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4.4 out of 5 stars

on 6 November 2012
I've been so desperate to find something to read I have finally reverted to things I read in the 70s and 80s. Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover books have proved a great choice and to make it easier they're now being sold with two or three books in a single volume.

The Forbidden Circle is one of these, containing The Spell Sword and the Forbidden Tower. Set in the First Age of recontact with Earth, the Cottman 5 residents begin to expanded uses of their psychic abilities. Some people hope to break custom that confines psychic workers in the Towers with virtually no contact with the outside world. Old taboos prove very difficult to breach however. I recommend this volume and the many others that are available to people lookjing for good reads.
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on 7 April 2018
Love her stuff
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on 6 April 2003
The Forbidden Circle is a compilation of two Darkover novels, The Spell Sword and The Forbidden Tower. In Sword, the Terran, Andrew Carr, is rescued from a plane wreck by a mysterious 'ghost girl'. There are the usual alarums and excursions, with plenty of swash and buckle and psychic activity as he in turn, assists her family in rescuing her. He is accepted, at first with some reservation, by the girl's Darkovan family, all of whom are telepaths.
The Forbidden Tower is a weightier read, dealing with the problems that Andrew has acclimatising to a telepath family and a different culture. At the same time, as a counterpoint, the novel deals with his brother-in-law's lack of self-confidence since he was expelled from Arilinn Tower, (a telepathic centre) for being 'too sensitive'. This novel deals with self-exploration, brotherhood and confronts some interesting taboos by turning them on their head. How would you cope?
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