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The Fall Of Neskaya (Darkover, Book 4) (Clingfire #1)

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The Fall of Neskaya, Book One of the Clingfire Trilogy, marks the legendary author's final return to Darkover before her death. Set in the tumultuous era of The Hundred Kingdoms, a terrible time of strife and war, this unique fantasy world is divided into a mutlitude of small belligerent domains vying for power and land. One ambitious and corrupt tyrant will stop at nothin ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by DAW Hardcover (first published 1998)
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Dec 29, 2010 Jimyanni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This book was written by Deborah J. Ross in the Darkover world created by Marion Zimmer Bradley; apparently, the idea and some of the early plot concepts came from Ms. Bradley before her death, but the majority of the actual writing was done by Ms. Ross. Nonetheless, it rang true as a Darkover novel; it had the feel of Bradley's writing. I'm given to understand that Ms. Ross had been working with Ms. Bradley for years, and understood her world as well as anyone. It has the added benefit that Ms. ...more
Jul 12, 2009 Chuck rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marion Zimmer Bradley's 1999 death seems to have had little effect on her literary output. At least once a year, a new title appears in her name, title in her name, comes out. It's always by "Marion Zimmer Bradley and Someboyd Else." In this case, the "Somebody Else" is Deborah Ross, a pretty darned good fantasy author in her own right.

The quality of these 'And Somebody Else" books is quite high. Of course, this isn't a "sharecropper" novel (where one author simply writes in a world created ay a
Jan 15, 2016 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah, a good Ages of Chaos tragedy.

Though, it's not quite either of those. Unlike Stormqueen!, The Fall of Neskaya is sure that the Ages of Chaos were another time, back in the past when things were terrible and everyone fought each other all the time and used terrible laran weapons. Not like these modern days. And I'm sure if you asked the characters what the difference was, they'd be able to split hairs in such a way that there was a difference, but I didn't see it. And while there are certainly
Mar 10, 2010 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, fantasy
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Aug 02, 2009 Gerda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of fantasy novels
Another good novel by..., well I guess most of it by Deborah J. Ross. Marion Zimmer Bradley has been gone for about a decade now and still books are released in her name. She often wrote books with a co-author during her life and if I am to believe them she left a lot of novels at her death that she didn't manage to finish... So the name Marion Zimmer Bradley is still prominently on the books!

This book is the first part of a trilogy, 'the clingfire trilogy'. Unfortunately I don't have part two a
May 07, 2012 Bron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Darkover novels are such a wonderful mixture of pre-raphaelite romance and sci fi! This one is an account of Rafael Hastur's efforts to bring some measure of peace and order to a world beset with terrible weapons and a man determined to be a tyrant - King Damien Deslucido. Through it all runs a love story - that of Coryn Leynier and Queen Taniquel of Acosta. In a later story, Taniquel becomes a legendary figure, a warrior Queen who restored the kingdom of Acosta, but here she is just a young ...more
Debbie Ledesma
This is the first book of a Darkover trilogy set the time of the Hundred Kingdoms. Readers will enjoy this tale of conflict over laran weapons and love in troubled times.
Feb 09, 2016 Kathrin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 20th-century
I read some books of the Darkover series years before but since I hardly remember them I started to read the series from the beginning again. However, this one kind of stuck in my mind after reading it for the first time.

I still tend to like the more fantasy themed books of the series more than others and this one combined my favorite topics. The work in the towers and their involvement in the wars were quite interesting.

However, especially the last part of the book is highly themed on a love s
Dec 23, 2014 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of the Darkover series, so I was delighted to find this at the library. Now I'll hunt up the next two in the trilogy.
Marcello Tarot
Mar 30, 2013 Marcello Tarot rated it liked it
Shelves: artù-darkover
Ma quale trilogia?

