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Two to Conquer


First publication:
Daw in 1980

Reference edition (in this Web site)
Daw Books, ISBN 0-88677-174-9

Foreign editions:
  • in french: "Le loup des Kilghard" (the Kilghard wolf) published by Pocket in 1992
  • in german: "Die Zeit der hundert Königreiche" (The time of the hundred kingdoms) published by Moewig bei Ullstein in 1993
  • in italian: "Il sapiente di Darkover" (The wisemen of Darkover) published by TEA2 in 1991
  • in japanese: "Kilghard-no Ohkami" published by TOKYO SOGENSHA Co., Ltd. in 1988
  • in portuguese: "Dois para Conquistar" published by Editora Imago (Brazil) in 1988
  • in spanish: "Dos para conquistar" published by Ediciones B in 1993


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This novel is the fourth in the Darkover time. It is the twelfth in the publication time.

Reading guide

Darkover history period:
The Hundred Kingdoms
What to read before and after:
Nothing! This novel is a standalone one.
Events described in this novel are really important in the Darkover history. I think that in order to fully understand Darkover, you must read Two to conquer. It describes the adoption of Compact invented by Varzil the Good and the beginning of the relationship between the priestesses of Avarra and the warriors of the Sisterhood of the Sword (they will build together the Order of Renunciates).

"Official" presentation (from Daw Books)

What forces would operate if there were two objects that were absolutely identical in form and substance? This problem has occupied both workers in magic and scientists of physics and psychology. It is the pivot of Marion Zimmer Bradley's novel of Darkover during the final flaming days of the Ages of Chaos.

This is the story of the era when the planet of the Bloody sun was divided into a hundred warring kingdoms and civilization teetered on the edge of oblivion.

It is the story of Bard di Asturien, ambitious soldier-outlaw, and of his opponent, Varzil the Good, who struggled to establish the Compact. And it is also the story of a man from a distant Terra named Paul Harrell who was the exact duplicate of Varzil's enemy.

TWO TO CONQUER is a novel of social forces in combat, of the use and misuse of science, of war, of rape, and of witchcraft.

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