Those Who Hunt the Night

Those Who Hunt the Night

by Barbara Hambly

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Those Who Hunt the Night 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
ASaxon More than 1 year ago
This is a vampire novel for those who don't have a lot of patience for the toothless, soft vampires that inhabit so many of the current horde of fantasy and romance novels. In Hambly's world vampires are dangerous, frequently cruel, cautious, and knowing about them usually means there will be a very short life ahead of you. The atmosphere is excellent, the mystery engaging and James and Lydia are very sharp, even modern, without being impossible in their own time. I read and reread this book back when it was first printed, and the poor paperback has fallen apart. I'm very glad to see this in print.
Love-to-read-in-Monett-MO More than 1 year ago
This is not your run of the mill vampire tale! When a centuries old London vampire enlists the aide of a mortal university professor there is no way you'll anticipate the twists and turns of this story. The characters are interesting and deep, giving the reader an insight into their lives and minds. You won't be able to put this one down.
suzatm07 More than 1 year ago
I first read this when it was published 20 some years ago and I still could not put it down now with re-reading. I am so happy Barbara Hambly's books have been put in ebook form. Her books are too good to let fade away.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This reads as a mystery, keeping you turning the pages long after it's time you went to sleep. The author manages to put you inside the world of vampires and you come out changed, just like the characters in the book. I Loved This Book and the sequel, Traveling With The Dead. Keep them comming!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book on the recommendation of a store clerk. Wow it is wonderful, I bought the companion book Traveling with The Dead - If you like Vampire books you will LOVE these. I have since reread them twice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of this book and Travelling with the Dead. They are wonderful, just fabulous. I've been waiting YEARS for another sequel, but I fear Hambly has moved on with her commercially successful, politically correct, Benjamin January series.
kamas716 More than 1 year ago
A vampire novel that doesn't involve a bunch of silly love interests. A murder mystery set in 1907 England, an ancient vampire hires a human to find out who's killing the vampires of London. Protagonists that make mistakes and almost lose their lives for it. You get the feeling that they are actually in danger, it not being just a set up. I read this book years ago, back in high school, when it first came out. Having read it again, I liked it just as much this time. I have this in both paperback and eBook. I'm looking forward to the next in the series. The eBook was formatted well, with only a couple of spelling errors
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author is great at creating a mood of suspense, tension, fear, love. She's my new favorite author. The language is clean. There's no explicit sex. If this book was made into a movie, I don't think I would want to watch it alone, if it's done as well as this book. I enjoyed this book a lot, and followed it with #2 in the vampire series, which I liked even better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a very interesting read with many twists and turns
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ecolenca on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
REALLLY loved this book. The style is lyrical, the take on vampires is original, and everyone comes off as well rounded and authentic, even the villain, although at the end he is a bit over the top. I love Hambly's writing in this series, though I daresay some would find it too flowery. Her image evokes very visceral sensations, and the attention to detail, such as the vampire's antique Spanish, really stuck in mind. I've read this book three times over the past several years and it never loses its appeal.
Karlstar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite vampire books. It brings to mind Dracula, but it has its own tone and style, and is one of the better books that features a vampire we can sympathize with. Excellent reading, though Anne Rice fans may find it tame.
melannen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Still the absolute best vampire novel I have ever read.And only part of it is the fact that I have a weakness for action heroes, like Dr. Asher, who in civilian life are - *ahem* - cunning linguists. Or the fact that I'm madly in love with Don Simon.This book does a great job of balancing an Edwardian feel with modern storytelling methods - it's a bit more formal in diction and style and loose in pace than your average modern fantasy book, but not enough so to make it difficult for the modern reader, though it is a bit of a slow start.The main thing that keeps me re-reading this, though, is her vampires. She has created the vampires who *must* exist - if vampires actually existed - who are believable, who are just tragic enough and just human enough and just *utterly terrifying* enough to take the concept of a vampire right to the edge of where it can go without ever chickening out on where that's leading her - or descending to sensationalism.And the human characters' reactions to the vampires are exactly human enough, as well; the way a human can become accustomed to *any* sort of horror, simply by being around it long enough - and the characters' own self-disgust as they find themselves coming to respect the vampire characters, despite what they are - is all just perfectly drawn without ever going too far.The murder mystery is fun, too. But this book's really about the characters and what necessity makes of men.
