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The Shadow Matrix (Darkover - Chronological Order #25)

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The Shadow Matrix (Darkover)
Mass Market Paperback, 560 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by DAW (first published 1997)
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Morgan Dhu
Mar 09, 2014 rated it liked it
The Shadow Matrix begins shortly after the conclusion of Exile's Song. Marguerida - as Margaret Alton is now called - is at Arilinn, but her training is not going well. Unable to tolerate the high-level matrices for long periods of time, she is living in a guest-house. An adult of a decidedly independent and questioning nature, she is surrounded by other trainees who mistrust and fear her, and teachers who have no idea of how to deal with her. Thanks to Lew, she is able to go instead to Neskaya, ...more
Katherine
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Like I said in my review of Exile's Song, the Shadow Matrix was one of my favourite books in high school. I must have read it a dozen times. The plot is haunting and gripping.

I need to read this book again soon.
Valerie
I began to suspect a missing episode in this series right from the beginning. I find that I was right--I really need to get hold of a volume called Exile's Song, to get a fuller development of things people keep referring to in the recent past.

There's enough exposition that I can get a moderate idea of what happened--but I still want to see the previous volume.

Especially, I want to get an idea of Margaret Alton's career at University, which I gather is an entire University planet.

There are man
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Brian
Jun 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, romance
I really feel like this book should have been a few short stories rather than a single book, because a lot of it felt barely connected to me. One thread is Margaret's attempt to master her laran and avoid getting drawn too much in to the politics of Darkover's families, one thread is Mikhail being sent to determine who the next heir to the Elhalyn throne will be, and one thread is Gabriel Lanart and Javanne Hastur continuing to try to control Mikhail's life. I didn't find any of these threads th ...more
François
Jul 24, 2010 rated it did not like it
This book follows Exile's Song. It is co-written with Friend of Darkover Adrienne Barnes. There is nothing to say about that. But there is something to say about the fact that it is a collection of two novellas, the first of which being unrelated to the ongoing arc -the story of Margaret Alton, aka the new main character of the Darkover series, after several books focusing on Regis Hastur.
The first part of the book ('Book 1') follows Mikhail, Regis's nephew and Margaret's fiancé, drawn into a 20
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Lindsay
Jun 24, 2010 rated it liked it
The Shadow Matrix is the sequel to Exile's Song, and has two very distinct parts. In the first half, which has a pervading feel of a mystery story, the focus is on Mikhail Lanart-Hastur, Marguerida's cousin and love interest. (Yeeeeah, there's a lot of incest of this nature on Darkover.) Mikhail is sent to the house of the Elhalyns, the Darkovan line of kingship, in order to designate an heir to the throne of the planet. While there, he must try to take care of the five children and the grounds, ...more
Gregory
Dec 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
After Exile's Song I was hoping for more about those characters and got it in this one (and, in fact, the next, and final, installment in the Darkover series is about them, too). I did really like this one, but I had been hoping for more of what Exile's Song was, a study in character. This one had more high adventure. I found that part of the book slightly uneven, but there was enough character study for me to overlook that and really enjoy the advancement of the main character's stories. In the ...more
Chuck
Sep 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book is of as high quality as any other book in the Darkover canon; Margaret has moved to a Tower to try and learn to control her laran, her latent psychic power. In the tower, she has been largely immune to the political machinations that haunt her because of the birth she is unsaware of. She is heir of one of the most powerful kingdoms on the planet, and she is in love with a man who could conceivably inherit the throne. All this is complicated by the fact that the powers she has develope ...more
Jeff
Jan 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I haven't read much of Darkover in the last couple of decades, but since I inherited a box of them, expect some updates

This was a solid add to the Darkover mythos, once again blending a Terran raised Marguirda into the planets male dominated, rigid culture. She brings a classical music education to Darkover, upsets the locals with a surprise elopement, (to her and her intended,) saves the world of the past and upsets quite a few apple carts along the way.

Lew Alton, her father, plays a minor role
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Kevin
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I started reading the Darkover books as a child -- Star of Danger &c

I have always enjoyed everyone, and usually have reread each several times.

