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The Children of Kings: A Darkover Novel
     

The Children of Kings: A Darkover Novel

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by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Deborah J. Ross
 

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An exciting fantasy adventure set in Marion Zimmer Bradley's popular world of Darkover

Court life for Prince Gareth Elhalyn, grandson of the legendary Regis Hastur, has become unbearable. In a desperate attempt to escape, Gareth appeals to his powerful grandmother, Linnea, and with her blessing, disguises himself and travels to the barbarous, warlike Dry

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An exciting fantasy adventure set in Marion Zimmer Bradley's popular world of Darkover

Court life for Prince Gareth Elhalyn, grandson of the legendary Regis Hastur, has become unbearable. In a desperate attempt to escape, Gareth appeals to his powerful grandmother, Linnea, and with her blessing, disguises himself and travels to the barbarous, warlike Dry Towns where no one will recognize a prince. In the Dry Towns, Gareth overhears rumors of deadly, illegal Terran blasters and stumbles upon a terrible reality no one could have suspected.
 
Meanwhile, Linnea has never ceased to search for her lost daughter, Kierestelli, whom she and Regis were forced to send into hiding with the native chieri. Almost by chance, Linnea reconnects along the telepathic relays with Kierestelli, now called Silvana of Nevarsin Tower. Silvana, convinced that her parents abandoned her, rejects her mother’s overture and returns to her hidden home among the chieri. But the chieri once roamed the stars themselves, and they have no forgotten the terror of warfare in space—lessons that they pass on to Silvana.
 
Unknown to the ruling Comyn, danger now fills the skies above Darkover, and Silvana holds half the key to protecting their world. Gareth holds the other half, if he can only stay alive long enough to discover where that key is....

Editorial Reviews

Chicago Sun-Times
“For sheer skill in storytelling and world building, 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.”
Center City Weekly Press
“[The Alton Gift] is a must for fans of the series and reads as if Deborah has been channeling Marion’s spirit.”
Locus (for Exile's Song)
“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.”
Booklist (for Exile's Song)
“This new entry in Bradley's venerable series is an almost unalloyed pleasure from beginning to end and one of the few recent Darkover novels that someone unfamiliar with the series can pick up and get into immediately.”
Romantic Times (for The Shadow Matrix)
“Ms Bradley spins a mesmerizing tale with masterful craftsmanship. Filled with rousing adventure, intriguing possibilities and fascinating characters.”
From the Publisher
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756407971
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
03/05/2013
Series:
Darkover Series
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
“For sheer skill in storytelling and world building, 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
 
“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 Exile’s Song)
 
“This new entry in Bradley's venerable series is an almost unalloyed pleasure from beginning to end and one of the few recent Darkover novels that someone unfamiliar with the series can pick up and get into immediately.”—Booklist (for Exile’s Song)
 
“[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
 
“Bradley's consummate skill at presenting complex political intrigue side-by-side with acute personal drama makes her Darkover series both involving and intricate.”—Library Journal (for Traitor’s Sun)
 
“Ms Bradley spins a mesmerizing tale with masterful craftsmanship. Filled with rousing adventure, intriguing possibilities and fascinating characters.”—Romantic Times (for The Shadow Matrix)  
 

Meet 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.

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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Children of Kings: A Darkover Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Vautour More than 1 year ago
In Children of Kings, Deborah J. Ross weaves together a tale with threads that bring together memorable characters old and new. When Prince Gareth leaves the city of his birth to find adventure—and hopefully, himself—in the Dry Towns, little does he know that his journey and the choices he makes will affect not only himself but also the entire planet. The tale includes a young man’s search for self and adventure, a mother’s yearning for what was lost, the joy of pain and love and difficult moral choices along with other issues, all written with the love and familiarity of an author entrusted to MZB’s legacy. Filled with strong women, gender-bending, and moments of touching emotional clarity, Children of Kings is an entertaining, worthy addition to the Darkover canon that will appeal to everyone, from die-hard fans to those new to the world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ross does an excellent job adding to the Darkover tale. I hope there's another book in the works to continue the story. This one was just too short. I want more.
MBOLEY More than 1 year ago
I miss Marion Zimmer Bradley, but Deborah J. Ross has written another great novel. If you like the series, this is a MUST read! Don't miss out.
shortcircuit More than 1 year ago
all books in series are the best
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Jesse_H More than 1 year ago
Deborah Ross continues the tale of Darkover and it's people with expert care. Journey through the dry towns with the Grandson of the Great Regis Hastur. Find out what happens when the Drytowners get ahold of Compact Banned weapons. Totally fun!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is being advertised as a new book by Marion Zimmer Bradley... who died in 1999. While I know this book is meant to be included in the series she wrote, it's a moral dead zone to use her name to sell novels. This same thing is done with Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. I consider it to be disrespectful of the publishers toward the readers. The dead author's name being paraded larger than the title of the book is pretty disgusting as well. Certainly give her the credit for the series on the cover, but for readers who might not know she passed away this is a cheap cheat. I'm not going to read it.