From the Darkover Universe. The great epic of the world beneath the Bloody Sun, Darkover, did not begin with the coming of the Terrans.  It began far earlier, during the dark days of the civilisation that came to be known as the Ages of Chaos. For in those years, the matrix was first learned – and misused in  a power struggle between the rising domains. That mental-physical force created a technology that threatened to make Darkover into a frightening replica of all that was bad in far-off Terra. This is the tale of the days when the matrix was in the hands of ambitious men, when genetic tampering produced prodigies and wielders of strange powers and when the heir of the Hasturs met his destiny in the witch-woman he loved and the mutant girl-child he had pledged to protect.  Cover art by Michael Whelan.