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This is a much removed 4th installment of the world of Darwath, followed soon after by its 5th brother, Icefalcon s Quest At this time in my life, I wasn t able to browse in bookstores any When I saw these sitting on a shelf, I gasped and exclaimed in joy audibly, which was pretty embarrassing The world and people Barbara Hambly created in her original Darwath trilogy were so realistic and lovely, that there were no words to express my delight to see a bonus set of twonovels This b This is a much removed 4th installment of the world of Darwath, followed soon after by its 5th brother, Icefalcon s Quest At this time in my life, I wasn t able to browse in bookstores any When I saw these sitting on a shelf, I gasped and exclaimed in joy audibly, which was pretty embarrassing The world and people Barbara Hambly created in her original Darwath trilogy were so realistic and lovely, that there were no words to express my delight to see a bonus set of twonovels This book was great It had a great main storyline, great villains who aren t really villains , and the characters of the original trilogy were perfectly true to form in exact calibration I did feel however, that some characterization was missing Original side characters such as Minalde, Tir, and even Maia of Penumbra were short shrifted in this novel I think that there could have beenexpansion on those older friends, and perhaps on some newer ones that hadn t been touched too seriously on, perhaps a friend for Rudy in the keep besides Ingold and Gil Perhaps a friend for Gil It would have been nice for instance to get close to one of the lady guards to expand our Darwath family In addition, we met new people that simply weren t explored too much beyond what was barely necessary in order to establish their motives This is truly the only book I ve ever read by Barbara Hambly where I felt her character cast was not getting the full attention I know she can give it Regardless of that impression, the book is not boring And it does not in any way lose the typical Barbara Hambly sharpness of thought and philosophy We are asked a second time around are the villains really evil creatures, or something to be pitied and empathized with We are asked evenhow do we know we are human and sane And again, how can religion be a good thing when it hurts people so much There s a lot of deeper aspects of Gil s transformation in this book which I feel weren t gone into for fear it would make the final plot twist too transparent However, I have to stand and applaud what an amazing plot twist it is It s one of those doozies that makes you read the book a second and third time just to re read the nuances of Gil s changes with the knowledge of why they happen The Mother of Winter is very much up to standards of all the other Darwath novels for storytelling and technique It has the same sword edge balance between action and calm exposition, the same depth of thought and introspection Even better, she ramps up her imagination neurons with this one eventhan her descriptions of the dark The variety and sharp depictions of the invading otherworldly creatures in this book are a delight As is the concept of using a silly child s term for a horrifying monstrosity Pretty good as science fiction, but easily one of the creepiest books I have ever read. Mother of Winter picks up 5 years after the original Darwath trilogy The survivors of the Dark Ones have established a new kingdom, centered around the ancient Keep of Dare They still struggle with the changing climate, but eke by However, recently, crops fail, and a strange white fungus appears all over the land The wizard Ingold travels south to investigate lost lore, along with his lover Gil, who has grown into a formidable guard and warrior, far from the shy research assistant back on Ea Mother of Winter picks up 5 years after the original Darwath trilogy The survivors of the Dark Ones have established a new kingdom, centered around the ancient Keep of Dare They still struggle with the changing climate, but eke by However, recently, crops fail, and a strange white fungus appears all over the land The wizard Ingold travels south to investigate lost lore, along with his lover Gil, who has grown into a formidable guard and warrior, far from the shy research assistant back on Earth There they run afoul of mutated creatures, and witness firsthand how wide and deep reaching the changes overcoming the land are Back at the Keep, his apprentice, Rudy awaits his first child with the queen, despite the people s unease with a wizard having a family He continues to research the ancient and lost magics that built the keep, knowing that if they can restoreof them, it would help with their food shortages Even with the threat of the Dark Ones gone, politics continues to plague him and distract from his work As the creeping intensifying cold encroached further into their lands, both groups encounter an alien power which drives the changes with a sinister intelligence, and odd creatures appear to threaten all they hold dear With an enemy farpowerful from them, and no ancient knowledge of how to fight them to fall back on, this threat is even worse than the Dark, and their entire world is on the brink of a deeper ice age than is natural While it was great to return to Darwath, in some ways the book was too slow moving There was a lot of time spend on the characters mental states, dealing with mental control, as well as the politicing taking a long time to develop It might be realistic with a weak monarchy, but sometimes I felt that when characters took actions which were clearly detrimental to the kingdom, it was beyond reason that the Queen and her loyalists didn t imposeof a martial law 4 Darwath Wow ( DOWNLOAD EPUB ) ♨ Mother of Winter ♁ Five years after defeating the Dark Ones, the embattled inhabitants of the once great Keep of Dare face a yet deadly foe An icy cold force was spreading across the northlands, spawning strange creatures that killed everything in their grisly pathArchmage Ingold Inglorion believed the source of this monstrous evil lay in the decadent lands to the south With him traveled Gil Patterson, the scholar warrior from Earth who had forsaken her own universe for love of the mage Determined to aid him in his quest, she was cursed to become the instrument of his deathIngold s apprentice Rudy Solis was left behind, the sole wizard standing between the Keep of Dare and the nightmare creatures besieging it Rudy