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Blood Maidens (A James Asher Vampire Novel) Kindle Edition

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Length: 256 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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Editorial Reviews


“Hambly's political, passionate vampires are deliciously inhuman while still suffering from human flaws and aspirations, producing plenty of emotional drama. “
Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Barbara Hambly is the New York Times-bestselling author of many fantasy and science fiction titles, including shared universe novels for Star Wars and Star Trek. Her popular Benjamin January series has spanned five books to date, with more forthcoming. She makes her home in Los Angeles.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1413 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Digital (May 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: May 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZGLCP2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,222 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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.

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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