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Mother of WinterEatures 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 ueen 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 editi. 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

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South With him traveled Gil Patterson the scholar Mother of PDFEPUBwarrior from Earth who had forsaken her own universe for love of the mage  Determined to aid him in his uest 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 cr. 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

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review Mother of Winter ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free è ❰Read❯ ➭ Mother of Winter Author Barbara Hambly – 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 northlanFive 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 path Archmage Ingold Inglorion believed the source of this monstrous evil lay in the decadent lands to the. Originally reviewed at BookwraithsMy rating is 35 starsComfortable Like the feel of a cozy chair or a sip of favorite coffee or watching a movie you’ve seen a dozen times That is what Darwath stories by Barbara Hambly are to me Certainly they are also exciting suspenseful and thought provoking in eual measure but sitting down with Ingold and Gil Rudy and Minalde Tir and the Icefalcon is a comfortable return to a fondly remembered place surrounded by people I love So please understand that as you read my review of Mother of Winter Book 4 of the seriesFive years have passed since the Dark aided by a certain wizard crossed the inter dimensional gulf between worlds leaving Darwath for a warmer place not about to enter a new ice age The Dare Keep survivors have moved on as best they could putting their past lives behind them and learning to survive in a frigid climate where their lands are being overrun by a strange never before seen plant life This “slunch” spreading slowly but surely across the land destroying all foliage it touches including the little remaining farm land as well as having the added side effect of turning any animal which partake of it into strange deformed monstrosities straight out of nightmares No normal or magical method able to stop its relentless destructionFaced with the growing specter of starvation Minalde’s regency for her son Tir faces growing conflict Both lords and important citizens of the Keep raging against her reliance and relationships with Ingold Rudy and the other wizards Wizards who eat rations but are useless against the ice storms outside the spread of the slunch or the lack of production by the Keep’s hydroponic tanks Some even going so far as to blame the the wizards for all their problems This rising unrest sure to lead to open conflict and the destruction of the small group of survivors in Dare’s Keep unless someone does somethingLike always Ingold Inglorion greatest wizard of the West is the one everyone turns to His steady presence immense power and faithful heart making him as close to a savior as the Keep will ever have — though many might label him a devil instead But our resident wizard is torn as to what to do His instincts tell him the origins of the slunch and the only means to combat it are in the southern lands of Alketh but how can he sneak away from the Keep with an erratic potentially dangerous Gil leaving Rudy behind as Minalde’s main magical protection And even if he does destroy the slunch would it mean sacrificing the Keep survivors he has fought so long and hard to saveMy initial response to this book was a very favorable one It started out strong reintroducing the world of Darwath and spent the right amount of time with old familiar characters as well as new ones The growth of each of these old favorites the evolution of life at Dare’s Keep and the struggles the group as a whole now deal with well structured and internally consistent The “world destroying” problem of the slunch which uickly faced the Keep presented in a very realistic way The effect of all this that the story organically grew from where the author left things decades ago at the close of The Armies of Daylight; Barbara Hambly not making the mistake of trying to retell the same old story but actually letting her longtime readers know what happened to Darwath since they were last thereAround the two third mark though minor issues began cropping up which almost derailed this book for me New characters were never fleshed out Intriguing side plots were introduced then abandoned for no reason The pacing became very rushed The ending a surprise but not very satisfy All of these things leaving me with a feeling that the author needed another book or two to truly tell the story she set out to write So while I still enjoyed Mother of Winter these problems definitely harmed my overall enjoyment with itAnytime I have an opportunity to return to Darwath I never pass it up These characters this world and its struggles to dear for me not to jump at the chance to enjoy any tale Barbara Hambly chronicles I have to admit though that Mother of Winter was missing some secret ingredient to transform it from a solid enjoyable adventure tale into one for the ages and so while I’m glad I read it I did subtract half a star from my rating lowering it to only 35 stars