When it was first published in 1975, The Heritage of Hastur was proclaimed to be Marion Zimmer Bradley’s best novel thus far, the longest and most intricate of her saga… destined to become her masterpiece.
Thanks to a wonderful friend in Toronto, who loaned me a copy from her personal Darkover collection, I have at last been able to read this detailed and sweeping part of the planet’s history for myself. Much of what has always been alluded to in other novels now makes sense and I have a deeper appreciation of the nuances of several characters than ever before.
The Heritage of Hastur is partly about how Lew Alton comes to be trapped in the web of the Sharra Matrix, which has repercussions for he and his family from then on, and party about the coming of age of Regis Hastur. This is the novel in which the famous and beloved character grows from young man to leader, giving up some of his dreams for the sake of his planet.
I cannot believe it has taken me so long to read this key piece of Bradley’s Darkover legacy, but it was well worth the wait. Now I just have to try to track down a copy for my own library eventually. Thank You, Christine!
The Heritage of Hastur paperback format, 381 pages, published in 1975 by DAW Books