Darkness on his Bones

Darkness on his Bones Simon Something frightful has happened to Jamie Please comeWhen James Asher is found unconscious in the cemetery of the Church of St Clare Pieds Nus with multiple puncture wounds in his throat and arm

  • Title: Darkness on his Bones
  • Author: Barbara Hambly
  • ISBN: 9780727885234
  • Page: 347
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Simon Something frightful has happened to Jamie Please comeWhen James Asher is found unconscious in the cemetery of the Church of St Clare Pieds Nus with multiple puncture wounds in his throat and arms, his wife, Lydia, knows of only one person to call the vampire Don Simon Ysidro Old friend and old adversary, he is the only one who can help Lydia protect her unconSimon Something frightful has happened to Jamie Please comeWhen James Asher is found unconscious in the cemetery of the Church of St Clare Pieds Nus with multiple puncture wounds in his throat and arms, his wife, Lydia, knows of only one person to call the vampire Don Simon Ysidro Old friend and old adversary, he is the only one who can help Lydia protect her unconscious, fevered husband from the vampires of Paris Why James has been attacked and why he was called to Paris in the first place Lydia has no idea But she knows that she must find out, and quickly For with James wavering between life and death, and war descending on the world, their slim chance of saving themselves from the vampires grows slimmer with each passing day

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    aka Barbara HamiltonRanging from fantasy to historical fiction, Barbara Hambly has a masterful way of spinning a story Her twisty plots involve memorable characters, lavish descriptions, scads of novel words, and interesting devices Her work spans the Star Wars universe, antebellum New Orleans, and various fantasy worlds, sometimes linked with our own I always wanted to be a writer but everyone kept telling me it was impossible to break into the field or make money I ve proven them wrong on both counts Barbara Hambly

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  • This book was amazing. AMAZING. Okay. It's the sixth book in the James Asher series, which are about spies and vampires in pre-WWI Europe. That might seem like a weird combination, but it actually works quite well; the vampires are repeatedly positioned as a type of weapon, an amoral killing force that various governments seek to control as part of their efforts to gain any advantage over one another. The parallel to actual weapons, both then (mustard gas, long-range guns, tanks) and now (atomic [...]


  • I think this installment harked backward to the very first book in the series, Those Who Hunt the Night; it has a very clean plot, a very small cast, and even brings back two subsidiary characters from that first book. I liked that, and I liked that it's a very bright window on Ysidro's early past. Not to mention that the Object of Power is very 80s, but handled tastefully.What bothers me is the constant revolution around the two sub-plot points of Lydia being in love with Ysidro (and he with he [...]


  • After reading Publishers Weekly's comment: "Hambly gives Anne Rice a run for her money", I thought this book was right up my alley. I have to admit, I was very disappointed. Successfully getting the gist of the story by scanning through the chapters, I happily closed the book.


  • Call it a 3.5. Not a bad book, but I feel like it didn't quite *click* this time around. The characterization seemed a bit thinner than before, and it didn't have the globetrotting, exploratory element that the previous books have often had.That said, I will add that Hambly remains one of the best authors of historical fiction I have ever read.


  • I've been a tremendous fan of Barbara Hambly since her Star Trek novels in the 80's. Her characters, whether they're someone else's creations like Spock or Catherine Chandler, or her people who appear in only one novel like Marcus or Norah, are valued friends. When they're characters who have been appearing in her novels since 1988, like the Ashers and Don Simon, they're practically family.Darkness on His Bones starts off with one of the family, James Asher, critically wounded, and let me tell y [...]


  • Pretty good, although it’s not one of my favorites in the series. For one thing it’s full of dream sequences, which I dislike, but since Asher is injured and bedridden for the entire book, dreams are the only way for him to actively participate in the story. This is set in Paris in 1914, at the onset of WWI.Lydia and Asher firmly agree that vampires are mass-murderers and should be destroyed, not excepting Ysidro, but when Asher is injured and the German guns are sounding in the distance, gu [...]


  • I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Barbara Hambly's vampire series is a favorite of mine. Don Simon Ysidro is insidiously attractive to me, just like he is to Jamie and Lydia in the books. Hambly manages to pull of the trick of making clear just how dangerous Simon is, while still making him intriguing. He's no alpha male, but he is the perfect predator, one who can make his prey want to come to him. Does he really love Lydia? Appearances say yes, but [...]


  • This is book 6 in the Asher/Ysidro (have people settled on a name here? I've seen both used) series. (view spoiler)[And the title is actually a pretty major spoiler, which surprised me. (hide spoiler)] After five books of build-up, we finally hit World War One! I thought it would never get here.This felt like a bridge book: we've ended the "slow build up to war" section of the series, but we don't really hit the full-out war section here---at least, in the sense that our characters don't really [...]


  • Entertaining as always, though I'm increasingly wishing this could be the Lydia and Don Simon series. James is just not very exciting as a protagonist, and even though he's unconscious for much of this one we still get too much of his dream sequences.


  • I have read the entire series, starting with the first one about 1990. This one is a mess. The series is out of steam and the author seems to be out of ideas. Last one before this was weak, this one is worse. Won't bother anymore if another is published. The first book in the series was excellent, winning a Locus Award as best horror novel of the year.


  • Darkness on His Bones is a superb vampire fantasy set against the backdrop of late 19th century Paris. James Asher, scholar, spy, investigator, and vampire hunter lies unconcious in a Paris hospital bed, weak with loss of blood and injured in a fall. His wife Lydia arrives at his side, not knowing why he was in Paris, but certain there are vampires that will stop at nothing to kill him. She summons their close friend, and sometimes adversary - the vampire Don Ysidro. Perhaps he can protect them [...]


