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4.0 von 5 Sternen A good history lesson of Darkover
For those who have heard of Marion Zimmer Bradley's tales of the planet of the bloody sun, this would be a good book to start with. It gives a synopsis of sorts of a great many of the previous books in the series, and while it's no substitute for those books, you'll at least have an idea of what's gone on in all those previous books. The plot, I have to admit, is...
Veröffentlicht am 13. März 1998 von William Sugarman

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1.0 von 5 Sternen Unsatisfying, by-the-numbers retread
When I was 18 I adored the Darkover series, so I opened this novel hoping to recapture some of that spirit. But I can't ever be 18 again, and I can't ignore all the problems that made this book deeply unsatisfying. The basic plot, for one, was already done (twice!) much better in The Bloody Sun. The characters are all fairly flat, with a couple of identifying quirks...
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A good history lesson of Darkover, 13. März 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Exile's Song (Darkover) (Taschenbuch)
For those who have heard of Marion Zimmer Bradley's tales of the planet of the bloody sun, this would be a good book to start with. It gives a synopsis of sorts of a great many of the previous books in the series, and while it's no substitute for those books, you'll at least have an idea of what's gone on in all those previous books. The plot, I have to admit, is something straight out of the pulp fiction school, and sounds like something Bradley has done before - but that doesn't detract from the excellent quality of the writing, something that's been sorely lacking in the more recent Darkover novels. Still, this novel made me want to go back and reread even those. Who knows - maybe I'll change my mind about them after reading this one.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Unsatisfying, by-the-numbers retread, 6. April 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Exile's Song (Darkover) (Taschenbuch)
When I was 18 I adored the Darkover series, so I opened this novel hoping to recapture some of that spirit. But I can't ever be 18 again, and I can't ignore all the problems that made this book deeply unsatisfying. The basic plot, for one, was already done (twice!) much better in The Bloody Sun. The characters are all fairly flat, with a couple of identifying quirks substituting for characterization, and none of them have much motivation to speak of -- instead of complexity, we have simplistic stimulus-and-response behavior that just doesn't ring true.
Even in the case of Margaret, our Heroine, there's not much depth, and very little emotion: we're told that she's feeling this way and that, and she thinks about her feelings constantly, but we're never allowed to participate in those feelings.
The transformation of the bitter hard-drinking Lew of her memories (which I found quite a plausible and interesting development of the character) back into Good Old Darkover Lew, everybody's pal and passionate good-guy, as soon as he reappeared was sudden, unmotivated, and made me wonder, if all he needed to make himself a happy, well-balanced man again was to come back to Darkover, and nobody minded his coming back, why didn't he do it years ago and spare everybody more trouble?
Plus, the confrontation with the Big Secret Villain, which should have been the climax of the novel, occurs about halfway through, leaving the rest of it anticlimactic, aimless, and rather pointless. (Lots more whining and histrionics all around, though and some seriously bizarre family dynamics.)
I will only mention in passing the clumsy prose, and the extreme padding that turn a sparsely-plotted book into a heavyweight for no particular reason.
It would be easy to attribute this book's faults to its not having been actually written by MZB. But MZB turned out her share of serious clunkers over the years, and I've never read any of Adrienne Martine-Barnes's solo efforts. so that wouldn't be entirely fair. Exile's Song does hit most of the expected notes in a Darkover book, it just hits them dully, without any real originality or freshness or invention. It's a connect-the-dots, color-inside-the-lines version, flat and predictable.
