DOC The Time of the Dark
FREE READER Å DOC The Time of the Dark ↠ NATURALTREATMENT ¹ 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 dismissesAs a student of medieval history Gil Patterson is a woman familiar with dark stories She knows well t Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths ReviewsOnce long ago I recall walking through the Waldenbooks bookstore at my local mall trying to find something new to read After having crammed everything Middle Earth related into my brain I needed a new fix of epic fantasy adventure Sure I’d loved Donaldson’s Thomas Covenant books read Moorcock and begun The Belgariad with Eddings but I was looking for something a bit different And that is when I saw the cover of The Time of the Dark Obviously my attention was caught by the image of a classic fantasy wizard – shadowy hood long white hair flowing beard staff and robes in the Gandalf mode – drinking a beer in a 1980 style kitchen It struck me as a bit ridiculous “Can’t be at all related to the story” I thought to myself as I stopped to read the description on the backBut you know what? After I read the cover blurb I didn’t care about the fake cover any Nope this portal fantasy novel promised to give me something that my teenage mind adored normal people from my time transported to a fantasy world under attack by man eating creatures A fantasy post apocalyptic world is how I processed it How could I not buy the book right there and then?Once I paid I immediately found myself a chair in the food court of the mall impatient to get started reading I was like that back in the day and as soon as I started flipping pages I was confronted by a nightmarish scene of a city being attacked by Well I didn’t know because the main character didn’t know What we both did know was that it was horrible; had to be since the people in this other world were terrified of it breaking out of a door And of course right before the door was the wizard from the front cover prepared to lay down his life as the first person to confront the monsters But before the main character and I could see the fight for survival Ingold Inglorion that was his name I learned sensed his ghostly peeping tom and gently sent her back home to EarthWell obviously I was annoyed beyond belief at this point Where was the fight? My god I bought the book to see some good old fashioned sword fighting and magic using not to have my narrator wake up in her apartment in southern California and go to work I mean we were standing in front of the door to what I assumed was the underworld The bad guys were going to pour out and blood would flow Why would the author leave out something so epic to make me follow along behind Gil Patterson a graduate studentBut I went with it Just the tantalizing scent of something familiar but exotic had me hooked so I kept reading learning about Gil’s life her major which I actually loved because I was a young history buff and was nearly as surprised as she when we walked into her apartment kitchen to find Ingold Inglorion sitting there drinking a Budweiser The cover was not a flimsy sales pitch after all It was straight from the storyAs Ingold finished his Bud and poured out the details of who he was where he was from and why he was in Gil’s apartment I found myself further drawn under Ms Hambly’s spell The wizard’s explanation of his world and ours being so close together that people could pass back and forth between them got me interested but as he began to talk of his land of Darwath and its fight to survive the rising of the Dark I became completely hooked A whole world on the verge of annihilation A wizard saving the last prince of his country a baby named Tir by world jumping to escape from the terrible things that had erupted from that bound door and eaten a whole city of people; things that his land knew only as the Dark Creatures of absolute blackness with cutting tentacles and tails that glide and fly through the night eating at will snatching people up to return to the depths and even able to suck a person’s mind clean leaving them all but mindless automatons And Tir was the only hope to save this other world from these killing machines; memories of the last time the Dark rose and how the ancients beat them back trapped somewhere in his subconscious waiting to come out as he grew to manhood But Ingold knew that even on Earth he and Tir were not safe not for long at least because the Dark would pursue them relentless determined to destroy the only hope of an entire world So he politely asked for Gil’s help and promised not to stay for long — before ultimately taking Gil and a mechanic named Rudy back to DarwathOh what a cruel cruel woman Barbara Hambly was This lead up to Gil actually reaching Darwath was so interesting so deceptively simple and addictive that by the time the portal to Darwath opened I already knew this would be an all night read And I fondly recall sitting up into the wee hours of the night at home that very night I eventually had to leave the mall after all following along behind my new friendsOnce in Darwath Gil and Rudy find themselves right at the epicenter of the total collapse of civilization Everywhere they look is death and destruction; pathetic but normal people desperately trying to cling to sanity in a situation of insanity Naturally the pair cling to Ingold hoping to return home and trying to survive while they also attempt to find a way to help these people and themselves in this unfamiliar world of swords magic treachery and monsters While they do this the Dark become much than some vague threat over the horizon but a wielder of silent death waiting for the sun to go down so that they can descend through the darkness on silent wings and feed And during it all the stupidity of the powerful is on display as they try to hold onto their vestiges of power and riches in the face of total collapse of society When finally the survivors decided to gamble their lives by leaving everything behind to make a Trail of Tears like journey across the wintry lands to an ancient “Keep” I myself was huddled in the dark of my bedroom glad that there were no “Dark” on Earth Complex yet simple horrific yet fantastical powerful yet humbling The Time of the Dark has it all It is and always shall remain one of my favorite fantasy novels and series
Barbara Hambly Ð The Time of the Dark KINDLE
He 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 engineering?Truly 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?
TEXT ↠ The Time of the Dark Ð Barbara Hambly
The Time of the DarkTy 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