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Star of Danger (Darkover - Chronological Order #17)

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First published in 1965, Star of Danger is a work that stands as a foundation for the bestselling Darkover series, introducing many loyal fans to this wonderful, mysterious world. Two natives of Darkover are forced to combine Darkover matrix magic with Terran technology to stand against a shared enemy.
Mass Market Paperback, 213 pages
Published 1965 by Ace
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mark monday
May 30, 2012 rated it liked it
an entry in the Darkover cycle. pleasantly enjoyable overall, but also slim and rather forgettable. this one concerns Larry Montray, Terran, and his teen adventures on the wintry, semi-barbaric world of Darkover. those adventures come complete with assorted monsters & aliens, bullying street urchins & dastardly kidnapping bandits, psychic powers, a forest fire, an amusingly antagonistic bromance between our hero & an arrogant Darkovan lordling, and much contemplation & conversati ...more
Oct 02, 2007 rated it really liked it
MZB does the Boys' Adventure Story much better than one would expect.
I have two editions of this book, which is one of the earliest Darkover Books written, and was rewritten in a later edition, to bring it more in line with the series as it developed.

The rewriting is not very obvious in this title, and it's sometimes difficult to realize what has changed. But the copy I read this time is the earlier edition.

In terms of internal chronology, this is set during the childhood of Kennard Alton. At this time, Valdir Alton lived at Armida in winter, and (mostly) at the
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
More boys-adventure with a fantasy setting, it's a refreshing change. Kennard Alton and Larry Montray begin forging a bond between Darkover and Terra, but the path to change is not always easy.
Joyce Reynolds-Ward
May 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Research read. Interesting to discover.
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is so refreshing to finally read a Darkover story where the main character is a man and not a woman. Even though the female characters that Marion Zimmer Bradley writes are strong, they can at times be overbearing and whiny.
Larry was a bit of a weak character at first, but when he and Kennard began their adventure and friendship together, Larry proves to be a strong and interesting character.
Sixteen year old Larry is eager for adventure and discovery. He gets his wish when his father tells
Gregg Wingo
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Marion Zimmer Bradley has become a cautionary tale of the dangers of hero worship and glorification of celebrities. She had an astoundingly successful career as a fantasy and science fiction writer and editor. was know as a friend and mentor of beginning writers, and was a co-founder of the Society for Creative Anachronism. She also was married to a convicted pedophile, is accused by her own daughter of sexual abuse from the age of three to 12, and is now suspected of sexual crimes against other ...more
Morgan Dhu
Mar 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Star of Danger (pub. 1965) is one of the earliest written of the Darkover books, but in terms of the internal chronology of the series, it falls well after the time of first contact. Lorill Hastur, who is well advanced in years in this novel, was a boy of 15 or so when the Terrans came to Alderan. Valdir Alton, who was a child when the Forbidden Tower was formed, is now the father of two sons, the younger of whom is 16. And the third generation of Montrays comes home to Darkover. There are incon ...more
John Loyd
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Star of Danger (1965) 213 pages by Marion Zimmer Bradley.

16 year old Larry Montray's dream was to go into space and explore other worlds. So when his father told him that he had put in for a transfer to Darkover Larry was ecstatic. Larry learned the language on the trip to Darkover, but was soon disappointed to find out that the Terran section was segregated from the planet and no one there was interested in Darkover history or culture. Eventually Larry did get to go out, made friends with Kenna
Mar 02, 2008 rated it liked it
It's been about ten days since I finished Star of Danger. I sat down to review it just now, and I drew a blank: I couldn't remember the story! Finding a synopsis on the web helped to remind me. But it does go to show that Star of Danger wasn't all that memorable.

When I began reading the Darkover books, I was hoping to immerse myself in a fascinating universe. So far, I'm only getting a wading pool. Well, that's not entirely fair: the world of Darkover actually is a fascinating creation. But, Br
I have two editions of this book: this one, and the 1985 edition with the blue cover (20 years after the first edition).