Exile's Song & The Shadow Matrix are special -- these have become standards to reread at least once every year. IMHO anything by Marion Zimmer Bradley is well worth reading, but the Darkover books especially so. Even those written as young adults, when she was first starting out, were good. And they all teach as well as entertain, although one do
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Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard
On reading this again, I think it's stronger than Exile's Song, although the overall structure limps a little - the final third could have been expanded, and the center section shortened a little. Character motivations are clearer for the most part, though there are still a few illogical moments and minor inconsistencies. But again, I really like and relate to Margaret/Marguerida, and to Mikhail as well. For all its flaws, (and they are many), this series-within-a-series is my favorite among all ...more
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Privo di coinvolgimento

Dopo l’ingresso trionfale di Marguerida nel mondo di Darkover (in “La sfida degli Alton”, alla cui recensione rimando), le aspettative per il seguito delle sue vicissitudini sono alte. Ma vengono immancabilmente disattese da un libro privo di mordente, che non coinvolge e che a un certo punto ti fa perfino disinteressare di quello che succede alla protagonista e al suo uomo.
Recensione originariamente pubblicata su http://www.libreriauniversitaria.it/ nell’estate del 2010.
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Contrarius
Jun 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I wanted to like this more....I really did....but, well, the plot is just too danged silly. Forget Deus Ex Machina -- here we have Ring Ex Machina, Lake Ex Machina, Hand Ex Machina, Crow Ex Machina, Voice Ex Machina, you name the Machina and we've got it. Convenient-Plot-Devices-R-Us. ;)

I still like the characters, for the most part, and I like Darkover as a setting. But the plotting in both the first and second halves of the book (which really should have been published as two separate novellas
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Karel Musil
May 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
While Exile's song was mostly about Margaret Alton, The Shadow Matrix switches between her and her lover who is sent to deal with the remaining members of Hasturs of Elhalyn. This family was always a bit mentally unstable, but what Mikhail has to face in the haunted house was expected by nobody. The grand finale what follows takes our almost star-crossed lovers into distant past, more exactly into the darkest period of Ages of Chaos. What can you expect from situation where even Varzil the Good, ...more
Susan
Oct 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Marguerida, Lew Alton's daughter, returns to Darkover and a series of events that has been literally paused in time for years begins to snowball--that's what happenned in Exile's Song. This is what came NEXT

She's still a whiny hero-ine, but what's more annoying is how absoutely perfect Mikhail is... oh well.

At least Romas provided a lovely cover.
Bron
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Now this is MZB on form! The first Darkover book I ever read was Sharra's Exile so I really enjoy reading about the exploits of Lew Alton's daughter Margaret - and very glad to see that Lew is still around. In this one, Margaret and her husband to be, Mikhail, are drawn into the far past to receive special powers from the legendary Varzil the Good.
Carole-Ann
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Rolling.....

Another effusively long drawn-out story continuing Margaret Alton's adventures in Darkover, but I persevered because the story-line is rather good.

Still not sure about collaborations.
Nicole Diamond
Nov 08, 2011 rated it did not like it
If it has one star I liked it a lot
If it has two stars I liked it a lot and would recommend it
If it has three stars I really really liked it a lot
If it has four stars I insist you read it
If it has five stars it was life changing
McCartha Sheron
Oct 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Love the series
Brittney Bower
Jun 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
i really di not know whats was going on but it was a very good story.
Freyja
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
It's a good read. The pace is a bit uneven in spots but it doesn't slow enough to really bog down.
Jody
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was the first Darkover book I read, after which I searched every library and bookstore to get my hands on more. Great book and wonderful series.
Norman Howe
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Excellent addition to the Darkover mythology. Great insight into the Ages of Chaos"," Ashara's origin"," and the madness of the Elhalyn line.
Hania Ahmer
Jun 18, 2016 rated it liked it
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Bad Tim
Oct 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
i generally find time-travel to be an unimaginative plot device, but this was an exciting read despite that lame old sci-fi crutch.
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