[These notes were made in 1984:]. An earlier period in Darkover's history, before the setting-up of the Earth station. Romilly is an under-appreciated daughter in a male-dominated house, who discovers she has "laran" (telepathy) and particularly the kind which allows communication with animals. Once again feminist, in that it involves a woman breaking away to do her own thing, this novel is not offensively polemical like Thendara House. Instead we get lots of good sword-and-sorcery stuff involving usurpers and rightful kings, etc. etc. I enjoyed this one very much.