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Interesting end to the Terran Federation on Darkover
on 7 February 1999
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.