Ages Of Chaos Hawkmistress Mass Market Paperback – Mar 1 1988
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Top Customer Reviews
Romilly disguises herself as a man. This era of Darkover is extremely patriarchal and women have few rights in society. Romilly meets up with Dom Carlo and his exile band who are joining the army of the exiled King Carolin. Though her travels she is learning who she is and who she wants to be. Romilly also gets to experience some of the prejudice Darkover society presents women. For a brief while, she also joins the Sisterhood of the Sword, a female/warrior society. Even while we learn about Romilly we also see more of Darkover and what the society is like.
This is a feminist novel in the characterization of Romilly and how she reacts to the men (and world) of Darkover. It is also a very good novel. It goes in a different direction from Stormqueen (another novel set in the Ages of Chaos), but is just as rich and just as good.Read more ›
She travels in the disguise of a boy and everyone believes that's just what she is. A boy with a very special talent. Helping a group of men with some birds, a kind of bird where if you link your mind with it you can see through it's eyes, she learns that a war is starting to take effect. Adventure is teeming everywhere and she enters places that no other girl, or woman could enter. But her gift isn't always good. Sometimes she feels too much and sometimes she could almost loose control on what's human ... and what's animal.
This is one of my favorite books in the MZB series and it's a wonderful read.
However, since I had just finished reading Stormqueen! (IMHO, the best of the series), almost anything would have disappointed me at that point. And I just couldn't warm up to Romily the way I did to Renata Leynier or Magda Lorne (my two favorite Darkover heroines). My original impulse was to post a three-star review, but the book did improve on re-reading, so four stars it is.
Most recent customer reviews
This was a great book to read, and i enjoyed every moment of it. Romily is a person I can admire. I would reccomend this book to anyone.Published on May 15 2002
This is a real page turner, aimed at a teen girl readership, full of easy enthousiasms. A great pity about the last chapter which seemingly was tacked on as an afterthought, and... Read morePublished on June 16 2000
I didn't stop reading this book till I'd finished it (literaly) the next morning. This is the age old tale of a woman who shows that she can be an equal in a male dominated world. Read morePublished on March 23 2000