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Posted July 26, 2010
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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.
Posted July 14, 2002
This book is probably one of the best in this everlasting series. The characters are as intricate as any person could possibly be, with real emotions and fears. The plot twists and turn, creating a tale no one, myself included, would want to put down.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.