Books by Barbara Hambly

Barbara Hambly attended the University of California and spent a year at the University of Bordeaux obtaining a master's degree in medieval history. She has worked as both a teacher and a technical editor, but her first love has always been history. Barba


THE KINDRED OF DARKNESS by Barbara Hambly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2014

"Although Hambly's fans may enjoy returning to her carefully constructed and lavishly detailed world, the uninitiated may be less enthralled."
On the eve of World War I, a couple fights to rescue their daughter from a vampire's clutches. Read full book review >
GOOD MAN FRIDAY by Barbara Hambly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 2013

"Mid-19th-century sexism and racism galore, presented with Hambly's usual verve and historical accuracy."
Benjamin January, free man of color, leaves New Orleans for the iniquities of Washington City. Read full book review >
MAGISTRATES OF HELL by Barbara Hambly
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"For the sake of clarity and continuity, readers would be well-advised to read the previous books in the series before tackling this one."
Historical/fantasy novelist Hambly (Blood Maidens, 2011, etc.) takes another bite out of crime and otherworldly goings-on in her latest vampire novel. Read full book review >
RAN AWAY by Barbara Hambly
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"More poignant, too, with memories of Ayasha tormenting January."
Concubines, slaves and first-wife blues upset free man of color Benjamin January. Read full book review >
THE SHIRT ON HIS BACK by Barbara Hambly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2011

"An absorbing if appalling look at whiskey debauchery, suspect rifle trading, smallpox devastation, a mass poisoning endeavor, the decimation of the beaver population and grisly confrontations with warring tribes, all of which surround a classic whodunit."
A man heads into Indian territory in 1837. Read full book review >
DEAD AND BURIED by Barbara Hambly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2010

"Vivid glimpses of the disparate lives led by whites and people of color in mid-19th-century New Orleans."
1863 New Orleans witnesses the upheaval caused by "passe blanc." Read full book review >
PATRIOT HEARTS by Barbara Hambly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 30, 2007

"The author's personal approach vividly brings familiar chapters in history to life."
Hambly (The Emancipator's Wife, 2005, etc.) continues her fledgling historical-fiction career with a heartfelt, if sometimes confusing, tale of four of the United States' founding mothers. Read full book review >
THE EMANCIPATOR’S WIFE by Barbara Hambly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"To be sure, there's gallantry in Mary Lincoln's struggle against her demons. But 600-plus pages with a disagreeable woman tends to undercut empathy."
A skilled historical novelist (Dead Water, 2004, etc.) limns an absolutely convincing portrait of Mary Todd Lincoln—and that's the catch. Read full book review >
DEAD WATER by Barbara Hambly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 3, 2004

"Hambly knows her stuff (voodoo amulets, river soundings, Latin tags, African songs, laudanum derivatives, pre–Civil War tracts) and is one of a handful of historical writers who's mastered the conventions of the classic mystery puzzle."
Free man of color Benjamin January (Days of the Dead, 2003, etc.) encounters slave traders and abolitionists while trying to save the Bank of Louisiana from going under in 1836. Read full book review >
DAYS OF THE DEAD by Barbara Hambly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2003

"A few too many dinner guests and liaisons, perhaps, but exquisitely delineated 19th-century Tex-Mex warfare and death rituals from passionate historian Hambly. "
A mordantly atmospheric twist on the locked-room puzzle set in 1835. Read full book review >
WET GRAVE by Barbara Hambly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 2, 2002

"Along with the faithful, readers new to the series will find this installment as bracing as chicory-laced coffee."
When Jean Lafitte gave up pirating and settled down in Louisiana's Plaquemines Parish, rumors had him burying many of his purloined treasures there. Read full book review >
MAGIC TIME by Marc Scott Zicree
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"Well, a sequel for sure."
Zicree (The Twilight Zone Companion, not reviewed) and Hambly (Traveling With the Dead, 1995) join talents—and lavish, crackling research—to envision a post-disaster Manhattan fallen into chaos. Read full book review >
DIE UPON A KISS by Barbara Hambly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2001

"And if her resolution doesn't exactly elicit bravos, her depiction of mid–19th-century social, moral, and racial divides will."
Freeman of color Benjamin January, a Paris-educated surgeon now making a living as a musician in his native New Orleans, is waylaid in an alley behind the American Theater along with his employer, visiting opera impresario Lorenzo Belaggio, who's been invited to mount a production of his new Othello during Carnival, 1835. Read full book review >
SOLD DOWN THE RIVER by Barbara Hambly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2000

"19th century is depicted in fierce and lush clarity."
Born into slavery on the Bellefleur Plantation, Benjamin January, a plum-dark Creole, was freed when St.-Denis Janvier bought his mother to make her his mistress and let her two children tag along. Read full book review >
KNIGHT OF THE DEMON QUEEN by Barbara Hambly
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Or just scream?"
Another of Hambly's yarns (following the superb Dragonshadow, 1999) about the struggles of bespectacled, bookish warrior Lord John Aversin and his wife, Jenny Waynest, to turn aside an invasion of demons. Read full book review >
DRAGONSHADOW by Barbara Hambly
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1999

"Beautifully concise, adroitly plotted, inventive, and insightful: a wrenching affair that works its barbed pleasures ever deeper into the enthralled, horrified reader."
From the author of Icefalcon's Quest (1998), among others, a sequel to Dragonsbane. Read full book review >
FEVER SEASON by Barbara Hambly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 13, 1998

"The shortcomings of Hambly's mystery plot—the culprits are too obvious and too many—strengthen her sense of a grim, miasmal conspiracy between human monsters and nature gone mad."
Cholera and worse strike New Orleans in 1833 in this hectic, dankly atmospheric sequel to A Free Man of Color (1997). Read full book review >
ICEFALCON'S QUEST by Barbara Hambly
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Once again, some intriguing ideas embedded in a standard fantasy backdrop and plot, peopled by chortling, banal villains: should please series fans."
 Another entry in the series (Mother of Winter, 1996, etc.) about a world where both magic and science (e.g., clones, transporters) work, and where two Earth people, the mage Rudy and the warrior Gil, have taken up residence. Read full book review >
A FREE MAN OF COLOR by Barbara Hambly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1997

"A sharp portrait of curiously nuanced class divisions transforms Hambly's latest into something far more than the modest melodrama it might otherwise have been."
 Once again exercising her talent for goldstained description, Hambly moves from a stylish fin de siäcle tale of Continental vampirism (Traveling with the Dead, 1995) to an equally stylish romantic suspenser set in New Orleans. Read full book review >
MOTHER OF WINTER by Barbara Hambly
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Frustrating."
 A direct sequel to Hambly's earlier Darwath trilogy (The Time of the Dark, 1984, paperback original), about a fantasy world beset by evil forces (but what fantasy world isn't?) and featuring two transplanted Californians, the mage Rudy Solis and the warrior Gil Patterson. Read full book review >
SISTERS OF THE NIGHT by Barbara Hambly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Blood in the bank."
 Surprisingly crisp and inventive vampire tales about sisters with fangs. Read full book review >
TRAVELING WITH THE DEAD by Barbara Hambly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Pages to read gold-stained by lamplight. (First printing of 50,000; author tour)"
 Rich, stylish, turn-of-the-century vampire spy novel set in England, Paris, Vienna, Constantinople, and on the trains tying the le CarrÇ-ish spy networks together: a sequel to Hambly's memorable Those Who Hunt the Night (1988). Read full book review >