The Spell Sword (2020)

The Spell Sword Marion Zimmer Bradley Richard Hescox The Spell Sword Although Darkover was a world inhabited by humans as well as semi humans it was primarily forbidden ground to the Terran traders Most of the planet s wild terrain was unexploredd many of its peoples
  • Title: The Spell Sword
  • Author: Marion Zimmer Bradley Richard Hescox
  • ISBN: 9789993795704
  • Page: 243
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The Spell Sword Marion Zimmer Bradley Richard Hescox Although Darkover was a world inhabited by humans as well as semi humans, it was primarily forbidden ground to the Terran traders Most of the planet s wild terrain was unexploredd many of its peoples seclusive and secretive.But for Andrew Carr there was an attration he could not evade Darkover drew him, Darkover haunted him and when his mapping plane crashed in unkAlthough Darkover was a world inhabited by humans as well as semi humans, it was primarily forbidden ground to the Terran traders Most of the planet s wild terrain was unexploredd many of its peoples seclusive and secretive.But for Andrew Carr there was an attration he could not evade Darkover drew him, Darkover haunted him and when his mapping plane crashed in unknown heights, Darkover prepared to destroy him.Until the planet s magic asserted itself and his destiny began to unfold along lines predicted only by phantoms and wonder workers of the kind Terran science could never acknowledgeE SPELL SWORD is a Darkover novel to stand with the great ones of the series.
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  1. Jason

    An Earthman, Andrew Carr, crash lands on an alien planet while pursuing a girl he has only seen in his dreams After the crash, Andrew stumbles through a blizzard, but the girl guides him along, appearing to him as a ghostly apparition like Obi Wan Kenobi on the planet Hoth With her help, he makes his way to a hut where he takes shelter Soon we learn the mysterious girl s name is Callista, and that she herself is in trouble She has disappeared, doesn t know where she is, can see only darkness, an [...]

  2. Pam Baddeley

    A fairly short book about the coming to the feudal style planet Darkover of Andrew Carr, a Terran who has been rootless since leaving Earth The story is told in alternating viewpoints to begin with, as we switch between Andrew and a Darkovan nobleman, Damon Ridenow.At a fortune teller s stall, Andrew sees a vision of a beautiful young woman in the fortune teller s crystal, and forms an instant obsession with her, arranging a transfer from his existing job to work on Darkover in the Mapping and E [...]

  3. Valerie

    Bradley rewrote several of her earlier books to bring them in line with the main sequence If she did so with this book, I haven t seen a copy.The Spell Sword isn t really enchanted, of course there s just a matrix attached to enable the injured Dom Esteban to take over the reflexes of his less gifted son in law to be.The Catmen of Darkover are almost never really introduced anywhere in the series They re offstage shadows, mostly, blamed for breakdowns and attacks that could as easily have been [...]

  4. Brian

    I think the biggest problem that brings down any of the Darkover books is Bradley s reluctance to ever definitively nail down what exactly laran can and cannot do I read this as part of an omnibus with The Forbidden Tower, and there s a note from the author in the beginning where she mentions that she doesn t really care that much about chronology when it would get in the way of a good story And I can respect that viewpoint, even if world building is my primary interest in fiction so inconsisten [...]

  5. The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears

    I love the Darkover books but this one is probably the weakest of the series While introducing us to Terran Andrew Carr who, while lost in the treacherous Hellers after a plane crash, finds himself being rescued by a woman he thinks is a ghost What he finds out is that his rescuer, Callista, is being held by the matrix wielding cat men We also meet Damon Ridenow, unsure of his place as former Tower technician and Ellemir, Callista s much opinionated twin sister.This short novel sets up The Forb [...]

  6. Alejandro Orradre

    La mezcla de g neros siempre ha proporcionado extra os resultados, muchas veces de una calidad dudosa y que no han conseguido el efecto deseado Sin embargo, La Espada Encantada a na con xito la ciencia ficci n y la fantas a en una novela que en realidad forma parte de una extensa saga La encargada de dar vida a dicha saga fue Marion Zimmer Bradley, que a trav s de m s de una docena de libros que por cierto, pueden leerse de forma independiente moldea un mundo llamado Darkover, escenario en el qu [...]

  7. Mareli

    mmmm It was a bit boring Little action and mostly on the overworld Callista, a quasi keeper has been abducted and the only person who can contact her is a Terranian A man of the Earth, despised by Darkovans, is the only one who can breach the darkness around her I didn t remember this story at all It was a bit short and sort of boring but it put some other brick on Darkover world.

