by Marion Zimmer Bradley

She had rejected her noble birthright and embraced the freedom only a man could claim.

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But there are some Darkovan creatures in this book, like the sentry-birds. This makes it a little less like a terrestrial story just displaced to a different landscape. Judges are mentioned in one of the later books (more or less tangentially), but where are the 'reasonable men' (and women), who try to reconcile quarrels BEFORE they start resulting in mayhem and death? One would like to hope that Caryl would begin developing such a bloc, before fraternal strife further decimates a society already weakened by inbreeding and the unique reproductive problems associated with laran. As, in a different way, the terrestrial trappings seem a bit extraneous--in a Darkovan setting.

La prima parte sembra un lungo prologo e quella finale, in cui c'è una vera e proprio GUERRA CIVILE, presenta un conflitto a casaccio A CINQUE PAGINE DALLA FINE DEL ROMANZO (mi chiedo proprio come finirà, guarda) e scrive a mo' di epilogo una delle conversazioni più stupide che abbia mai letto (cioè, manco i personaggi dei cartoni di Walt Disney parlano di matrimoni e piani per il futuro in modo così meccanico e forzato). La protagonista, Romilda, è un'antenata e prototipo della Nihal troisiana: una ragazzina così viziata e lagnosa da prendere a sberle ogni volta che apre bocca, ma per fortuna non troppo Mary Sue (almeno non è una modella tettona di 40 kili in grado di combattere con spadoni più grandi di lei) e anche abbastanza credibile come personaggio, al contrario della sua controparte moderna. Poi anche qui, l'idea di una guerra per il trono non è stata certamente sviluppata SOLTANTO in questo libro, Martin si è ispirato principalmente alla guerra delle due rose. Ok, il fatto che un personaggio venga rapito e che ai suoi amici sia restituito qualche pezzo del suo corpo ogni giorno (come con Theon) è palesemente copiato. Quindi, sì, Martin ha decisamente letto questo romanzo e si è ispirato per alcune cose, ma da qui a dire che lui abbia scritto una storia di guerra e politica copiando da un libro concentrato soprattutto sul rapporto della protagonista con gli animali e che non descrive nemmeno bene la guerra, mi sembra esagerato.

In the first novel of the omnibus, Stormqueen!, the story centers around a young woman (a pre-teen more accurately), Dorilys, with a special type of laran to call forth lightning and storms. From one of the Towers, a trained monitor is sent to help along with another who has his own laran to fear and to conquer as well as his own personal worries - worries that affect not just him, but the whole of Darkover. In the second novel, Hawkmistress!, the story is told through the main character, Romilly, who eventually runs away from home after being told she must marry a man she finds absolutely repulsive. As her father's daughter, she learned to train hawks and horses, but at the age of 14 was being told it was "unseemly" to be doing such things (things she loved to do). Romilly's only real desire is to be herself and to train hawks and horses. How could there not be, these two stories are set in the 'Ages of Chaos' after all.

I stayed up way too late last night finishing this, despite having already read it countless times. It doesn't seem to have lost any of its impact since the last time I read it. And in rereading it now, I'm suspecting it to be one of the influential books of my life. If so, I'm sure I will spend many years of it reading the never-written sequels to many favorite books!

Romilly MacAran is the main character of the novel with a gift of laran, psychic powers inherited from her father, which allows her to train horses and birds.

Marion Eleanor Zimmer Bradley was an American author of fantasy novels such as The Mists of Avalon and the Darkover series, often with a feminist outlook. When she was a child, Bradley stated that she enjoyed reading adventure fantasy authors such as Henry Kuttner, Edmond Hamilton, and Leigh Brackett, especially when they wrote about "the glint of strange suns on worlds that never were and never would be." Her first novel and much of her subsequent work show their influence strongly. Bradley wrote many Darkover novels by herself, but in her later years collaborated with other authors for publication; her literary collaborators have continued the series since her death. For many years, Bradley actively encouraged Darkover fan fiction and reprinted some of it in commercial Darkover anthologies, continuing to encourage submissions from unpublished authors, but this ended after a dispute with a fan over an unpublished Darkover novel of Bradley's that had similarities to some of the fan's stories. Bradley was also the editor of the long-running Sword and Sorceress anthology series, which encouraged submissions of fantasy stories featuring original and non-traditional heroines from young and upcoming authors.