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Icefalcon's Quest Paperback – March 1, 1995
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Unfortunately, none of the old excitement of Hambly's previous novels set in the Kingdom of Dar returns in this book. Icefalcon, an intriguing and enigmatic character in the Time of the Dark series, is presented so blandly that the reader does not share any sense of danger as he travels across the homelands from which he has been exiled, following the southern commander who has kidnapped Tir. The northern tribes, which seemed so frighteningly dangerous before, are reduced to a garbled mix of unrelated names that blithely talk about the wind and the weather.
All the characters seemed emotionally uninvolved in the conflict, except for Tir, who is swept along by events. The great secrets that he possesses both help and hinder the party, but never embroil the characters in any kind of internal struggle. There is great potential in the ideas presented in this novel but they are never fully exploited to bring us closer to the characters. In the end, I was extremely disappointed when Hambly resorted to a deux ex machina to bring help to the Icefalcon and his companions.
My advice is to read the Time of the Dark trilogy and then let the characters all live happily ever after (or not) in your own imagination.
This is an excellent tale, showing Icefalcon's own internal battles between the viewpoint of his old culture vs. the new. While his old, barbarian nature tells him that there really is nothing more important than the straight truth of the weather and local tracks, his new nature, acclimating to civilization, dearly loves to hear a good story. When a well-told story - a lie - fools not only the Icefalcon, but the entire Keep of Dare, and results in the kidnap of its young King, Altir (Tir for short), the Icefalcon feels that he must atone for his gullibility by rescuing and returning Tir to his mother and his people.
At base, this book is a great story about the value of a well-told story! It is also the story of the kidnap of a young child, and his courage in the face of horrible dangers and fear. And the story of Icefalcon returning to face the people he had left many years ago, and the issues that remain unresolved.
This is perhaps more of a page-turner than even most other Barbara Hambly books. The tension stays high throughout. As always, Hambly gives us another fascinating and satisfying read.
The description of Icefalcon's emotions and understanding appear at first glance to be quite droll, but in understanding the tribal feuds and lifestyle, the reader starts to understand that the portrayal of Icefalcon is true to nature. It's not to say that he doesn't experience emotion or pain or fear, but rather that within his tribal upbringing, it is death to lay claim to such feelings. Only the strongest survive, and fear and cowardice have no place in the tribal structure.
The tribulations that Tir had to undergo, and his character's development as a result were very real and moving for me....The dark magic and evil was a potent stimulus in the book - and I was unwittingly caught up in the brutal descriptions of war and evil.
On the whole, I would definitely recommend Icefalcon's Quest... whether you buy it or borrow it, read this book and decide for yourself!
Then one day The Dark rose from their subterranean caverns and ravaged mankind, driving them nearly to extinction. The Keeps were built as a last refuge for mankind, and powerful mages sacrificed themselves so that their very essence could be imbued into the keeps. They became eternal prisoners, selflessly imbuing their energy to the keeps so that humanity would always have a refuge to go to in case The Dark ever returned.
What would it be like if you were one of those mages - you sacrificed yourself for the building of one of the Keeps, yet the refugees abandon you after a generation or so, leaving you alone for 3000 years?
In Icefalcon's Quest, just such a mage is encountered in a long-forgotton Keep on the road to rescue Prince Tir.
This book is riveting in its descriptions of arcane long-lost magic - newly discovered, its descriptions of the lost age of humanity and how they survived the first rising of The Dark, and how the Keeps were built and somehow survived 3000 years intact and still working. Although I always want more Darwath novels, this was a suitable resolution to a great saga.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You cannot go wrong reading Barbara Hambly's later work, and much of her earlier work too. This is a continuation of the Time of the Dark trilogy (5th one), and works remarkably... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
It's too short. The time in which the story takes place is short, too. I really enjoy Hambly's writing, and in this case it ended too soon.Published 8 months ago by Jan Webber
The Icefalcon is an interesting enigma of a character throughout Barbara Hambly's "Darwath" series. This book, "Icefalcon's Quest," is designed to flesh out and give the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by illiandantic
Icefalcon gets his day in the sun. Great story as I have to come to expect from Hambly. Her talent is so fine.Published 23 months ago by gem
Lacks the flow of the others in the series, I expected more closure. Still as sci-fi goes is gave some surprises.Published on September 22, 2012 by TLC
I have read her books several times, owned the paperbacks, traded them and bought them again. Even owned them all once in hard cover. Read morePublished on September 21, 2012 by Richard E. McCormick
If this is the last book in the series, then something is missing. I am waiting for something that says 'final'.Published on September 21, 2012 by Virginia C. Szablewski