Rediscovery (First Age #1)

Rediscovery (First Age #1)

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by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Mercedes Lackey
     
 

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Leonie Hastur, headstrong and lovely daughter of the Hastur Clan, most powerful of all the telepathic families who rule Darkover, is being escorted by her twin brother Lorill to Dalreuth Tower for training in the use of her psychic powers. Although this is the even she has long dreamed of - for her laran is so strong that she has been able to use it without benefit

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Leonie Hastur, headstrong and lovely daughter of the Hastur Clan, most powerful of all the telepathic families who rule Darkover, is being escorted by her twin brother Lorill to Dalreuth Tower for training in the use of her psychic powers. Although this is the even she has long dreamed of - for her laran is so strong that she has been able to use it without benefit of training or the need of a matrix crystal - and she yearns for the power which will come to her if she succeeds in becoming a keeper, she is deeply disturbed. For she is plagued by a terrifying premonition that haunts her days and disrupts her nights, the inescapable feeling that something is about to happen - something monumental and dangerous which will descend upon her world and change it utterly. And all she knows for certain is that this something will be coming from one of Darkover's four moons...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As established in Bradley's previous stories and novels about Darkover, the planet is the home of the descendants of the survivors of a crashed colony ship, who formed a medievally structured society that has endured for centuries. This tepid collaboration with Lackey (Bardic Voices) fills one important gap in the history of that world, to wit, the discovery of Darkover by the Terran Empire. The novel cuts back and forth between the Terran ship that discovers the Darkovans and the young telepath who first senses their arrival, and later contacts one of the Terran team. The authors seem more interested in constructing set pieces than building a coherent narrative. In so doing, they accomplish the dubious feat of creating interesting characters without employing them effectively: a kidnapping in the later chapters seems an extraneous event added to create conflict; that one of the major characters is killed is not made clear when it happens and is mentioned only casually several pages later. Fans of the series may want this missing link, but those unfamiliar with the world will still be in the dark. (Apr.)
Library Journal
When an exploratory spaceship from the Terran Empire encounters remnants of one of their own lost colonies on the fourth planet of the Cottman system, what begins as a promising dialog between disparate cultures quickly falls prey to human greed. Coauthors Bradley and Lackey combine their considerable talents to illuminate a seminal event in Darkover's long histroy from both the Terran and Darkovan perspectives. Series fans will welcome this title.
Roland Green
Taking along a younger collaborator with a distinguished publishing record of her own, Bradley returns to her most notable creation, the lost colony of Darkover. This book tells the story (doubtless long awaited by the series' fans) of the first contact between Terra and long-isolated Darkover. Telling it well, the coauthors blend in a way creditable to both, and they interestingly fill in a number of gaps in the careers and backgrounds of characters in other Darkover novels. There is one problem, however, and a large one: when Bradley laid down the foundations of the saga 30 years ago, Darkovan-Terran hostility was a given. In order to rationalize this hostility, the Terran expedition's leaders are here forced to behave with a degree of stupidity some readers may not find credible. There will be enough other readers, though, who'll leap on any tale of Darkover, making this a mandatory addition to almost any sf collection.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780886775292
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
06/01/1994
Series:
Darkover Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
4.24(w) x 6.78(h) x 0.96(d)

Meet the Author

Mercedes Lackey is a full-time writer and has published numerous novels and works of short fiction, including the best-selling Heralds Of Valdemar series. She is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots. She can be found at mercedeslackey.com.

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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