Search Results: "Barbara Hambly"


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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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CRIMSON ANGEL by Barbara Hambly
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"The mystery is the least of this adventurous tale."
A former slave must return to Haiti to uncover a dark secret. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >