Marion Zimmer Bradley - The Heritage of Hastur (Darkover)
Described as "Bradley's best novel" by locus, the heritage of Hastur, longest and most intricate of the Darkover books, is a brilliant epic of the pivotal event in the strange love-hate relationship between the Terran worlds and the semi-alien offspring of forgotten peoples.
This is the novel of the Hastur tradition and of the showdown between those who would bargain away their world for the glories of star-borne science and those who would preserve the special "Matrix" power that was at once the prize and the burden of ruddy-sunned Darkover.
A note from the author:
To the faithful followers of the chronicles of Darkover, whose greatest delight seems to be discovering even the most minute inconsistencies from book to book:
This book tells a story which a great many of the friends of Darkover have asked me to tell - the story of the early life of Regis Hastur, and of the sharra uprising, and of lew Alton's first encounter with Marjorie Scott and the man who called himself kadarin.