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Darkover: La casa de Thendara (Darkover #15)

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La Casa de Thendara es el centro de formación de las Amazonas Libres de Darkover. Magda, una terrana, acude a él para cumplimentar su juramento como Amazona Libre. Al mismo tiempo, la darkovana Jaelle, su hermana de juramento, la sustituirá en el centro terrano. Ambas deberán desenvolverse en el seno de dos culturas distintas –una igualitaria y otra dominada por los varone ...more
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published March 1991 by EdicionesB (first published 1983)
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Series background: a human colony ship crash lands on the wrong planet. They name it Darkover and do their best to survive in a fairly hostile landscape. Over the centuries they forget their off-world origins and develop a vaguely feudal society. The nobility, called the Comyn, is comprised of seven families of red-heads with different psychic gifts. Women have few legal rights and are the property of fathers and husbands. Renunciates, sometimes called by others the Free Amazons, are women who r ...more
Lana Del Slay
Oct 24, 2013 Lana Del Slay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: done-reviewed
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It's been a long time since I read Thendara House. When I first came across it, I loved the idea of a book in which strong and diverse women struggled with the big questions of technology, gender, sexuality, loyalties, belonging and even racism/xenophobia in a science-fiction milieu. I'd also been a fan of MZB's classic retelling of the Arthurian legend The Mists of Avalon. On one level, I read Thendara House as a sweeping discovery epic, but also that classic struggle to discover where one trul ...more
A fantasy/sci fi book tied up with social issues facing women. Cultural shock, bigotry, and even gender issues complicate this story. The story subtly draws you in and makes you care about the characters. A very engaging tale and worth reading.
Of all the Darkover novels I've read so far, I absolutely did not like this one. Marion Zimmer Bradley goes on and on about the same issues with the two characters Jaelle and Magdalen Lorne. Even the repetition of the routine at the Terran HQ was too much for me. I believe half of this novel can be edited out. She really had trouble with moving on with the story telling. I was interested in it when they actually left the guild house in search of Aleki, and the leronis from the Forbidden Tower. A ...more
Lucy Takeda
Jan 18, 2016 Lucy Takeda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel provides intense world setting plot and descriptions. The story jumps between two main characters and what is happening in their lives, which is slightly disconcerting at times, since it involves time jumps, also. Readers should probably do The Shattered Chain before this for essential background. The rampant prejudices and bigotry are jarring, although probably a quite accurate depiction at the time this was written. I was glad that at least one reasonable male character appeared in ...more
Morgan Dhu
Jun 18, 2015 Morgan Dhu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thendara House (pub. 1983) is a direct sequel to The Shattered Chain - it details the events immediately following on Jaelle n'ha Melora's freemate marriage to Terran (but Darkovan born and raised) Peter Haldane, and the entrance into the Thendara Guild House of Terran Intelligence Agent Magda Lorne (known among her guild-sisters as Margali n'ha Ysabet) for six months of training and seclusion.

For both women, it is a time of self-discovery. Jaelle, who has repressed her early life in the Dry-Tow
Careful reading of The Forbidden Tower places the start of this book right in the middle of the former. The end is well after the characters from The Forbidden Tower have returned home to Armida. Overlap doesn't really begin until toward the end.

Jaelle has more excuse than Margali for being ethnocentric. True, she has been involved in several different societies on Darkover--but, after all, the diversity of Darkovan societies is based on a very small, ethnically uniform founder group. Interbreed
Apr 02, 2015 dogpossum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: girl-hero, sfant
One of the Renunciates mini-series, set mid-way through the Darkovan chronology, written later (in the mid 80s, rather than 60s or 70s), Thendara House continues on from The Shattered Chain, and links to the Forbidden Tower series at various points. This is one of the most indepth explorations of gender, sexuality and sex in female Darkovan characters, and is often read as a continuation of MZB's own thinking about lesbianism, bisexuality, gender and marriage.

The cover is disappointingly tame, b
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 21, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Science Fiction and Fantasy Fans
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: Kenji
Marion Zimmer Bradley wrote 18 Darkover novels--more if you include collaborations. Darkover is a "lost colony" of Earth that falls into a medieval society ruled by a psychic aristocracy and is later rediscovered by a star-spanning advanced human federation after centuries, giving the series a feel of both science fiction and fantasy. Most books in the series examine this culture clash and this book is no exception as it focuses on a Terran, Magda, who has come to live on Darkover and a native o ...more
Elaine Burnes
I apparently bought this because I'd heard there were lesbians in it. There are, but it's the middle of the series (in a couple of ways: deep into the Darkover series and middle of the Renunciates section of that series) and I kept wishing I'd read at least the book before. A lot of action in that leads to what happens here.

