Comparing covers: The heritage of Hastur

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The Heritage of Hastur is the 15th novel in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover series. It is definitely one of the best novels, if not THE best in the series. To be honest, I’m not even sure why I chose this novel to compare covers because basically all the covers show some aspect of the story (and series). If you don’t know the Darkover series and like a bit of Science Fiction, paranormal topics and medieval societies you should check this one out. I know it sounds rather contradictory, but strangely enough, Darkover combines it all and works perfectly. The second cover I’m not too keen on, I expect Captain Kirk jumping out of it any second. The fourth one somehow makes me think of Italy.

If you would like to know more about the series you can find a lot of information at Darkover.com

As far as the book title is concerned, is is rather straightforward, just that in German the word “Erbe” means either heritage or heir, so that the German title could mean either “The heritage of Hastur” or “Hastur’s heir”.

What do you think of those covers? If you know the series, do you think they reflect what it is all about?

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  1. Ugh! I hate to say this, but I think they are all cover fails to me! Fantasy OFTEN does this and it drives me crazy. This is what is forcing me to not judge books by their covers. I guess if I have to pick one that I’d buy over another I’d choose the third or fourth covers. The first one I like, but it looks like it was printed in the 1960s. Hehe!

    I am planning on reading Mists of Avalon at some point in the hopefully near future!

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  2. Oh, I agree. In terms of ugliness those covers would win a prize. I wouldn’t pick up any of them, except maybe for the Italian looking one. And that one I wouldn’t choose if I wanted to read fantasy/science fiction, but some historical novel.
    The cover probably WAS printed in the 60s, I wouldn’t be in the least surprised.

    The Mists of Avalon is awesome. I loved it. However, I never got around to reading the two sequels. I like MZB very much. Another one of her books I highly recommend is “Firebrand”.

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  3. Haha, Judith, I know. Thank God I do not judge by the cover, lol. The series is a really good one, covering a lot of society’s issues. It has been written over quite a long period of time, and not in chronological order. I don’t know if you like MZB at all, but if you do, you should read it, they are definitely no children’s books.
    It is about a group of people who get stranded on a far away planet and have to start a society from scratch (the first book that covers those first events was written much later than other books in the series on request of readers who wanted to know how it all started, I believe). The society is sort of medieval (due to lack of ressources), highly structured and with PSI powers, due to the heritage of some natives the people interbred with. I find it extremely interesting.

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  4. In the big scheme of things – I like little bits and pieces of them all … fantasy covers are not the stuff of praise unfortunately…

    You can see that some effort was put into each of them…

    I have read one of these books – years ago, I can’t even remember what it was about….

    Good choice this week…

    E.H>
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