Marion Zimmer Bradley is among the most famous, highly respected, and bestselling fantasy authors in our genre. The Avalon books and the Darkover novels are considered by many to be her finest achievements. Deborah J. Ross is the author of the Seven-Petaled Shield series, and a protege and long-time friend of Bradley.
Praise for Darkover:
"Richly textured, well thought out, involving." Publishers Weekly "Fans of Bradley will certainly want to read this flashback into Darkover history.... It is quite suspenseful, powerfully written, and deeply moving." --Library Journal "This is the best Darkover novel in a long time.... It's a tale of culture clash, in classic Darkover style, a delightful return to a fascinating world, and a great read." --Locus "For sheer skill in storytelling and worldbuilding, for wit, for strikingly intelligent development of the concept of telepathy, above all, for continuous concern for people, Bradley has put some more famous sagas in the shade." --Chicago Sun-Times "[The Alton Gift] is a must for fans of the series, and reads as if Deborah has been channeling Marion's spirit." --Center City Weekly Press