The Heirs of Hammerfell

The Heirs of Hammerfell

Marion Zimmer Bradley / Aug 22, 2019

The Heirs of Hammerfell Darkover planet of the Bloody Sun world of legend and mystery the long lost Terran colony where an ancient power has awakened humans to their own hidden talents of laran that special magic through

  • Title: The Heirs of Hammerfell
  • Author: Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • ISBN: 9780886773953
  • Page: 424
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Darkover planet of the Bloody Sun, world of legend and mystery, the long lost Terran colony where an ancient power has awakened humans to their own hidden talents of laran, that special magic through which those gifted enough can communicate directly mind to mind, call up fire, even link their thoughts to control bird and beast.Set in the age of The Hundred Kingdoms, The HDarkover planet of the Bloody Sun, world of legend and mystery, the long lost Terran colony where an ancient power has awakened humans to their own hidden talents of laran, that special magic through which those gifted enough can communicate directly mind to mind, call up fire, even link their thoughts to control bird and beast.Set in the age of The Hundred Kingdoms, The Heirs of Hammerfell takes place in a time of war and strife when Darkover was divided by border conflicts into numerous small, antagonistic kingdoms Focusing on a devastating clan feud between two of these realms Hammerfell and Storn a feud which has seen the land soaked red with blood for countless generations But now Storn has struck what may prove Hammerfell s death stroke, setting the ancestral castle ablaze, slaying its lord, and sending its lady fleeing into the night with her twin infant sons, Alastair and Conn.Conn is separated from his mother and lost to her on that fateful night, but she and Alastair find sanctuary in Thendara City, among the wealthy and the laran gifted, keeping the memory of Hammerfell alive with them in exile Yet Conn, too, survives, rescued by a loyal servant and raised in secret among those who would see the might of Storn overthrown and the banner of Hammerfell flying proudly high once again.But it is not until Conn s laran manifests that the fates of the twins are finally, inextricably linked in a pattern which could bring a new beginning or total ruin to Hammerfell and its heirs

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        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.Bradley s first published novel length work was Falcons of Narabedla, first published in the May 1957 issue of Other Worlds 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.Early in her career, writing as Morgan Ives, Miriam Gardner, John Dexter, and Lee Chapman, Marion Zimmer Bradley produced several works outside the speculative fiction genre, including some gay and lesbian pulp fiction novels For example, I Am a Lesbian was published in 1962 Though relatively tame by today s standards, they were considered pornographic when published, and for a long time she refused to disclose the titles she wrote under these pseudonyms.Her 1958 story The Planet Savers introduced the planet of Darkover, which became the setting of a popular series by Bradley and other authors The Darkover milieu may be considered as either fantasy with science fiction overtones or as science fiction with fantasy overtones, as Darkover is a lost earth colony where psi powers developed to an unusual degree 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.Bradley took an active role in science fiction and fantasy fandom, promoting interaction with professional authors and publishers and making several important contributions to the subculture.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 As a result, the novel remained unpublished, and Bradley demanded the cessation of all Darkover fan fiction.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 Although she particularly encouraged young female authors, she was not averse to including male authors in her anthologies Mercedes Lackey was just one of many authors who first appeared in the anthologies She also maintained a large family of writers at her home in Berkeley Ms Bradley was editing the final Sword and Sorceress manuscript up until the week of her death in September of 1999.Probably her most famous single novel is The Mists of Avalon A retelling of the Camelot legend from the point of view of Morgaine and Gwenhwyfar, it grew into a series of books like the Darkover series, the later novels are written with or by other authors and have continued to appear after Bradley s death.In 2000, she was posthumously awarded the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement In 2014, Bradley was accused of sexual abuse by her daughter, Moira Greyland, who claims that she was molested from the age of 3 to 12 Greyland also claimed that she was not the only victim and that she was one of the people who reported her father, Walter H Breen, for child molestation In response to these allegations Bradley s publisher Victor Gollancz Ltd announced that they will donate all income from the sales of Bradley s e books to the charity Save the Children From


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    1. [These notes were made in 1991:]. Now perhaps it's just that I'm long past my infatuation with Darkover, but it seems to me that in this rather late offspring of the clan, Zimmer Bradley is just going through the motions. The story this time is of twins separated at birth, the elder and less worthy being the heir. Of course they grow up with different ideologies, fall in love with the same woman, and generally do the sibling rivalry thing. Alastair, the elder, finds another woman to love - namel [...]


    2. well, at first I didn't like Alastair so much. But he grew and learned to lead. His brother Conn was more dependable but both of them were lacking. Only together they were perfect.The ending was a bit too perfect, maybe but I'm always ready for a happy ending!


    3. Sort of a 'Corsican Brothers meets fencing off the commons' piece. The Darkovan setting is frankly superfluous. This could easily be set in any European principality during the late Middle Ages. Oh, there are specifically Darkovan details (like raising buildings using laran). But mostly it's the descriptions of Darkovan society in the years that are equivalent to Earth's medieval period that are interesting--especially when changes lead to freeholders being turned out without resources, sowing d [...]


    4. Gli eredi di Hammerfell è uno dei capitoli della saga di Darkover. L'ordine cronologico dei volumi non corrisponde all'ordine di pubblicazione e questo è l'ultimo libro della serie scritto da Marion Zimmer Bradley in solitaria. Inizialmente il testo presenta le stesse atmosfere dei suoi predecessori, ma la trama è decisamente più semplice. Coinvolti in una faida centenaria gli eredi di Hammerfell si trovano divisi in tenera età ma da adulti cercheranno di riconquistare ciò che era stato lo [...]


    5. No, this is not The Corsican Brothers meet Darkover. It is the Corsican Brothers meet the Highland clearances on Darkover.


