Outside the great stone Keep of Renweth, the night was the province of the Dark Ones - monstrous creatures that had swarmed out of their eldritch underground caverns to destroy humanity.
Inside, where the pitiful remnant of the once-great Realm of Darwath huddled, Chancellor Alwir and Bishop Govannin continued their bitter struggle for dominance. Against all advice, Alwir went ahead with plans to use Ingold, Rudy, and the other wizards in a hopeless, desperate invasion of the Nests of the Dark. The Bishop, obsessed with fanatical fury, sought to root out all magic by murdering the wizards. Both conspired together to seek the aid of Alketch, ancient enemy of the Realm.
In that hotbed of ambition, hatred, and fear, no one except Ingold would heed Gil's discovery of the truth that lay behind the rising of the Dark!
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One of my Favorites from the 80's
The twists in the plot and the depth of the characters. Though short and fairly simple compared to more modern trilogies or series books Ms Hambly did a marvelous job of revealing her characters and keeping parts of the story new and interesting.
To avoid a spoiler - the interruption of Rudy and Alde's after dance kiss during the Mid-Winter festival.
Her narration was stilted, as if she must strain to c o r r e c t l y pronounce e a c h syllable of every word. Then there were her "voices" - if she strained to pronounce "it" and "a" and "the" and "and" - her voices were maddening! Eeaacchh oonnee wwwhoo haaad aann ac'ceeent - had his/her words slowed and dragged out so that every sentence took twice or more as long as necessary to pronounce. While speaking in this way can be and is used to indicate a condescending voice, doing so for every word every sentence was horrible to listen to! ! ! If the only way you can do a brittish or Scottish or welsh accent is in slow motion then toss the accents and just read! a little genuine inflection during an argument or a joke would have been nice - Barbara Hambly did very well in her descriptions of voices, "dry and scratchy" "velvety and smooth" "screetch" etc. Ms Clark may as well have used monotone as the painstakenly pronounced sentences she tried to use. Especially since every woman and man had basically the same voice (although she did do a fairly consistent job with Rudy's voice and Gil's without the artificial slowness).
No, to do so would have required abridgement and I prefer full text books and audiobooks.
Will you be adding the next two books that were added onto the series? While not precisely part of the trilogy, The Icefalcon's Quest and The Mother of Winter are written in the land of Darwath and I would like to hear those as well. Especially if you can find a decent narrator.