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Hastur Lord

Hastur Lord

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by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Deborah J. Ross
     
 

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Regis Hastur, lord of the most powerful of the seven domains of Darkover, learns that the Terran Federation's operatives are pressuring Darkover to give up its closed world status and become a full member of this intergalactic empire. But Regis knows that if Darkover joins the Federation his beloved home planet will become nothing more than a military hub, sapped

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Regis Hastur, lord of the most powerful of the seven domains of Darkover, learns that the Terran Federation's operatives are pressuring Darkover to give up its closed world status and become a full member of this intergalactic empire. But Regis knows that if Darkover joins the Federation his beloved home planet will become nothing more than a military hub, sapped of its resources and cultural heritage. Still there are those among Darkover's ruling families who are tempted by the promise of increased technology that membership in the Federation would bring.

Meanwhile, Regis learns that he has an older illegitimate brother, Rinaldo. But his joy in finding his sibling is short-lived, as Regis's enemies try to force him to abdicate leadership of Darkover in favor of his older brother. They hope to manipulate Rinaldo into agreeing to join the Federation. But unbeknownst to anyone, Rinaldo has a plan of his own...

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756406493
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Series:
Darkover Series
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
4.40(w) x 6.84(h) x 1.35(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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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Hastur Lord 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
brjunkie More than 1 year ago
Deborah J. Ross richly contributes to Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover series, what I believe to be is another character developing chapter in the life of Regis Hastur. His position in the Comyn is challenged along with the efforts of his Telepathic Council of common people and offworlders, but also his love for his paxman Danilo is in jeopardy. As the Terran Empire makes the swift and galaxy changing political move to establish itself as a Federation, Darkover could lose its status of being a Class D Closed World. While resisting Ridenow's push for Federation membership, Regis will continue to struggle with his role as Heir to his Domain, his proposal to Linnea the Keeper, and he rush to move the burden of Hastur of Hastur onto the all too willing shoulders of his newfound cristoforo older brother. Here is where Deborah J. Ross will use her talents to interweave the political complications that Regis and Darkover are forced to face, in addition to the overwhelming inquisition like revolution that Rinaldo will make with his cristoforo religion. He means to cleanse the entire planet of sin, with the crazed and misguided influence of offworlder Tiphani, Lawton's wife. Driven by his newfound power in status, Rinaldo is not above kidnapping the young children of the Comyn or those of the Thendara Trade City either. Compromising the increasingly delicate Darkoveran and Terran relations, and dangerously close to the verge of a war, Rinaldo's actions with his believed to be prophet Luminosa, will demand that Regis not only take back his hereditary role as Hastur Lord, but he must save his marriage, family members, lover, and the planet from the manipulated mistakes of the fanatic, the brother he loves and trusts.
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jkunkle More than 1 year ago
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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