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Magistrates of Hell (A James Asher Vampire Novel) by [Hambly, Barbara]
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"This is a lush and delicious read. "
Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Barbara Hambly is the New York Times-bestselling author of many fantasy and science fiction titles, including shared universe novels for Star Wars and Star Trek. Her popular Benjamin January series has spanned five books to date, with more forthcoming. She makes her home in Los Angeles.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 722 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Digital (1 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089PG0RA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #347,475 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Essbee TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 31 Dec. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have waited ages for this book to be reduced from around the £16 mark. I decided to treat myself to a good holiday read and found it had been reduced to just over £11, still expensive but I was delighted I could have my Xmas treat relatively guilt free.

The book does have some similarities with the earlier books in the series and perhaps some of the gripping nature of these stories was missing as a result - but if it was it was only marginal. The ongoing characters of James, Ysidro and Lydia were as riviting as ever and new characters such as the Japanese Count added an extra richness to the story. I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of China that Ms Hambly evoked, I could almost taste the exotic spices and raw sewage in the air.

After reading books from this series I am always left feeling a little unsettled, I thought it was a sense of disappointment that the book had been read but lately I am wondering if it is the suggestion that there might be things unseen and lurking in the hidden corners of my own world.

Excellent, more please
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You wait 15 years for a new vampire laced James Asher book and then two come along almost at once with Magistrates of Hell following on neatly from last year's Blood Maidens. Retired spy James Asher sails to China in 1912 to investigate the discovery of a body very like the mutated vampires he encountered in St Petersberg. Accompanied by his wife and Dr Solomon Karlebach Asher bases his investigation within the cosmopolitan confines of the Legation Quarter in Peking under the blind of a purely academic interest in philology and folklore. Keeping an even lower profile is Asher's ancient Spanish vampire ally Don Simon Ysidro. Usually these books have Ysidro treading on the territorial toes of the local nest of urban vampires but China's vampires are something different. Incredibly ancient and not altogether sane they mostly remain aloof and hard to pin down. With Ysidro hampered by their elusiveness, Asher has to rely more on his human allies, the Van Helsing like vampire hunter Karlebach and the Japanese Samurai Count Mizukami. Asher and the Count actually make quite a dynamic pairing out in the wilds among the swarming rabid rats and equally the double dealings and murder within the city and the Legation. Barbara Hambly dishes up a more b-movie action based script than usual but it remains faithful to the series tone, is well researched and maintains the levels of threat and anxiety common to Hambly books. As ever Hambly know how to entertain.
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By Anne TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Jan. 2014
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In the continually developing sub-genre of vampire novels Barbara Hambly has created an excellent series featuring James and Lydia Asher and based in the Victorian era. This is the fourth installment and brings the couple and their vampire colleague/friend Don Simon Ysidro to China where there appears to be an infestation of a vampire like creature.

This author excels in her ability to write atmospheric novels. She depicts the Oriental setting really well together with the enclosed world of the ex-pat community. The restrictions of the Victorian era also play a large part in the plot. The novel is shaped very much by the environment and the social background in which it is set as much as by the characters. The feeling of developing tension adds to the mix until the reader is immersed in this world.

In James Asher the author has created a great hero. A middle-aged man, much in love with his wife, intelligent and with a background in spying he is the perfect man to investigate and to try to eradicate the threat. But James is not super-human and nor is Don Simon so the threats against them are real and not everyone comes out of this story unscathed. Lydia doesn't play a huge part in this book except as the focus of attention by the men but she is also an engaging person particularly because of the contrast between her intelligence and her vanity.

What takes this book well out of the realm of the ordinary, however, is how the author deals with the moral ambiguities of the situation and the unknown. Vampires kill people and are therefore evil - but Don Simon has saved both Lydia and James' lives on previous occasions.
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