Two to Conquer (Darkover #7)
This is the story of the era when the planet of the Bloody Sun ...more
Bradley takes an original twist on the doppelganger concept -- in her universe there really are two identical versions of every individual (don't ask me how people on Darkover know this when their planet is isolated and low-tech). And what could be more useful to a ruthless conqueror than another him to direct his forces and, in this case, help kidnap the unfortunate maiden he is obsessed with?
Realistically, Bradley is ri ...more
Two to Conquer is a relatively good Darkover book, but it's also glaringly flawed. Marion Zimmer Bradley makes an interesting choice in that our protagonist, Bard, is a truly awful human being. Not just a little awful, but rage-prone, murderous, serial rapist awful. This is our protagonist? That's right.
Bard is a warrior in a small kingdom caught in up the shifting alliances among many other small kingdoms. War is all he knows, and it is what he excels at. He's a strong and capable man. But he's...more
This is a much superior novel to the first two I reviewed. It's set prior to the Winds of Darkover and the Planet Wreckers. It's pretty early chronologically in Darkover's "history," although a more recent in terms of when it was written. It's well before "recontact," when humans rediscover Darkover after thousands of years, and well before the period when the Hasturs set up the "comyn," which are an attempt to establish rules of warfare and telepathy use to prevent wh ...more
TWO TO CONQUER is about personal evolution. Bard is so spoiled by his mastery and hatred of women that h ...more
It was like a clarion call in my head. I was about 15 pages into this book, having absorbed the fact that at least one of the main characters was going to be a raping, murdering convict, and it was like someone just came up behind me and said "You don't have to read it anymore, you know."
"Really?" I said. "I have all the books right here on the table, after all, and surely there's a reason they're so popular..."
"No," said the voice. "Sometimes an author just strikes it lucky for no good r ...more
The 5 star rating on here is for Darkover Landfall. I'll adjust the rating, if necessary, after I read Two to Conquer (and maybe writ ...more
Si legge spesso che “Il sapiente di Darkover” (“Two to Conquer”) sia – insieme a “Gli eredi di Hammerfell” – uno dei romanzi più deboli della saga. Avendolo appena riletto al momento di questo scritto, mi sento di dissentire e continuo piuttosto a trovare ben più deboli i romanzi della saga incentrati sulle Libere Amazzoni, che si riescono a leggere solo grazie allo stile felice di Marion Zimmer Bradley (in caso contrario, sarebbero un mattone!).
Per di più, “Il sapien ...more
Also, history line is muddled. In Forbidden Tower, Varzil is met, and told that he was a great man, but the character knew that things would not last. And in this, Neskaya tower has already burned. Did it burn twice ...more
If I hadn't been reading this on vacation, with few other books available to me, I would have stopped short. I did, however, like how it ended.
Bradley's first published novel-length work was Falcons of Narabedla, first published in the May 1957 issue of Other Worlds. When she was a child, Bradley stated that she enjoyed reading adventure fantasy authors such as Henry Kuttner, Edmond Ham ...more