librisissimo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Substance: A British "secret agent" of the Victorian era is enlisted by a vampire, an erstwhile Spanish nobleman attendant on King Phillip in 1555, to discover who or what has been killing the other vampires of London. Style: A fair mystery, with well-placed clues, leading to a satisfactory solution. Sufficient action balanced with the cerebration, matrimonial romance, and some humor.
bcquinnsmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Set in London just past the turn of the 20th century, James Asher, who works (or rather worked) as an agent for Britain's intelligence service, comes home one day to his home in London to find his wife and two of their servants out cold. While he's taking in the scene, he is accosted by a man claiming to be a vampire. Threatened with the death of his wife by this person, James has no choice but to help him. The vampire wants him to hunt down someone who has been opening the coffins of other vampires throughout the city and burning them in the sunlight. Since the vampire cannot walk by day, he needs James to find the guilty party. James reluctantly agrees, to save his wife Lydia. This book was pretty good. Well written (although sometimes rather wordy), it does capture the times in which it is placed. The author never allows anything to distract from the mystery and keeps it on track at all times. A good addition to anyone's vampire library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well worth a read. Fun story.
plappen More than 1 year ago
A new killer is afoot on the streets of Sherlock Holmes-era London. The difference is that this killer is targeting London's vampires, who have existed in the city for several hundred years. Someone, or something, is opening their coffins during the day, thereby exposing them to sunlight, and certain death. Simon Ysidro, London's oldest vampire, enlists the help of James Asher, an instructor at Oxford University, and former British spy, to investigate. Asher is given little choice in the matter. Any non-cooperation or attempts at double-crossing on Asher's part will lead to his young wife, Lydia, a medical doctor, becoming the newest member of London's vampire population. Taking great pains to keep Lydia as safe as possible, Asher and Ysidro visit the now-empty coffins, looking for clues. Ysidro is less than cooperative, not wanting to reveal too much as possible about life as a vampire. Lydia undertakes her own investigation, looking for anomalies in house ownership records, or people who have lived much longer than normal, while spending her nights reading medical journals. Asher learns that turning someone into a vampire is not as easy as just drinking their blood. More than that is involved, and it does not work all the time. Asher and Ysidro travel to Paris, where they meet Brother Anthony, a very old and frail-looking vampire who lives underground in the Catacombs. Asher also narrowly escapes getting his blood drained by several French vampires. Returning to London, Asher learns that Lydia, increasingly concerned about his lack of communication, has taken matters into her own hands. Does Asher find her in time? Is the culprit found and stopped? Does this have anything to do with a sudden rash of "unexplained" deaths in London, whose victims have had their blood drained? This is a really good novel, but not a very fast moving novel. It will take some effort on the part of the reader, but that effort will be rewarded, because Hambly shows that she knows how to tell a story. It is worth checking out.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
Did I enjoy this book: This is a Gothic vampire mystery novel and I liked it. It’s got “Spooky Halloween Book” written all over it, and guess what – there aren’t any sparkly vampires. Not that there’s anything wrong with sparkly vampires, but I prefer mine with a bit of a classic vampire vibe. You know, sneaking out of dark corners and talking about sucking your blood? Yeah, that’s what Barbara Hambly created in this novel. A friend who recommended Those Who Hunt the Night said I’d adore Ysidro’s character. She was right of course. He is the perfect amount of creepy and intelligent for a vampire. He’s eloquent, which makes reading his dialogue fun. It’s easy to fall into a rhythm with the banter he has with our main character James Asher. Hambly also lets science take part in this novel. We get to see that perhaps there is science behind being a vampire. No, there is no outbreak of vampire disease that causes Buffy to show up, but the science makes this novel interesting because we get a look at more than just the normal vampire lore. Those Who Hunt the Night is a quick read, and now that I found out there‘s a sequel I’ll be rereading it to get myself back into the gothic world of James Asher.   Would I recommend it: I would! As reviewed by Gina at Every Free Chance Books. 
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Great read. Worth your time & money.
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Runs in
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