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The Armies of Daylight (The Darwath Series, 3) [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Hambly
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After a year of magical combat, the world is in ruins, and the few surviving wizards, including two stranded Californians, must take to the offensive

Since the Dark Ones returned, the world has been laid to waste. The land’s wizards have been slaughtered, its cities destroyed, and its people scattered in terror, and few have witnessed more of the destruction than Rudy and Gil—two ordinary Californians who found their way across the Void, and took up arms in defense of a strange and magical world. She learned the ways of war, while he found within himself the powers of a great wizard. Both of them will need all their strength to survive this final challenge.
Ingold, the master wizard, has devised a spell to hide the user from the deathly stare of the Dark, and he intends to use it to strike at their very heart. Finally, Rudy, Gil, and the rest of mankind’s survivors will take the offensive, bringing an end to this terrible war, for better or for worse.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Barbara Hambly, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.

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“Barbara is a fabulously talented writer who can write well in any genre.” —Charlaine Harris

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Outside the great stone Keep of Renweth, the night was the province of the Dark Ones -- monstrous creatures that had swarmed out of their eldritch underground caverns to destroy humanity.
Inside, where the pitiful remnant of the once-great Realm of Darwath huddled, Chancellor Alwir and Bishop Govannin continued their bitter struggle for dominance. Against all advice, Alwir went ahead with plans to use Ingold, Rudy, and the other wizards in a hopeless, desperate invasion of the Nests of the Dark. The Bishop, obsessed with fanatical fury, sought to root out all magic by murdering the wizards. Both conspired together to seek the aid of Alketch, ancient enemy of the Realm.
In that hotbed of ambition, hatred, and fear, no one except Ingold would heed Gil's discovery of the truth that lay behind the rising of the Dark!

Product Details

  • File Size: 2825 KB
  • Print Length: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (March 29, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TC1522
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,062 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why did it EVER go out of print? November 11, 2000
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In the early 80s, I read the Darwath Trilogy, then, over the years, I read it again, and again, and. . . well, you get the gist. Unfortunately, in one of our frequent moves, the box of books in which I'd placed the trilogy turned up among the "missing."
By then, the books were out of print. I've dogged the book stores since in hopes it would be brought back. It looks like the trilogy finally is. THANK GOODNESS. Along with Asimov, Eddings, and Tolkien, Barbara Hambly is one of my favorite and most re-read authors. I've not met anyone who hasn't loved the Darwath, and doubt that I will. I'm sure you will, too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Barbara Hambly keeps you coming back, time and again November 1, 2000
By "wynds"
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This is one of the first books I read by Barbara Hambly, and I think that this is one that made me fall in love with her. She was a way of weaving spellbinding stories that hold a reader captive throughout. I personally fell in love with Ingold and Gil. I was so happy for the two of them, you would think that I had fallen in love instead of them. A stunning ending to what then was the trilogy, thankfully now she has revived these characters and brought them back to life in "Mother of Winter" and "Icefalcon's Quest". A little bit of romance and a story that sticks with you, what more could you ask for?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Final Answer to the Dark January 29, 2009
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The Armies of Daylight (1983) is the third fantasy novel of the Darwath trilogy, following The Walls of Air. In the previous volume, Ingold and Rudy fled Dark infested Quo and walked back across the windy plains. Ingold remained silent for days, but finally Rudy confronted him and forced him to consider his responsibilities.

When they reached the Keep of Dare, Ingold and Rudy were greeted by the thirty or so wizards -- of all ages, sexes, and talents -- who had responded to the summons. Gil and Alde revealed all the information that had been found in the oldest records and confirmed Ingold's suspicions of the nature of the Nests. Then Ingold showed them the secret of the wizard lights.

In this novel, Ingold is now the senior wizard within Darwath. Since he already has the Master-Spells, he is now the Archmage. Yet he only has a coterie of about thirty wizards and still lacks any clue to how to defeat the Dark.

