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Blood Maidens (A James Asher Vampire Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Hambly
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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The new 'James Asher' vampire novel from the best-selling author - It's 1911. War is coming, and according to one of the vampires of St. Petersburg, the Kaiser is trying to recruit vampires. James Asher, Oxford don and formerly on His Majesty's Secret Service, is forced to team up again with his vampire partner Don Simon Ysidro for a journey to the subarctic Russian capital. Are they on the trail of a rogue vampire with a plan to achieve the power to walk in daylight? Asher wonders. Or is Ysidro's real agenda to seek the woman he once loved?


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“Hambly's political, passionate vampires are deliciously inhuman while still suffering from human flaws and aspirations, producing plenty of emotional drama. “
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  • File Size: 626 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Digital (May 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZGLCP2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,292 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars At Last!! December 14, 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this story. It's a sequel to her two other James Asher vampire novels, "Those Who Hunt The Night" and "Traveling with the Dead". I would highly recommend that you read the earlier novels first to fully understand the complexities of this story. To be honest, that is my one complaint about this book and that is it's reference to earlier plots and how this effected the behavior of the main characters. The second book in the series was published in 1996, so for us who have been impatiently waiting for the next, those fourteen years was a long time to try and remember all the details from the first two.

I really could not put this novel down until I finished reading the whole story. Her characters are rich and alive ( even the undead ones ) and the location of St Petersburg in 1911 adds it's own particular drama. I'd never dreamed the possibility of Marxist vampire! The story includes an appearance of a rather sympathetic Grigori Rasputin, the secret police from all over Europe and touches on the renewed interest of Spiritualism of that time.

Hopefully we don't have to wait so long for the next book in the series. :)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here be real vampires. November 8, 2011
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Barbara Hambly began writing about vampires in the late 1980's before they became sanitised and defanged. The creatures she describes are dark, selfish and deadly. With age, survival becomes their only concern as they gradually lose all characteristics that ever made them human. So don't trust them, don't believe them, avoid them at all costs. As Hambly says even Ysidros "victims amounted to well over thirty thousand men, women and children, one at a time presuming the absentious rate of two per week for three hundred and fifty six years..... How could we empathise with these mass murderers?

Hambly's language is rich and descriptive. One of the joys of owning a Kindle is that you dont even have to move to get a dictionary when you are introduced to such words as mephitic and frowst. How can you not love descriptions such as ".....and his dry, soft whisper was dust falling in a room long closed."

Hambly draws us into her world with a rich knowledge of the time and the people. She gives us a knowledgeable background to the incredible tensions of the time between England, Germany and Russia. Her description of Saint Petersburg slums illustrate how they spawned the Russian Revolution and we meet people from a diverse range of ethnicities and social class. It was a nice touch when Rasputin was introduced at a pivotal point. Hambly's characters are always memorable even to the minor vampire that still had socialistic beliefs. We understand how her characters feel, what they believe in, so that when at the end of the book, James says he couldn't, we breathe a sigh of relief because this is what it is to be human.

Hambly has an incredible range of writing styles from fantasy to historical and all refect her immaculate care to detail. I too would suggest reading the other books in the series first so that the exquisite pleasure of Bloody Maidens is fully realised.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you are bored stiff with vampires... December 15, 2010
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Barbara Hambly's undead are the antidote. Her vampires are not noble, romantic, brooding, or even very glamorous. They are selfish and deadly creatures that, with a few exceptions, retain little of the humanity they once possessed. James and Lydia Asher, the husband and wife team that are once again drawn into undead intrigues, are all too human. They must use all their collective wits to prevent a new breed of monster from endangering not only their lives, but the freedom of nations. James and Lydia's personal relationship is also put to the test by their association with the enigmatic vampire Don Simon Ysidro, who is both ally and enemy to the pair.

This is an enjoyable read for those who like supernatural suspense, protagonists that are both involving and believable, and a convincingly rendered historical background. The appearance of the infamously lecherous Rasputin is an added bonus.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darkly wonderful finale. October 21, 2012
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The final installment of Barbara Hambley's cold-and-honorable vampire Don Simon Ysidro.
Don Simon is not a bodice ripping hero, nor does he apologize (or loathe himself) for being a vampire.
What he does have is honor of a sorts.
And once more he uses it to save England, and Oxford Don (Professor) John Asher.
Asher, once a player in the Great Game retired in disgust.
He's pulled once more, against his will, into His Majesty's Secret Service.
It's just before World War I and the Kaiser wants vampires.

I'd waited several years for this book and I was not disappointed.
All loose ends are stitched together nicely. Very satisfying.
It helps to have read the first two in this series, "Those Who Hunt the Night," and "Traveling With the Dead."
Not reading the other books won't preclude enjoying this book.
Barbara loves writing; it's in her phraseology.
The gal knows how to string her words together.
If you want a syrupy Victorian Vampire romance, this isn't it.
Don Simon would not approve.
He doesn't even like it when Asher's wife travels alone.
Really.

One more thing, Hambley's books are not a gory dripping mess.
She doesn't need sensationalism to sell books.
Go Babs!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A learning experience
Hambly proves quite erudite in these novels. Lots of foreign expressions give the characters and places authenticity atypical of the genre. Glad I stumbled upon her works.
Published 2 months ago by Bubba Souffle
5.0 out of 5 stars So Much Better Than Its Cover or Title!!
Once again, a delightfully well-written Barbara Hambly book is concealed behind a cheap, trashy cover and sensationalist title! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Margaret Fiore
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong Vampire Series with Spy Thriller Elements
With this third entry in the James Asher series, Hambly once again takes us on a whirlwind tour, this time through Russia, Poland, and Germany. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Deborah
5.0 out of 5 stars Great writer
Barbara Hambly has been one of my favorite writers for years. She does a great job creating human and non-human characters that are real and sometimes very likable and very easy... Read more
Published 4 months ago by esp
5.0 out of 5 stars The return of Don Simon Ysidro
I've been hoping Barbara Hambly would eventually return to her Asher novels and the enigmatic Don Simon. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dyanek2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Vampire Historical, No Soppiness
Hambly provides well researched vampire historical fiction without descending into soppy romanticizing of an apex predator or overblown delight in her own research.
Published 12 months ago by Deire
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting premise.
I'm a fan of James Asher (and of course Lydia). I especially like the way they deal with Simon, which seems a lot more reasonable than unquestioned acceptance just because the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Eva Gorup
5.0 out of 5 stars Hambly does it again
I love Barbara Hambly's vampire books, and this one was an interesting addition to the series. I had thought the series was finished, so this was a nice surprise.
Published 13 months ago by Booked4Life
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Barbara Hambly
Hambly's vampires are not warm and cuddly like some you read about, but Don Simon is a fascinating character as are James Asher and his lovely wife.
Published 13 months ago by Susan
3.0 out of 5 stars Blood maidens
I couldn't stop reading. Character are rich and compelling. It's a good read and a great story. I really liked the exotic locations and detail.
Published 14 months ago by Stephani c
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