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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
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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.

Editorial Reviews


“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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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,262 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing imagination! November 20, 2012
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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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mainly a review the "Packaging" November 2, 2012
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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 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent series October 1, 2012
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Please take the time to check out the reviews for the books of this trilogy. This is a very enjoyable excursion into an imaginative world with wonderful characters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely combined edition of a great series. July 15, 2013
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I have been waiting for the Darwarth series to become available on Kindle, and to find the first trilogy available at a combined price was a great bonus.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a favorite epic fantasy of mine June 7, 2013
By Jim B.
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A dreamer who crosses over into another world, a regular guy from this world who has magi powers in a parallel world, the Dark burst out of their underworld and reduce civilization to a few refugees in ancient Keeps, a disastrous attempt by the remaining humans to burn the Dark in their own underworld, the last arch-mage who at the final hour discovers the solution which was under his nose the whole time.

Loved it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid parallel world series May 20, 2013
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Sharp, inventive books, with a real eye for what makes us human. Story is a bit standard -- great wizard opens a portal between worlds, two Californians tumble through, and finally find a real home. (Insert your own Californian joke here!) While the tropes are familiar, the writing makes it worthwhile.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars worth reading again April 28, 2013
By Linda
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I read this series many many years ago in paperback with my children. There are a few books that I like to read over and over. This is one series that I want to have. available
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good trilogy October 9, 2012
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I really liked this fantasy trilogy. The story was different but it was well written and had great characters that I could relate to.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 17 days 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 2 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 2 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 5 months ago by Boofer 1
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Hambly
I've owned these books more than once, always in paperback. Now, with Kindle, no more worries about losing a really good read.
Published 5 months ago by Giadee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great deal on getting 3 books of the Darwath series
Great storyline, awesome characters with depth, terrific twists and hints to the finale. There are also Darwath Book 4 (Mother of Winter) and Darwath Book 5 (Icefalcon's Quest)... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Toddler Mom
4.0 out of 5 stars Rediscovered
I read this series originally when it first came out and enjoyed it. I don't know what happened to my copies over the years but have recently been looking for them in libraries and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rickg62
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! What a read!
Barbara Hambly's Darwath Series is stellar if you like fantasy, well developed and congruent story plot, attention to detail, and just pure excitement. Read more
Published 8 months ago by gem
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad to find this series in eBooks
I enjoyed reaquainting myself with "old friends" from the first time I read this series over 20 years ago. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice reread but not as great as I remembered it.
Time really changes ones perceptions. This was a favorite set of books when I was much younger. Upon rereading it as an adult, some relationships and interactions make perfect... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lunarose
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