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Free read The Time of the Dark 106 Å 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 Gil dismisses the dreams until a wizard appears in her apartmentHe Crusades the Black Death and the other horrors of the Middle Ages but it is another kind of atroci. Barbara Hambly's books do things for me which very few fantasy authors do First she puts female characters in leading roles of strength intelligence and power Even other female authors tend to continue relegating women to roles as side interests to a story rather than the main starring role Barbara Hambly isn't afraid to do that She also fleshes out her ladies with multiple character traits helping me to find bits and pieces of each one that I can empathize and relate to unlike most wooden one dimensional female roles This book does something else to me It celebrates and validates my love of thinking The main character in this story is a scholar Another main character is a wizard who makes it very clear early in the story that being a wizard is not about magic so much as it is a love of knowledge and deep abiding curiosity These are things I can relate to they are the best way to define who I am and how I try to live my life So instantly Barbara Hambly takes us nerds we geeks we vilified and sarcastically lampooned people and she makes us heroes In The Time of the Dark Barbara is not afraid to look at the deeper side of human nature philosophy sophistry and the meaning of civilization in terms which are easy to follow but deeper than the Marianas Trench if you're willing to go where she leads you Another thing the Time of the Dark does which very few novels ever do for me any is it surprises me Whenever I feel I have a handle on the rules of this world the general gist of the plot lines and even the sub plot lines Barbara Hambly will throw you a surprise hairpin corkscrew turn in the road that you never saw coming Personally I love it when an author can surprise me So many of the books I read for entertainment come off as so cliche'd and predictable that I tend to yawn my way through them Not Barbara Hambly She'll take you in directions you don't expect Reading a novel about magic Bet you didn't expect the laws of physics to show up Watching a civilization be destroyed How about that amazing advanced technological engineeringTruly the only bad thing I can say about this book or about Barbara Hambly as an author is I'm jealous that she devotes her time to other genres sometimes too instead of this one alone Why is this a comfort book series for me Well what woman feeling down and out would NOT feel amazingly inspired by the kick ass toughness and intelligence behind those silvery school marm eyes of Gil Shalos Patterson

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Ty that has begun to haunt her dreams Gil dismisses the dreams until a wizard appears in her apartmen. I first started reading Hambly by reading her fantasy Though this book was not one of the ones I first read As I got older I think in many ways her historical fiction is a bit better Just a bit Not that the fantasy is bad or anythingThe Time of the Dark does combine both history and fantasy Two people from our world cross the void into a fantasy world that is losing to the very very bad things One of those people Gil is getting her PhD in history and so we get the history prof's reaction to seeing well basically history Gil's experience is interesting because she at first seems special but then not and becomes something other than what you will thinkThe other person Rudy is traditional and at times a bit annoying for he keeps referring to Gil as cold but I'm not entirely sure why outside of the fact that she isn't his type While there are pretty of women supporting characters the women do not really talk to each other Which was strangeThe parts with the dark are really well done

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The Time of the DarkAs a student of medieval history Gil Patterson is a woman familiar with dark stories She knows well t. I made the mistake of reading this novel and this series after seeing the second Aliens movie which is my favorite of all the Alien films When I was younger I read a lot Stephen King but only because everyone else at school was reading it and it irritated my mother or so I thought After a couple of years on a steady diet of horror I became bored and nothing was frightening or thrilling any longer I picked up The Time of the Dark mostly because it was another story along the lines of Stephen R Donaldson's Covenant series At least the premises was similar a contemporary person from our world is transported in some inexplicable way to a world in a different time and place where magic is indigenous and a struggle for survival is imminent Hambly surprised me with her ability to thrill me and even at times scare me I would attribute this to her ability to make me care deeply for her characters And when they were in danger I was on the edge of my seat Hambly writes the most convincing and inspiring female characters of any author I've read May 2011 Update Reread this again and updating my review for Fantasy Literature