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The Heritage Of Hastur by Marion Zimmer Bradley
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Jun 30, 2011

really liked it
Read in August, 1979

The best of the Darkover series, which really vary in quality. This is set late in the chronology of Darkover, and concerns the youth of Regis Hastur, the reluctant heir to Darkover. He's a very attractive character, not only physically - in fact he's described as possessing extreme personal beauty - but in personality. There is some reference to Regis' sexuality and his relationship with his bodyguard Danilo (the Darkovan term is paxman). The second strand of the novel is told in the first person by Lew Alton, a half Terran half Darkovan aristocrat. Regis and Lew play a vital part in banishing Sharra, an extremely powerful weapon which could bring the Terran Empire to its knees.
Later novels in the series have paid more attention to issues of sexuality, to the detriment of the plot,but in "Heritage of Hastur" the balance is just right.
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