The Heritage of Hastur
"Official" presentation (from Daw Books)
Described as "Bradley's best novel" by Locus, The Heritage of Hastur, longest and most intricate Darkover books, is a brilliant epic of the pivotal event in the strange love-hate relationship between the Terran worlds and the semi-alien offspring of the forgotten peoples.
This is the novel of the Hastur tradition and the showdown between those who would bargain away their world for the glories of the star-borne science and those who would preserve the special "matrix" power that was at once the prize and the burden of ruddy-sunned Darkover.
"A rich and highly colored tale of politics and magic, courage and pressure... Topflight adventure in every way !"-Lester Del Rey, Analog.
My personal opinion
Great ! I find this novel really excellent and surely the best one of the Darkover books. The sequel to this novel can be found in Sharra's exile which is also to my mind one of the best Darkover novels. Therefore, the pair gives really good time to the reader. I think that the most important aspects of this novel are its tragical plot and the very precise way the author describes the psychology of the main characters, Regis Hastur and Lew Alton. The main quality of Marion Zimmer Bradley's novels is that they involve human beings facing their fates in spite of stereotyped heros. This is well illustrated by the Heritage of Hastur.
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