  8. Letitia

    Although I love Marion Zimmer Bradley and her Darkover novels, this was not one of my favorites It is still a nice little story during the rediscovery phase, but the plot line is simpler and the characters less developed than later works.

  9. Johnny

    Having tried to read earlier works in the Darkover mythos, I didn t have great hopes for The Spell Sword Yet, I had stolen the idea of a planet of psionic people for my Traveller campaign from my original encounter with the series and what friends had told me about So, with one of my player characters claiming origin on Repse Esper spelled backwards , my Darkover, I decided to revisit the classic book of psionic civilization Okay, so I ripped off van Vogt s Slan, MacLean s Missing Man, and McCaf [...]

  10. Jimmy

    Against the Terrans The First Age Recontact 30 years before Star of DangerTHE SPELL SWORD view spoiler Andrew Carr is a Terran who has traveled the stars and planets, at the will of the administrators and computers Like a sailor, he has been around He is experienced bisexually, but he still wanders the galaxy lonely.After a chance visit to a fortuneteller he is shown who his soul mate is He becomes a member of Mapping and Exploration, so he can then take a team out to the Hellers to find the wom [...]

  11. Morgan Dhu

    The Spell Sword pub 1974 , tells the story of the beginning of the Forbidden Tower, introducing Ellemir and Callista Alton, Damon Ridenow, and Terran Andrew Carr It begins when Carr, on a four day layover at Thendara spaceport, goes out into the Trade City for some fun and patronises a fortuneteller In her crystal ball probably a matrix he sees a vision of a young woman which so captivates him that he immediately applies for a permanent posting on Darkover Following a crash in the Hellers, while [...]

  12. dogpossum

    I m _really_ enjoying revisiting this series This one in particular is a really good adventure story I really like MZB s male characters While Darkover Landfall is the origins story for Darkover, and Hawkmistress and Stormqueen are set in the hundred kingdoms darkages type period of Darkover history, The Spell Sword is set in the recent now , and I like to think of it as setting up the story for The Shattered Chain and Thendara House , where MZB explores the female characters of the Free s All t [...]

  13. Ken

    As I go through the Darkover books in the order in which they were written, the quality of MZB s writing continues to improve, but the stories seem repetitive A person from Earth comes to Darkover, is drawn unexpectedly into adventure, and subsequently decides that Darkover is his true home The Spell Sword is no exception to this pattern.I did enjoy this book, partly because as I implied it is better written than most of what came before it Here, we meet Damon Ridenow, a bookish Darkovan who is [...]

  14. Lisa (Harmonybites)

    I m a fan of Marion Zimmer Bradley, but my affection for her rests not on the Avalon books, which I didn t care for, but her Darkover series Darkover is a lost colony of Earth that falls into a medieval society Ruled by a psychic aristocracy, it is later rediscovered by a star spanning high tech human federation after centuries, giving the series a feel of both science fiction and fantasy Most books in the series examine this culture clash and this book is no exception as it focuses on a Terran, [...]

  15. John Loyd

    The cat people on Darkover have created a darkened land and kidnapped the Keeper Callista Callista hasn t been able to telepathically contact any of her kinsfolk, not even her twin sister Ellemir, she could only contact Andrew Carr, a Terran.Andrew on a mapping mission with the Terran Empire Service crash lands in the mountains The pilot and the rest of the crew die It is a struggle but the ghostly projection of Callista helps Andrew survive and find shelter, and finally make it to her kin.Ellem [...]

  16. Mike Smith

    Spell Sword is the 8th book Marion Zimmer Bradley wrote in the Darkover series, but it takes place earlier than most of the other books she d written to that point Only Darkover Landfall takes place at an earlier time This is a good, straightforward rescue the damsel story Unlike most of the previous novels, which dealt with the cultural and political clash between Darkover and the Terran Empire, this one stays at a personal level For the first time, the characters don t stand in as symbols of t [...]

  17. Surreysmum

    These notes were made in 1984 A nice little adventure story in the old Earthman meets alien culture mode except that Andrew learns to fit in quite a bit faster than most Terrans, and Damon quickly takes over principal interest Bradley seems to like these two hero novels One curiosity about this book is that Callista, the love interest, does not appear in her own proper person until near the end of the book The rest of the time she is a presence in telepathic contact with Andrew, who is, for some [...]

