The Shattered Chain

The Shattered Chain

Marion Zimmer Bradley / Aug 17, 2019

The Shattered Chain In this Bradley s latest Darkover novel the many colourful threads of that part human part alien world are rewoven into a strikingly different literary tapestry One such thread could be called the H

  • Title: The Shattered Chain
  • Author: Marion Zimmer Bradley
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  • Page: 459
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  • In this Bradley s latest Darkover novel, the many colourful threads of that part human, part alien world are rewoven into a strikingly different literary tapestry One such thread could be called the Heritage of Ardais, for the heir to the Ardais Domain has vanished and must be found The major thread and pattern concerns the role of women While only women can command theIn this Bradley s latest Darkover novel, the many colourful threads of that part human, part alien world are rewoven into a strikingly different literary tapestry One such thread could be called the Heritage of Ardais, for the heir to the Ardais Domain has vanished and must be found The major thread and pattern concerns the role of women While only women can command the power of the matrix and the secret sciences which keep Darkover from Terran hands, in most respects they are still chattel indeed in some barbaric parts even kept enchained Yet there are the strange bands of pledged women known as the Free s, equal to men and outside the laws that keep the rest of their sex subservient And it is the Free s who provide the key both to the Ardais mystery and the Terran Darkover dilemma.

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        Marion Eleanor Zimmer Bradley was an American author of fantasy novels such as The Mists of Avalon and the Darkover series, often with a feminist outlook.Bradley s first published novel length work was Falcons of Narabedla, first published in the May 1957 issue of Other Worlds When she was a child, Bradley stated that she enjoyed reading adventure fantasy authors such as Henry Kuttner, Edmond Hamilton, and Leigh Brackett, especially when they wrote about the glint of strange suns on worlds that never were and never would be Her first novel and much of her subsequent work show their influence strongly.Early in her career, writing as Morgan Ives, Miriam Gardner, John Dexter, and Lee Chapman, Marion Zimmer Bradley produced several works outside the speculative fiction genre, including some gay and lesbian pulp fiction novels For example, I Am a Lesbian was published in 1962 Though relatively tame by today s standards, they were considered pornographic when published, and for a long time she refused to disclose the titles she wrote under these pseudonyms.Her 1958 story The Planet Savers introduced the planet of Darkover, which became the setting of a popular series by Bradley and other authors The Darkover milieu may be considered as either fantasy with science fiction overtones or as science fiction with fantasy overtones, as Darkover is a lost earth colony where psi powers developed to an unusual degree Bradley wrote many Darkover novels by herself, but in her later years collaborated with other authors for publication her literary collaborators have continued the series since her death.Bradley took an active role in science fiction and fantasy fandom, promoting interaction with professional authors and publishers and making several important contributions to the subculture.For many years, Bradley actively encouraged Darkover fan fiction and reprinted some of it in commercial Darkover anthologies, continuing to encourage submissions from unpublished authors, but this ended after a dispute with a fan over an unpublished Darkover novel of Bradley s that had similarities to some of the fan s stories As a result, the novel remained unpublished, and Bradley demanded the cessation of all Darkover fan fiction.Bradley was also the editor of the long running Sword and Sorceress anthology series, which encouraged submissions of fantasy stories featuring original and non traditional heroines from young and upcoming authors Although she particularly encouraged young female authors, she was not averse to including male authors in her anthologies Mercedes Lackey was just one of many authors who first appeared in the anthologies She also maintained a large family of writers at her home in Berkeley Ms Bradley was editing the final Sword and Sorceress manuscript up until the week of her death in September of 1999.Probably her most famous single novel is The Mists of Avalon A retelling of the Camelot legend from the point of view of Morgaine and Gwenhwyfar, it grew into a series of books like the Darkover series, the later novels are written with or by other authors and have continued to appear after Bradley s death.In 2000, she was posthumously awarded the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement In 2014, Bradley was accused of sexual abuse by her daughter, Moira Greyland, who claims that she was molested from the age of 3 to 12 Greyland also claimed that she was not the only victim and that she was one of the people who reported her father, Walter H Breen, for child molestation In response to these allegations Bradley s publisher Victor Gollancz Ltd announced that they will donate all income from the sales of Bradley s e books to the charity Save the Children From