Based on other books in the series, it takes place after the Forbidden Tower moved to Mariposa Lake, on the acession of Valdir to the title of Lord Alton. Valdir was about 14 (Darkovan years are longer than Terran ones, so conversion is uncertain) at the time of The Forbidden Tower, and Valdir's father lived for some years afterward, with Damon Ridenow as both Valdir's and old
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 21, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Darkover Fans
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: Kenji
I'm a fan of Marion Zimmer Bradley, but my affection for her rests not on the Avalon books, which I didn't care for, but her Darkover series. Darkover is a "lost colony" of Earth that falls into a medieval society. Ruled by a psychic aristocracy after centuries it's rediscovered by a star-spanning high-tech human federation, giving the series a feel of both science fiction and fantasy. The series as a whole features strong female characters, (although not in this particular book) but it has enou ...more
May 20, 2009 rated it liked it
Continuing my Bradley kick. This is the "oldest," in terms of order written, of the Darkover series I've read so far, so I meet a number of characters I have met in other books when they are younger.

Typical of the Early darkover stuff, you have a Terran, Larry, who comes to Darkover and feels strangely at home. Although I love the Darkover series, Bradley's "trick" of having every Terran who is red headed turn out to be "reallY" Darkoveran is getting a bit transparent, although I wasn't surprise
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book was pretty good. I was a little disappointed with it mainly because I am used to MZB’s feminist literature and was expecting something more along the lines of that. There was only one female in the whole book and she had a very minor role. The book gave a too much away. In the beginning they tell you that the Darkovan people are humans (non-humans live there too) and speak a variation of early earthly languages. Then at the end you find out in a big revelation that the Darkovan humans a ...more
Mike Smith
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This entry in the Darkover series is classified as a "juvenile" by the author (what is today called "teen fiction"). In other words, the hero is a teenager. But this straightforward action story has enough depth to appeal to adult readers too. Like most Darkover novels up to this point in the author's career, this one features a hero with identity issues and is unaware of certain important events in his own history.

As with all early Darkover novels, the main them is the clash between a modern, e
Lisa Williamson
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Star of Danger by Marion Zimmer Bradley This review is of the 1983 printing of this novel that was first published back in 1965. Ms Bradley was one of the masers of science fantasy novels from that time period.
In this book we have Larry Montrey, a sixteen year old Terran boy and Kennard Alton a sixteen year old Darkoven. They meet in Thendara just outside the space port and the story goes from there.
Well written with rich details about two very different worlds coming together. This story show
Jeffrey Doten
Aug 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: rereads
In my late teens I became somewhat obsessed with the Darkover books, So reading this was a return a favorite series. I enjoyed some of it, particularly the first third with the spaceflight, arrival and early investigation of the new world. But it doesn't really live up the title Star of Danger. Typical of many novels time , there is little urgency to the events despite being captured by bandits, escaping giant predatory birds and being captured by Ewoks. As I said, I went through stage of readin ...more
Marcello Tarot
L’inizio di una nuova era, in un certo senso

Con questo romanzo ambientato qualche anno dopo la riscoperta di Darkover, assistiamo alla base dell’evoluzione che la Bradley avrebbe voluto per i rapporti tra Darkover stesso e l’Impero Terrestre, cosa poi non verificatasi per via delle incongruenze fuori di testa scritte da Adrienne Martine-Barnes che – a modo suo – Deborah J. Ross sta cercando di correggere.
Ma questo a parte, il libro è meritevole perché, con la scusa dell’avventura vissuta dai du
May 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1984, fantasy-fiction
[These notes were made in 1984:]. Chronologically, this novel comes late in Darkover's history, after the establishment of the Terran space colony, and as such is partly about cultural clashes and compromises. But since about the last half of the novel involves the wanderings through the Darkovan wilderness of a Terran (Larry Montray) and a Darkovan (Kennard), both young men, it is also primarily a bildungsroman, and is about male bonding. I enjoyed it very much indeed, and was interested to not ...more
May 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a decent book that mostly kept me interested. Though, nothing that I couldn't put down to read later. For the most part the ending answered most of the questions, but it did feel slightly rushed and a bit too convenient. I didn't realize this was part of a larger series until I came here just now. The story was not compelling enough to make me want and read the rest of the series. But I don't regret reading it either, unlike the book before this!

