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Hawkmistress! (Darkover #6)

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She had rejected her noble birthright and embraced the freedom only a man could claim. She was Romilly who lived among the beasts of hill and forest and communicated with them, who tried humanity and turned it down for its evils and jealousies. She had the MacAran Gift, the rare Laran that conferred mastery over hawk and horse.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 2nd 1982 by DAW (first published 1982)
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while I enjoyed the darkover series as a whole, this book was probably my favorite. I remember signing it out of the local library when I was in sixth or seventh grade, and getting so caught up in romilly's familial angst, and her desperation to fit in somewhere, anywhere, that by the time I got the end I was in tears. the story stuck with me, so when I stumbled across a copy in a second-hand bookstore a few years back I immediately snatched it up and brought it home.
I've mentioned before that I find the terrestrial animals on Darkover a bizarre aberration. Like hawks, in this case. But there are some Darkovan creatures in this book, like the sentry-birds. This makes it a little less like a terrestrial story just displaced to a different landscape.

I think the character of the child Caryl is more important than he's often given credit for. For a pampered prince sent to Nevarsin to be toughened up (in the hope that he'll then survive threshold sickness and dyn
I have read none of the Darkover fantasy series before; this was the first and it was very good. Romilly MacAran is the main character of the novel with a gift of laran, psychic powers inherited from her father, which allows her to train horses and birds. In fact, it is the threat of losing the hawk she trained that is the last straw that sends her running from home and the arranged marriage to an lecherous,old widower. Romilly dresses as a boy, has adventures, gets out of scrapes, learns more a ...more
Clearly my one of my favourites in Darkover along with The Forbidden Tower. Very engaging character and storyline, all the feministic touch of MZB but not too much, gripping story and lot of nature there. Loved it.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 21, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Cass 크리스티나
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
Jess Candela
I stayed up way too late last night finishing this, despite having already read it countless times. It doesn't seem to have lost any of its impact since the last time I read it. It's not a perfect book, but I'm disinclined to pick at its faults. And in rereading it now, I'm suspecting it to be one of the influential books of my life. I have had thoughts like this more than once, and acted accordingly:
She told herself, all the old tales of heroism and quests always begin with the hero having to o
The second of two books Bradley wrote at the suggestion of fans who wanted to read about "The Age of Chaos"--the time between when Darkover was first settled and when it made (re)contact with the Terran Empire. And, I have to say, these two novels (the other being Stormqueeen) are about as good as it gets in the Bradley canon.

Romily is a woman born with all the gifts necessary to be a proud leader of the MacArran clan--strenght, courage, bravery, and a strong ability to bond with animals, inclu
I really appreciated Romilly's strong female character, after the last few Darkover novels I read where I just couldn't connect with the female leads.

This book had many things I love in a book: strong female lead, a journey, resisting what is expected, a connection to animals, a bit of fantasy, and a bit of romance. It reminded me a bit of Anne McCaffrey's Dragonsong, which I love, but the setting was very Darkover.

