This novel is a complete rewrite of The Sword of Aldones published by Ace in 1962. Therefore, The Sword of Aldones is the real second Darkover novel published by Marion. But as this version has now disappeared, I have decided not to include it in this review. The chapter two of book one (pages 39 to 57) of Sharra's Exile was already published in a slightly different form as a short story: Blood will tell in The keeper's price.There were some foreign editions of The Sword of Aldones:
"Official" presentation (from Daw Books)
The most dangerous matrix on all Darkover was the legendary Sharra. Embodied in the image of a chained woman, wreathed in flames, it was the last remaining weapon of the Ages of Chaos that had almost destroyed civilization on the planet of the Bloody Sun.
The Sharra had been exiled off-planet among the far stars of the Terran Empire in the custody of Lew Alton... until he found himself called back to his homeworld to contest his rights.
But once the Sharra was back, the flaming image spread and wide--and set in motion events that were to change the land, the domains, and the future of Darkover forever.
My personal opinionMarvelous. I think that Sharra's Exile is one of the best Darkover novel (with The Heritage of Hastur). Once again, the most interesting part of this novel is the psychological background given to the most important characters. The tragical aspect is also important as Destiny seems to set upon Lew Alton and Regis Hastur, trying to ruin Lew's life and to destroy Regis' dreams and artlessness. Another important aspect is the quite complex plot which is rather uncommon in Marion's novels. This plot is very interesting and gives another dimension to the novel, making it more suitable as an introduction novel to the Darkover world.
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