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Thendara House


First publication:
Daw in 1983

Reference edition (in this Web site)
Daw Books, ISBN 0-88677-240-0

Foreign editions:
  • in french: "La maison des amazones" (the house of the amazons) published by Pocket in 1993
  • in german: "Gildenhaus Thendara" (Guild house Thendara) published by Moewig bei Ullstein in 1994
  • in italian: "I regni di Darkover" (Darkover's Kingdoms) published by TEA2 in 1990
  • in portuguese: "A Casa de Thendara" published by Editora Imago (Brazil) in 1990
  • in spanish: "La casa de Thendara" published by Ediciones B in 1991


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This novel is the tenth in the Darkover time. It is the fifteenth in the publication time.

Reading guide

Darkover history period:
Against the Terrans-The first Age (Recontact)
What to read before and after:
This novel is the second in a three novels story. The first novel is The Shattered Chain and the third novel is City of Sorcery. Characters of The Forbidden Tower make short but really important intervention in Thendara House, therefore I strongly recommand to read it (and its first part, The Spell Sword) before.
I don't think this novel is really interesting, but it gives important information about really important characters introduced in The Shattered Chain and in The Spell Sword. Therefore...

"Official" presentation (from Daw Books)

To Thendara House came the Terran Madga in exchange for the Free Amazon Jaelle, who had become the wife of an Earthman and had entered the Terran enclave.

The cross-currents of two cultures, one male-dominated, one egalitarian, combined with the human problems of the two who had switched allegiances, brings into focus all the deepest questions of love and marriage, of male and female, and of justice and injustice.

Marion Zimmer Bradley, talented author of The mists of Avalon, spent many years resolving the theme of this book - and Thendara House is a novel of future speculation which has become a classic masterwork on the role of women on any world, past, present and future.

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