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Stormqueen! (Darkover #2)

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The great epic of Darkover did not begin with the Terrans' arrival. For in those years, the power of the matrix was first learned--and misused in a power struggle that could have made Darkover a duplicate of Terra. Reissue.
Paperback, 364 pages
Published June 6th 1978 by DAW (first published 1978)
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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
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.
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
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
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
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!!!
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
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 21, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 5 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 周婉蓮 차우 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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Destiny Causby
One of my favorite Darkover novels good but sad
Jakub Nowak
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
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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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:
I think I'm reading the British releases, which makes sense, as my parents bought them in the UK.
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.
Il primo "vero" libro della saga di Darkover, cronologicamente parlando, e uno dei migliori della Bradley.
Tante storie che si intrecciano e tanti protagonisti, ma l'autrice riesce a gestire magistralmente gli intrecci senza far perdere la strada al lettore.
Un must per gli amanti del Pianeta dal Sole Rosso e un piacevole punto di partenza per scoprire questa variegata saga per tutti gli altri.
I was hooked by this book right away and enjoyed the whole thing. It's set during the Ages of Chaos in the Darkover chronology. The laran power and matrix technology is used to create horrific weapons and there is a strict breeding program to select for these powers. Women are pretty powerless at this time. A great read and it leaves me wanting to read (or actually re-read) more of the Darkover series.
Fascinating mix of critique of eugenics and high fantasy. One the one hand - it's quite a big and complicated world, rather well thought. On the other hand it was so naive and predictable. Also my favourite character dies meaninglessly. Again.
I'm sure I will read next volumes. Regardless all that, I'm curious what Mrs Bradley have thought of next. It's very obvious she has great plans for this world.
Marcello Tarot
Una tragedia darkovana
Uno dei libri migliori della saga, che ti prende dall’inizio alla fine, con due storie così felicemente intrecciate, avvincenti e coinvolgenti. Quando tutto sembra che si stia per risolvere al meglio, gli eventi precipitano e quella cui si assiste è una tragedia darkovana, del tutto inaspettata e per questo ti resta ancora più impressa sia nella mente sia nel cuore.
K.M. Weiland
An intricate and engaging world, peopled with wonderfully real and complex characters, easily lifts this book to the top of the fantasy pack. This is the first of Bradley's books I've read, but it won't be the last. If she can develop such a marvelous world in just one book, I look forward to seeing what she does in a whole series.
Quite liked this, never having read a Darkover book before. She doesnt fall into the trap of making up words and then spending paragraphs explaining them, or naming characters with multiple apostropies.[return][return]Story is about families who are bred for their psychic ability, and the resultant woman with control over storms
Jackie "the Librarian"
Apr 03, 2008 Jackie "the Librarian" rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: women who read SF
Selective breeding can lead to dangerous psychic abilities. Set during the Age of Chaos on the planet of Darkover, this addresses politics, arranged marriages, women's roles, and out of control telekinetics.
Bradley is a top SF writer who deals with sex and politics, in a fantasy setting. One of Bradley's best Darkover books.
Claire S
Mar 28, 2009 Claire S marked it as to-read
Recommended to Claire by: GR quiz.
Pre-cognition! That's what it's called! I always called it pre-ja vue (instead of deja vue) not knowing any other term. For the things I'd occasionally see that hadn't happened yet (an Irish thing, I always figured). Love to read fiction about it! (reading non-fiction about it would also fascinate, were it possible).
I loved this book. It amazed me how she wove several storylines together. I wonder how she did it. At first, I wondered what certain events had to do with anything, but In the end, everything was explained and made sense. I came to care about the characters and what happened to them.
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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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