    1. Background: a human colony ship crash lands on the wrong planet. They name it Darkover and do their best to survive. Over the centuries they forget their origins and develop a vaguely feudal society. The nobility, called the Comyn, is comprised of seven families of red-heads with different psychic gifts. Women have few legal rights and are the property of fathers and husbands. Renunciates, sometimes called by others the Free s, are women who reject the social system and band together in groups f [...]

    2. En esta entrega se adentra al lector en el mundo de las as Libres de Darkover, que se había adelantado brevemente en El Sol Sangriento. Definitivamente, el tema del feminismo es el que Bradley maneja a la perfección, incluso en un mundo ficticio como Darkover en que crea toda una cultura antitecnológica en una sociedad eminentemente machista. Muy bueno.Respecto de otras "experiencias lectoras" que he tenido últimamente, puedo decir que esta saga ha envejecido muy bien.

    3. One of the Darkover series, this book is structured into three sections which each focus on a different woman. In the first part, Lady Rohana Ardais, a member of the ruling caste, has employed a group of women, called Free s, to rescue a kinswoman of hers (not a sister as I see some reviews have called her) called Melora. Years before, Melora was kidnapped by a bandit of the Dry Towns, a part of Darkover where women are chained and treated as slaves. Melora and Rohana were brought up together in [...]

    4. wow I loved this story! I remembered very well from the first time I read it and I'm very glad I had the chance to read it again. Rohana is one of the most wonderful heroine in all the history of Darkover. I loved her so much. And Magda is another great woman. They are setting the lines for the future relationship between Darkovans and TerransA great book!

    5. Yet even more on my Bradley kick; I had a heck of a last week and, to escape and cope, buried myself in the 'Renunciate Trilogy.' The Shattered Chain is the first; I understand that many Bradley fans consider it her best.I think it's excellent; I would have to say that, so far, the second in the Trilogy, Thendara House, is the best, but Shattered Chain is superior, and, as an aside, I have to say it's amazing to me how much better a book this is than Two to Conquer (which I liked, but I mention [...]

    6. This redeems MZB for me a bit, after that hideous "Forbidden Tower" crap.Good thoughts about gendered behaviour and politics, and a fair amount of action. Still too much anguished navel-gazing for me to ever want to read it again, but seriously - vast improvement over the last one of hers I read. But at the same time, none of the characters were particularly compelling, and the setting really doesn't do it for me. I've no interest in reading further.But like I said, leaps and bounds better than [...]

    7. In The Shattered Chain (pub. 1976), Marion Zimmer Bradley explores both the quality and nature of relationships between women and the dimensions of power, control and equality (or lack of equality) in relationships between women and men in a manner that recalls the consciousness-raising of the early years of feminism. Set after the events of Rediscovery, in which a Terran survey ship finds the lost colony on Darkover 2,000 years after it is founded, The Shattered Chain covers a period of 12 year [...]

    8. One of the better entries in Bradley's sprawling DARKOVER series: Jaelle, a Renunciate (Free ), becomes entangled with the Terran Intelligence agent and linguist Magda Lorne when the latter unsuccessfully disguises herself as a Renunciate on a mission to ransom her ex-husband; Lorne, as consequence, is forced to take the Oath of the Renunciates. Complicating matters are the fact that Lorne, for all her Terran loyalties, was born and raised on Darkover, and is more torn between the cultures than [...]