Gil has used her skills as a scholar to learn about the early days of the last Dark infestation. She had learned of the existence of a Dark Nest within Quo before Ingold and Rudy had their encounter with the possessed Archmage. Now she studies the polyhedrons that are magical visual records of the previous civilization.

Rudy is convinced that flamethrowers are the weapons that will overcome the Dark. He constructs as many of the devices as he can with the available parts. But he knows that these weapons had not been used to defeat the prior incursion of the Dark.

Altir is now approaching his first birthday. He is able to stand while holding onto a support. And Altir is still as fearless of heights as a monkey.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hambley and cthonic terrors unnameable January 28, 2001
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It took me reading an anthology that Barbara edited to realize that yes Lovecraftian horrors from beyond the stars and undescribable, unthinkable by human brains were alive and well and living beneath the frozen lands of Darwath. When I need to count sheep or go to my happy place it's to the Vale of Dare that I go.
Second in the series. If you bought one you'll need to get them all (Including Ice Falcon's Quest and Mother Winter). Development of the politics of Darewath & Karst, Church and State, Ingold and Gil, Ingold and Rudy, Ingold and the Bishop, Ingold and get the idea... continues. The quest across the winter plains (ON FOOT) to the wizard city of Quo brings news of other survivors. And always...the Dark.
Always thought it must be rough to be a writer's creation. This book makes no exception.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of a gread trilogy by Hambly... March 4, 1998
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Ms. Hambly weaves a delightful tale of magic, love and good verses evil in this first of her series. It also shows (in its own way) how people can have things in common when they come from different backgrounds and cultures. This is one trilogy I would recommend investing in all 3 books for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great third book in series. June 13, 2014
By chris
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I read this book when it first came out many years ago in 1983. My paperback copies of the series have been read by my sons, their friends and multiple times by me. They have almost fallen apart. I have read many of Barbara Hambly's books and highly recommend them. My oldest son now has his own copies of this series. As a Sci-Fi and Fantasy Fan I recommend this book and the whole trilogy. You should read them in order. Her characters are very real and story line excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Series November 6, 2013
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I love this whole series, great character development and it all hangs together well. Fun and exciting read, very enjoyable!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrid times a charm July 6, 2013
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This is the third time I've bought this series and this the third book. I've learned recently that their even more books in the set and I'm looking forward to finding and reading those as well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars science fiction
I thought this series was a good read and enjoyed the three main books a lot.....I think the first book is perhaps the best in the series.
Published 18 months ago by Chocolattez
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
I have loved Ms. Hambly's work since the first time I read it. I was thrilled to discover that her books are now available for the Kindle. Read more
Published 18 months ago by stitchywoman
4.0 out of 5 stars loved this series
This series captured my interest and held it through 3 volumes. The final book was not a disappointment, ending in a way I could not predict. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Violetcrow
5.0 out of 5 stars terrific book, great series
I'm on the final book and its going to be hard knowing I've reached the end, every one has been excellent. Some series bog down, I didn't find that the case with this one at all. Read more
Published 22 months ago by E. M. Skidmore
5.0 out of 5 stars The Armies of Daylight
I loved this entire series of books. I am an older adult, but my inner child loves fantasy and magic. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Marook
5.0 out of 5 stars Conclusion to one of fantasy's great trilogies
This is the final book in Hambly's "Time of the Dark" series. I read this series, oh, about 20, 25 years ago for the first time. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Wintermask
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite fantasy trilogies
I love me a good wizard - and this trilogy has one of the best. If you loved Gandalf in LOTR, you will surely love this series. Be sure to start with the first volume!
Published on May 4, 2012 by Elizabeth Chamberlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleased
This is a great and entertaining book! The Characters all have well thought out personalities. The same goes for the plot. I enjoyed the book very much.
Published on January 4, 2007 by coastrider
4.0 out of 5 stars An intense conclusion.
By the time I was finished with that book, I was very attached to the main characters of the story; a feat that not all authors can do. Read more
Published on October 12, 2004 by C. Campagna
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