tries to hunt down any records regarding his Darkovan parents. There isn't any record of him ever being in the orphanage. The computers only give him the same repeated message, "subject not found", in all of his searches. He begins to feel as if he's gone crazy; because he knows for sure that he was there and can't prove it to himself, or maybe more importantly to anyone else. Realizing that he will not be accepted as a Terran, and faced with a deportation order, Jeff abandons his Earth heritage, and searches for his answers in the Arilinn Tower. Unaware of the powerful intimacy between the members of the circle and the strong untapped empath laran he possesses, he finds himself reacting as a Terran boyfriend would, not like a Darkovan Tower technician should. Sleeping with Neyrissa is unlike any woman Jeff has ever been with before. When she comforts Auster with her laran the hatred between the two men explodes. Being in Arilinn Tower, he not only learns about laran and psi powers and how to use his laran, he is taught how to use the matrix stone given to him by his mother. (I'd love to tell you who his mother is, but that would be a spoiler. It was an enjoyable surprise for me.) There are only a few towers operating out of the once many from the Ages of Chaos, and none of them have a complete working matrix circle that Arilinn Tower now possesses with Jeff's membership. With the tempting ease of the Terran technology exchange that the Darkovans want, it is a struggle for the Comyn and the Towers to retain the integrity of the Darkovan way of life, rather than becoming another Empire satellite state. To their credit, Arilinn Tower succeeds with finding the desperately needed metals (for industry and commerce), buying them some more time. Unfortunately, they soon discover that someone is compromising their efforts, from the inside. Jeff's suspicions are on Auster Ridenow. Jeff and Auster have been at odds since they met. Jeff now fed up with not fitting in with either of his home planets and in addition to the misunderstood loss of Neyrissa's intimacy, confronts Auster with a challenge to prove his innocence. Unknowing to Kerwin, Auster has a trap matrix set up to ensnare Jeff and prove his innocence instead! To touch a Keeper is a powerful taboo that still remains, but since the Forbidden Tower changes are happening. The training required at a young age isn't truly necessary anymore. Because of Damon's efforts, anyone willing can be taught to use their laran and the mat