This was published in 1983 and women's equality was still so far from reality that MZB couldn't help but project the same dynamic into the future. Terran men treat their wom
Mar 25, 2013 Jordan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi, own, lgbt
Good overall, but there are so many characters I want to slap in this book. First, and constantly, Peter. Because he's a big asshole the entire time. Even when he's being nice, it's only because he's doing it to try and get his way. He's constantly manipulating Jaelle and vying for power and position. And when (view spoiler), I kind of wish she had. He's got that wonderful 50's sexism going on where his wife should obey and help h ...more
Rena McGee
Thendara House is the second book in the Renunciate sequence of the Darkover series. Darkover is a very big paracosm with often-conflicting plots and world building. Feminist issues often come up in this series, given that the Darkovan cultures are strongly patriarchal and women--except for the Renunciates--are considered second-class citizens. Renunciates or “Free Amazons” enjoy greater freedom and exemption from the various restrictions and laws that keep Darkovan women second-class and entire ...more
[These notes were made in 1984:]. The Mists of Avalon had a definite feminist bent. This has gone further into the realms of radical feminism, and depicts a society (the Free Amazons) where lesbianism is the norm, at the same time as it shows the break-up of a heterosexual marriage. Like Shirley, this is a double-heroine book, with two different personality types learning to cope with adverse situations. Magda and Jaelle, however, also have to learn to cope with each other's cultures (Magda is T ...more
Apr 20, 2016 Lara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: space-adventures
As a continuation of the story of Margali/Magda, Jaelle, and a good look at both the life of a Renunciate on Darkover and at how the Terran influence is coloring the planet, it's excellent. However, the scenes with Jaelle living in the Terran enclave with Peter have...not aged well. It's laughable (at least to me) that the Terran spaceforce hundreds and hundreds of years in the future would still be obdurate enough to refer to all married women as "Mrs. Husband's First Name Husband's Last Name", ...more
Apr 16, 2009 Chuck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My personal favorite of Bradley's books so far.

An unapologetic sequel to Shattered Chain, immediately following the events of Shattered Chain; Magda has, in order to fulfill her vow to the Renunciates, taken a leave from the Terran Space force and is living in Thendara House, a Renunciate house in the city. To some extent, it's like boot camp in that the purpose of the six month stay is to retrain and adjust thinking, helping women strip off the societal expectations placed on women and helping
May 20, 2007 Yoon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff
Sequel to The Shattered Chain--probably readable without that context, almost certainly better with it. Bradley not only explores feminism in the context of Darkover's often restrictive society--the Order of Renunciates (Free Amazons) specifically exists to show women that they have an alternative, if they should wish to take it--but culture shock. The two, of course, are intertwined. Magda Lorne, as a newly sworn Renunciate, learns the ways of her new sisters; meanwhile, her oath-mother Jaelle ...more
This is a good one in spite of the overly "women's studies" progress of the plot and character development. Focuses on the Renunciates and an offworlder who goes "over the wall" to become one of them.
Aug 07, 2012 Paula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The description is incorrect--it's the clash between an overtly and fairly inflexibly male-dominated culture and one that, like American culture at the time the book was written, was transitioning into a more flexible but still mostly male-dominated culture. The attitudes of the presumably futuristic Terrans were very frustrating to me, especially since I was reading the book well after it was written--all so very West Coast '70s, as if a century of technological expansion could happen while soc ...more
Jul 05, 2014 Mairi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, glbtq
One of my favourite books within the Darkover series. Strong female characters, and an interesting look at gender politics within a patriarchal society.
This book is a quick, easy read that nevertheless has some thoughtful thematic content to make it stand out from the crowd of other sci-fi/fantasy novels. However, at times the characters and plot can feel like little more than a vehicle for Zimmer Bradley to explore her sociopolitical themes. Both plot and character felt a little hollow throughout, and ultimately I wasn't sucked in enough to be clamoring to read the next book.

Overall a good read with some courageous social commentary, but did
Mary Follis
Mar 21, 2016 Mary Follis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"A donkey may be schooled for a hundred years and only learn to bray louder." (Darkovan proverb)
This was the first Darkover book that I read, and it holds up well some 20-25 years later.
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
I snagged a cheap copy of the prequel to this at HPB and so I thought I'd re-read this. In general, the concept is better than the execution, I think. However, it's important to remember that when this was originally published it was breaking a lot of new ground.

Forgot to add: Bradley wrote these books both so they could be standalone books and out of order. I think that if the Renunciate and Forbidden Tower books had been written more tightly, with an eye to continuity as a series within the se
Sep 25, 2014 Elisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
AN old favorite revisited.
Destiny Causby
Dec 25, 2014 Destiny Causby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
May 08, 2014 Cherie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is one of the better Darkover novels. Bradley has created such an interesting world that I enjoy visiting there. Thendara House tells all about the Renunciates and has them interacting with the Terrans, which is very interesting.
Ley Holloway
Nov 07, 2014 Ley Holloway rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, love this series.
Jeanne Johnston
Nov 05, 2015 Jeanne Johnston rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Halfway through the series now, and the characters and concepts are really starting to fill in like layers. Gender rules, sexuality, Terran, Darkovan, freedom, responsibility.

Many of the Terrans irritate the hell out of me, Peter Haldane most of all. The supposed equality of the sexes in their world is, oddly enough, no better than the old-school misogynists on Darkover. It's just a matter of degrees. Fascinating study, if a bit depressing.
Dani Hermit
Jun 24, 2013 Dani Hermit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't realize when I started reading this book that it was part of a longer series. I thought it was a stand alone book from Darkover world. That being said, it was a really good story about a friendship developing into more than either woman bargained for. I am excited to have just gotten my hands on the omnibus edition with the story before and after this book so I will have the entire story of Jaelle and Magda's relationship.
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