January 11, 2007
Exile’s Song by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Margaret Alton, the estranged daughter of Lew Alton has become a Terran University scholar, the assistant of ethno-musicologist Ivor Davidson. When they travel to Darkover to research folk music, she expects it to be like any other trip. What she finds instead, is long-buried memories of her traumatic childhood, relatives she didn’t know existed, and an the inheritance to a Domain she doesn’t want. What follows is a fascinating psychological journey and growth of an amazing character. Margaret, accustomed to the individualism of Terran society, chafes against the familial expectations of Darkovan culture. She is also baffled by the awakening of her extraordinary laran powers. Meanwhile tensions between the Comyn, the noble families of Darkover come to the fore as Darkover’s place in the Federation must be decided.
Exile’s Song takes place 20-some years after Sharra’s Exile, the events of which center around Lew Alton.