PDF or EBOOK (The Spell Sword Darkover #11) ¶ Marion Zimmer Bradley

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The Spell Sword Darkover #11 Review ¸ 100 Self and his destiny began to unfold along lines predicted only by phantoms and wonder workers of the kind Terran science could never acknowledge THE SPELL SWORD is a Darkover novel to stand with the great ones of the series. 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 TerranAndrew 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 kinEllemir sends an urgent message to Damon and to her father saying there is trouble Damon s party is ambushed on their way and only he survives the trip While Damon and Ellemir are contemplating how to rescue Callista Andrew shows up and later so does Dom Esteban and his wounded band of guardsmen They were also ambushedWith everybody assembled they now work on figuring out what has happened to Callista so they can make a plan to rescue herThis was a very uick read Enjoyable Didn t bog down The point of view was from the perspective of Damon or Andrew the cat people remained mysterious

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The Spell Sword Darkover #11 Review ¸ 100 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 unexploredand many of its peoples seclusive and secretive. 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 and does not understand how she formed a psychic link with a human from another world The book grips us early with a few well worn but still effective mysteries who is this mysterious girl Where has she disappeared to Why is so much of science fiction occupied by mysterious girls Does her disappearance have anything to do with the darkened lands a blasted area everyone is warned to avoid a place of withered gardens and evil men from whom all wanderers return babbling mad I would never dream of spoiling the answer to that last uestion but I ll let you make an educated guess As Andrew wanders through the snow guided by the ghostly Callista we are introduced to the other point of view character a local man named Damon who is having his own problems with the blizzard As he and his men travel home they are attacked in ambush by bodiless swords that slash at their throats Damon abandons his men to their deaths an act the book doesn t know what to do with and so largely ignores for the remainder and makes his way through the raging snow to the home of his betrothed who is Callista s sister There he discovers that Callista s guardian has been found dead with her eyes torn out and Callista is gone So we have two men one a visitor to this planet and one a native each with a connection to the missing girl each pushing through the storm each a stranger to the other but edging inexorably towards a rendezvous at that house and when they meet we can be sure each to be recruited to the rescue of this same damsel in distress This first third of the novel is uite evocative Bradley maintains a skillful balance between science fiction fantasy and horror tropes and also an enticing tone that is moody and forlorn weather inhospitable things abandoned people lost darkness spreading crops dying lonely girls in dreams calling for help There is a touching scene in the hut Andrew takes shelter in where the man from Earth shares the night with the phantom of his dream woman They cannot touch neither even knows where she is but they lie beside each other in the darkness providing for the other whatever comfort they can Damon meanwhile has psychic abilities all scientifically explained by matrix technology of course and there are some lovely descriptions of his out of body experiences in the overworld an abstract plane of darkness and dim outlines and the vague presence of disembodied strangers as he tries to locate Callista He can t seem to find her Bizarrely when Andrew arrives at the house and meets Damon the narrative abruptly grinds to a halt It feels like a train making an emergency stop And then it stays stopped The vast bulk of the rest of the novel takes place in this house almost like a stage play except without the urgency and subtext of great theatre Instead there is lots of talksitting around in the cottage as the blizzard rages outside discussing what they know exchanging opinions about the likely whereabouts of Callista and whether she s probably still alive or not and who probably took her and why they probably took her and why that s not a convincing reason but this other reason is probably a convincing reason recounting events to each other that we as readers have already witnessed in the previous chapters explaining how matrix technology works explaining what the overworld is chest thumping over who has the greater right to rescue Callista etc etc etc They spend pages planning their rescue can the matrix stones be used to locate Callista Can they match their psychic whatsit through the matrix doodads to Callista s psychic whatsit in order to trace her They talk and talk It s all so belabored In the middle of all this we learn to our dismay that Andrew s characterization is the standard nonsense he used to enjoy girls at every port never getting attached and now suddenly with this dream girl he is awakening to the desire to know her to understand her to be with her forever he is discovering the real meaning of love At the same time through sheer force of talk all the mysteries are solved she has been kidnapped by the cat people yes you heard that right the cat people The cat people are responsible for the darkened lands She is being kept somewhere in a cave in the middle of the darkened lands Thus their mission is Go to the darkened lands Kill the cat people Rescue the damsel In preparation for their rescue mission they work on their psychic connection using the stones as some kind of focus Through this process Damon discovers his feminine side being a psychic is usually reserved for virgin women and Andrew discovers his homosexual side his psychic links with Damon feel sexual which both warms and disturbs him It s nice that these two men can learn to be feminine and homosexual and all but can t they have done it while enacting a plot of some kind A story Some sort of movement The static nature of this long 2nd act is baffling It takes up 70% of the book Also baffling is the relationship that Bradley allows to build between Andrew and his dream girl Callista Through their psychic link he has fallen in love with his damsel in distress and lo she has fallen back in love with her rescuer to be too Bradley treats this unhealthy and uneual power differential as if it is deeply romantic or as if the book were written for 11 year old girls who are waiting for their prince to come But this can t have been written for kids There are too many slashed throats and gouged out eyeballs and in one scene someone s skull is bashed in and his brains are strewn over the ground And yet the characters follow the classic Disney Sleeping Beauty arc Before they even meet in the flesh Andrew is referring to the helpless Callista as beloved and she responds in kind It s sort of icky At the very least some irony would have been welcome Once they leave that damned house and the rescue actually begins and it really does feel like Act 3 The Rescue the pace uickens There is some nicely staged action a cool fight against the shadowy cat people as our heroes enter the blasted area The final scenes are atmospheric even a little tense There is some great imagery of a decrepit village in the heart of the darkened lands insane villagers staring dull eyed out of cracked windows cat people stalking from behind concealing themselves somewhere back there off in the mist It s all very effective The climactic rescue itself though is predictable and comforting in a Young Adult sort of way Damon learns he can fight He s got the stuff And the damsel is rescued with a few easy sword fights and a uick defeat of the Great Cat who for the life of me felt like the Main Boss in a Final Fantasy game As Callista is taken to freedom she sobs and clings to her rescuer like a grateful damsel and Andrew swears to marry her and love her forever I know this isn t meant to be creepy but thoughts of the Florence Nightingale effect inevitably come to mindIn the end the stakes in this mini adventure feel oddly small An alien and a native man meet grow to trust each other teach each other some cool psychic talents and rescue a girl I imagine Bradley s primary interest here is the growing trust between the two men representative of their two cultures but it s all rather simple and straightforward The settings are very limited as if Bradley had to save on the budget None of the characters come particularly alive but the first and third acts contain some authentically involving atmospherics and the world of Darkover itself is an inviting place one I feel I would like to come back to Perhaps the seuel The Forbidden Tower contains depth Certainly a reader of the whole Darkover series will no doubt read this one and it will likely please them For the rest of us there may be better ambitious places to start

