Hastur Lord: A Novel of Darkover
by Marion Zimmer Bradley
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Review by Carolyn Frank
DAW Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780756406226
Date: 05 January 2010 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Under the red sun of Darkover, Regis Hastur grudgingly awaits the death of his grandfather, Darvan Hastur, regent for the now-forever empty throne. In this time of great uncertainty with the Empire and barely after the World Wreckers were evicted from the planet, Regis is uncomfortable with his role as the king in all but name, the Hastur Lord. He is also resentful of his grandfather's often stated desire for him to take a wife and father legitimate heirs with the Hastur gift. With his dying breath, his grandfather tells Regis of a hitherto unknown elder brother, Rinaldo. From official release/information:
Product Description: A never-before-published fantasy novel set in Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover universe. The world of Darkover, a unique, isolated, and protected world, has long avoided becoming part of the technologically advanced Terran Empire. But things are about to change. Regis Hastur, lord of the most powerful of the seven Domains in Darkover, learns that the Empire is about to become a Federation, and is extending an invitation for all of the worlds to join. While the offer seems tempting to his people, Regis knows that Darkover would become little more than a military base, used for its unique planetary position, and will be sapped of its resources. He must now stop at nothing to save his world.