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The Darwath Series: The Time of the Dark, The Walls of Air, and The Armies of Daylight by [Hambly, Barbara]
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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: 5404 KB
  • Print Length: 867 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (September 11, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 11, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0090WTL90
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,864 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Helena Pine on 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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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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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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By A Customer on November 16, 2002
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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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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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