struggled tirelessly with wavering magic to ward off the virulent attacks of the ice mage s minions But when someone attacked the widowed queen the woman he loved Rudy was forced to plumb the ultimate secret locked in the black crystal heart of the Keep of Dare and so decide the fate of the world From the Paperback edition Things I liked Rudy is left on his own for awhile while Gil and Ingold are off on a mission and has to learn how to cope with heavy responsibility for the first time in his life He also has to learn some new magic on his own and spends a lot of time probing the deeper magic mysteries of the Keep It s an interesting period of discovery for Rudy s character New types of magic view spoiler Non human magic Rudy s discovery that the dooic people also use magic was very cool and surprisin Things I liked Rudy is left on his own for awhile while Gil and Ingold are off on a mission and has to learn how to cope with heavy responsibility for the first time in his life He also has to learn some new magic on his own and spends a lot of time probing the deeper magic mysteries of the Keep It s an interesting period of discovery for Rudy s character New types of magic view spoiler Non human magic Rudy s discovery that the dooic people also use magic was very cool and surprising hide spoiler Tir and the burden of his memories A small child coping with the memories of his ancestors It was well done.Things I didn t like I felt it could use a littleediting Sometimes I d read a few sentences, and then the paragraph seemed to suddenly change topics and I was just confused One of the major battles happened off screen There was one antagonist character that Rudy had to deal with, but I thought the resolution of that relationship was weak view spoiler I m talking about the mage born child, Scala Rudy has this spoiled, bratty child that he has to teach magic to He s worried about teaching her anything too dangerous because it s clear that she can t handle the responsibility yet, but on the other hand, they desperately need her to learn magic because not enough people can do it I was really looking forward to Rudy s struggle to help this child grow into a better person, but then Hambly just killed off Scala instead It was too quick and easy hide spoiler Lazy resolution to some problems view spoiler For example, when Rudy used his magic against a villager, and he realized that he had turned that whole village against wizards by harming one of them Instead of having to spend the time to repair the damaged relationship, the village was immediately wiped out by an ice storm, so there were no consequences for Rudy s behavior hide spoiler 3.5 stars, probably In many ways, this is a typical Hambly novel everybody is cold all the time, wizards are always beset by hostile religious forces, there are impressive and disgusting enemies the Dark is replaced by the vaguely fungal slunch, the gaboogoos it grows, and the terrible mutants that those who eat it turn into and the world is only saved, improbably, at the very last minute All the same main characters from the first Darwath trilogy are back, with similar dynamics, plus the 3.5 stars, probably In many ways, this is a typical Hambly novel everybody is cold all the time, wizards are always beset by hostile religious forces, there are impressive and disgusting enemies the Dark is replaced by the vaguely fungal slunch, the gaboogoos it grows, and the terrible mutants that those who eat it turn into and the world is only saved, improbably, at the very last minute All the same main characters from the first Darwath trilogy are back, with similar dynamics, plus the usual intra Keep politicking However, there s enough new stuff to keep you interested we learn quite a bit about the origins of the Keep, and get to spend some time in Alketch, which is nice as it gives the place a bitcharacter than it had in previous books, in which it was simply the home of menacingly fanatical dusky hordes The idea of the bad guys terraforming the world of Darwath in their image is also quite interesting Mainly, though, the book shows the improvement that Hambly has made as a writer since the original trilogy, especially in the character of Tir, the 6 year old with the memories of generations of kings Unfortunately, though Rudy, Gil and Ingold are old friends, they are definitely characters from early works, and the limited amount of freedom Hambly has to change them prevents this book from being quite as good as Hambly s best The fourth book in the Darwath series, Mother of Winter was a fantastic read This story compiledlore about the keep itself and the wizards of the days past I enjoyed reading about the transformation that every person underwent and grew from, especially Rudy, in the days leading up to the end of the story.Honestly, the end came as a surprise to me I never thought the battle would be as it was, but to save this review from spoilers, I will say, it showed that perseverance definitely won o The fourth book in the Darwath series, Mother of Winter was a fantastic read This story compiledlore about the keep itself and the wizards of the days past I enjoyed reading about the transformation that every person underwent and grew from, especially Rudy, in the days leading up to the end of the story.Honestly, the end came as a surprise to me I never thought the battle would be as it was, but to save this review from spoilers, I will say, it showed that perseverance definitely won out on that one.They writing is always fluid with Barbara Hambly She is is a marvelous writer and story teller She has written scores of fantasy and science fiction books and stories over the decades and has proven herself a formidable force I was worried that this would just be a way to cash in on the success of the original trilogy but I need not have been This tale deepens even further the characters and relationships of Ingold, Gil and Rudy, pitting them against a new foe that I personally found to be the stuff of nightmare Suddenly nowhere is safe Add to that the slowly revealed secrets of the creation of the ancient Keep of Dare and you have a book that I found difficult to put down. If you are interested in alternative worlds and mage craft, this book is for you.This is the 4th book in the Darwath series I have not read the previous three, and I am not sure I want to There is enough remembering by Rudy and Gil to figure out how they came to be in this place from their Southern California roots.This is a suspenseful story worth a read.