Blood Maidens

Blood Maidens

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by Barbara Hambly
     
 

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The new 'James Asher' vampire novel from the best-selling author - It's 1911. War is coming, and according to one of the vampires of St. Petersburg, the Kaiser is trying to recruit vampires. James Asher, Oxford don and formerly on His Majesty's Secret Service, is forced to team up again with his vampire partner Don Simon Ysidro for a journey to the subarctic

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The new 'James Asher' vampire novel from the best-selling author - It's 1911. War is coming, and according to one of the vampires of St. Petersburg, the Kaiser is trying to recruit vampires. James Asher, Oxford don and formerly on His Majesty's Secret Service, is forced to team up again with his vampire partner Don Simon Ysidro for a journey to the subarctic Russian capital. Are they on the trail of a rogue vampire with a plan to achieve the power to walk in daylight? Asher wonders. Or is Ysidro's real agenda to seek the woman he once loved?

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Publishers Weekly
Fans of historical vampire fiction will not be disappointed by Hambley's long-awaited third James Asher tale (after 1995's Traveling with the Dead), which features a lush and gorgeous whirlwind tour through wintry 1911 Russia. Vampire Don Simon Ysidro comes in dreams to Asher, a former member of the British Secret Service, to recruit him and his brilliant scientist wife, Lydia, to help solve the mystery of the sudden disappearance of fellow vampire Lady Eaton, Asher's old flame. Their investigation sends them into the high society world of the Theosophists to halt experiments on vampire blood that could lead to the kaiser using vampires as an unstoppable weapon of war. The spying and intrigue wrap neatly around the beautifully unfolding mystery. Hambly's political, passionate vampires are deliciously inhuman while still suffering from human flaws and aspirations, producing plenty of emotional drama. (Jan.)
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“Hambly's political, passionate vampires are deliciously inhuman while still suffering from human flaws and aspirations, producing plenty of emotional drama. “
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Library Journal
An intense relationship has developed between Don Simon Ysidro, a powerful vampire of London; James Asher, a former secret service agent for Queen Victoria; and Asher's young wife, Lydia, a physician with a penchant for medical research. In their third foray (after Those Who Hunt the Night and Traveling with the Dead), Ysidro demands that James accompany him to the Russian capital of St. Petersburg, where he has learned that agents for German Kaiser Wilhelm plot to bring members of the Undead into the German web. Ysidro insists that the existence of vampires must remain secret to the living world and convinces Asher once again to help the cause of the undead. Inevitably, Lydia's special talents are needed, and the three are once again caught in a nail-biting adventure. VERDICT This is an interesting story but not as compelling as its predecessors. In addition, some of the fascinating interaction of the main characters, so well described in the previous books, is lost here. However, fans of this popular fantasy author will demand it.—Patricia Altner, Columbia, MD

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781780100531
Publisher:
Severn House Publishers
Publication date:
05/01/2011
Series:
A James Asher Vampire Novel , #3
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
402,431
File size:
813 KB

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Blood Maidens 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
DeborahJRoss More than 1 year ago
If you're nauseated by sparkly, angst-ridden teenage vampires, and you like your dark suspense with wit and political savvy, check out Blood Maidens, the third in Barbara Hambly's turn-of-the-century vampire novels. It's as much mystery as it is adventure or spy novel or horror, both fast-paced and literate. It stands well on its own, although the previous two are highly recommended. Hambly's vampires are neither sparkly nor nice. They're dark and dangerous, and on the eve of World War I, the Kaiser would very much like to enlist them as his agents. Not that this is any concern of the vampires themselves, existing as they do in their own separate, hidden world, one in which even the pleasures of the mind eventually wear away into apathy. (One of the most poignant images in the novel is a once-beloved harp, so long disused that its stings have turned to rust.) Enter James Asher, ex-British spy and former uneasy and unwilling ally of the Renaissance vampire, Don Simon Ysidro. Asher's search for Ysidro's missing friend takes him to St. Petersburg, from its daylight fads for the supernatural and spiritualism, fueled by Rasputin's utterances, to its nightly contest between two claimants to the mastery of the vampire population, to a mysterious woman who by all reason must be a vampire...except she appears in public in daylight. Hambly neatly connects the belief in spontaneous human combustion to the fate of vampires exposed to sunlight. One set of questions gives rise to the next, with the threat of a German-vampire alliance overshadowing the landscape of Europe, all tempered by Hambly's deft and humane touch.
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suzatm07 More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to see that after all of these years another book was coming out in this series. I wanted so much to like this book. I re-read the first two to prepare for this one and I really did not like it. It seemed very disjointed/choppy to me. I don't know if that could have been due to how the book was laid out on the ereader - where you would go to read the next paragraph only to find that it had jumped to the other character without any warning. But I could not put the first two books down - even all of the typos in Traveling with Dead did not keep me from enjoying what I was reading. Blood Maidens fell flat for me. Ysidro - my favorite character - didn't seem the same as he had in the first two books. When I finished the book I just felt disappointed and I'm sorry for that because I have always liked B. Hambly's books. This one - Blood Maidens - I would put at the end of her long list of good books. If you don't read this one you haven't missed much.