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?