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4.0 out of 5 stars Clingfire and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction
The world of Darkover is a richly imagined place, with a long not-completely-remembered history, a society rich in intrigue and appropriate niches for many kinds of people, a technology solidly grounded in its people's unique laran abilities - in short, this is a complete world. A world that you can easily get lost in for many hours of enjoyment, a world so complete that...
Published on 20 July 2003 by Patrick Shepherd

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a great addition to darkover ouvre.
If you are reading through MZB's wonderful darkover books you could really give this trilogy a miss. The material is not particularly gripping, it might have benefitted from being a single volume. Some of the people who have taken up the Darkover banner have been very successful, not so much in this case.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clingfire and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction, 20 July 2003
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Patrick Shepherd "hyperpat" (San Jose, CA USA) - See all my reviews
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The world of Darkover is a richly imagined place, with a long not-completely-remembered history, a society rich in intrigue and appropriate niches for many kinds of people, a technology solidly grounded in its people's unique laran abilities - in short, this is a complete world. A world that you can easily get lost in for many hours of enjoyment, a world so complete that at times you find yourself feeling that it is more real than the one we inhabit.
This book, the second entry in the Clingfire trilogy, is very much a book in the mold of previous books in the set, even though written by Ross instead of Bradley. Ross shows in this book that she has mastered not only Bradley's styles and methods of telling a story, but has found the 'feel' of this world, where she can make additions to it that fit. This book is set during the Hundred Kingdoms era, and deals specifically with how the Compact forbidding use of laran weapons that act at a distance was first formed. Varzil the Good is one of three main characters here, a man gifted with a very strong laran ability and a healthy dollop of common sense entwined with an idealistic dream. His friend and compatriot is Carolin Hastur, heir to the throne, who, while not as well gifted as Varzil, has the character traits needed to be a competent ruler. In opposition is Eduin, son of Rumail Deslucido, who was instrumental in destruction of two towers in the prior book, The Fall of Neskaya. Eduin has been inculcated from birth with his father's obsession with wiping out the Hastur line. The last major player is Rakhal, Carolin's brother, who is never really developed as a character, but is rather the mover of major events as seen from a distance, as he usurps Carolin's right to the throne and institutes some draconian measures in an attempt to stamp out all resistance to his rule.
The stories of each of the three major characters are well developed. Varzil grows from laran neophyte to Keeper and his burgeoning love interest with a lady, who is one of Eduin's targets for elimination, is both believable and provides an emotional charge to the final tally of events. Carolin grows from boy to a sturdy man, one who knows and values friendships and finds himself bound by duty to those who swear allegiance to him. Eduin may be the most interesting character, a man conflicted between the desires of his father that are so strongly engrained that they may be impossible to eliminate, and his basic good nature, that yearns for the friendship that Varzil and Carolin so freely offer to him.
Some of the underlying methods and processes of matrix technology are shown within this book, but more to the point, the true horror of some of the laran weapons is shown, the driving impetus behind Varzil's and Carolin's idea to ban such weapons and have the towers answer only to themselves, not subject to the commands and whims of the local ruling lord. This thematic point is one with high relevance in today's world with its talk of 'dirty bombs', biological weapons, and chemical pollution of essential drinking supplies. Unfortunately, I don't think the purveyors of such ideas and weapons are reading this book, or if they do, will not take its message to heart.
A fine addition to the Darkover universe, a good adventure, another time spent within the spell of this incredibly imagined world.
--- Reviewed by Patrick Shepherd (hyperpat)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable, 8 Aug 2003
As an avid darkover fan, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has filled in a lot of gaps in the Darkover chronology. Any follower of the darkover series will find this a must to read. I have just finished reading it and could easily read it again.
This novel is set in the darkover era before "the Compact" on darkover is created. It seems to coincide with the time period of the darkover novel "Hawkmistress" and is set just before the time period of the darkover novel "Two to Conquer".
The only complaint is that the novel ends with the future of a few of the characters, namely Eduin, left up in the air. Perhaps, his fate will be in the third book of this trilogy...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a great addition to darkover ouvre., 14 Jan 2013
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If you are reading through MZB's wonderful darkover books you could really give this trilogy a miss. The material is not particularly gripping, it might have benefitted from being a single volume. Some of the people who have taken up the Darkover banner have been very successful, not so much in this case.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and a good addition to the Darkover series, 22 Aug 2010
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Fantasic story and as part of the Cling fire trilogy it is a great book and fills in the history of Darkovers eloquently.
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