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Barbara Hambly The Darwath Trilogy

I read these years ago in the 1980s when they first came out, and liked them very much. 


  • The Time of the Dark (1982)
  • The Walls of Air (1983)
  • The Armies of Daylight (1983)

I read them again as part of  checking out Oyster, and I'm delighted to say I still like them lots. I hadn't realized that she wrote two more Darwath novels:


  • Mother of Winter (1996; Locus award nominee 1997)
  • Icefalcon's Quest (1998)
  • I'm not sure how I missed them, since I've read most of her fantasy and SF books. I'm looking for them know. The Darwath re-read led me to re-read Hambly's Windrose Chronicles:
      • The Silent Tower (1986)
      • The Silicon Mage (1988)
      • Dog Wizard (1993; Locus Award nominee, 1994)
      • They too held up well (I'm pretty sure that Windrose's character has a tiny bit of homage to Tom Baker's Doctor Who) and again, there are two more related books:
      • Stranger at the Wedding/Sorcerer's Ward (1994)
        • My excuse is that I wasted an interminable amount of reading time in grad school. 

Currently reading

In Search of the Irish Dreamtime: Archaeology and Early Irish Literature
J.P. Mallory