I enjoyed Romilly's adventures and loved the ending - it was very true to the you
I do think this one of the weakest novels--if not THE weakest!--that I've read in Bradley's Darkover series. Yes, it has a very strong female character &, yes, there is the conflict between the sexes. But nothing really happens within the conflict between men & women, father & daughter or maintaining tradition vs. striving for independence. Nothing happens except a very interesting female character huffs & puffs & broods over life not being fair. Instead of lifting the story, ...more
Forse il più fantasy (o meglio: il più epico) dei romanzi di Darkover.
Guerre, vita di campo, poteri mentali, c'è tutto quello che occorre, più ovviamente i tratti tipici di Marion Zimmer Bradley nella caratterizzazione dei personaggi
This is my very favorite of the Darkover novels and I can't count how many times I've read it. I once wanted to name my daughter Romilly, but my husband nixed that.
Romilly MacAran is a classic example of Bradley's strong female characters who chafe at society's restrictions upon them. She runs away from home to escape a loveless marriage and the loss of all that is dear to her, and finds a whole new life. In the process, we see Bradley's Darkover as it was during the Ages of Chaos, with all the
[These notes were made in 1984:]. An earlier period in Darkover's history, before the setting-up of the Earth station. Romilly is an under-appreciated daughter in a male-dominated house, who discovers she has "laran" (telepathy) and particularly the kind which allows communication with animals. Once again feminist, in that it involves a woman breaking away to do her own thing, this novel is not offensively polemical like Thendara House. Instead we get lots of good sword-and-sorcery stuff involvi ...more
La donna del falco è un romanzo breve e tuttavia ricco di tanti temi: un eroina dotata di grandi talenti in grado di utilizzare quello che ha a portata di mano per risolvere le situazioni più complesse; l’unione della mente umana con quella degli animali; il tema dell’uso delle armi contro innocenti, considerato immorale; il tentativo di rimanere neutrale in una guerra anche se alla fine si è costretti a scegliere da che parte stare. Tutto questo condito con avventure, battaglie, tiranni usurpat ...more
This was the first fantasy book I ever read with an absolute strong female lead. I was mesmerized, I don't remember the exact moment of magic as I do when I first was introduced to the hobbit, but MZB had as much of an influence on me as Tolkien. I was as much of a confused teenager at the time of reading this as Romilly and absolutely sympathized and related to many of her thoughts and emotion. I cried when Thorin died in the Hobbit, and I cried for Orains troubles in this book. That is a great ...more
I had no idea that Bradley was known for her fantasy novels. I came upon these in the San Francisco library and plowed through most of the series in a couple of years. In my experience, it is difficult to come to most fantasy worlds as an adult. Most people I know who like fantasy came across one or two authors when they were teens and tended to stick with those. I admired how well-drawn and varied the Darkover novels were, but they didn't capture my imagination the was that MacCaffrey and Lacke ...more
My favorite book of the Darkover Series just got a new one from the Library
This was a ok book. Easy to read.
Jessica Brennan
I read this book a long time ago and wanted to see if my love stood the test of adulthood. It did! Romilly is a wonderful heroine and I am glad I found her again.
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I'm always happy to revisit some of Marion Zimmer Bradley's "Darkover" books, mostly to admire the wonderful world-building. This one is set in the "past" of the series--my favorites in the series almost always were. It's always a thrill to see the development of the different cultures and religions over time--plus the book features wonderful strong, interesting characters.
Marion Zimmer Bradley is a childhood favorite of mine, and her books are some of the select few that I have kept on my shelves for decades and periodically re-read. This was actually a rare pleasure - one of the few books of hers I've never read. And it was excellent. One of her best Darkover books. A sweet enjoyment.
Jan 28, 2008 Miriam rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: animal-companion fans
I found the protagonist here more purely sympathetic than in most of the Darkover novels, perhaps because she is so young and innocent when the story commences. Alas, like most nice characters in Bradley's books, she suffers horrible atrocities. Be warned that there is some fairly graphic rape and abuse portrayed.
It was the first book from the author that I read after Avalon, and my first adventure on the Darkover universe. For that reason alone it remains one of my favorites, but what really captivated me was finding in this book the same line of strong female characters that the author creates so well.
One of my favorite books in the Darkover series; I was inspired to reread this after reading the Alanna series by Tamora Pierce. Both deal with a similar theme of a girl dressing as a boy. Of the two, this is the better. It is more complete and well written.
Era da un bel po' che non leggevo qualcosa della Bradley e devo dire che è stata una bella parentesi, mi ha fatto tornare ad essere ingenuo quanto i protagonisti del libro. Mi ha ricordato molte virtù dei libri che mi ero scordato a leggere delle stronzate.
Defeldre Anne-catherine
bof bof... beaucoup de répétitions (parfois dans une même page) et peut d'intérêt de manière générale pour ce livre qui n'apporte pas grand chose sur le thème du laran, etc., surtout après le second tome qui était bien meilleur!
I got a little annoyed with the heroine; after awhile she just came across as whiney and dissatisfied. The ending also seemed to get wrapped up to neatly and quickly. Hopefully the next story in this series is better.
Mediocre, at best. Coming-of-age claptrap, and then the end's just stupid. I'm sorry, it is. The character's a spoilt child. And the title is just idiotic. If you have to bang your one-word title, you're running dry.
Marcello Tarot

Non è uno dei libri più avvincenti della saga, ma si legge comunque molto volentieri.
Recensione originariamente pubblicata su nell’estate del 2010.
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“Beat me instead," she cried, "It's not Darren's fault! I lost her, I let
her go--I cannot be free, I must be chained inside a house and
robbed of my hawk, you damned tyrant, but I will not have Preciosa
chained too!”
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