    6. Not my favorite Darkover novel as it's simply far too short for me to truly love it. It's an interesting insight into the more medieval time period of Darkover and I enjoyed the overall plot of the family feud involving twin brothers. I was just yearning for a little more depth and a little less predictable, easy solution


    7. Dans les montagnes des Heller, loin de la capitale, deux clans se battent depuis des générations, nul ne sachant exactement ce qui a déclenché la guerre à l'origine.D'un second mariage le Duc d'Hammerfell conçoit des jumeaux. Alastair, l'ainé, est le plus débrouillard mais il n'est pas doué en Laran, tandis que son frère Conn, plus frêle, est lui très doué. Alors qu'ils ont deux ans, et que tous croient en la paix vu que ça fait deux ans qu'aucun événement ne c'est déclenché en [...]


    8. Imbarazzante da leggere. Anche per una (ormai ex) fanatica della saga di Darkover.Probabilmente il libro più brutto e tirato via di MZB.


    9. This is a terrific novel; I haven't read a single Darkover novel from "The Age of Chaos" period that I haven't thought was excellent. Something about this period in Bradley's personal chronology of her imagined world of Darkover makes her artistic engine fire on all cylinders.The story tells the tale of two twins separated at birth, twin sons born to the Duke of Hammerfell, who is killed during a raid by the neighboring province of Storn. The mother escapes with on baby, thinking the other has d [...]


    10. ¿Ya? ¿Así nada más? Pero ¿qué pasó con Collin y Aldair? ¿Qué pasó con esa disputa? ¿Qué pasó con Conn y su destino de ser "mago" (se me olvidó como les dicen en el libro? ¿Por qué Alastair y Lenisa? ¿Era mejor Conn que Alastair para ser duque de Hammerfell? y ¿Erminie?Terminó muy rápido el libro, le hizo falta como 500 páginas más. Me gustó mucho pero dejo con muchos huecos, falto historia y terminaron muy tajantemente la disputa de sangre que había entre los Hammerfell y [...]


    11. A cavallo di due epocheUn romanzo certamente godibile, non tra i più avvincenti del ciclo, ma si legge che è un piacere e non è mai noioso. Dà un’idea di come stavano le cose su Darkover poco dopo la sottoscrizione del Patto (v. “Il sapiente di Darkover”) e rende più credibile il mondo creato dalla Bradley, senza passare di colpo dalle cosiddette Ere del Caos alla Riscoperta da parte dei terrestri e ai Sette Domini.Interessante, in particolare, il parallelo – riscontrabile lungo tut [...]


    12. Continuing with my reread of the series only to discover that I don't remember reading this one! Extra bonus for me. In this one, twins are separated during a feud between Lords, and believe the other dead. Their lives are completely opposite. One is a townie and relatively well off. The other is country and living rough. Of course, they eventually meet up. There is a brief love triangle. But then all problems are quickly and almost too easily resolved at the end.


    13. I love the Darkover novels and I'm always prepared to suspend all critical faculties whilst reading one. This is a nice tale of twins who get separated when young, and they grow up each thinking he's the only survivor and the rightful heir. Of course, fate has to bring them together and ensure they both fall in love with the same girl. This is one of the stories where MZB makes it all come out right at the end, apart from the rather endearing dog getting killed


    14. Eh, I guess it was OK for her first attempt at a Darkover novel in, I think it was, five years, but overall I thought it ended much too tidily and obviously. One of her own criteria for a good Darkover story was present, a novel use of laran, but outside of that I don't think there was a lot more to recommend it.


    15. Not one of the stronger, or better-written, stories (at times it falls into a very different tone, (view spoiler)[especially the magical journey Alastair makes on the enchanted horse (hide spoiler)]). It almost reads more like a YA entry to Darkover. But it has an important point in the chronology, and I was glad to read it.


    16. I'd say 3 and a half stars. Bradley is a very good writer. I really liked the characters and got involved in their story. On the plot side, it was a bit thin and ended rather too easily, I thought. I might have liked more action as well, but overall I enjoyed it.


    17. Having read the vast majority of the Darkover books over the years, it was enjoyable to get to come back to the series after all this time. The characterization was a bit shallow, but it was still a fun read.


    18. If it has one star I liked it a lot If it has two stars I liked it a lot and would recommend itIf it has three stars I really really liked it a lot If it has four stars I insist you read it If it has five stars it was life changing


    19. In my opinion, this is the weakest book in the whole series. It's short, uninspired and contrary to the others from the series, I've managed to read it only once. Maybe the Czech translation is to blame, but I'm so horrified by it I have no taste to buy the original.


    20. Quickie story, crossed stars, family feuds, laran, and some familiar places. All's well that ends well, even if it hardly matters that we're on Darkover. I can't even tell if we're in the past, present, or future from one book to the next. Does it matter?


    21. Another saga of Darkover. Twins are separated the same night their birthright is burned from beneath them. Each seeks revenge to the generations old feud and when they rediscover each other they are able to finally retrieve their legacy and end the feud.


    22. What I enjoyed about this Darkover novel was the fairy tale structure. It's as if Bradley is telling the story as the Darkoverans would tell it. Outside of the narrative form, the book is very predictable; too easily predictable. It's not bad, but it lacks depth and surprise.



    23. dark overThis one just feel dated and not up to the level the series achieved Also wanted more on the Hellers but this is more sizzle than meat



    24. It's funny how there's usually one of a duology or two of a trilogy that I really like, then the one that I don't. This is the one that I liked.


    25. A return to the more juvenile style of Darkover novel. Characters do things with laran that are far beyond the scope of other stories in the series.




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