    9. ¿Cómo viven las mujeres el patriarcal modo de vida de Darkover? La respuesta, o parte de ella, la encontramos en La cadena rota y de una forma extensa. La historia nos sumerge en los dilemas a los que se enfrentan tanto darkovianas como terranas, y que al final no deja de ser el mismo: cómo luchar por una libertad que por tradición ha sido negada.La novela de Marion Zimmer Bradley rebosa un feminismo que todavía hoy en día es vigente y muy necesario; las as representarían todo aquello que [...]

    10. This is the edition I have. I find, on checking the publication data, that this is actually the first edition.As is common with much-read books, this one is shopworn. The cover is taped on (I didn't get very far in conservation classes, so I can only use what I've got at hand). The edges of the cover are chipped, there're torn bits on the cover, and parts of the book are stained and wrinkled, where it seems to have gotten wet.A well-thumbed book, in fact, and part of the damage probably occurred [...]

    11. Ah, comfort reads. I had not read this in decades. I was afraid the suck fairy would have gotten to it, but it was fine. But then, I'm not the most discerning of readers.

    12. Me sorprendió la historia, es muy interesante y está bien narrada. Es el primer libro de la saga que leo y sin dudas no será el último. Lo recomiendo ampliamente.

    13. Ah, the good old days. When the Terrans were still an Empire and when they knew that psychic powers were actually a thing that exists.The Shattered Chain is about choice, and while I thought it was mostly going to be a kind of facile analysis on the level of "It's better for people to make a choice about their life than to be forced into it," which I think we can all agree with, it's actually a better book than that. The basic story isn't super exciting and mostly serves as a vehicle to carry th [...]

    14. If you're trying to take the Darkover books in order according to internal chronology, this book is likely to throw you into fits. There's a twelve-year gap between the first part and the second, into which The Spell Sword and The Forbidden Tower fall. I suppose you could just read 'book 1', set this book aside, and read the two that fall in the gap. But then you lose continuity. My compromise will be to read all of The Shattered Chain, and THEN go through the other two. There's still a break in [...]

    15. This is the first Darkover novel to deal seriously with women and women's issues; prior to this, although women had been represented as having an important place in Darkovan culture, Bradley's protagonists had mainly been males. As a second-weave feminist text, this stands alongside Tanith Lee's _The Birthgrave_ and the early novels of Joanna Russ. Although the portrayal of overt and invisible sexism is a bit heavy-handed at times, Bradley does do a thorough job and creates a compelling narrativ [...]

    16. This blend of fantasy and science fiction was recommended to me by a friend in 10th grade. A male friend I might add. Marion Zimmer Bradley had strong female characters, but in Darkover she also had a swashbuckling appeal that crossed genders. He recommended I start with this Darkover novel, despite that it's not the first chronologically for a couple of reasons. First, MZB always wrote the Darkover novels as standalones. They all have the same backdrop, on the planet of Darkover, but although s [...]

    17. Upping the stars on this, as I really enjoyed my reread of this. Part II is definitely the strongest, and I found myself empathising with poor Magda as her disguise as a Renunciate was discovered in the travel shelter and she was forced to take the oath of the comhii letzi. The oathtaking resonated with me so much as she repeated the words to her Oath Mother Jaelle, and how her feelings and thoughts were running through her head.Part III set in Ardais was also fascinating, and showed how much Ro [...]

    18. Nella sua introduzione al romanzo Marion Zimmer Bradley ricorda “moltissime donne mi hanno scritto per ringraziarmi di aver composto un libro dove le vite delle donne fossero prese sul serio, e non considerate semplicemente nell’ambito domestico e nei loro rapporti con gli uomini. Un libro su donne indipendenti, che lottano in una società ostile e realistica, per mantenere un’indipendenza conquistata a duro prezzo…”“volevo una società realistica: non una società perfetta, di sogno [...]

    19. A feminist novel structured in a fantasy genre. Written at a time of action in the Women's movement of the 60s & 70s. It made me think about when I first read The Feminine Mystique (if I'm remembering the title correctly) in the 70's and how eye-opening that was for me at the time. This story, set on another world, brings us on a journey with Magda which is literal, academic, and self-examining in nature. The story starts out describing a culture in the Dry Towns where women are literally re [...]

