Heritage and Exile (The Heritage of Hastur/Sharras' Exile)

Heritage and Exile (The Heritage of Hastur/Sharras' Exile)

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by Marion Zimmer Bradley
     
 

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The Heritage of Hastur: Nominated for a Hugo Award, and described as “Bradley’s best [Darkover] novel” by Locus, The Heritage of Hastur is a brilliant epic of the pivotal events in the love-hate relationship between the Terran worlds and the semi-alien offspring of the forgotten colonists who peopled Darkover. This is the

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The Heritage of Hastur: Nominated for a Hugo Award, and described as “Bradley’s best [Darkover] novel” by Locus, The Heritage of Hastur is a brilliant epic of the pivotal events in the love-hate relationship between the Terran worlds and the semi-alien offspring of the forgotten colonists who peopled Darkover. This is the complex and compelling tale of the early life of Regis Hastur, Darkover’s greatest monarch. But Heritage also spins the terrifying and heartbreaking story of those who sought to control the deadly Sharra Matrix and tells how Lew Alton met and lost his greatest love, Marjorie Scott. This is the unforgettable showdown between those Darkovan lords who would bargain away their world for the glories of Terran science and those who would preserve the special matrix powers that are at once the prize and the burden of the Darkover.

Sharra’s Exile: The most dangerous magical implement on all of Darkover was the infamous, legendary Sharra Matrix. Embodying the image of a chained woman wreathed in flames, it was the last remaining weapon of the Age of Chaos—an era of uncontrolled laran warfare which had almost destroyed all life on Darkover. The Sharra Matrix has been exiled offworld to one of the far-flung planets of the Terran Empire, in the protective custody of one who had suffered gravely from its use: Comyn Lord Lew Alton. But when Lew was called back to Darkover to contend for his rights, he had no choice but to bring this dangerous matrix back with him, and once Sharra Matrix was back, her flaming image spread far and wide, setting in motion events which would change the lands, the seven Domains, and the entire future of Darkover.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756400651
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
04/02/2002
Series:
Darkover Series
Pages:
784
Sales rank:
613,684
Product dimensions:
4.34(w) x 6.82(h) x 1.74(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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The Heritage of Hastur:Regis Hastur is the male Hastur heir, but he has no laran. He has unknowingly put up barriers of his own to block his laran. It will take a rare catalyst telepath to unlock his laran and break down those barriers. In addition to all of this, Regis his hiding more than just his laran from himself. He will be forced to face and acknowledge this in order to take his place as Hastur heir. Regis truly dreams of taking off in the powerful and impressive spacecrafts and traveling off world, across the galaxy. When Regis asks his grandfather permission to enter the Terran Empire Space Service, he is infuriated. Regis compromises with his grandfather, and promises that he will serve three years in the City Guard, before making his decision to leave Darkover for unknown and glorious Terran adventure. Now being hazed by other cadets for being Comyn and under the command of his boyhood friend, his laran shows itself. And because his laran is open to him, he faces the reality that his dream will not be realized to come to fruition. He will have to live up to his Hastur heritage and become the next ruling Hastur. Empire citizens are selling blasters in the market place of Caer Donn, (a renegade Domain exiled from Comyn generations ago). This black market selling is in direct violation of the Terrans agreement to Darkovan's Compact. With political power struggles, no one takes responsibility to right the problem. Lew, (Kennard's half-Terran son and the only one of his two sons recognized by Comyn), will travel to Castle Aldaran to confront Lord Kermiac about this violation. Regis becomes alienated by his new best friend, the cadet Danilo, who is also a catalyst telepath who opened Regis' laran. This type of laran is extremely rare and thought to be bred out. When Regis learns of Danilo's painful demise from the weapons master Dyan, he confronts his grandfather and Kennard. While at Castle Aldaran, Lew learns of Lord Kermiac's family's plan. The powerful Sharra matrix is used to show how the Terrans and Darkovans technologies can co-exist. But even with the warnings and caution, and with Lew's help to train them into a working circle, can the matrix truly be controlled, or will it control them and burn them alive when it's done with them? This fantastic book tells the great growing up adventure of the young Regis Hastur. I'm looking forward to reading about the rest of his rule, and to find out how he will continue to interact with Lew and Danilo, considering his acceptance and barriers are broken and he is at peace with that. Sharra's Exile: The end of 'The Heritage of Hastur' resulted in the Sharra matrix safely exiled from the planet Darkover, and with Kennard and Lew Alton escaping the planet along with it. Sharra's matrix is similar to Lew's own matrix that he wears around his neck. Because of the high cost to Lew and Marjorie for defeating the Sharra matrix at the Aldaran domain, he can not be separated from either his own matrix or Sharra's matrix. He is keyed into both matrixes. Separation from either matrix would mean his painful and agonizing death. So, he is forced to carry the sword with him always, for he is still constantly under the nightmarish influence of Sharra. With hopes that Terran medical science can help Lew regain his destroyed hand, Kennard tries to aid his son and Alton's heir. Lew finds some small comfort and starts to live once again when he and Dio meet on the...
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