Thunderlord is a brand-new novel of the Darkover universe, expanded by Marion Zimmer Bradley’s collaborator Deborah J. Ross
Far in Darkover’s past, The Ages of Chaos were a time of constant warfare, when immensely powerful psychic weapons ravaged the land and slaughtered entire armies. Perhaps none was more dangerous and unpredictable than the mental Gift to sense — and control — thunderstorms. As related in Stormqueen, when the realm of Aldaran and their Scathfell cousins came to blows, that Gift turned the tide of battle.
A generation later, the son of the defeated Lord Scathfell plots revenge by marrying a girl with the storm Gift lineage. When his betrothed bride is kidnapped and reported dead, he marries her younger sister. All seems well until she nearly dies in miscarriage. But the older sister is alive, rescued by Lord Aldaran himself. When Lord Scathfell learns that not only has the older sister survived, she is married to Lord Aldaran and has born him twin sons, he launches a pre-emptive attack. Lord Aldaran has no choice but to use the one weapon he swore never to unleash: his lightning Gift. Now it is up to the sisters themselves to halt the devastation and create a lasting peace between the two realms.
Marion Zimmer Bradley was an American fantasy and science fiction author. She was born 1930 and died 1999 after suffering a major heart attack.
Writing for over 4 decades, Marion Zimmer Bradley is best known for her Darkover science fantasy series and her Arthurian masterpiece, The Mists of Avalon. She also edited anthologies for several years and published Marion Zimmer Bradley's FANTASY Magazine.
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