    20. The first in the 'Renunciates' mini-series within the Darkover universe, Shattered Chain is linked, roughly, with the Forbidden Tower series. Often read as an exploration of issues close to MZB's own life and relationships, Shattered Chain was important in the Darkover series for addressing gender and the lives of women who choose to renounce the traditional life of a Darkovan woman. It's also interesting as a reflection of broader feminist politics in the 'real' world. The Renunciates were, of [...]

    21. Fairly good intro to Darkover, especially for people interested in feminism and gender roles. The first section of this book is the story of how Lady Rohana hires a group of Free s to free her sister and niece from the misogynist Dry Towns where women are literally chained.The second and third sections take place twelve years later. The niece, Jaelle, is now in her twenties and has taken the oath of the Free s herself. Terran Magdalene Lorne goes on a mission to rescue her ex-husband who has bee [...]

    22. This was a really good story. Magda finds herself in an impossible situation. She is a Terra agent on Darkover to learn and study. Her ex is held for ransom, and is forced to rescue him herself by imposing as an . Naturally, she comes face to face with the true s. She must take the oath in order to save her ex, without betraying her Terra roots and responsibilities. Later, she comes to find that her latent laran abilities are awakened. Marion Z. Bradley really examines what it means to be a wom [...]

    23. Okay, first off, this was my first Darkover novel. And instead of starting at the beginning of the series, like a reasonable person might, I decided to just hurl myself at the world and hope I figured out wtf was happening. Which didn't turn out too badly.This book has a lot of interesting stuff going on with gender roles/politics and feminism. Especially in the third section where basically all of the main female characters either find their place or define it in some way. But. My main problem [...]

    24. Having a blast re-reading all of MZB. The first time I read this book I remember being severely disappointed in the ending. Now, from the vantage point of having lived a bit, I can accept it philosophically. Wonderful world building and character development, of course. And everybody learns and grows. The cover of mine is remarkably sexual in a creepy way. I see the cover is much nicer.Mine has a (forgive me but it's truly the correct description) a bloody penis headed monster attacking women. [...]

    25. This was more like the Marion Zimmer Bradley books I remember. It was a very eye opening look at the intersection between Darkover culture and Terran. And it was the beginning of the Terran incursion. Things will only get more interesting from here out. The best part was getting a good look at the free s.

    26. This book holds together as an adventure story while still making some rather cutting observations on how women are treated in patriarchal society. Well written characters and an internally consistent world.The feminist ideology is noticeably first-wave feminism, but Bradley makes an excellent point that the "look at those women over there who have it so terribly" argument does not mean that you can say that your own society is wonderful. Almost everyone looks nice in comparison to, say, Hitler. [...]

    27. 1983 Grade B+. 2013 Grade B+. Although the 3 individual parts do not average a B+, the overall novel does.Part 1, Grade B. Book D4. Year 2028. Some speed reading in the unpleasant escape journey or introspective parts. But otherwise good.Part 2, Grade B. Book D7. Year 2040. Much of this story is basically a long cold introspective journey. I speed read quite a bit of that.Part 3, Grade B+. Book D7. Year 2040. A little speed reading in longer introspective parts, but not much.

    28. I'm re-reading Darkover novels, because I loved them when I read them in the '60's when I was in high school. I'm trying to see if I can spot MZB's evidently warped psychology in terms of her daughter and husbands. The novel has great world building details, and is high action. All men are pretty much disgusting. Yeah, I was considered a Women's Libbist in the '60's; the view of men in this novel appears to be overkill to me now.

    29. Re-read, first time in a decade or more.The writing is not great but the story is strong. It's hard for me to tell if the story is good because I've internalized it through constant re-reading throughout my late adolescence, or if the story actually does transcend the pedestrian writing. Either way, I enjoyed re-visiting the place.

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