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The Keeper's Price (Darkover - Chronological Order)

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The lore of the planet of the Bloody Sun, Darkover, with its human and semi-human peoples, its science of emntal powers, its loves and hates, its feuds and favors -- all have grown into one of the greater classics of the imagination, comparable only to the Middle Earth of Tolkien.

For so deep and complex has been the creation of this worlds that readers
Mass Market Paperback, 206 pages
Published February 4th 1980 by DAW Books
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I'll have to add the table of contents as I go. All the authors in the anthology are listed in the citation, but I don't see the table of contents.

Ok, here goes:

(1) Introduction by the creator of Darkover: this adds little to what Bradley had already said. Evidently when she began editing anthologies, Bradley developed a sort of boilerplate introduction, which she varied only slightly. The introductions to the individual stories are somewhat more individualized, though I don't care for the way
Lisa (Harmonybites)
No one will mistake this for great literature or great science fiction, so why rate it so high? Well, I was surprised at how well these held up. I haven't reread this for years--maybe decades. Yet I remember all the stories, some just from the title, others just a few paragraphs in, and that's rare for me with a short story anthology after so much time. Three of the 16 short stories are written or co-written by Marion Zimmer Bradley herself. My favorites were Elizabeth Water's "The Alton Gift" ( ...more
VAI DOM:(Vai dom ‘Worthy Lord’)
Marion Zimmer Bradley writes that this short story "comes first in this collection [...] because it is, chronologically, the earliest in recorded Darkovan history, coming only a few generations after Darkover Landfall."
A combination of drunkenness, powerful laran, and fighting the native Darkover bird-like creatures, the Ya-men, causes a blood debt between the childhood friends Darriel di Asturien and Robard Macrae.
The Ya-men are an awesome and interest
This collection includes some work by Bradley herself, including a piece that appears in one of her novels. “The Hawk-Master’s Son” gives more detail to some popular characters and there is some about the Forbidden Circle in the title story.
Perhaps the best one is “The Fires of Her Vengeance” by Susan M. Schwartz. Schwartz does a good job of conveying her character’s determination and panic. She also trusts the reader and makes the reader think. “Vai Dom” by Paxson is a good explanation about ho
Norman Howe
May 22, 2015 Norman Howe rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
First Darkover collection with stories written by others besides MZB. As enthralling as the originals.
Mar 01, 2014 Debi rated it really liked it
I am completely immersed in Darkover right now. MZB is amazing and it is hard to believe that the planet Darkover is not real and its characters merely fictional.
Christopher Sutch
Jul 18, 2014 Christopher Sutch rated it really liked it
Considering that this volume contains Darkover stories written mainly by amateur (at the time) writers, I was surprised to discover that all of these stories (with one exception) were enjoyable and well-written. The highlights, of course, are the four new stories by Marion Zimmer Bradley, but many of the others are quite good and make positive contributions to the Darkover mythology. The exception is the story co-written by professional author Jaqueline Lichtenberg, which somewhat surprised me. ...more
Samuel Lubell
Jun 17, 2012 Samuel Lubell rated it liked it
Shelves: sf, stories
Early anthology of stories set on Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover. Only a couple had the Free Amazons who later dominated the anthologies so it was a mix of stories of different eras of the planet's history. This is interesting for big fans only, not where new writers should start.
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
This is probably most interesting for the introduction, where MZB muses upon being a woman writing SF/F, and the creator of a setting for which people like to produce fanfiction.
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Shelves: sfant
The first of the Darkovan short stories written by Friends of Darkover (and MZB herself), the quality is inconsistent, but the concept is interesting.
Dec 20, 2012 Serena rated it really liked it
I just adore Darkover, so all these little glimpses into other people's writing about Darkover was lovely.
Jul 11, 2008 Valerie rated it really liked it
Shelves: darkover
I don't like short stories, but the notes and intros by MZB are very good.
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I enjoy the series
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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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Other Books in the Series

Darkover - Chronological Order (1 - 10 of 31 books)
  • Darkover Landfall (Darkover, #1)
  • Stormqueen! (Darkover, #2)
  • Thunderlord: A Darkover Novel
  • The Fall of Neskaya (Darkover, #3; Clingfire, #1)
  • Zandru's Forge (Darkover, #4; Clingfire, #2)
  • Hawkmistress! (Darkover, #6)
  • A Flame in Hali (Darkover, #5) (Clingfire, #3)
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