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The Darwath Series: The Time of the Dark, The Walls of Air, and The Armies of Daylight Kindle Edition
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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.Read more ›
(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.
(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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this series and wished I'd discovered it sooner. I'll be reading other books from this author!Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
As another reviewer commented ... Barbara Hambly's novels are in a class by themselves. One reviewer complained about the "word salad", but I thoroughly enjoyed her... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Florida Gal
On the edge of my seat! Fell in love with some of the characters. Kept me interested at every page.Published 3 months ago by Wanda Cristiano
GREAT! I've worn out my paperback copies from the 80's with constant re-reading. Very glad to have Kindle versions. I would recommend this series to anyone who likes fantasy.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
As good now as it was when I first read the trilogy over 30 years ago!Published 10 months ago by Larry D Whittle
The stories started out confusing and out of focus, but interesting enough to keep the reader's curiosity aroused. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Patricia Attaway
Many years ago my Dad introduced me to reading. The first book being the hobbit, which had me hooked. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jeffrey
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