Dragonstar

Dragonstar

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The novels of New York Times bestselling author Barbara Hambly have broken new ground in the realm of fantasy. With a sweeping cast of characters whose powers are both awesome and heartachingly limited, the Dragon series is built around the touching relationship between a husband and wife separated by a flood of violence and chaos.

Condemned to die for consorting with demons, dragonslayer Lord John Aversin sits in a dank prison cell and calculates the odds of escape, while smelling the smoke of the executioners' pyres. In Winterlands, Jenny Waynest pays a heavy price for choosing to be human, mourning the loss of her husband, Lord John, and the dangers that engulf her family. But in a season of the Dragon Star, strange miracles are about to transpire.

As a pitched battle between the Hellspawn and the human rages, Jenny and John will be reunited in a city under siege. And there, they will have one last chance to understand all that has happened to them and why, who their true enemies and true allies are, and most of all, for what magical purpose each has been chosen.

A vast adventure and a powerful mystery teeming with demons and witches, gnomes and dragons, Dragonstar explores profound issues of faith, fate, and technology-while obscuring long held boundaries between good and evil, love and hate, what is human and what is fantastic. With this glorious finale to a breathtaking series, Barbara Hambly establishes herself as one of the most visionary and inventive storytellers in the field of fantasy fiction today.


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, 2002
ISBN: 9780345441713
0345441710
9780345441218
0345441214
Branch Call Number: HAMB
Characteristics: 292 p

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Jan 23, 2014

This is the fourth book in Hambly's Winterlands series. I think most people who have made it through all books agree that this should have been a trilogy. The 3rd book of the series was... well... let's just say: "not good" to remain polite. I am a purist when it comes to fantasy. In my view, mixing sci-fi with magic/dragons/demons in the third book was a mistake.

For people who truly fell in love with the main characters (Jenny, John and Morkeleb), Dragonstar brings the series to a satisfying conclusion. With that said, most of the magic of the series can be found in the first book (Dragonsbane), which stands on its own as a great read and a self-contained novel.

While I am glad to have followed the author on this journey, I am unlikely to ever re-visit this series beyond the first book.

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