NotJustLaura’s Review: Chronologically, this is the second book of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover series although centuries have passed since the time of Darkover Landfall. The people of Darkover have forgotten their origins as they colonised the planet and factionalism has led to war and the development of weaponry. Human beings have been selectively bred to enhance their psi powers although some now abhor the breeding program and seek a different way of life. The main characters of Stormqueen! have all been affected by the breeding program in one way or another. Perhaps the worst injured are those who struggle to control the terrible powers of their minds – powers which can kill or lead to madness.
This is the world to which Marion Zimmer Bradley introduces the reader in this volume. The characters are richly drawn and the description evocative. When I read these books I feel Darkover is a real place inhabited by real people with real challenges to face. Stormqueen!‘s plot is more complex than the previous book and so much more real to me because of that. I would happily jump on a starship and travel light-years to visit the plant and am very much looking forward to the next instalment.