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The Saga of the Renunciates: (Darkover Omnibus #3) [Mass Market Paperback]

Marion Zimmer Bradley
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 1116 pages
  • Publisher: Daw Books (Aug 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756400929
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756400927
  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 10.2 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 261,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marion Zimmer was born in Albany, NY, on June 3, 1930, and married Robert Alden Bradley in 1949. Mrs. Bradley received her B.A. in 1964 from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, then did graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1965-67.

She was a science fiction/fantasy fan from her middle teens, but wrote only for school magazines and fanzines until 1952, when she sold her first professional short story to VORTEX SCIENCE FICTION. She wrote everything from science fiction to Gothics, but is probably best known for her Darkover novels.

In addition to her novels, Mrs. Bradley edited many magazines, amateur and professional, including Marion Zimmer Bradley's FANTASY Magazine, which she started in 1988. She also edited an annual anthology called SWORD AND SORCERESS for DAW Books.

Over the years she turned more to fantasy; THE HOUSE BETWEEN THE WORLDS was "fantasy undiluted." She wrote a best-selling novel of the women in the Arthurian legends--Morgan Le Fay, the Lady of the Lake, and others--entitled MISTS OF AVALON, and she also wrote THE FIREBRAND, a novel about the women of the Trojan War. Her historical fantasy novels, THE FOREST HOUSE and LADY OF AVALON are prequels to MISTS OF AVALON.

She died in Berkeley, California on September 25, 1999, four days after suffering a major heart attack. She was survived by her brother, Leslie Zimmer; her sons, David Bradley and Mark Greyland; her daughter, Moira Greyland; and her grandchildren.

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The Saga of the Renunciates Long out of print, these three novels that comprise The Saga of the Renunciates are now available in one volume. Bradley weaves the masterful tale of two valiant Amazon women who try to break the invisible chains of custom, convention, habit, and expectation with which society binds women, and women bind themselves. (August) Full description

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sisters Under the Skin 7 April 2003
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The ‘Saga of the Renunciates’ is an omnibus edition containing the trilogy of books about the Renunciates of Darkover. Like many of MZB’s books, they have a valid social point to make, but you don’t have to agree with her brand of feminism to enjoy the stories. The books are based around the life and loves of Magda Lorne, Terran Intelligence Agent.

I first read ‘The Shattered Chain’ as a mother of two small children, tied to the kitchen sink, and found it greatly appealing. It was my first visit to Darkover, and it has lead to a twenty-year passion for the planet and its inhabitants. You have been warned! ‘Chain’ begins by introducing us to the Oath-bound Renunciates, or Free Amazons. They are a guild of women, sworn to support themselves and to rely on no man for anything. In the first part of the story, they effect the daring rescue of a heavily pregnant mother and her young daughter from the Dry Towns, where the mother, a Comyn Lady, has been kept in chains.

The second part of ‘Chain’ begins twelve years later and introduces us to the Terran, Magda Lorne. She discovers that her ex-husband, Peter, an agent like herself, has been kidnapped and held to ransom by bandits who have mistaken him for a Comyn son. As respectable women cannot travel freely on Darkover, she disguises herself as a Renunciate in order to rescue him. On the way, she runs into a real band of Free Amazons and is forced to take the oath and join them. As a Renunciate, Magda is at last free to work on Darkover outside the confines of the Terran zone.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three of the best Darkover novels in one volume 11 Sep 2002
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This Omnibus combines "The Shattered Chain", "Thendara House" and "City of Sorcery". It followes the lives of the Earth-(or Terran, to the fans!)woman Magda Lorne and the Darkovan, Jaelle (a daughter of the domains), two of the strongest characters of Zimmer Bradley's Darkover. The birth, lives, and especially the friendship of these two very absorbing, very realistic women are described across three novels to become one of the most rounded and honest accounts of deep friendships that I have ever read...especially in the Science Fiction/Fantasy Genre.
Of all of the Darkover novels (which I read repeatedly) these are among my favourites; containing battles, defiance, personal struggles and an important chunk of the history of the wonderful planet, Darkover.
If you liked the other Darkover books you will love this. If you have tried Darkover before but didn't like it, then then try it anyway; this really is some of her best work.
The older imprints of the individual novels are difficult to get, especially since the death of the author a few years ago, so buy this edition now.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Renunciates 10 Nov 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have been curious about the renunciates when they have appeared in other books. It was good to find out something about them. The three books being together in an omnibus edition was a bonus as I didn't have to wait to find out what happened to Magda Lorne the Terran and the other females in the story. A good read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars You can't go back! 16 April 2011
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I read most of Zimmer Bradley's books when I was a lot younger and thought that while I was in exile in Saudi Arabia I would have time to return to them and re-read them. Unfortunately whether it be my age, my change in taste or whatever, I found them repititious and boring. Apologies to all of her fans, I used to be one!
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