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This is an absolutely riveting tale, with a striking couple at its center. As with "Dragonsbane", some ingredients of the mix cause it to masquerade as cheap fantasy thriller fiction (the central characters are named Sun Wolf and Star Hawk, for instance...) But the depth and realism of the characterisations, and the complexity of the story as it unfolds, soon set the book apart from - far above - the average.
Hambly starts the book in the center of a mercenary warrior band, with Sun Wolf as the chief. The mercenaries are a convincing welter of characters, and the absolute ascendancy of the chief is clear. But as the story unfolds, we gradually get snippets of Sun Wolf's childhood with a bullying father, and his hidden artistic and mystical leanings. These are revealed without lessening his warrior status.
Likewise, his second in command slowly gains more depth and detail. From the original sketch of a woman who has built a reputation for deadliness and taciturnity, she develops into an internally vulnerable, highly intelligent woman, an ex-nun with a meditation habit, and the ability to put honesty before comfort.
Hambly's story of a group of women in an occupied city, sent to hire a mercenary band to liberate their people, and their interaction with the mercenaries soon turns into a twisty tale of human motivations and conflicts. Her delicate treatment of the clash of different cultures and beliefs reminds me of the work of Orson Scott Card (this is high praise).Read more ›
No, this story won't hold your hand as it slowly weaves another world. It drops you in this other world. And Hambly uses beautifully original description for a genre that has been as stale as crouttons for... well, since Tolkien I guess. There's simply nothing else like it.
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A fantasy book from another time, before grey morality and narrative ambiguity became de rigeur.
This is the story of the mercenary captain Sun Wolf, and his lieutenant... Read more
One of Barbara Hambly's early novels, "The Ladies of Mandrigyn" pulled me in right away. Ms. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Buzz H.
I was pleasantly surprised with the book considering that it had been written in the 1980's. The author told a good story and there was good character development. Read morePublished 10 months ago by bookwise
Good solid fantasy with believable characters you come to care for. The actions of the players and their consences ring true a good readPublished 17 months ago by Adam B.
I read this book because of all the glowing recommendations it got, and the promise of strong female characters. It was sorely disappointing. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Claire Bendix
I'll begin by saying that I loved this book. Fiercely. To the point I wasn't ready to let go when it came due at the library, so I ordered my own copy. Read morePublished on December 31, 2013 by E. Smiley
I read this book many years ago, looking for a good, fast-paced story set in a fantastic and universe. I was not disappointed with the book. Read morePublished on October 9, 2013 by Aubrey G Looney
Barbara Hambly, is great at writing classic exciting science fiction novels. I slightly prefer her Darwath series but this book is very similar in quality to her "Dragonsbane"... Read morePublished on September 1, 2013 by David G
I picked this up on sale, not really expecting much. It turned out to be a really fun read. Nice to see a love story between two mature (non-teen) characters, along with some... Read morePublished on August 21, 2013 by Bookwyrm