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The Time of the Dark (The Darwath Series) [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Hambly
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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A murderous force threatens a far-off magical world, and an ordinary Californian is drawn into the battle to save mankind

As a student of medieval history, Gil Patterson is a woman familiar with dark stories. She knows well the Crusades, the Black Death, and the other horrors of the Middle Ages, 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.
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. The student of history is about to get much closer to evil than she ever imagined.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Barbara Hambly, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.

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For several nights Gil has found herself dreaming of an impossible city where alien horrors swarmed from underground lairs of darkness. She had dreamed also of the wizard Ingold Inglorion. Surely just a dream – or so she thought.

Days later the same wizard crosses the Void to seek sanctuary for the last Prince of Dar and reveals himself to a young drifter, Rudy. But one of the monstrous, evil Dark follows in his wake and in attempting to help Ingold, Gil and Rudy are drawn into the nightmare world of the Dark. Only by solving the mystery of the Dark can they hope to return to their own world. And before they can realise their fate, the Dark strikes …

About the Author

Barbara Hambly was born in San Diego. Her interest in fantasy began with reading ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at an early age and has continued ever since. She attended the University of California, Riverside, specialising in medieval history and then spent a year at the University at Bordeaux in Southern France as a teaching and research assistant. She now lives in Los Angeles.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3192 KB
  • Print Length: 263 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (29 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TC1482
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #438,575 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Barbara Hambly's first Star Wars novel was the New York Times bestselling Children of the Jedi. Her other novels range from high fantasies to historical mysteries to vampire tales. She holds both a master's degree in medieval history and a black belt in Shotokan karate. A multiple Nebula Award nominee, she has also been president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. She lives in Los Angeles.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I first read the Darwath trilogy many years ago. They are a must for any fantasy fans. I am about to buy a new set because mine are now worn out and as my daughter has started reading them a new set is required. Barbara Hambley's Darwath is about a young woman called Gill living in present day. Imagine her surprise to find a wizard sitting in her university room and asking for her help. She has dreamed many times of this same wizard and where he comes from. Helping him to escape the DARK with the baby prince Tir they unwittingly engage the help of a biker named Rudy. Rudy helps them in their quest to keep the baby prince safe from harm and in the process falls in love with his mother the young Queen. Many adventures follow trying to keep the parallel times population safe from the DARK culminating in a long arduous, danger filled trek to the Keep of Dare. There are lots of plots and twists to the tale. There are characters that stay in your mind throughout the story and beyond, Janus and the Ice Falcon of the guards, Rudy, the Prince and his mother and the main characters of Gill and Ingold Inglorian the wizard fighting not only against the DARK but also an inside enemy in the Queen's brother who would love to rule but finds his way blocked on all sides by her allies. The description of the cold, treacherous conditions on the long trek to the Keep make you feel as if you are travelling alongside them which in a way you are. Then there are the adventures that happen in the Keep of Dare the evils, the conflict between church and magic, the fight for power, space for all factions of the populace, food shortages and what really is the secret of the Keep, who built it, why did they build it. These books will keep you enthralled and wanting more all the way through and beyond the end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great book but Kindle price far too pricey 4 Jan. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I've had the paperbacks on this series for many years and all Barbara Hambly books, I love them and never tire of re-reading them. So when I got my Kindle this Christmas I thought I would download a couple to start me off. What a shock I recieved when I saw the prices for all Hambly's books. No way am I paying that amount it's ridiculous. I think the stories are worth five stars, but only giving two on account of my comments. Yep, its back to my beloved paperbacks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love these books 29 Aug. 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was my introductory book to Barbara Hambly and I loved it - and the others in this set. For sheer escapism it can't be beaten. Her characters have such charm regardless of whether they're actually being bad tempered or not. The tension is held throughout even though you know it's fantasy. Fabulous!
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This review is for the audiobook version of Time of the Dark narrated by Terry Clark Linden.
I've read "Time of the Dark" more than once and enjoy the book, but this narration is just dreadful. It sounds almost like a digital voice, with each word spoken separately with no special inflection or flow. Stilted and cold.
It was impossible to get any sense of the story and in fact I could only bear to listen to it for a few minutes.
I hope there is another audio version available - if not, rather just read the print or ebook version! :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lucky find 31 Dec. 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Book as described as it was for a gift I was relieved. My husband had said about this trilogy and how he would like to read it again but couldn't find it. I did an Amazon!
Would recommend seller
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