  18. Data

    I read this Darkover novel after The Shattered Chain , only because it came in a boxed set that way I could wish for a little to this novel this was my first real introduction to the cat hags, and like the rest of Darkover, I m still in the dark I realize that in real life we don t always get the answer to our questions in one pat novel, but why have so little learning about these people, since they are so central to the story Anyway,I always iike MZB there is always an engaging story to be tol [...]

  19. Jeanne Johnston

    A quick, compact little story, but it bugs me that the cat men were never really explained How d they get the giant matrix How was the main one so powerful with it, but so easily defeated in the end WTF was with the dry town bullies who came out of nowhere and disappeared as quickly And the way the books jump from one generation to another, it s hard to keep track of who s related to which story Last I knew, it was outrageous to consider a woman as a keeper, but here Damon is told that if only h [...]

  20. Beatriz

    Como segunda entrega de la serie Darkover, deja bastante que desear comparada con otros libros de la saga Aqu nos encontramos con una historia simple, plana, una aventura pica sin ninguna pretensi n y con un final absolutamente predecible Por su parte, los personajes son igual de simples y planos Si a todo esto le sumamos que muchas situaciones y acontecimientos se repiten y se repiten, dando la sensaci n de que la autora no sab a c mo engrosar un poco m s el libro, finalmente nos encontramos co [...]

  21. Marcello Tarot

    Prodromo a La Torre proibita Fu il primo libro del ciclo di Darkover che lessi e ne restai subito rapito E dire che NON uno dei libri migliori del ciclo Ma la tenuta di Armida, i cenni alle Torri, le abbondanti nevicate, la cultura darkovana vista attraverso gli occhi di un terrestre tutto mi affascin fin da subito I primi capitoli sono avvincenti, mentre gli ultimi lasciano un po a desiderare, ma lo stile felice di MZB non si smentisce mai e assicura comunque il piacere della lettura.

  22. Christopher Sutch

    In this novel Bradley begins to come into her own as a writer While there are still chunks of clunky prose she was still writing quickie short novels for cash at this point the complexity of her ideas suddenly comes to the forefront of the novel s plot the interconnectedness of sexuality, telephathy, intimacy, culture shock and assimilation This is the real beginning of the Darkover series as a truly memorable, awesome and important work of speculative fiction.

  23. Susan

    If you re going to read the Darkover novels, this is the one to read as soon as you ve finished the Saga of the Renunciates The Shattered Chain Thendara House City of Sorcery is NOT mandatory to the Darkover timeline.Or you can read it before those two, but all the other modern books need to be read after this one.Andrew Damon, Callista Ellemir They re the start of everything that comes after.

  24. Erika

    The second book I read from the Darkover series I liked it a lot and, just like in The Bloody Sun , I loved the fact that the main character was an outsider to this medieval magical world It s a short, enjoyable read I couldn t put it down And, as the rest of the Darkover books, it left me wanting to know when I finished it The only way to learn the repercussions of what happened is to read the rest of the stories, I guess, and I ll gladly do so.

  25. Melyssa

    This is of a novelette than a full length book, and as such it is missing a lot of the detail and richness that is usually a part of MZB s Darkover novels However, it is an excellent book to cut your teeth on and to introduce you to the world that she has written so much about It gives a good feel for the setting, the culture, and a touch of the history Not to mention that it is great when you need a quick, short read that will engage your attention and imagination.

  26. Carol

    I have read various of the Darkover series over the course of a couple of years They are interesting reading when you just want a fun read This one focuses on the psychic powers that the people of the planet Darkover have developed, the taboos that go along with developing the gift and in some cases the need to break those taboos.

  27. Gala

    I liked this book, but I found it too short for my taste It was the first I read by Marion Zimmer Bradley, and it caught me kind of off guard, I didnt quite manage to feel situated in the bigger story and that frustrated me a bit.Nevertheless, the Darkover series of books is very recommendble I enjoyed the ones I read.

  28. John

    1979 Grade B 2013 Grade B Book D5 Year 2035 This book is almost pure feudal fantasy It has many half page long paragraphs of descriptions and dialogs which sort of read as lectures I speed read it pretty much from start to finish and could only stand about 1 chapter at a time Never the less, I did grade it B.

  29. Barbara Brien

    I first read this book sometime in the 1980 s, and subsequently tried to find another Darkover novel that I wanted to read I never did But I loved this book the longing for something completely outside your sphere of knowledge spoke to me.

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