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The Darwath Series: The Time of the Dark, The Walls of Air, and The Armies of Daylight [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Hambly
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Barbara Hambly’s celebrated trilogy about a murderous force that threatens a far-off magical world and the two ordinary Californians who are drawn into the battle to save mankind

As a student of medieval history, Gil Patterson is a woman familiar with dark stories. She knows the Crusades, the Black Death, and the other horrors of the Middle Ages all too well, but it is another kind of atrocity that has begun to haunt her dreams. She sees forces of evil assaulting a beleaguered kingdom, whose kind people are on the brink of annihilation, and awakes each morning in a cold sweat.
 
In The Time of the Dark, Gil dismisses the dreams until a wizard appears in her apartment. He has crossed into her dimension, passing through the fraying fabric of the universe, to ask her help. For mankind to survive he must protect an infant prince, whom he plans to hide in Gil's world. She is about to get much closer to evil than she ever imagined.
 
In The Walls of Air and The Armies of Daylight, Gil and Rudy know the world is no longer safe and there is nowhere to hide from the Dark. 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. Few have witnessed more of the destruction than Gil and Rudy, and 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, Gil, Rudy, and the rest of mankind’s survivors will take the offensive, bringing an end to this terrible war, for better or for worse.


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

About the Author

Barbara Hambly (b. 1951) is a New York Times bestselling author of fantasy and science fiction, as well as historical novels set in the nineteenth century. After receiving a master’s degree in medieval history, she published The Time of the Dark (1982), the first novel in the Darwath saga, establishing herself as an author of serious speculative fiction. Since then she has created several series, including the Windrose Chronicles, Sun Wolf and Starhawk series, and Sun-Cross series, as well as writing for the Star Wars and Star Trek universes. In addition to fantasy, Hambly has also won acclaim for the James Asher vampire series, which won the Locus Award for best horror novel in 1989, and the Benjamin January mystery series, featuring a brilliant African-American surgeon in antebellum New Orleans. She lives in Los Angeles.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4503 KB
  • Print Length: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (September 11, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0090WTL90
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,766 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In a class by itself November 16, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Loose Leaf
Two people from our world, a biker named Rudy and a history scholar named Gil, are drawn into another people's struggle for survival by Ingold, a wizard from another universe.
There, mysterious creatures known as the Dark hunt mankind as there natural prey.Perhaps even more dangerous than the Dark is the political infighting of these people's Church and state as both are impotent to provide a true solution.The only ones who might be able to save man are the wizards, feared or misunderstood by most ordinary people, hated as evil by the church,and considered a double-edged sword by the ruling powers that be.
The characters are very realistic and the storyline is seamless and full of surprises and twists that are done in a very unaffected manner.It's almost like the story really happened and Hambly is merely relating,rather than creating.
Just don't get too far into book three unless you have time to read to the end, because you won't want to put it down.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mainly a review the "Packaging" November 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As a previous reviewer posted, it'd be better to go read the review of the individual books in the series to get a better feel for each of the books included in this edition, and individually I'd give the books at least 4 stars. I read them many years ago when they were first published and fell in love with these and other works by the same author. They are good entertainment.

That all being said, I was pleased to see the omnibus edition and felt that it was a good deal. After buying it, I still feel it's a good deal overall, but my satisfaction with it is less than stellar. The main complaints that I have on how the 3 volumes were combined together into one volume for the kindle are

1) The chapter breakdowns are by the book, not by the individual chapters within each book. There is a link chapter list at the beginning of each book which does help, but to quickly jump to, for example, chapter 3 of the first book using the built in kindle navigation features, you have to go to "Chapter 1" which is the beginning of the first book. This actually the cover view, you then have to advance 3 pages to the link chapter listing and select chapter 3 from there. Not very convenient. It might be better to make your own bookmarks at each chapter point and use the my notes navigation. I'm not sure much less annoying that would be however.

1a) As a side effect of this, the new "time to read" feature gives you the time to read to the next book in the edition and not the real next chapter.

