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The Forbidden Circle (Darkover Omnibus #4)

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Omnibus of The Spell Sword and The Forbidden Tower.

The story of Andrew Carr (Terran who went over-the-wall), Callista Lanart-Alton (disgraced keeper), Damon Ridenow (Darkovan noble, gifted with the laran to be a keeper, but not the gender) and Ellemir Lanart-Alton (Callista's twin) and how they challenged the ancient laws of the Matrix Towers.

With a new cover by Romas Kuka
Published (first published November 5th 2002)
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Oh, for GOD'S SAKE.

Hell no. HELL NO! Dammit, I hated this! In order:

The Spell Sword: Pretty bland, really. Meh. Woman in peril, woo-ooo astral projection, we speake oldene speech because we liveth in an icy ren faire, blah. This sort of setting has never been my cup of tea, but I like cultural clashes, so when we started with a Terran crash-landed on a frozen mountain I had hope. Sadly, it goes downhill (downmountain?) from then on - the Terran teams up with a clan of inbred hill wizards and the
Katie King
What can I say? MZB is utterly weird in the most interesting ways! When I read her as a younger feminist I thought she was awful. Nowadays, with a longer personal timeline, with my own feminist assumptions utterly blasted by my own and others' changes and weirdnesses ourselves, and with a delight in how hard it is to push against dogmas of all kinds, even ones I care deeply about, MZB looks quite a lot different. Knowing more about her life makes a difference too. Putting some of this into its o ...more
In The Spell Sword, Andrew is drawn to the isolated planet Darkover by the psychic vision of a woman he's never met, and there sets out to save her life. In The Forbidden Tower, Andrew and his newfound companions build a life together, one heretical to Darkover's traditions. It makes for an interesting pair. Sword is a competent but unremarkable quest novel, underlaid by character-driven subtleties: clashing cultures, reexamined social and gender identities, and fledgling non-normative relations ...more
The Spell Sword, is, IMHO, extremely weak. It's not very exciting—dreary really. The Forbidden Tower is better. I find the mechanics of "matrix work" to be very ad hoc, with a lot of problems that are solved by deus ex machina hand-waving. Overall, it's less interesting than your average fantasy magic system, really. However, interesting parts of both works are the people and the relationships, which go through significant, interesting growth and change (moreso in The Forbidden Tower), and the r ...more
Le 5 stelline sono tutte per The forbidden tower, e probabilmente dovrei abbassare a tre visto che è un omnibus edition che contiene anche The spell sword. Ma non posso, perchè davvero The forbidden tower è uno dei libri che più amo da tantissimo tempo, e quindi assimilo The spell sword come un necessario, lungo prologo e amen.
È un libro che consiglio veramente a chiunque, amanti del fantasy e non.
La torre proibita (titolo italiano :D) è stato il primo libro di Darkover che ho letto, quasi die
Fiona Ellwood
Part way through series, will post review of whole series when complete.

These two classic Darkover novels tell the epic tale of four people who challenged the ancient laws of the matrix towers.

The Spell Sword
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