A Flame in Hali (Clingfire Trilogy #3)

A Flame in Hali (Clingfire Trilogy #3)

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by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Deborah J. Ross
     
 

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In the era of The Hundred Kingdoms, a time of war and unrest, King Carolin of Hastur and his friend Keeper Varzil Ridenow work selflessly to put an end to the destruction caused by the long range weapons of the magical matrix Towers. But Eduin Deslucido-who once called Carolin brother-has been consumed with a vengeful rage, and will stop at nothing to destroy the

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In the era of The Hundred Kingdoms, a time of war and unrest, King Carolin of Hastur and his friend Keeper Varzil Ridenow work selflessly to put an end to the destruction caused by the long range weapons of the magical matrix Towers. But Eduin Deslucido-who once called Carolin brother-has been consumed with a vengeful rage, and will stop at nothing to destroy the king and his plan for peace.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
The climactic conclusion of Marion Zimmer Bradley and Deborah J. Ross's Clingfire trilogy is set on Bradley's much-storied planet of Darkover in the war-filled era of the Hundred Kingdoms and chronicles a celebrated friendship that changed forever the bloody destiny of the planet.

Arguably an allegorical tale about modern-day warfare, the Clingfire trilogy (The Fall of Neskaya, Zandru's Forge) takes place during the lawless years leading up to the Compact, a historical treaty that forbade the use of all weapons that could kill from a distance; the honor-based principle being that anyone wishing to kill someone else must put their own life at equal risk. King Carolin of Hastur and his best friend, Keeper Varzil Ridenow, have dreamed about a world without war for years and, after much campaigning, the idea of the Compact is slowly being embraced by a growing number of kingdoms.

But there are factions that are against the Compact and will do anything to stop Carolin and Varzil from unifying Darkover. Eduin Deslucido -- tormented by a compulsion spell that his dead, vengeance-obsessed father planted in his mind -- is compelled to kill the king and his keeper. Can he break free from the powerful spell or is he doomed to carry out his father's murderous retribution? The conclusion of this trilogy is both exciting and melancholy. Bradley, who began the Darkover saga with the publication of Planet Savers in 1962, passed away in 1999 during the writing of these novels. Paul Goat Allen

Publishers Weekly
A little cutting might have benefited A Flame in Hali: Book Three of the Clingfire Trilogy, by Marion Zimmer Bradley and Deborah J. Ross, but fans should find this tale of incessant war among the Hundred Kingdoms a worthy addition to Bradley's original Darkover series. The menacing dragon on the jacket will cue high fantasy fans. Agent, Russell Galen. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
During the time of the Hundred Kingdoms, two men, Keeper Varzil Ridenow and King Carolin of Hastur, stand poised to change the world with a powerful ruling banning distance weapons and forcing men to face each other in battle rather than killing one another from afar. Standing against them is the sinister figure of Eduin Deslucido, a laranzu who has turned renegade owing to a compulsion from his ambitious late father. Working from the late Bradley's notes, coauthor and prot g e Ross has continued a tale of tormented loyalties and personal redemption set in the quasimedieval world of Darkover. Essential for Darkover fans and for general fantasy readers. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756402679
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
06/28/2005
Series:
Darkover Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
478,361
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.68(h) x 1.48(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Marion Zimmer was born in Albany, NY, on June 3, 1930, and married Robert Alden Bradley in 1949. Mrs. Bradley received her B.A. in 1964 from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, then did graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1965-67.

She was a science fiction/fantasy fan from her middle teens, and made her first sale as an adjunct to an amateur fiction contest in Fantastic/Amazing Stories in 1949. She had written as long as she could remember, but wrote only for school magazines and fanzines until 1952, when she sold her first professional short story to Vortex Science Fiction. She wrote everything from science fiction to Gothics, but is probably best known for her Darkover novels.

In addition to her novels, Mrs. Bradley edited many magazines, amateur and professional, including Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine, which she started in 1988. She also edited an annual anthology called Sword and Sorceress for DAW Books.

Over the years she turned more to fantasy; The House Between the Worlds, although a selection of the Science Fiction Book Club, was "fantasy undiluted". She wrote a novel of the women in the Arthurian legends — Morgan Le Fay, the Lady of the Lake, and others — entitled Mists of Avalon, which made the NY Times best seller list both in hardcover and trade paperback, and she also wrote The Firebrand, a novel about the women of the Trojan War. Her historical fantasy novels, The Forest House, Lady of Avalon, Mists of Avalon are prequels to Priestess of Avalon

She died in Berkeley, California on September 25, 1999, four days after suffering a major heart attack. She was survived by her brother, Leslie Zimmer; her sons, David Bradley and Patrick Breen; her daughter, Moira Stern; and her grandchildren.

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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Flame in Hali (Clingfire Trilogy #3) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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brjunkie More than 1 year ago
Of the three books in the clingfire trilogy, this one was a big disappointment. It had a strong beginning and ending. The middle of the story was too full of self pity on Dyannis part, and the slow, ever so slow workings of Eduin and his companion. I was eager for Dyannis to turn villian. She would had been great! With all the powers the leronys have they simply could not make the connection of what Eduin was trying to accomplish. This bored me because so much time was spent on it. I highly enjoyed the exploration of the lake at Hali Tower!
harstan More than 1 year ago
The World of Darkover enhances psychic (laran) powers and wars are fought over long distances using special laran weapons created for that purpose. At the end of the age of the Hundred Kingdoms, King Carolin Hastur and keeper Varzil Ridenow pressure the various realms to sign the Compact that would ban long distance weapons of mass destruction................................ King Carolin doesn¿t know it but he has a very powerful enemy who wants him dead as his former friend Edwin Deslucido is under a compulsion spell laid upon him by his father to kill the entire Hastur Clan. The spell controls Edwin forcing him to turn one kingdom against another in the hopes that Varzil will die so he can finally destroy Hastur. The keep under attack houses Varzil¿s sister, a woman who Edwin once loved and realizes he still loves. Is his love stronger than his father¿s hate spell because Edwin feels compelled to save her yet is also obsessed with his sire¿s mission............................. Mindful of Hamlet, Edwin is one of the most tragic figures ever to grace the pages of a fantasy novel. He is not an evil man but a person driven to the point of madness because of a spell put upon him by his malevolent father. A FLAME IN HALI takes the reader into the mind of Edwin, a man who can¿t control his actions yet in the end, good can come out of the tragedy if the Compact Carolin and Varzil forge is signed by the kingdoms to prevent what happened in Hali from ever happening again. Marion Zimmer Bradley and Deborah J. Ross have written a brilliant finale to an exciting mini-series...................... Harriet Klausner