The Shadow Matrix

The Shadow Matrix

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by Marion Zimmer Bradley
     
 

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After spending her youth in the Terran Empire, Margaret Alton returns to Darkover, the planet of her birth. There she discovers she has the Alton Gift—forced rapport and compulsion—one of the strongest and most dangerous of the inherited Laran gifts of the telepathic Comyn—the ruling families of Darkover. And even as she struggles to control her

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After spending her youth in the Terran Empire, Margaret Alton returns to Darkover, the planet of her birth. There she discovers she has the Alton Gift—forced rapport and compulsion—one of the strongest and most dangerous of the inherited Laran gifts of the telepathic Comyn—the ruling families of Darkover. And even as she struggles to control her newfound powers, Margaret finds herself falling in love with the Regent to the royal Elhalyn Domain, a man she has been forbidden to marry, for their alliance would irrevocably alter the power balance of their planet!

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VOYA - Joyce Davidson
Margaret Alton struggles to come to terms with not only her own telepathy but also the strange shadow matrix etched into her hand. As is traditional in Darkover, she is sent to a Tower to begin her training. While she is in training, her beloved, Mikhail Lanart-Hastur, is sent as Regent to the Elhalyn domain to test the children and judge if any of the boys is fit to be the next king. Margaret fights to learn how to control her powers, and to have her voice and wishes heard in the matter of her marriage. For as heir to the Alton Domain, Margaret alone could shift the balance of power in the Comyn Council. Mikhail has his own battles to fight as he finds the Elhalyn children neglected and their mother caught in the power of a strange spell waiting for an unknown Guardian to carry her and her children away to eternal life. But these are minor problems compared to what awaits them at Hali Tower on Midwinter night, as they journey back in time to meet Varzil the Good and defeat the evil of Ashara Alton. To understand this book readers must have read Exile's Song (DAW, 1996/VOYA December 1996) first. And it would help even more if they were familiar with other Darkover novels. In no way does this sequel stand alone. The novel is very complex as it details much of the society, politics, and culture of Darkover. Recommended for purchase only in libraries with large science fiction collections or Exile's Song on the shelf; there are too many characters and references to events in earlier books to make this an introduction to the rich and exciting world of Darkover. VOYA Codes: 4Q 2P S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, For the YA reader with a special interest in the subject, Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780886778125
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Series:
Darkover Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
560
Product dimensions:
4.26(w) x 6.72(h) x 1.52(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.

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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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Shadow Matrix 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoughly enjoyed reading this book. It was a marvelous telling of a marvelous plot. Bradley has (or rather, she HAD; she's dead now)a gift for making her characters come to life with real, understandably human emotions, even when the world in which the people live is so foreign. A beautiful story full of good and evil, love and hate. Definetly one of Bradley's best.
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one of my favorite Darkover Novels!
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