Con gli altri due libri della “trilogia” (le virgolette sono quanto mai d’obbligo) questo ha legami tenui a dir molto. Forse, se fosse stato presentato come un libro a sé stante, avrebbe potuto essere parzialmente (e sottolineo “parzialmente”) apprezzato; ma spacciato come parte di una trilogia fa solo sentire truffati. Pecca oltre modo grave, poi, è la totale mancanza di motivazione per certi atti compiuti all’inizio del romanzo da parte del “cattivo” di turno. Nel complesso,
Jan 09, 2011 Lys rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, paper-book
Aspettando che la Longanesi si decida a pubblicare anche gli altri due romanzi della Clingfire Trilogy, La Caduta di Neskaya è consigliatissimo a chiunque ami Darkover.
Certo, la mano della Bradley si fa sempre meno visibile, ma la Ross è riuscita a creare un buon racconto.
Manca qualcosa, quel qualcosa in più che solo Marion probabilmente sarebbe riuscita a dare, ma le atmosfere di questo libro sono indubbiamente quelle Darkovane che abbiamo imparato ad amare.
Tanto angst, tanto romance, un'intere
Sara Biondi
May 25, 2014 Sara Biondi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the Darkover series, and this book has not disappointed me...very entertaining and well written! I loved every character.
Mar 26, 2013 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Marion Zimmer Bradley wrote this shortly after her death, in 2002, and the parallels to contemporary issues are obvious--the invading dictator-wannabe using weapons of mass destruction while lying to the UN weapons inspectors Comyn Council; there's also a charming love story here, and the story of a queen fighting for her and her child's kingdom...and you know Darkover is always fun to read during what seems to be an interminable winter. I think I'll go eat some nuts and honey now.
Sara Ferenchak
Good characters. Good story
Cathy Holford
Deborah J. Ross continues the Darkover tradition after the death of Marion Zimmer Bradley. She is a kindred spirit and "sees" Darkover so clearly. This is taking place in the Age of Chaos before the Compact. Unrestrained use of laran and the destruction involved, power struggles, evil plots...all lead to the kind of good reading we expect from Darkover. Hats off to Ms. Ross for being able to keep Darkover alive even after the creator of that world has died.
Is it romanticism or laziness that leads authors to "The Only Person Who Is Attuned Enough to You to Rescue You is the Hawt One You Spent a Week With Once" scenario? Not the people trained in that kind of work whom he'd lived with and loved for years, not a family member, not a close friend, not a lover... only Her.
Kristi Thompson
Mar 13, 2009 Kristi Thompson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hmm. OK, still reasonably amusing. I did not buy the bit at the beginning where Ross wrote about how MZB had told her the story of what was to happen in these books, and I doubt anyone else will. It was quite unnecessary, and rather patronizing: she's dead! Of course she didn't write the damn book!
Jul 12, 2013 Cecilyn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: family, fantasy, magic
I can't say that I enjoyed this book; I think the writing style is just not for me. I couldn't really get into the characters, which will really ruin a book for me, regardless of the plot or setting. A real bummer, I was hoping I'd like it, because I've like a few of her other books.
Nicole Diamond
Apr 30, 2016 Nicole Diamond rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If it has one star I liked it a lot
If it has two stars I liked it a lot and would recommend it
If it has three stars I really really liked it a lot
If it has four stars I insist you read it
If it has five stars it was life changing
Sinceri complimenti a Deborah J. Ross, che ha saputo scrivere un romanzo talmente darkovano che quasi si potrebbe credere che l'ha scritto veramente Marion.
Un romanzo avvincente, non vedo l'ora di leggere gli altri due volumi della trilogia!
Nicole Simon
Aug 14, 2013 Nicole Simon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: darkover
Of the clingfire triology this one is at least a bit MZB style; if you are in desparate need of an additional fix, stop latest after reading this and do yourself a favor and check with previews first if you can stand the way it is written.
Rochelle K.
I can't really mark this as read, though I tried to read it...I really did. Maybe it just wasn't the right timing. Might try again at a different point in time. Just couldn't get into the story.
Feb 25, 2016 Jimmy rated it really liked it
This novel follows the adventures of Coryn, a young man who finds himself involved in the ongoing psionic battles in the Overworld.
Jun 17, 2015 Roberta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, fantasy
Bella storia, ambientazione affascinante (è sempre Darkover in fin dei conti) ma carente nella narrazione piatta e lenta.
Katie Shepherd
It seemed really interesting at the beginning, but the plot turned out to be not so creative after all.
Feb 25, 2012 Terry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finding this book on the library's "New Books" shelf led to my summer of rereading my Darkover collection.
Mar 15, 2008 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The plot developed nicely. MZB is imaginative, yet her writing style is simple, which I like.
May 03, 2008 Dennis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't put it down.

Easy read, characters believable.

Book I of the Clingfire Trilogy
An interesting story and a nice starter for me for the Darkover world.
Adrian Smith
OK, moving country, needed some comfort reading. Mum is a big fan.
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Marion Eleanor Zimmer Bradley was an American author of fantasy novels such as The Mists of Avalon and the Darkover series, often with a feminist outlook.

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