There are books in the Darkover series that do have freshness, originality, and real strength of feeling. (The Heritage of Hastur, say, or The Forbidden Tower, or The Bloody Sun.) I'd head there for my fix, not to Exile's Song.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Fantastic Book!!!!!, 14. Februar 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Exile's Song: A Novel of Darkover (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Actually this is the first of the Darkovan books I had read. It was just sitting there so I decided on reading it. I think that if I'd starting reading the first of the Darkover books, Darkover Landfall then I wouldn't have read all the rest of the books. Marguerida Alton travels to the planet known to Terrans as Cottman IV with her mentor Ivor Davidson to collect folk music. They are really in for a surprise! All the new people they meet is awesome! But tragedy comes, Ivor dies. That's when the real adventure comes! Knowing nothing of her history Marguerida is surprised and frustrated. She is bowed to and everyone calls her "domna" which means highly honored lady. Marguerida decides to ignore it as best she can. Instead of finding why this is she finds an uncle, goes with her friend and guide Rafaella n'ha Liriel to collect folk music. She has a bout of threshold sickness and has to be taken to a castle where she falls in love with Mikhail Lanart Hastur! Her newly awakened laran is powerful and she gets a shadow matrix from the overworld. Her Uncle Gabriel moves her to Armida and that creates a number of problems. Her father comes to meet her! Read this and then find out the details and what else happens in Marguerida's new and exciting life!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Demon of little minds, or just plain sloppiness?, 13. April 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Exile's Song (Darkover) (Taschenbuch)
I first discovered Darkover more than ten years ago and happily plunged in. After several books, I had to come up for air as internal inconsistencies mounted within the series. Characters' relative ages and degrees of kinship changed, as did distances and directions across the terrain.
Every few years, I try again. IMHO, this book encapsulated MZB's strengths and weaknesses in a single volume. Marguerida Alton is a vivid and likeable character, but the plot (or half-plot; I suspect the original manuscript was split into this book and _Shadow Matrix_, which I've not yet read) was essentially _The Bloody Sun_ starring her instead of Jeff Kerwin. Still, she's trotted out the same concept several times (_The Spell Sword_ et al.) while still managing to keep things reasonably fresh.
Another reviewer wondered about Jeff's reappearance as Damon Ridenow. MZB herself apparently forgot about her rewrite of _The Bloody Sun_, in which he first appears. In the original version, Jeff's dad was Arnad Ridenow, as the infodump in this version sets forth. However, the rewrite switched paternity to Lew Alton's uncle Lewis-Arnad Lanart-Alton, who was at that time the Heir to Alton. Jeff himself is (IIRC) some twenty years older than Lew's *father* in TBS, and yet Jeff and Lew show up here as nearly the same age.
This sort of thing drives me mad, especially when the inconsistent genealogies and chronologies weren't even needed to move along the plot of this book. If anything, the persistent infodumps slowed things down.
Without the inconsistencies and incompletion, I might've given this book an 8 or 9. As matters stand, a 6 is the best I can do.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I wish I could give it six...., 18. November 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Exile's Song (Darkover) (Taschenbuch)
This is the first Darkover book I've read, and I think that the rest of the series will turn out to be very promising indeed. MZB wrote the character very well, and you could really understand it. When she died, the series probably ended too, a great loss to the Sci-fi/fantasy world. If any of her relatives are reading this, you have my condolences.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Alton tradition continues!, 25. Februar 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Exile's Song: A Novel of Darkover (Gebundene Ausgabe)
I was first introduced to the world of darkover in "Sharra's Exile" and have been addicted ever since. When "Exiles Song" first came out I was intrigued. And I discovered it was about Lew Altons daughter! Through her discovery of her home world to her discovery of her uncle Rafe Scott and finally her discovery of her awakening telpathic gift. The battle with Ashsarra Alton to the discovery of her shadow matrix. This is a wonderful book to start the darkover series. Form start to finish I could hardly put it down. Margaret Alton's journey begins in Thendara when her mentor and friend Ivor Davidson dies. In her despair she meets her uncle Rafe Scott. This is the begining of her true journey. Deciding to finish the work she was sent to darkover to do(study music) Margaret sets off for the Kilgard Hills with Rafella a free amazon. She ends up at Armida and meets her cousin Mihkail Hastur-Lanart. Within the hold of threshold sickness Margaret is confronted with many obsticals from Asharra Alton, the arrival of her shadow matrix, her estranged father Lew, her uncle Gabrielle trying to marry her off to his chauvanistic son, her hiership to the Alton Domain, her strange and extremely powerful Alton LARAN, and her growing love for Mihkail. However, "Exile's Song's" real conclucion is in the "Shadow Matrix". I would recomend "Exile's Song" to any long or first time readers of darkover. If you would like yo contact me about more darkover or any novels drop me an email.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen If you like MZB, and Darkover, buy it., 21. Juli 1997
