Darkover

30 books in series
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Darkover Landfall Publisher's Summary

Darkover, planet of wonder, world of mystery, has been a favorite of science fiction fans for many years. For it is a truly alien sphere - a world of strange intelligences, of brooding skies beneath a ruddy sun, and of powers unknown to Earth. In this novel, Marion Zimmer Bradley tells of the original coming of the Earthmen, of the days when Darkover knew not humanity.

This is the full-bodied novel of what happened when a colonial starship crash-landed on that uncharted planet to encounter for the first time in human existence the impact of the Ghost Wind, the psychic currents that were native only to that world, and the price that every Earthling must pay before Darkover could claim him for itself.

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  • Book 1

    • Darkover Landfall

    • By: Marion Zimmer Bradley
    • Narrated by: Max Bellmore
    • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    Darkover, planet of wonder, world of mystery, has been a favorite of science fiction fans for many years. For it is a truly alien sphere - a world of strange intelligences, of brooding skies beneath a ruddy sun, and of powers unknown to Earth. In this novel, Marion Zimmer Bradley tells of the original coming of the Earthmen, of the days when Darkover knew not humanity. This is the full-bodied novel of what happened when a colonial starship crash-landed on that uncharted planet to encounter for the first time in human existence the impact of the Ghost Wind, the psychic currents that were native only to that world, and the price that every Earthling must pay before Darkover could claim him for itself.

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 2

    • Stormqueen!

    • By: Marion Zimmer Bradley
    • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    During the lawless Ages of Chaos, a baby was born to the lord of Aldaran. This child, born on a dark and thunder-filled night, was possessed of a terrifying and uncontrolled talent: Dorilys, heiress to her father's domain, could unwittingly call forth lightning, even while still a fretful child. Fearful for his daughter's life and the safety of his domain, Lord Aldaran sent to a tower for help. But even the powers of a trained monitor and a Hastur lord might not be enough to save this painfully afflicted and deadly young woman.

    Regular price: $34.99

  • Book 3

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  • Book 4

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  • Book 5

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  • Book 6

    • Hawkmistress

    • By: Marion Zimmer Bradley
    • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    She had rejected her noble birthright and embraced the freedom only a man could claim. She was Romilly who lived among the beasts of hill and forest and communicated with them, who tried humanity and turned it down for its evils and jealousies. She had the MacAran Gift, the rare Laran that conferred mastery over hawk and horse. 

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  • Book 7

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  • Book 8

    • Two to Conquer

    • By: Marion Zimmer Bradley
    • Narrated by: Max Bellmore
    • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
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      5 out of 5 stars 6
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    What forces would operate if there were two objects that were absolutely identical in form and substance? This problem has occupied both workers in magic and the scientists of physics and psychology. It is the pivot of Marion Zimmer Bradley's novel of Darkover during the final flaming days of the Ages of Chaos. This is the story of the era when the planet of the Bloody Sun was divided into a hundred warring kingdoms and civilization teetered on the edge of oblivion.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Forced or Embraced how would you awaken?

    • By Majenta on 04-20-18

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 9

    • The Heirs of Hammerfell (Darkover)

    • By: Marion Zimmer Bradley
    • Narrated by: Michael Spence
    • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
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    Nobody alive knew how the feud between Storn and Hammerfell had begun, but that didn't stop the fighting. When Storn's men burned Hammerfell's castle, his infant twin sons were separated, and each grew up thinking himself the rightful Duke of Hammerfell. Conn, raised in the mountains by his father's paxman, continued to fight the Storns. Alastair grew up with his mother in Thendara and planned to marry his cousin, Floria. But when Conn came to Thendara to seek King Aiden's help, and the twins encountered each other, it changed all their lives.

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  • Book 10

    • Rediscovery

    • Darkover, Book 11
    • By: Marion Zimmer Bradley, Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated by: Christa Lewis
    • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 57

    Leonie Hastur has a high degree of laran, the telepathic power of the Comyn caste, and wants to be Keeper of Arilinn Tower, which will give her as much power as her twin brother Lorill, Heir to Hastur. But she has a premonition that something strange and disturbing will come from the sky and change their world forever. She is correct. Ysaye Barnett loves life on shipboard and would happily stay right there, with her beloved computers, forever.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I may be a fangirl

    • By Nicole on 01-31-16

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 11

    • The Shattered Chain

    • By: Marion Zimmer Bradley
    • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 12
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
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      5 out of 5 stars 12

    The women of Darkover are treated like slaves, despite the fact that they alone can control the power of the matrix, but the Free Amazons provide a key to the future. The many colorful threads of that part-human, part-alien world are rewoven into a strikingly different literary tapestry. One such thread could be called the Heritage of Ardais, for the heir to the Ardais Domain has vanished and must be found.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Have always loved the Darkover series

    • By Jackie on 08-19-18

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 12

    • The Spell Sword

    • By: Marion Zimmer Bradley
    • Narrated by: Max Bellmore
    • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    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 unexplored...and 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 acknowledge.

