The Shattered Chain Author:Marion Zimmer Bradley "Topflight adventure in every way!" is the decision of Lster Del Rey in reviewing Marion Zimmer Bradley's previous Darkover novel, The Heritage of Hastur. In this, Bradley's latest, 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 Herit... more »age of Ardais, the the heir to the Ardais Domain has vanished and must be found.
The major thread and patternconcerns the role of women. While only women can command the power of the matrix and the secret sciences which keep Darkover from Terran hands, in most respects they are still chattel - indeed in some barbaric parts evenkept enchained. Yet there are the strange bands of pledged women known as the Free Amazons, equal to men and outside the laws that keep the rest of their sex subservient.
And it is the free Amazons who provide the key both to the Ardais mystery and the Terran-Darkover dilemma.« less