2) In the individual editions the published around a year ago has the book x-ray feature enabled. This volume published a few weeks ago (as of this review) does not have x-ray enabled.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing imagination! November 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was immediately caught by the parallel worlds aspect of this story, and was deeply engaged by the world into which our contemporaries were drawn. These stories have imagination at it's best, magic, heroic struggles by formerly ordinary persons, and a story line built on the best and the worst of the human spirit. Didn't want the books to end!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great fantasy with a show stopper ending October 26, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Loose Leaf
Published in the early eighties, this series is easily one of the classics of the field.

Barbara Hambly practices the martial arts, and this lends considerable reality to her depictions of combat.

The magic system rocks.

The primary plot, two ordinary people in our real life world are contacted by someone in the fantasy world and are drawn into the action via interdimensional travel, while still fresh when these books came out, has been duplicated so often in so many ways since then, that some people might feel it is just one more story in a sub-genre of fantasy that is already overloaded. Well, I say, go and read these books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Ulrike
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
First off, I very much enjoyed the story and the characters, and that's what kept me going past some rather irritating issues with the writing.

Good Stuff:
(1) Compelling story and characters. I particularly liked the way the two characters from "our" world only really blossomed once they were in Darwath.
(2) Believable politics and in-fighting. Part of me wants to think that some of it was overdone and unrealistic ... except that I've seen _worse_ examples from real-world sources.
(3) Satisfying conclusion after all is said and done.

Problems:
(1) Adjective stew and word salad: this is mainly in the first book, and is almost entirely gone by the beginning of the second book. There are these massive walls of overdone description that I'm pretty sure are influenced by Lovecraft's writing style. Having read quite a bit of Lovecraft, I'd already developed filtering mechanisms to get through these and back to the actual story. I was very glad to see that they were all but gone in the second book.
(2) POV mismanagement: First, part of this could be an issue with the Kindle formatting; I have not seen what the book looks like in print. There are places throughout, worst in the first book, where the POV changes between paragraphs, without any obvious indicator of this. The simplest thing would be a line-break (which is why I wonder if it's an issue with Kindle formatting). The continuous formatting would work if there were extremely obvious textual cues right as the switch occurred ... but oftentimes I would be several sentences in before something made me realize the POV had switched. Once I knew to watch closely for this, it was tolerable.
(3) Rather unbelievable coincidence in timing at the end of the last book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
I used to have the Book Series...Loved it....Like that old Wizard. I just wanted the E-books to read.
Published 4 days ago by Linus S. Medley
5.0 out of 5 stars I have lost track of how many times I have read this book.
One of my favorites. Rates with the best that I have read. You just have to love the characters. Her other books are equally enjoyable.
Published 26 days ago by JACKSON E TOWNES
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series
A truly gritty, in your face plot that catches you by the back of the neck and shakes you up. Fledgling wizard Rudy from another world, fatally flawed but doing the best he can. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert A. Pedrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great
Published 1 month ago by kelly carver
5.0 out of 5 stars I already loved fantasy, Tolkien
I first read this trilogy when I was quite young, I already loved fantasy, Tolkien, etc, but these books had different kind of heroes, flawed, and quirky. Read more
Published 1 month ago by sonya
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the books (what I could read)
I enjoyed the books (what I could read), but the Kindle app (for all three books) quit letting me get into the second book after about 100 pages. Read more
Published 1 month ago by TBaron
5.0 out of 5 stars Great yarn. Lost my paperback copy of the first ...
Great yarn. Lost my paperback copy of the first book so ended up getting ebook. I have read the series 4 or 5 times and still enjoy the books.
Published 3 months ago by Claerchen7
5.0 out of 5 stars Always a Good Read
I first read these books years ago in paperback and was pleased to see them offered in a Kindle format. Read more
Published 5 months ago by An Amazon Devotee
5.0 out of 5 stars a haunting, apocalyptic series
Terrifying science fiction monsters, a refined culture shattered beyond repair; the politics, religion, betrayal, love, and magic that define this series echo the later Battlestar... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jeffrey Sewell
3.0 out of 5 stars So so:
To me the book was too slow,and the author tried to hard to impress us with her use of too many big words.
Published 7 months ago by Boofer 1
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