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 13

    • The Forbidden Tower

    • By: Marion Zimmer Bradley
    • Narrated by: Max Bellmore
    • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 12
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      5 out of 5 stars 12
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      5 out of 5 stars 12

    This is the novel of four who defied the powers of the matrix guardians - fanatics who protected those powers so that the planet of the ruddy sun might never fall beneath the influence of materialistic Terrans. The four who found themselves fused into a terrifying unity in that defiance were two men and two women. The men were Damon Ridenow, a Comyn of the ruling caste, and Andrew Carr, the Earthman who had won for himself the right of clan-entry.

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  • Book 14

    • Thendara House

    • By: Marion Zimmer Bradley
    • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Length: 20 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    Jaelle has been raised in the harsh patriarchal environment of the Dry Towns. Her mother Mellora is a Comyn woman who has been kidnapped in order to breed laran-gifted offspring for her barbarian "husband". But when a desperate, pregnant Mellora dies in childbirth following a daring escape aided by a band of Renunciates, the still young Jaelle is adopted into the Guild, and becomes the Free Amazon Jaelle n'ha Mellora, a woman who has never known kindness from a man.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful!

    • By Patti on 10-08-18

    Regular price: $38.49

  • Book 15

    • City of Sorcery

    • By: Marion Zimmer Bradley
    • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Haunted by mysterious images of hooded figures, Magdalen Lorne, chief Terran operative on Darkover, pursues a quest not only to the frozen ends of the physical world but also to the perilous limits of the spiritual world. And there she is tested by the evil sorcery of the Dark Sisterhood.  

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  • Book 16

    • Star of Danger

    • By: Marion Zimmer Bradley
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 5

    A novel from the Darkover series, about a man on his first mission to the planet. What he encounters when he leaves the space station is to determine the fate of every Terran stranded there. Two natives of Darkover are forced to combine Darkover matrix magic with Terran technology to stand against a shared enemy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awesome

    • By Majenta on 05-01-18

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 17

    • The Winds of Darkover

    • By: Marion Zimmer Bradley
    • Narrated by: Pete Bradbury
    • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      5 out of 5 stars 3

    Turning under a blood-red sun, Darkover had always been a mystery to the Terrans. Its most puzzling riddles lay in the incredibly high mountains known as the Hellers. These jagged and almost impassable peaks sheltered races and enigmas that had become legend in the outside world - the howling inhuman Ya-men, the deadly Ghost Wind, the fiefs of barbaric brigand chieftains, decaying eldritch Dry-Towns...and the eerie forces that were worshiped as gods.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I grew up with the Darkover books

    • By Ian Mitchell on 05-24-18

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 17.2

    • The Bloody Sun

    • By: Marion Zimmer Bradley
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    For Jeff Kerwin, Darkover meant home, the home he had left as a child, the home he had longed for through the many years. Yet, he was to be terribly disappointed when he finally returned. First he learned that there were not records of any kind of either his birth or childhood on Darkover. And then, after he renounced his Terran allegiance and joined the natives attempting to free Darkover from Earth's control, the Darkovans accused him of being a spy. Had Jeff been conditioned on Earth to betray them?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • my favorite Darkover novel transformed!

    • By Maggie on 03-14-18

    Regular price: $31.49

  • Book 18

    • The Heritage of Hastur

    • By: Marion Zimmer Bradley
    • Narrated by: Max Bellmore, Pete Bradbury
    • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Described as "Bradley's best novel" by Locus, The Heritage of Hastur, the longest and most intricate of the Darkover series, is a brilliant epic of the pivotal event in the strange love-hate relationship between the Terran worlds and the semi-alien offspring of forgotten peoples. This is the novel of the Hastur tradition and of the showdown between those who would bargain away their world for the glories of star-borne science and those who would preserve the special "matrix" power that was at once the prize and the burden of ruddy-sunned Darkover. 

    Regular price: $31.49

  • Book 19-20

    • The Planet Savers & The Sword of Aldones

    • By: Marion Zimmer Bradley
    • Narrated by: Andrew Garman
    • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    The books that started Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover series, this audiobook combines the 1958 novella Planet Savers and the 1962 novella The Sword of Aldones into the only one-volume treatment authorized by the Marion Zimmer Bradley Trust. These two short novels are a welcome addition to any SF fan's library. The Planet Savers, the first Darkover novel, introduces the listener to the now legendary world of Cottman IV.

    Regular price: $24.49

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