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While I do tend to like the books that come chronologically prior to "Rediscovery," this is a really great part of the series as well. ( )
  willowcove | Feb 19, 2009 |
I had forgotten, when I picked this up to read before it's sequel, that it's actually part of a chain that starts back with Sharra's Exile. This wasn't too bad, there were enough recaps, nicely handled, that I could keep up with the back story, but the details were a bit sketchy.

Hermes Aldaran, Lew's replacement at the Federation Senate has a flash of foresight and flees, dragging his non-Darkovan wife and children along. The Federation shortly thereafter goes to hell in a handcart, at least it appears so.

The terranan station chief and his men are flawed by ambition, hatred for Darkover, and having a reach that exceeds their grasp. They are initially unaware that Regis Hastur has also died, in fact he dies in the first or second chapter. Once they find this, they decide to attack the funeral procession (a plot device that's been used before, in Heritage of Hastur) although their plotting is undone by Domenic Hastur who has snuck out from home to see the Travelers perform and happens to spy things out.

From there the story follows two main threads. There is Nico and Hermes, and gradually other reinforcements, following the Travelers and trying to determine exactly what is going on. They reveal a more deep-set plot than the first one too, although that is not really developed in this book. The other thread is the developments in Comyn Castle. This splits a bit, into Katherine (Hermes' wife) starting to settle in (very badly) to life on Darkover, and the political machinations as various people try to overcome Mikhal's accession as Regis' heir for various reasons.

There is a largely clear and clean resolution, although there are a few bits lingering to be dealt with further on. ( )
  lewispike | Jun 10, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0886778115, Mass Market Paperback)

Traitor's Sun continues the epic saga of Darkover, the award-winning series by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Her most brilliant and popular creation, the Darkover books take readers to a planet torn by rebellion--and struggling for freedom...

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It has been fifteen years since Marguerida Alton returned to Darkover. Fifteen years since she discovered the terrifying powers of her special laran, met and fell in love with Mikhail Lanart-Hastur, heir designate to the throne of Darkover, and journeyed back in time to the Ages of Chaos to answer the call of a long-dead Keeper. Now Marguerida's life is more settled. As the seconds-in-command to the aging Regent, Regis Hastur, and his consort Linnea, life in Comyn Castle for Marguerida and Mikhail is far from serene. But the real root of the current tensions on Darkover has more to do with the Terran Federation than anything internal to Darkover. The once pleasant relationship between Darkover's ruling families and the Terran envoys to Darkover has been shattered, primarily due to the machinations of Lyle Belfontaine, the corrupt and ambitious Station Chief at Federation Headquaters. When the sudden death of Regis Hastur leaves Comyn Council in turmoil, Belfontaine sees an opportunity to wrest by force what he could not gain through diplomacy, and plans a violent takeover on Darkover. Can Mikhail and Marguerida, new Regent and consort on Darkover, face the might of Terran weapons with only their combined telepathic laran powers?… (more)

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