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Stormqueen! by Marion Zimmer Bradley
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Lots of plot elements, two sets of brothers one of whom is full of bad will, several tangled loves. A 1978 book which handles an arms race from horrified viewers, to involved technicians, to greedy users. And looks at women’s issues with a strange sappy do anything for love sensibility that is off from the more feminist notes. ( )
  quondame | Dec 31, 2017 |
Good story, complex characters. I like the Darkover world already, so it's no surprise that i enjoyed this book. Recommended to fantasy fans. ( )
  ktlavender | Jul 17, 2017 |
One of the best of the Darkover novels I've read. Less angsty and gloomy than a lot of them. ( )
  broccolima | Jan 26, 2014 |
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 back into a medieval society. Ruled by a psychically gifted 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. Most books focus on the clash between the two cultures. This is one of the exceptions, set before the time of rediscovery, in the "Age of Chaos." The Darkover series as a whole features strong female characters, but it has enough swashbuckling adventure to draw the male of the species, and indeed this series was recommended to me by a guy (when we were in high school!)

This book is centered on one of the more memorable female characters in the series, Dorilys Aldaran, the "stormqueen" who has power over the weather. Although some of the Darkover books are loosely connected, having characters in common, they were written to be read independently and were written out of sequence. This makes it difficult without a guide to know what story to start with. Stormqueen was published in 1978, when MZB was at the height of her powers, and of the 18 Darkover novels written solely by MZB, is one of my favorites--easily top five. Early chronologically in the timeline of the series, and with no recurring characters, it makes a fine introduction to a beguiling world. ( )
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eine des orages offre un tableau intéressant du fonctionnement de la haute société de Ténébreuse où la politique est omniprésente. C'est aussi là que les pouvoirs psy sont les plus présents et les plus déterminants dans le déroulement de l'intrigue. L'atmosphère y est très « fantasy », le laran servant un peu à tout et n'importe quoi, du guidage des planeurs à la création d'armes de guerres en passant par la construction de châteaux. Par contre, l'intrigue et la psychologie des personnages ne se distinguent pas par une grande originalité. Reine des orages est parfois bavard, avec quelques lenteurs autour des états d'âme prévisibles de héros très stéréotypés et assez manichéens.

On peut également regretter, pour la cohérence globale du cycle, l'absence d'un tome intermédiaire, qui fasse la liaison entre la Planète aux vents de folie et Reine des orages. On se trouve brusquement plongé dans l'adolescence de Ténébreuse sans avoir rien vu de son enfance. Les origines sont déjà des mythes, avec des personnages légendaires comme Hastur et Cassilda. Ce hiatus brutal peut désarçonner un lecteur qui lit ces deux romans d'affilée.
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Que dire d'autre, sinon que vous n'en sortirez pas indemnes ?
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the great epic of the world beneath the Bloody Sun known as Darkover did not begin with the coming of the Terrans.
It began far earlier, during the dark days of the civilization that came to be known as The Ages of Chaos.
For in those years the pwoer of the matrix was first learned - and misused in a power struggle between the rising Domains. that mental-physical force created a technology that threatened to make Darkover into a frightening duplicate of all that was bad in far-off Terra.

This is the first novel of the days when the matrix was in the hands of ambitious men, when genetic tampering was producing prodigies and wielders of strange powers, as well as psi monsters, and when the heir of hte Hasturs met his destiny in the persons of the witch-woman he loved and the mutant girl-child he had pledged to protect.
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The great epic of Darkover did not begin with the Terrans' arrival. For in those years, the power of the matrix was first learned--and misused in a power struggle that could have made Darkover a duplicate of Terra.

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