If this is your cup of tea, and you like
Jan 13, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf, i-own, grownup-books
I read this in one of the new MZB Darkover omnibus editions; can't remember what it's called, but it has this one, The Bloody Sun, and Winds of Darkover. This one's definitely not as developed as some of her later books, and it's very much a Boys' Own Adventure, starring Terran Larry Montray and Darkovan Kennard Alton, but I enjoyed it quite thoroughly anyhow.

This was actually my first read of this one, because some of the Darkover books used to be pretty hard to find before DAW did the omnibus
Aug 14, 2009 rated it liked it
Ok, now I really understand why M. Bradley states repeatedly that these are all separate books in a shared reality. Some of the characters carry over yes. Valdir is the Alton lord who became a lord in Forbidden tower. However, he's "never met a terran who's come to Darkover terms". And his uncle IS terran, at least in Forbidden. There are other niggly things. I didn't notice any of this when I read them at the age of 14 or so... Still, if you ignore the fact that it fits/doesn't fit in the serie ...more
May 08, 2016 rated it liked it
This is one of the earliest Darkover novels first published in 1965. It has not aged quite as well as some of the others, but it is still a solid, if old-fashioned read. It is pretty much an adventure story full of mysterious creatures and obstacles to overcome with two engaging teenage heroes finding their way into the world. There are hardly any female characters around, as these early Darkover books were absolutely male-centric. In the Darkover canon this is one of the slighter books that pav ...more
Christopher Sutch
Jul 08, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a competent juvenile adventure novel in the tradition of Heinlein and Burroughs, as well as a fairly vital chapter in the history of Bradley's Darkover. Here she explores how the Terrans adn Darkovans first realized that they were both from Earth originally, and poses the problem, explored more thoroughly and more competently throughout the following two decades, of how those cultures could be reconciled. Far from the best Darkover book, but a good read.
Jan 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
1982 Grade B+.
2013 Grade A-.

Book D8. Year 2060.

This is a young adult story, as are many of the books I like. The first "half" is grade A SciFi mixing of cultures. The second is grade B fantasy from the capture, escape and journey. The result is a deep friendship bond of two people and the bonding of two cultures.
Oct 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mon tout 1er Marion Zimmer Bradley et le début d'une longue histoire d'amour entre Ténébreuse et moi. Un monde étrange vaste de plusieurs siècles, plusieurs cycles de plus ou moins bons en qualité. Une collection chère à mon cœur qui date un peu maintenant mais aura toujours une place spéciale dans ma bibliothèque.
Jul 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sfant
One of the earlier books in the Darkover series (earlier in the sense that it was written in the 60s but appears later in the chronology), this is one of the stronger stories. A shorter book (phew - some of the longer Darkovan books are tiresome), this is a quick, fun adventure story. Again, these are good male characters, and I quite like the '60s feel' of the writing.
Apr 08, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a fairly simple adventure story but it does fill in some of the gaps - it describes how Kennard Alton and Larry Montray first meet as teenagers, and their advanture after Larry is kidnapped by bandits is an introduction to some of the features of Darkover - laran power, non human species, leronis, star stones......
Karel Musil
May 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
If I'm not mistaken, this was the first Darkover book that I managed to get in English. It's one of the first published novels in the series and there are certain discrepancies with the newer books, but despite it's shortness this one is fun to read. And for the first time after Landfall there was member of Chieri race again!
Jeanne Johnston
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A quick little story of two boys--one Terran, one Darkovan--who accomplish more to forge understanding between the worlds than adults have in the 15 (?) years since landing. More give and take from here, I'm guessing.
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