Darkover by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Darkover is a series of science fiction/fantasy novels by American author Marion Zimmer Bradley. Darkover is a planet that is habitable by humans – the only of the seven planets that orbit a red giant star known as Cottman that humans can inhabit. The humans that colonized the planet were mostly Celtic and Spanish. The colonists had as many children with as many partners as possible, and through mutations, the inhabitants developed psychic and psionic abilities.

The Darkover series began in 1962 with the novel The Planet Savers. Although Zimmer Bradley passed away several years ago, the series continues through other authors. She did state that she recommends that new readers first read the series in publication order, rather than in chronological order. Below is a list of both the publication order and chronological order of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover books:

Publication Order of Darkover Books


The Planet Savers(1962) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Bloody Sun(1964) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Star of Danger(1965) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Winds of Darkover(1970) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The World Wreckers(1971) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Darkover Landfall(1972) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Spell Sword(1974) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Heritage of Hastur(1975) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Shattered Chain(1976) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Forbidden Tower(1977) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Stormqueen!(1978) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Two to Conquer(1980) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sharra's Exile(1981) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hawkmistress(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Thendara House(1983) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
City of Sorcery(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Heirs of Hammerfell(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Rediscovery(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Exile's Song(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Shadow Matrix(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Traitor's Sun(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hastur Lord(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Chronological Order of Darkover Books


Darkover Landfall(1972) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Stormqueen!(1978) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hawkmistress(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Two to Conquer(1980) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Heirs of Hammerfell(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Shattered Chain(1976) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Spell Sword(1974) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Forbidden Tower(1977) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Thendara House(1983) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
City of Sorcery(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Star of Danger(1965) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Winds of Darkover(1970) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Bloody Sun(1964) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Heritage of Hastur(1975) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Planet Savers(1962) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Rediscovery(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sharra's Exile(1981) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The World Wreckers(1971) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hastur Lord(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Exile's Song(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Shadow Matrix(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Traitor's Sun(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Clingfire Books


The Fall of Neskaya(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Zandru's Forge(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Flame in Hali(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Children Of Kings Books


The Alton Gifts(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Darkover Novellas


The Ballad of Hastur and Cassilda(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Man of Impulse(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Blood Will Tell(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bride Price(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Oathbreaker(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Lesson of the Inn(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Everything But Freedom(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Firetrap(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hilary's Homecoming(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hilary's Wedding(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Hawkmaster's Son(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Knives(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Legend of Lady Bruna(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Shadow(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ten Minutes or So(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Word of a Hastur(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
To Keep the Oath(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Darkover Anthologies


The Keeper's Price(1980) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sword of Chaos(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Free Amazons of Darkover(1985) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Other Side of the Mirror(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Red Sun of Darkover(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Four Moons of Darkover(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Domains of Darkover(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Renunciates of Darkover(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Leroni of Darkover(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Towers of Darkover(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Snows of Darkover(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books


The Darkover Cookbook(1977) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: Stormqueen! was written with Paul Edwin Zimmer. Rediscovery was written with Mercedes Lackey. Hastur Lord along with the Clingfire and Children of Kings series were co-authored by Deborah J. Ross. Exile’s Song, The Shadow Matrix and Traitor’s Sun were written alongside Adrienne Martine-Barnes. Firetrap was written with Elisabeth Waters.

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Darkover Synopses: The Ballad of Hastur and Cassilda is a short story that was written by Marion Zimmer Bradley before the series had been completely conceived of the Darkover series.

Originally published in the anthology Four Moons of Darkover in November 1988, A Man of Impulse is an 18-page short story that involves Dyan Ardais and a meeting with his friend Merryl’s twin sister, Marilla.

Snows of Darkover is a Darkover anthology edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley, which contains contributions by Mercedes Lackey, Diana Paxson and of course, MZB herself.

The Keeper’s Price is an anthology that spans across Darkover history, starting with the original landfall, to the Ages of Chaso, Pact of the Comyn and the Terrans.

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