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The Ages of Chaos (Darkover) (edição: 2002)

de Marion Zimmer Bradley (Autor)

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The Ages of Chaos includes Stormqueen! and Hawkmistress!, two acclaimed novels by Marion Zimmer Bradley and part of the expansive, genre-bending Darkover series.   Set during the lawless Ages of Chaos, when the ruling families of the Seven Domains of Darkover ruthlessly inbred their psychic offspring to gain powerful and fearsome talents, two young women are born with "wild" psychic gifts. These stories--Stormqueen! and Hawkmistress!, one tragic and one triumphant--combine to give the reader a vivid and poignant picture of a devastating time period in the history of this fantastic world.   Stormqueen! During the lawless Ages of Chaos, when the ruling families of Darkover ruthlessly inbred their laran-gifted offspring to gain powerful talents, a baby was born to the lord of Aldaran. This child, born on a dark and thunder-filled night­­­­, was possessed of a terrifying and uncontrolled talent: Dorilys, heiress to her father's domain, could unwittingly call forth lightning, even while still a fretful child. Fearful for his daughter's life and the safety of his domain, Lord Aldaran sent to a tower for help. But even the powers of a trained monitor and a Hastur lord might not be enough to save this painfully afflicted and deadly young woman.   Hawkmistress! Romilly was an independent tomboy from a noble family, contrary to the social demands of Darkovan women. That was bad enough, but when Romilly's father arranged her marriage to a nobleman she found repulsive, she rebelled. Disguising herself as a boy, she fled into the deep forests. Living off the land was not nearly as difficult for Romilly as for most people, for she possessed a rare and highly-treasured gift--telepathic communication with hawk and horse. But Romilly soon discovered her newfound freedom was far from complete. Pulled into the maelstrom of a civil war, could Romilly find her true role in life without sacrificing her ideals?… (mais)
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Título:The Ages of Chaos (Darkover)
Autores:Marion Zimmer Bradley (Autor)
Informação:DAW (2002), Edition: Reprint, 768 pages
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I've reread Hawkmistress a few times over the years as it's always been one of my favorite books in the Darkover series. I have to admit that while Zandru's Forge which I recently read for the first time covers some of the same ground, but it is in a different POV which only added to my enjoyment of this reread.
Romilly is such a strong heroine, sometimes brusk but always honest and practical. She is one of my favorite woman protagonists. The MacAran Donas is an interesting type of laran, creating a powerful rapport between human and animal. The links between Romy/Preciosa and Romy/Sunstar are written so well that's it's just crushing to me as a reader when a link is broken. The sentry birds are also some of my favorites because Romy can see the beauty and worth inherent in the ugly creatures while others disparage them.
The overall theme of human war between the nobles destroying common folk, lands, and beasts is played out in a thoughtful manner. Carolin pledges to fight without resorting to the more dangerous forms of warfare, but he knows that there's a cost to any war, something Romilly doesn't always see with the sacrifice of her beloved animals. There's a lot to think about here. Now, onto the end of the Clingfire trilogy. ( )
  N.W.Moors | Jul 13, 2021 |
This is a reread from many years ago. I love the Darkover novels but this one is my least favorite though it's still a great book. It's a story with no happy endings.
Allart Hastur is heir to his brother and so, must marry though he's been happy living as a monk in Neversin. His laran is a rare one that predicts the many paths of a possible future and leaves him distraught with fear. He and Cassandra, his new wife, become embroiled with the domain of Alderan where the heiress is a young girl Dorilys with equally strange laran, the ability to control storms.
It's a good read about the land in the mountains and the people and customs there. It's a time of war and the matrix circles in the towers have been drawn into various sides, creating new and powerful weapons with their laran.
I didn't realize that the Darkover series has been expanded with after the author's death by Deborah J Ross, so next up is Thunderlord, a completely new book (to me) in the Age of Chaos. I'm so looking forward to it. ( )
  N.W.Moors | Jun 12, 2021 |
Fantasy, Darkover, ( )
  Jaelle | Feb 2, 2019 |
Stormqueen! This was an enjoyable story. I've read very few of the Darkover books, so I had no preconceived notions of what this book should be. I found myself saddened by the many circumstances in this story of young people born with tremendous psychic abilities (laran, in their own language), but also born into extreme danger of death by the same. So much suffering simply because the older generations believe they MUST have an heir, and that heir must have laran, even if it will be the death of them. I found this story compelling, the characters very human and fallible and interesting, even though ultimately this is a tragic story.

Hawkmistress! : I enjoyed this book the better of the two. It had a much more hopefull and positive tone, and the journey of the young protaganist was interesting and believable in the context of her own society. The usual background issues of family, laran, and geneology were very much a part of the story, but in this case did not lead to a tragic conclusion. ( )
  puttocklibrary | Oct 30, 2012 |
One of my all-time favorite sci-fi/fantasy series by one of my all-time favorite authors. Highly recommended. ( )
  willowcove | Feb 19, 2009 |
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The Ages of Chaos includes Stormqueen! and Hawkmistress!, two acclaimed novels by Marion Zimmer Bradley and part of the expansive, genre-bending Darkover series.   Set during the lawless Ages of Chaos, when the ruling families of the Seven Domains of Darkover ruthlessly inbred their psychic offspring to gain powerful and fearsome talents, two young women are born with "wild" psychic gifts. These stories--Stormqueen! and Hawkmistress!, one tragic and one triumphant--combine to give the reader a vivid and poignant picture of a devastating time period in the history of this fantastic world.   Stormqueen! During the lawless Ages of Chaos, when the ruling families of Darkover ruthlessly inbred their laran-gifted offspring to gain powerful talents, a baby was born to the lord of Aldaran. This child, born on a dark and thunder-filled night­­­­, was possessed of a terrifying and uncontrolled talent: Dorilys, heiress to her father's domain, could unwittingly call forth lightning, even while still a fretful child. Fearful for his daughter's life and the safety of his domain, Lord Aldaran sent to a tower for help. But even the powers of a trained monitor and a Hastur lord might not be enough to save this painfully afflicted and deadly young woman.   Hawkmistress! Romilly was an independent tomboy from a noble family, contrary to the social demands of Darkovan women. That was bad enough, but when Romilly's father arranged her marriage to a nobleman she found repulsive, she rebelled. Disguising herself as a boy, she fled into the deep forests. Living off the land was not nearly as difficult for Romilly as for most people, for she possessed a rare and highly-treasured gift--telepathic communication with hawk and horse. But Romilly soon discovered her newfound freedom was far from complete. Pulled into the maelstrom of a civil war, could Romilly find her true role in life without sacrificing her ideals?

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