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A novel from the Darkover series, about a man on his first mission to the planet. What he encounters when he leaves the space station is to determine the fate of every Terran stranded there.

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Wish there was more bridge story to this one. It was written before most of the others. As I read there were so many missing links I wish were filled in.
  Karen74Leigh | Sep 4, 2019 |
Wish there was more bridge story to this one. It was written before most of the others. As I read there were so many missing links I wish were filled in. ( )
  Karen74Leigh | Sep 4, 2019 |
boys adventure: Terran & Hastur teens in the wilderness.
Noted during my 1980's attempt to read every book in my small town library.
  juniperSun | Dec 4, 2014 |
I remember the Darkover Series as edgy, fantastic, and pushing the envelope, with a heady mix of telepathy/technology, strict cultural codes, clear but not tacitly acknowledged gay relationships. An edifice of triggers for a budding lesbian/feminist. What I'd forgotten was that MZB was often repetitive, with a writing voice that strove for sonorous dignity but missed. And "show, don't tell" wasn't part of her writing philosophy.
The plot is simple,with the requisite adventures, joys and resentments. This is the first meeting between Kennard Alton and Larry Montray, Much is revealed about the tangled history of Darkover and its denizens, and as is true of much sff, it's not the star that's the danger - it's the people.. (It's hard to describe more of the plot without spoilers.)
And yet, for all my nitpicking, MZB's Darkover remains one of my favorite series ever. Hence the 4 stars. It's worth reading.

(Plus, novels were MUCH shorter then!) ( )
  KarenIrelandPhillips | Jun 29, 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 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 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!)

Although some books are loosely connected, having characters in common, they were written to be read independently and were written out of sequence. Part of the difficulty of knowing what to read, and in what order to read, comes from that. This is an early book in terms of Marion Zimmer Bradley's career, in my opinion before she had come into her own and honed her craft. It's one of the weaker books in the series, and because MZB decided not to let the hobgoblin of inconsistency trap her into ideas she outgrew, you'll find things that won't fit with books that were written later. This is definitely not the book where I'd start with the series (I'd recommend either The Shattered Chain or Heritage of Hastur.) However, it is an entertaining read and as a fan of the Darkover books, I'm happy having it among my books. But it doesn't represent the series at its best. ( )
  LisaMaria_C | Oct 22, 2012 |
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Avec ses deux héros adolescents, L'étoile du danger aurait été mieux placé dans une collection de littérature jeunesse. Il y a là une évidente erreur de casting, et de ce fait ce roman se situe bien en dessous de ce que l'on est en droit d'attendre dans le cadre d'un projet aussi ambitieux. Ce caractère très inégal est du reste l'un des désagréments du cycle de Ténébreuse.
added by Ariane65 | editnooSFere, Samuel LE GOFF (Jun 20, 2005)
Ce roman, écrit plus spécifiquement pour les adolescents, est une bonne entrée en matière pour les nouveaux lecteurs de Ténébreuse. Rapide à lire, il a ce qu'il faut d'action et de magie pour captiver son lecteur...
Ce roman fait partie d'un cycle d'histoires qui se passent sur la planète Ténébreuse. On a pu le comparer à des monuments littéraires comme Dune ou l'univers de Tolkien. Le livre est réussi, effectivement. Cependant, la comparaison me semble un peu trop flatteuse. Pour en prendre toute la mesure, il faudra se plonger dans le cycle en entier. Il n'y a plus qu'à espérer que Presses Pocket rééditera les autres maillons de cette chaîne prometteuse.
L'oeuvre de Marion Zimmer Bradley a également des affinités avec celle d'Ursula Le Guin et je songe en particulier à La Ligue de Tous Les Mondes, et surtout à La main gauche de la nuit. On y retrouve ce même dépaysement, cette même imagination s'appuyant sur le souci de décrire l'altérité avec une grande précision anthropologique.
Riche et passionnant.
added by Ariane65 | editFiction, Éric SANVOISIN (Oct 1, 1998)

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A novel from the Darkover series, about a man on his first mission to the planet. What he encounters when he leaves the space station is to determine the fate of every Terran stranded there.

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The natives of Darkover were human, but hostile to the Earth colonists who had come to their planet. Larry Montray, however, was able to become friendly with the Altons, an important clan, and was one of the few Terrans ever to observe Darkovan life and customs at first hand.

But Larry was to get much more than he bargained for - he found himself in the middle of a feud older than memory; a feud fought by unknown beings, a deadly beasts  and alien intelligences ... and his actions were to determine the fate of every Terran on the planet of the Blood Red sun.

the bandit leader gestured Larry to sit on the bench, and then drew a strange jewel stone that flashed blue out from a cloth.

"I hardly dare to hope you will make will make this easy for me - or yourself. But you are going to read this for me, no matter what I have to do to persuade you."

Larry felt his hand tremble as the stone was put into it. He raised his eyes ...

Blinding pain thrust through his head while shadows became forms in the blue glare of the jewel stone. the forms became clearer - a group of men riding, the face of Lorill Hastur shrouded in a gray hood, the outline of the spaceport HQ building ...

Larry suddenly became aware of what was happening. Somehow, through this magical stone, and some power of his own, he was transmitting pictures of actual events to the raiders.

A blind fury surged up in him at the cruel man who was using him this way - such a flare of hatred as he had never felt.

As Larry's wrath surged high and red, the bandit drew a gasping breath of agony and doubled over in anguish. ...
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