Stranger at the Wedding [NOOK Book]

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After she has a premonition that her sister will die when she takes her marriage vows, a young wizard attempts to stop the wedding
It’s normal for a young girl to be jealous of her sister’s impending wedding, and Kyra is jealous indeed. A plain looking young magic student whose incipient wizardly abilities have done nothing to attract the attentions of the boys of her town, she is not surprised to learn that her sister has caught the eye of one of the city’s wealthiest ...
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Stranger at the Wedding

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Overview

After she has a premonition that her sister will die when she takes her marriage vows, a young wizard attempts to stop the wedding
It’s normal for a young girl to be jealous of her sister’s impending wedding, and Kyra is jealous indeed. A plain looking young magic student whose incipient wizardly abilities have done nothing to attract the attentions of the boys of her town, she is not surprised to learn that her sister has caught the eye of one of the city’s wealthiest merchants. But she is alarmed by some of the signs that are coming up in her prognostication lessons. Water turns to blood, the death card haunts her tarot practice, and finally she has a specific vision: that her sister will die the day she takes her vows. Using every trick in her small magic arsenal, Kyra attempts to disrupt the wedding, going up against a force more powerful than any magic: an impatient bride. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Barbara Hambly, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection. 

The enchanting new fantasy in the Windrose Chronicles series--from the bestselling author of Dog Wizard. Studying at the Wizards' College, Kyra is stricken with terrifying dreams that her younger sister is doomed to die on her wedding night. Only by returning to the family that disowned her can Kyra save her sister. Original.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Kyra Peldyrin is a witch, estranged from her disapproving family and resigned to a life of quiet celibacy in this latest addition to Hambly's ( Dog Wizard ) Windrose Chronicles. Then unsettling premonitions convince her that her younger sister is fated to die on her wedding night and Kyra braves her parents' anger to return home. Using her magic, Kyra brings about mishaps that delay the ceremony until she can discover and counteract the curse hanging over her sister. Despite this foreboding set-up, the plot is rather sluggish for the first half of the novel, although richly detailed glimpses into the lives of Kyra's social-climbing haute bourgeois parents are engrossing and amusing. And the pace does eventually pick up: the story's final pages have all the tension and action of a good thriller. Kyra herself is a heroine in the Jane Eyre tradition, plucky, sharp-tongued and iconoclastic; and like her prototype she finds herself increasingly drawn to a man who is outwardly unattractive but nonetheless compelling. Their romance is almost incidental, though, as the story chiefly concerns itself with Kyra's melodramatic family life and with the gradual uncovering of a dark secret from the past. Hambly writes well, but the contrast between the charmingly mundane passages about domestic life in the Peldyrin household and the more overwrought accounts of Kyra's adventures makes for a somewhat disjunctive reading experience. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453216682
  • Publisher: Open Road Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/29/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 341
  • Sales rank: 329,185
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Barbara Hambly (b. 1951) is a New York Times bestselling author of fantasy and science fiction, as well as historical novels set in the nineteenth century. After receiving a master’s degree in medieval history, she published The Time of the Dark, the first novel in the Darwath saga, in 1982, establishing herself as an author of serious speculative fiction. Since then she has created several series, including the Windrose Chronicles, Sun Wolf and Starhawk series, and Sun-Cross series, in addition to writing for the Star Wars and Star Trek universes. Besides fantasy, Hambly has won acclaim for the James Asher vampire series, which won the Locus Award for best horror novel in 1989, and the Benjamin January mystery series, featuring a brilliant African-American surgeon in antebellum New Orleans. She lives in Los Angeles.

Barbara Hambly (b. 1951) is a New York Times bestselling author of fantasy and science fiction, as well as historical novels set in the nineteenth century. After receiving a master’s degree in medieval history, she published The Time of the Dark, the first novel in the Darwath saga, in 1982, establishing herself as an author of serious speculative fiction. Since then she has created several series, including the Windrose Chronicles, Sun Wolf and Starhawk series, and Sun-Cross series, in addition to writing for the Star Wars and Star Trek universes. Besides fantasy, Hambly has won acclaim for the James Asher vampire series, which won the Locus Award for best horror novel in 1989, and the Benjamin January mystery series, featuring a brilliant African-American surgeon in antebellum New Orleans. She lives in Los Angeles.

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