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Free Amazons of Darkover (Darkover - Chronological Order)

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Return with Marion Zimmer Bradley and the Friends of Darkover to the planet of the Bloody Sun, the world of Darkover, where powerful families gifted with rare mental powers of laran rule the land, where Terran technology is seen as the greatest evil, and survival often depends on a steady sword and quickness of wits. Here dwell the Free Amazons, who have set themselves apa ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 3rd 1985 by DAW (first published January 1st 1985)
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The collection gives some background on the Amazons of Darkover, including an explanation of the oath. Bradley’s story “The Legend of Lady Bruna” has a wonderful framing device and includes Magda. Her “Knives” is a dark story but looks at the meaning of the oath. “Cast off Your Chains” by Margaret Silveslri looks more closely at the Dry Towns women. It offers a rather historically reverent view from a Terran.
“The Open Door” is perhaps the weakest story because it is the most symbolic. Mercedes
I was going to include a table of contents, but others already have. I'll just point out that the Walter Breen who analyzes the Oath was Bradley's husband.

One measure of how successful an author's world-building is is how readers become co-creators, writing their own commentary and divergent views of the world. This was true of the Witch World, and it's also true of Darkover. Not all of the writers here agree with Bradley. Bradley herself often embodied different viewpoints from the perspective
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Marion Zimmer Bradley is famous for her Avalon books, but I'm a fan of her Darkover stories, set in an original world and a blend of science fiction and fantasy. I was impressed on reread of the first Darkover short story anthology, The Keeper's Price--basically a collection of "fan fiction" by other authors based on MZB's world. Enough I ranked it just below five stars, and was tempted to give it full marks. Not that I would argue it's deathless literature, but as a Darkover fan I loved it, and ...more
I liked the interesting and wise Trailmen who are native to Darkover, but the Renunciate mother, freemate, and son relationship was expected. However, it remains to be a strongly emotional story.
So much is talked about the Renunciate mother having to give up their son. Now, a son whose feeling of abandonment is able to give his strong point of view that gives thought that the Oath as not entirely right for all.
Renunciate Gavriela finds herself attached
Oct 28, 2008 Susan rated it really liked it
On the Trail Armistead, Barbara
Tactics Bigelow, Jane M.H.
The Meeting Boal, Nina
Knives Bradley, Marion Zimmer
The Legend of Lady Bruna Bradley, Marion Zimmer
The Oath of the Comhi Letzii, Or "Order of the Renunciates" Breen, Walter
Her Own Blood Carter, Margaret L.
The Camel's Nose Holtzer, Susan
The Oath of the Free Amazons: Terra, Techno Period Jaida n'ha Sandra
The Banshee Kramer, Sherry
A Different Kind of Courage Lackey, Mercedes R.
The Mother Quest Paxson, Diana L.
To Open a Door Riggs, P. Alexandra
Apr 05, 2007 sarah rated it really liked it
Darkover is one of those utopias.....I'm not sure I would want to live there, but there's a decent logic to it. There are no projectile weapons on Darkover. All weaponry MUST bring the attacker within range of the victim. All adults carry short-range weaponry (knife, sword) as a matter of course, and are expected to know how to use it. It is no crime to prevail over someone who attacked you. It IS a crime to attack someone who cannot defend themselves, whether they are unarmed, injured, sick, et ...more
I kind of wanted to give this book three stars because there are some pretty decent short stories in here, but there were also a number of stories that, to be blunt, sucked and were rather tedious to read through. The two MZB authored stories were great as well as the ones by Mercedes Lackey, Diana Paxson, and a couple other of the author in the middle section of the book. The beginning analysis of the oath felt kind of pointless and self-explanatory. And the end "updating" of the oath was kind ...more
Elisabeth Waters
This book contains one of my all-time favorite Darkover stories: "Midwife" by Deborah J. Ross.
Marie Judson-Rosier
The books with multiple authors I liked less than the first seven or eight of 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 33 books)
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