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La signora delle tempeste (Darkover #3)

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,529 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
Dagli elfi gli uomini e le donne di Darkover ebbero la magia e i talismani che raddoppiavano la loro forza e le loro capacità mentali. Molto tempo dopo, in un'epoca oscura dominata dalla tirannide, la ricerca di magie sempre più potenti rischiava di precipitare la civiltà nel caos... In uno di quei momenti cruciali per Darkover, il pianeta del sole Rosso, si svolge la stor ...more
Paperback, 396 pages
Published January 1992 by Teadue (first published 1978)
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Mairi
Jul 10, 2015 Mairi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lugu maagiast? On ju lugu maagiast, kui tegelased suudavad mõtte jõul välke suunata ja maake kaevandada üksteisega rääkida ning vajadusel kinnigi hoida või tappa. Aga ei ole! Kui tegemist on inimtõuaretuse ja geenilabori koostööl. Vabandust, geenilabor on mõtte jõul töötav.

Tugev lugu, mis räägib nii paljudest seikadest, kuid peamiselt keerleb just nimelt sellesama tõuaretuse ümber - kokkuleppe abielud, kõverdatud kasvatuslik ajupesu, kohustused ja vastuolud. Kus sarnaste geenide ristamisega on s
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Valerie
Despite the title, this book is not mostly about the 'Stormqueen' (Dorilys of Aldaran). Many people talk (and even agonize) about her, but she has difficulty achieving (to paraphrase Ashleigh Brilliant) a speaking part in her own life. I most strongly resent the argument of one of her tutors that we all have to learn to do things we don't like to and aren't good at. This is exemplary of the bullying attitude of the whole Darkovan society. The Chieri had (presumably) the same or even greater tale ...more
Bradley
It has been many ages since I last read this little gem. Darkover history, tragedy, and politics draw you into a deep story that helps the reader understand the mysterious world. Definitely a must read for lovers of Darkover.
Giovanna
Feb 28, 2015 Giovanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It hurts. Like...why? WHY?

I will write a review. Just...not now. *cries in a corner*
I new Lys wouldn't recommend a series that doesn't hurt.

...oh cavolo, ho lasciato passare davvero un mese? E, uhm, non so ancora come commentarlo.
La vecchia Darkover è più...semplice e meno intrigante a livello politico, ma decisamente più affascinante a livello del sistema magico. Mi sono mancati un po' Regis e Dani, ma in generale, anche in questo caso i personaggi mi sono piaciuti. Avrei preso a schiaffi qua
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Brian
Mar 03, 2015 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stormqueen! is my favorite Darkover book, despite the unfortunate punctuation in the title. It's mostly because it takes place back during the glory days of Darkover, when the Towers were all standing, when laran provided light and heat and transportation and wasn't feared or hated, and when the Comyn warred for supremacy and thus provided plenty of opportunities for literary drama and tragedy. I wish there had been more Ages of Chaos books written, because it's my favorite time period on Darkov ...more
Klytia
Oct 22, 2012 Klytia rated it really liked it
Darkover è un pianeta pre-industriale, patriarcale, dedito alla guerra e dove gli abitanti sono dotati di poteri psichici. La mancanza di macchine è sopperita da cristalli, o matrici, che aumentano in modo considerevole i poteri mentali, diversi da persona a persona.
Questi talenti costituiscono le fondamenta della civiltà di Darkover, persone che sono state selezionate nel corso delle generazioni per ottenere determinati poteri, tuttavia questa manipolazione ha il suo lato negativo: numerosi ba
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Debi
Feb 19, 2014 Debi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love everything about Darkover!!! This is a second reading and I still love them all. Am reading everything on the Planet about "the Planet!!!
Grace
Nov 13, 2011 Grace rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shrug. Same Darkover story, different setting. I could write the plot out on the back of a cocktail napkin, and then MZB does her usual trick of filling up the extra 300 pages with navel lint.

I have such a hard time writing Darkover reviews, because I hit the fourth sentence and there's nothing more to say. I read these with the hope of there being redeeming features, and then nada. Boring. At this point I think I'm artificially inflating these by a star when there's NOT an egregious instance of
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Jimmy
2015 Review: Where Stormqueen! was more about the breeding-program, Hawkmistress! was more about the Hundred Kingdoms. I loved them both in their own rights. Both Dorilys & Romilly are strong characters. Dorilys is frightening wonder, and Romilly is emotionally driven. Both are awesome & I'm eager for Thunderlord!

2009 Review of Stormqueen!: It takes place during the Age of Chaos, when the Seven Domains of Darkover are ruled as independent, warring fiefs engaged in a psychic arms race, de
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 21, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Science Fiction and Fantasy Fans
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: Kenji
I'm a fan of Marion Zimmer Bradley, but my affection for her rests not on the Avalon books, which I didn't care for, but her Darkover series. Darkover is a "lost colony" of Earth that falls back into a medieval society. Ruled by a psychically gifted aristocracy, after centuries it's rediscovered by a star-spanning high-tech human federation, giving the series a feel of both science fiction and fantasy. Most books focus on the clash between the two cultures. This is one of the exceptions, set bef ...more
周婉蓮 차우 크리스티나 Cass
Ah... Darkover. After having read eleven Darkover books, reading the next two (Stormqueen! and Hawkmistress! in the omnibus The Ages of Chaos) feels like returning home, albeit to a fantasy home. This was surprising since The Ages of Chaos takes place in early Darkovan chronology, before Darkovans meet with the Terrans. The previous Darkover books I read, with the exception of Darkover Landfall have the underlying theme of the clash of Darkover culture with Terran culture. In The Ages of Chaos, ...more
Christopher Sutch
I was not looking forward to re-reading this particular book in the _Darkover_ series; my memories of it from my adolescence indicated that it strayed from the more uniformly excellent work Bradley had been producing throughout the 1970s and into the 1980s. I'm pleased to have discovered that my memory was not reliable (in part because, as a YA reader I could not appreciate this novel for what it actually was). Bradley's writing, plotting, and characterization continue to improve over her earlie ...more
Gilly
Jul 01, 2012 Gilly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
Il Libro che mi ha introdotto alla lettura!!!

