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5.0 out of 5 stars Back with a Shiver
This return to the world of Darwath is even colder than the the original trilogy, as the ice age predicted by Gil has truly begun to descend. Not only is the weather growing colder but everything is more hostile as mysterious slunch grows over all ground, gradually destroying every plant it comes into contact with and being basically indestructible. The remnants of the...
Published on 11 Aug 2005 by Matt Graubner

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1.0 out of 5 stars tedious overdescription annoying
Ya know good stories take many forms but bad ones are remarkaly consistent. Bad stories tend to have either weak characters, poor plot, or too much description. Such is the case of this overwrought hambly potboiler. Why use one adjective when 3 or 4 will do? She constantly goes off track with endless exposition,and bores us with details at best trivial. The end...
Published on 19 July 1999


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5.0 out of 5 stars Back with a Shiver, 11 Aug 2005
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This return to the world of Darwath is even colder than the the original trilogy, as the ice age predicted by Gil has truly begun to descend. Not only is the weather growing colder but everything is more hostile as mysterious slunch grows over all ground, gradually destroying every plant it comes into contact with and being basically indestructible. The remnants of the realm are still sheltered within the (hopefully) impregnable Keep of Dare and while Rudy attempts to help his love Minalde hold the Keep together in the face of divergent factions Gil and Ingold Inglorien search for the Mother of Winter, the cause of these recent ills.
As with Hambly's other works I especially appreciated the gritty realism. This is no fairy tale world where everybody lives lives just as good as we do in 21st century America (but they happen to have kings, swords, dragons, and magic). Perhaps this realism is achieved because two of the characters are native Californians who can directly comment on the differences to their former life, and suggest improvements (such as in sanitation). Furthermore, while the characters we follow are well connected the political situation isn't one of absolute control so there is a healthy bit of uncertainty about what will happen, even if proper solutions are discovered.
No longer even considering returning to Earth, Gil and Rudy have fully settled into life in the keep. I only recently started reading the series, but I already feel as though these are old friends along with Ingold and Minalde.
In some ways the book is a bit of a mystery, as you're not sure what is going on in the first pages, but you follow the efforts of Gil, Ingold, Rudy, Minalde, and Minalde's now five-year-old son Tir to unravel the mystery of the slunch and the keep itself.
If you have read the original Darwath Trilogy this is indeed a worthy successor that will keep your attention to the last page. If you've not read the first books then please start with them: The Time of the Dark, The Walls of Air, and The Armies of Daylight.
I would also recomend Hambly's Windrose Chronicles (for more Americans crossing into fantasy realms), and her Sun Wolf and Star Hawk trilogy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!, 15 Aug 1997
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Barbara Hambly has never disappointed when it comes to sequels! I have waited all of these years for another book to come out featuring Ingold, Rudy and Gil. It was great! Barbara Hambly is a natural storyteller. The worlds she has created are so totally different from what we are use to, but with her words she makes them very real and very easy to see. Her characters are more like real people than just words on a page. From the first sentence you find yourself breathlessly transported into the story. I never hesitate in buying one of her books. If it has Barbara Hambly's name on the front, I know without a doubt it will be an enjoyable read. I look forward to reading more with Ingold, Sunwolf and Ysidro!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great story to add to the others. Love it, 28 Jun 2014
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Great to see more about Ingold, Gil, Rudy and the others. A nice addition to the Arms of Daylight series. More Please.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Part Review, 10 Jan 2014
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I bought this book as a gift and therefore can’t assess it properly. It was well received by the recipient.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great work, 2 July 2013
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I have always liked Hambly's work and this was no exception. I could not put the book down, this caused some unhappiness between my partner and I.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hambly dishes up what her readers want, 10 April 2011
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With her usual fluent imagination, Barbara Hambly spins another fantastic yet strangely compelling tale. What her stories lack in depth they make up for in page-turning escapism for lovers of fantasy.
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0 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars tedious overdescription annoying, 19 July 1999
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Ya know good stories take many forms but bad ones are remarkaly consistent. Bad stories tend to have either weak characters, poor plot, or too much description. Such is the case of this overwrought hambly potboiler. Why use one adjective when 3 or 4 will do? She constantly goes off track with endless exposition,and bores us with details at best trivial. The end result is a story that steams along at a snails pace en I felt never really engages the reader. I see by the bio that hambly once taught high school. I hope never taught english because any english teacher I know worth their salt would have known better than to overwrite every page in this book!
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