THE WINDS OF DARKOVER Author:MARION ZIMMER BRADLEY 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 ... more »barbaric brigand chieftains, decaying eldritch Dry-Towns ... and the eerie forces that were worshipped as gods. Dan Barron was a rational and highly efficient member of the Terran Spaceforce -- until nightmare visions drove him from the safety of the Trade City into the unmapped heart of the Darkovan mountain ranges ... into an ancient battle that would shape the destiny of more than one world.« less
It was Bradley's misfortune that she wanted to write epics in a market designed for 150,000-word quickies. Thus was the Darkover saga broken up into mini-fantasies like this one -- okay for a diversion but nothing to get excited about. And yet it's also possible to see glimpses of the finely-crafted world she has built and to wish someone, somewhere, would collect all these stories in one or two volumes and present them to their best advantage.