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Title:Zandru's Forge (Clingfire Trilogy, Book 2)
Authors:Marion Zimmer Bradley
Other authors:Deborah J. Ross
Info:DAW (2004), Paperback, 528 pages
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Zandru's Forge by Marion Zimmer Bradley (2003)

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Deel twee van de Clingfire trilogie. Weer een heerlijk leesboek! ( )
  gkluit | Jun 16, 2011 |
The second book in the last Darkover trilogy is cowritten with a former Darkover fanfiction writer, and it shows.
The story takes place in the time of the hundred kingdoms, where the magic can still provide air travel and weapons of mass destruction, but a lot has been lost in the time of chaos and ordinary living is reduced to preindustrial scrabbling in the dirt.
The first half of the book is the dense tapestry of characters and stories of most of the Darkover novels, but the second half loses coherency and becomes disjointed in its effort to span such a long period, with too many characters and plot lines.
The main villain of the story is sold hard all through the novel, only to slip out early, and the readers are then offered an unimaginative and non cathartic battle with the non-entity villain. His weak presence makes for a very unengaged and unsatisfying ending to the story, almost a non-end.

The last part of the book is revisiting the events of Hawkmistress from the point of view of the deposed king in a singularly inept fashion. This part of the book reads so much like bad fanfiction, I am almost grateful that the usual grammar atrocities are not present.

As is very obvious from all en 'un's and 'non's attached to the adjectives, I was not at all happy with the story. Unless you are feeling particularly nostalgic for this time on the Darkover history, I would not recommend it, and even then, it would be better to stop after the first half of the book.

Having read The Shadow Matrix several times, the most interesting part of this story was that it took place at the time that Margaret and Michail visited while time traveling, and telling the story of some of the people they met. ( )
  amberwitch | Nov 20, 2010 |
I love this entire series, but especially love the more fantasy-related books prior to "Rediscovery." ( )
  willowcove | Feb 19, 2009 |
Middle of the trilogy. In this one Varzil the Good and Carolin Hastur predominate, the events are those leading up to the establishment of the Compact.

The end of the book crosses over with Hawkmistress although Romy is a rather minor character. Not quite only mentioned in passing, but not in a central role. ( )
  lewispike | Jan 23, 2007 |
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"It is not lily days which shape our souls, but the frozen winter nights, when we find ourselves in the pit of Zandru's Forge and discover who we truly are."
--Felicia Leynier
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My gratitude to those who have graced my life with their compassion, kindness, courage, and hope. You know who you are.
For Sarah / Hold fast to your dreams!
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The boy came to bid farewell to his father as the light of dying embers flickered across the fieldstone hearth.
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Was in progress at the time of Bradley's death.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0756401844, Mass Market Paperback)

In the era of The Hundred Kingdoms, a time of war and unrest, a legendary friendship is forged between king and keeper which will lead to a new destiny for Darkover.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:58:13 -0400)

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A novel set against the turbulent backdrop of the Hundred Kingdoms, a time of war and strife, details the extraordinary friendship between two young men--Carolin Hastur, the heir of Hastur, and Varzil Ridenow--that changes Darkover's destiny.

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