[Note: This review is the same for all 4 books of the Winterlands series.]
*** Aahhh... This is what I mean by a good Hambly book! No! A great Hambly book! This is probably my favorite Hambly series, and one of my favorite series of all time. What makes Barbara Hambly books so wonderful is that not only are her stories nail biting-ly thrilling but you come to love the characters. Id compare her to Stephen King they both write exciting stories that have you snapping when they (dare!) try to interrupt, and they both write emotional, three dimensional characters, often outsiders, you truly come to care for. And like all great character driven stories, they change and grow and learn. When you close the last page, you feel like youve completed an epic journey, one where your inner journey is at least as important as the outer. Even the dragon grows!
Like all the great stories its a hard, often heart-rending journey, but one told with some beautiful prose. I cant say much more without spoiling the story youll just have to read it yourself.
Conclusion: Highest recommendation! Dont miss out on this amazing experience!
Be sure to start read the books in order:
1. Dragonsbane (ISBN: 9780345349392)
2. Dragonshadow (ISBN: 9780345421883)
3. Knight of the Demon Queen (ISBN: 9780345421906)
4. Dragonstar (ISBN: 9780345441713)
This has been a favorite series for me and I've prolonged it as long as I could. Love the characters. There is John, so near-sighted that she cannot see much without his glasses, and Jenny, his wife who has magic enough to be a dragon but chose to remain a human because she loved John so much. And there is Jenny's dragon friend, Morkeleb, who has forsaken magic an gold to become a Dragonshadow whatever that is. Their kingdom is being invaded by demons who bring some dead humans back to life while sacrificing others for pleasure and capturing souls to strengthen their wicked magic. Fun, fun read!