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Exile's Song (Darkover) (Taschenbuch)
I have been reading and enjoying Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover series for several years now. I purchased this book on the strength of knowing that I have never been disappointed by a MZB novel. Although this book did not disappoint me I felt that it was slightly rough around the edges. It is a novel in a series that has "Series Novel Syndrome". SNS being the problem wherein if one has not read the previous volumes then one will miss miss major points of "historical" fact that are key to some of the major points of the story. Although I have read all of the previous novels I found myself having to recall several previous Darkover story lines in order to follow this somewhat convoluted plot. I loved the book and recommend it to any Darkover fans but newbies to Darkover beware, you should read at least "Sharra's Exile" first to get the most out of this novel. "Sharra's Exile" by the way is a wonderful novel and is MZB at her very best
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Enjoyable but needs work, 3. Februar 1997
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Exile's Song: A Novel of Darkover (Gebundene Ausgabe)
I believe that this book was good but the most exciting stuff came 1/3 of the way until the end. The information concerning her mentor was important but did not need to take up almost a third of the book. It would have been a better book to have it start with the Death of Professor Iverson and have her muddle her way through discovering all that she needed to know. But, it also seems that there is another story out there waiting to been told, more of Ashara Alton and the mysterious age of chaos that only talks about the end of that time in other novels. MZB needs to develop this more from the point of view of the maiden that comes to rescue a realm (ie, the current state of darkover) as opposed to letting Ms Alton swoon and sway with confusion for the entire plot. Its great that MZB wants to set the stage for future writings, but I think this book looks at trying to connect the entire Darkover past with what lays ahead...too much information, simplify MZB...please
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Okay..but not as 'good as it gets'...., 13. Juni 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Exile's Song (Darkover) (Taschenbuch)
Marion Zimmer Bradley is a wonderful author, but I'm sorry to say that she doesn't show the story development that she usually has. Her character development is still great, but not good enough for 4 or 5 stars.
The story of Margaret Alton is quite interesting. She goes to the planet of her birth and learns that she is a telepath with the "Alton Gift," among other gifts. The back-of-the-book-synopsis says that there's a 'trap that was set for her centuries before her birth,' and that was what interested me in the book. But the 'trap' is the gift. She learns that she has these things about half-way through the book, and then you are looking forward to this 'trap,' but that is the trap.
The characters are neat, but as for the story, it is weaker than it could have been. Nice try Ms Bradley...I'm still looking forward to other Darkover Novels (I've heard that this one isn't the best one of the bunch...)
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A potential fresh start to Darkover, but needs ripening, 12. Juni 1997
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Exile's Song (Darkover) (Taschenbuch)
So much happening, yet not enough of any one event to satisfy the reader. Subplots are inconsistently paced (the Ashara Alton subplot desparately needed development, and the death of Margaret's mentor took far too long); characters are inconsistently portrayed (especially the relationship between Regis and Danilo--at one point in her career, MZB wasn't afraid to make it clear they were lovers, but now it's extremely vague); and the ending screams "Sequel in the works!" The redeeming feature of the novel is that it's set after the Sharra Rebellion, in a period of which we haven't seen much (besides "The World Wreckers," which takes place before "Exile's Song"). I'm guardedly optimistic that "Exile's Song" will herald a new series of novels that will follow this storyline; I'm also hopeful that MZB will take a little more time with the next couple of novels and pace them more evenly
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