  • After the last book in the series, I was really interested to see how Hambly would proceed. On the one hand, it's a little more predictable than some might hope: James and Lydia have not suddenly become vampire hunters. On the other hand, it's delightfully unexpected in that we get a lot of Lydia POV and Lydia driving the action, and we get a LOT of Ysidro background! I thought--dared to dream--that the book (at least the action parts of it) might end up being entirely Lydia POV, and I was a lit [...]


  • This is the sixth of the James Asher vampire series. It's one of my favourite vampire series, because Hambly does not duck the fact that vampires kill people. A continuing theme through the series is the morality of working with the vampire Don Simon Ysidro - or helping him, in previous books - when he, too, is the killer of thousands of people. Is it possible to consider such a person a friend? Is it possible for such a person to be worthy of friendship?This is, I think, all the more relevant n [...]


  • Set in Paris before the outbreak of WWI. When Lydia receives notice that James Asher has been found near death in Paris, she rushes to her husband's side after sending a message to Don Simon Ysidro. War is imminent, and the Germans are preparing to take Paris, hoping to use the Paris vampire nest as a devastating weapon. Lydia will need Don Simon's help in keeping James safe, but the ancient vampire discovers that events from his past threaten his ability to protect Lydia and Jamesd himself.I've [...]


  • While on a covert assignment to Paris, James Asher has been wounded. He lies unconscious in a hospital wile the city prepares for invasion by the Germans. To discover who is after her husband, Asher's wife Lydia turns to the only man she can trusta man her husband also considers a friend though he's sworn to kill him and all lhis kind,vampire Don Simon YsidroSet against Paris’ desperate early days during World War One, one woman’s determination to protect her husband is juxtaposed against th [...]


  • Paris, France-August 1914 is the setting for Hambley's latest featuring James and Lydia Asher and their vampire friend Don Simon Ysidro.A rather surreal outing, as poor James Asher has been gravely injured and spends a lot of time having these disjointed dreams, to which we are privy. To Lydia, it is obvious he has been attacked by vampires. The big questions are 1)why was he in Paris and 2)why was he in contact with that city's Undead. She begs Don Ysidro for assistance, as she tries to find an [...]


  • I enjoy this series immenselywas very happy when, after a gap of 15 (?) years, Ms. Hambly returned with the 3rd in the series. Darkness on his Bones is the 6th of the James Asher series. The relationship between the Ashers and Don Simon Ysidro is of as much interest as the "action " portion of the plot. Lydia is drawn to Simon, although she feels it wrong and disloyal to her husband; Simon apparently genuinely loves Lydia; James, although he views vampires as evil, acknowledges his debt to Simon [...]


  • This is such an amazing series. It should come as no surprise that Barbara Hambly makes a success of writing about Paris in the first weeks of WWI. Nor should it surprise that the vampires in this novel are scary, pitiful, profound, and in the case of Don Simon Ysidro, loveable. Its human protagonists, the Ashers, are also wonderfully complex, especially Lydia, my favorite character. This book will stand alone if you have never encountered the rest of the series, but I do urge you to try them al [...]


  • I enjoyed this very much! It was quite a bit of a dizzying time-travel story, with James and Isidro wandering dreamlike through each other's memories, and it was also a bit of escaping from the bad-guy vampires story, and quite of a bit of what I found the most heart-stopping, the story of their current deadly danger, trapped in Paris at the very beginning of WWI. Lydia's terror and exhaustion, her feeling of guilt over prioritizing her husband's escape over the medical care she can provide, Jam [...]


  • Barbara Hambly is reliable—her books are always absorbing. In this one James Asher goes to Paris to keep a dangerous weapon out of the hands of the Germans, who are about to invade France. When he vanishes, and James' wife must seek him out, she is accompanied in her search and rescue mission by the vampire Simon, who is devoted to the Ashers. They must ward off the vampires of Paris while racing the clock as the German army advances on Paris.


  • This is set in Paris on the brink of WWI and has some fascinating details about the history of Paris presented with Hambly's usual marvellous prose. We get to see a little more of Simon's backstory and Lydia has a major role which I always enjoy. Only a four because the plot is driven by the 'dastardly Germans seek to use vampires in their evil machinations' theme again, but well worth a read.


  • Great Story, kept me guessingIt isn't often that I don't figure out the mystery, she weaves a fine tale. I like the mythos she creates surrounding the vampires. Strong woman and a loving marriage.


  • Continuing the story of James and Lydia Asher, while also delving into the history of Don Simon. The 1602 parts were very nicely written with a heightened sense of time and place. This was better than the previous volume, so I look forward to the next one.


  • Somewhat to my surprise, this evolved into a character piece about James and Ysidro's parallel pasts. Plus Lydia considering a number of aspects of her life and relationships and what she feels is ethically required.


  • Complex historical, laden with vampires and spies at the start of World War One. Hambly writes magnificently and knows her history. My only complaint is the time and dream switches makes following the story demanding. A bit more linearity would be appreciated.


  • Didn't really enjoy this one, which was kind of a bummer since I really like a lot of Hambly's stuff. The plot twist was projected a mile away and the semi-flashback weirdness just never gelled. Also, I really don't like the heroine. At all.



  • The dream sequences confused me. While it is always interesting to find out more about Ysidro's past, where were the dreams coming from?


  • Hovering between 3.5 and 4 stars - Hambly is always good, but I do not find this series quite as compelling as some of her others.



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