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  • Mass Market Paperback: 534 pages
  • Publisher: Daw Books; Reissue edition (1 Feb. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0886778115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0886778118
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 353,892 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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Traitor's Sun continues the epic saga of Darkover, the award-winning series by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Her most brilliant and popular creation, the Darkover books take readers to a planet torn by rebellion--and struggling for freedom...

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Feb. 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book finally sees the terranian leaving Darkover. New leaders Marguerida and Mikhail deal with the various crises arising from inheriting the leadership of the Comyn counsil upon the death of Regis. New forms of laran, and possibly old forms, begin to emerge, opening the way for new plot devices and storylines in future books. I really enjoyed the increased number of female characters who have power, thought I must admit that Marguerida Alton has been made a weaker character in this book due to her lack of envolvement in government. Except for this weakening of her character the book was very enjoyable, because now the stage is set for a new post-terran Darkover. What will hapen now? Will the Domains become more ballanced toward women with the introduction of Katherine (from a matriarchal culture) and reformation of Gisela as powerful characters? Will the federation be back, and if so when? I can't wait to see what happens next after this excellent transition novel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Feb. 1999
Format: Hardcover
This exciting new novel is set 15 years after THE SHADOW MATRIX and is a direct sequel to it. While the Premier of the Terran Federation suspends the legislature of the Federation and tries to establish a tyrannical rule, Lyle Belfontaine, the Terran station chief on Darkover, plots to grab control over Darkover by force. But his plans do not remain a secret and the Comyn have their own plans to meet Belfontaines conspiracy. Regis Hastur, who suffered a stroke at the beginning of the book, is unable to lead the Comyn, so Mikhail and Marguerida take over, despite the heavy opposition of the Comyn Council. The Darkovans have to struggle hard to rescue their world, because they not only have to fight against the Terrans, but they also have a traitor in their own midst. This book is full of wonderful, engaging and powerful characters. It has a complex and interesting story (that ends with the most important historical event since the rediscovery of Darkover). It is extremely fast-paced; all the action takes place within a tenday. And finally it is a real page-turner. No fan of Darkover or Marion Zimmer Bradley would want to miss this new chapter in the history of Darkover. It's great!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Dec. 1998
Format: Hardcover
"Traitor's Sun" continues the Darkover series. The story picks up several years after the end of "The Shadow Matrix". Several of the characters from the earlier books return,but the main focus of this book is on the new characters: Marguerida Alton's son Domenic, and some completely new or mostly unknown characters. This novel is anything but predictable.I won't tell you what happens so I don't spoil it for you,but READ IT! Tell you this much: it focuses less on the psi/magic
aspect of Darkover, and on a different problem that becomes DEADLY serious. A problem called the Terran Federation of Planets. For my money, this is one of Bradley's best novels so far.She ROCKS!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 April 1999
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I was a bit skeptical when I first purchased this book. In order for me to read science fiction, the storyline has to grab me. Well, this book definitely grabbed my attention. In the TRAITOR'S SUN, Regis Hastur has passed away, leaving Mikhail Hastur, his heir, as the new regent of Darkover. Mikhail must once again face opposition from some of the members of the domains and go against a new threat from the Terran Federation. We learn about other characters aswell, especially about Marguerida and Mikhail's oldest son, Domenic. Because I wanted to learn more about the Darkover series, I also purchased the two books before this one, EXILE'S SONG which took place fifteen years earlier and introduced us to an adult Marguerida Alton and Mikhail Hastur and THE SHADOW MATRIX in which Marguerida and Mikhail go back in time and Mikhail inherits a great power. These are also fantastic books. I cannot wait for the next addition to this amazing saga.
TRAITOR'S SUN is filled with sci-fi action and with enough of a romantic twist to keep you enthralled. I recommend this book and it's predecessors. You'll love it. Trust me!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 May 1999
Format: Hardcover
MZB was not the only one responsible for this novel, and, sadly, it shows. Repetition, no character development (do you really expect me to believe that Giz would change so much so soon?), and romances that belong in a Barbara Cartland novel. Give me a break!
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Format: Hardcover
Back in early 1982 my TV went "phut" one day, and being bored I paid a visit to my local bookshop after work. The bookseller commented on how conservative SF readers tend to be, sticking to authors they know, and suggested I try this series which had been sitting on his shelves for a couple of years (and thus, because of the inflation we had then, they cost about half the price of newly published books). Three months later, after I'd bought and read all the Darkover books then available, I eventually got round to getting the TV fixed! This was quite an introduction to Darkover, and is one of the reasons MZB is one of the few authors I will buy in hardback.
"Traitor's Sun" follows on some 15 years after "Shadow Matrix" and, to me, is one of the more enjoyable entries in the history of Darkover (sometimes MZB tends to be a little repetitive with similar events happening to different generations of characters). The events of this book mostly take place in about a tenday and, without wishing to spoil the story for people who still have the pleasure of reading it to look forward to, this book sets up the development of Darkover in a totally new direction in future books. There is also sadness at the loss of a well-liked character from earlier novels, but given the timespan of the history of the planet presented in this series, this is inevitable.
Now, I must go back and reread some of the other books...
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