Questo libro è sensazionale! E' stato il primo libro che ho letto di Marion Zimmer Bradley e... dopo questo non sono più riuscita a fermarmi.
Ero al mare quando comprai questo libro ed è stato subito amore a prima vista. Mai prima di allora un libro mi aveva coinvolto ed emozionato così tanto... Il modo di scrivere della Bradley è semplicemente unico, in una sola parola: coinvolgente; si comincia a leggere e, senza rendercene conto, siamo già arrivati
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Chuck
Jun 11, 2009 Chuck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is exciting for me because it's one of the few Darkover books that deals completely with Darkovian culture, and doesn't deal with contrasts between Terran and Darkover peoples. It's interesting to see how fully she "world built," and how carefully thought out her history is. The only other writer I can think of who did this as well is JRR TOlkien, a comparison I don't make lightly. Ol' Marion is probably now my third favorite fantasy write of all time now.

Set in the "Ages of Chaos," a time
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Jason
This was my first Darkover novel & it is a great place to start. It was what made me continue to read others within the series, but I believe I chose the wrong ones to continue with (HAWKMISTRESS comes to mind). I would classify these books as "science fantasy" considering the setting of the series is of a lost colony of Earth on the planet Darkover, who have lost their technology thus reverting themselves back to the stone age. Through this plight, they have pretty much established a feudal ...more
Bart Smilde
Jun 16, 2013 Bart Smilde rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the book that got me hooked on Marion Zimmer Bradley's (MZB) writing.
When I got it, saw the original artwork I thought... why not, give it a go.
Within a few days I finished the book and started collecting other books by her.
You can easily familiarize yourself with the characters, the world they live in and their interactions with others.
The way magic is described and used is powerful and well done.
For those unfamiliar with MZB's writing this is not a bad book to start.
However, one of t
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Nicole
Interesting, intriguing. A story with a clear line to it, no jumping about from scene to scene, no confusion. Reading the Darkover books in the order they were written in has been a little confusing, however thankfully there are others who've read the books before me, have written notes about the books, who help me understand and take away some of the confusion with handy maps and explanations of who's who. This book did not feel like a confusing jumble as some of the other (earlier) Darkover bo ...more
Erin
Started off well and intriguingly. Ended disappointingly, apparently mired in some desire to be "gritty" and "shocking."

Nice first half, but the ending doesn't live up to the promise.
Norman Howe
May 22, 2015 Norman Howe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The first of the "Ages of Chaos" novels"," this explores the horrors of the Laran Breeding Program"," and the difficulties of a chauvinistic culture.
Bill Brower
The book was beautifully written and gripping to the end
Alexandra
Powerful story, this was life inspiring!
Destiny Causby
Jan 29, 2015 Destiny Causby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite Darkover novels good but sad
Jakub
Mar 27, 2012 Jakub rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
Much better than the previous one. This one is much closer to fantasy than to SF... A thousand years has passed and the space cast-aways society evolved into a pseudo-feudal psionic inbred society. Marriages are prearranged in order to strengthen the PSI capabilities but this process leads not only to psychological but also physical issues. Nicely presented tensions and consequences of being to true to your land and family. Individual versus familial conflicts. Characters are a bit bland but it ...more
Laura
I have mixed feelings about this one, probably in part because the Age of Chaos is full of dark happenings. This book has some sexual violence/squickiness that lead me to caution those for whom that would be unwanted. Also, sexism, war, demeaning, and other tragedies.

On the other hand, I liked: many of the main characters, the gifts of laran (matrix work and Allart's many possible futures were especially interesting), flying in gliders, matrix work to reinforce natural systems, and the two main
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Kathrin
Sep 15, 2013 Kathrin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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Michael
Jan 25, 2016 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first MZB book. After the first hundred pages or so of getting to know the characters I really got into it and thoroughly enjoyed the book.
Jeanne Johnston
Sep 23, 2015 Jeanne Johnston rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ahhh. This is the Darkover I remember... even though I don't and it seems fresh to me. The names, the places are old friends, even if the details are foggy. All these years later, I often think of Allart and feel badly for his curse. Like intelligence in the midst of the willfully ignorant masses, being able to see all futures is not often a wonderful boon. Sometimes, the world is so overwhelmingly discouraging that ignorance would seem a respite.
dogpossum
Mar 21, 2015 dogpossum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sfant
Re-reading this now as an adult (rather than as an adolescent) is interesting because the story is so concerned with the way reaching adulthood affects the main characters physically, psychically and 'magically'. Again, the cover here isn't as good as the one on my copy: http://members.multimania.co.uk/eliad...
I think I'm reading the British releases, which makes sense, as my parents bought them in the UK.
Franzi
Oct 20, 2015 Franzi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I need more of those books :-)
Kerith
Jul 26, 2011 Kerith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Another favorite from MZB and her planet Darkover, also taking place in the Ages of Chaos. The wonderful and tragic tale of Dorilys Aldaran who has a dangerous strain of "laran" (mind powers) -- there is romance and warfare, and as always Bradley's fascinating portrait of a complicated society. The covers of these books, I have to point out, are a bit ridiculous and pulpy, but ignore that. The storytelling is great.
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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.

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
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