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The Spell Sword Darkover #11 Review ¸ 100 But for Andrew Carr there was an attraction he could not evade Darkover drew him Darkover haunted him and when his mapping plane crashed in unknown heights Darkover prepared to destroy himUntil the planet's magic asserted it. 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 sisterThis short novel sets up The Forbidden Tower which is the much richer story Moreover we never truly learn just who the Great Cat was or how they managed to get a hold of a powerful matrix that even the powerful Tower trained technicians could not combat or just why they kidnapped Callista in the first place That was actually one of the series shortcomings that we never truly spent time with the Dry Towners the Ghost Men the chieri or the Cat Men Their cultures would ve made for interesting juxtaposition with that of the rest of the Darkovans


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    Read & download The Spell Sword Darkover #11 Marion Zimmer Bradley ´ 0 Free read Summary ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Marion Zimmer Bradley DAW Collectors #119Cover Artist George BarrName Bradley Marion Eleanor Zimmer Birthplace Albany New York USA 3 June 1930 25 September 1999 Alternate Names Lee Chapman John Dexter Miriam Gardner Morgan Ives Marlene Longman Astra of the Spheres Marion Zimmer Marion E Zimmer Marion Eleanor ZimmerAlthough Darkover was a world inhabited by humans as well as semi humans it was primarily forbidden ground to the Terran traders Most of t

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    Marion Zimmer Bradley ´ 0 Free read Summary ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Marion Zimmer Bradley Read & download The Spell Sword Darkover #11 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 stu

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    Marion Zimmer Bradley ´ 0 Free read PDF or EBOOK (The Spell Sword Darkover #11) ¶ Marion Zimmer Bradley 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 And

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    PDF or EBOOK (The Spell Sword Darkover #11) ¶ Marion Zimmer Bradley 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 r

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    Read & download The Spell Sword Darkover #11 PDF or EBOOK (The Spell Sword Darkover #11) ¶ Marion Zimmer Bradley Marion Zimmer Bradley ´ 0 Free read Bradley rewrote several of her earlier books to bring them in line with the main seuence If she did so with this book I haven't seen a

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    PDF or EBOOK (The Spell Sword Darkover #11) ¶ Marion Zimmer Bradley 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 ma

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    PDF or EBOOK (The Spell Sword Darkover #11) ¶ Marion Zimmer Bradley The cat people on Darkover have created a darkened land and kidnapped the Keeper Callista Callista hasn't been able to telep

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    Summary ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Marion Zimmer Bradley PDF or EBOOK (The Spell Sword Darkover #11) ¶ Marion Zimmer Bradley Marion Zimmer Bradley ´ 0 Free read This is one of the earlier entries in Bradley's Darkover series and as such it is somewhat less maturely written than her later books The plot

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    Read & download The Spell Sword Darkover #11 Summary ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Marion Zimmer Bradley Marion Zimmer Bradley ´ 0 Free read A nice uick read Character development is well done as are the action seuences Few can match MZB's ability to craft a compelling story arc thoug

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    PDF or EBOOK (The Spell Sword Darkover #11) ¶ Marion Zimmer Bradley mmmm It was a bit boring Little action and mostly on the overworld Callista a uasi 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 sho

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  • 158
  • The Spell Sword Darkover #11
  • Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • English
  • 17 September 2018
  • 9789993795704