Immortal Blood

Immortal Blood Alternate Cover Edition can be found here At the turn of the twentieth century a former spy is called into service to hunt down a vampire killerOnce a spy for Queen Victoria James Asher has fought f

  • Title: Immortal Blood
  • Author: Barbara Hambly
  • ISBN: 9780044402442
  • Page: 226
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Alternate Cover Edition can be found here At the turn of the twentieth century, a former spy is called into service to hunt down a vampire killerOnce a spy for Queen Victoria, James Asher has fought for Britain on every continent, using his quick wits to protect the Empire at all costs After years of grueling service, he marries and retires to a simple academic s lifeAlternate Cover Edition can be found here At the turn of the twentieth century, a former spy is called into service to hunt down a vampire killerOnce a spy for Queen Victoria, James Asher has fought for Britain on every continent, using his quick wits to protect the Empire at all costs After years of grueling service, he marries and retires to a simple academic s life at Oxford But his peace is shattered one night with the arrival of a Spanish vampire named Don Simon Don Simon can disappear into fog, move faster than the eye can see, and immobilize Asher and his young bride with a wave of his hand Asher is at his mercy, and has no choice but to give his help.Because someone is killing the vampires of London, and James Asher must find out who before he becomes a victim himself.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Barbara Hambly, including rare photos and never before seen documents from the author s personal collection.

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    About “Barbara Hambly”

    1. Barbara Hambly

      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

    235 thoughts on “Immortal Blood”

    1. There came a turn in the vampire oeuvre -- and that turn had much to do with the Anne Rice's vampire novels -- when the inherent eroticism of vampirism, which was one of many vampiric themes, shifted into a full scale fetishization of vampire sexuality.I don't say this to criticize totally what vampire tales have become. I remain a fan of Lestat, Louis and Armand, and I certainly dig Sookie's Bill and Eric (the less said about Bella's Edward the better), but the fetishization of vampire sexualit [...]


    2. from clsiewert.wordpress/2014/There’s nothing like a soupcon of horror to keep you awake during a long, slow night, and Those Who Hunt the Night did the trick. It’s been a long time since I was fascinated by vampires, but Hambly goes old-school with this one (or perhaps it was ‘current-school,’ considering it won a Locus Award for horror in 1989) and imbues her Victorian tale with classic gothic horror themes.Archer is an Oxford don who has done a little extra-curricular work for Queen a [...]


    3. There seems to be a trend in current dark fantasy novels, and that is of the misunderstand vampire lover. Most vampires in popular fiction today tend to be romantic leads. There is Twilight, Anita Blake, The Hollows among many. There is nothing wrong with this, though it does raises a host of questions, among them as Ceridwen aptly pointed out in her review of Kitty and the Midnight Hour, what is so attractive about making love too a walking corpse? Wouldn't it be cold? Additionally, the vampire [...]



    4. Being a vampire is hard! Hambly has created some of the most interesting vampire mythology and characterization I've ever experienced. It was worth reading (only just) for a complex take on the hard realities facing vampires, without a silly romance angle. There's also a neat backstory on how a vampire physically changes through the centuries. However, the language and construction were killing me throughout the book, particularly in the first 2/3 before the action took over. The story gets drug [...]


    5. A novel featuring wicked, murderous vampires, which will be refreshing to those who are disgusted by the modern trend of depicting them as romantic heroes. I personally prefer my vampires slightly less evil than this, but I really enjoyed the book.This is more of a murder mystery than a horror novel. Someone is killing vampires in London, in 1907, and an Oxford don (who's a former spy for the British government) is forced into a search for the perpetrator. I liked the interaction between the don [...]


    6. The premise of this book was fantastic---vampires are being killed, and so they hire a human detective to try and solve the murders.To me, the style went a little back and forth. Sometimes we went along for the ride with the Detective figure, other times it was just exposition. Also, there was a formalness to the writing that kept me at a bit of distance.All in all, a fairly quick and fun read!


    7. Barbara Hambly studied as a historian, and has a real flair for weaving her research subtly and thoroughly into her novels, as opposed to some other authors who also enjoy research (*coughcough*NealStephenson*cough*). This is one of the books that I look to for some solid characterization of 'realistic' vampires, as well as an enjoyable piece of fiction set in Victorian England, which is as close as we ever get to Steampunk these days. (sigh)Anyway, the book draws a marvelous parallel between th [...]


    8. I originally read this book over twenty years ago and longed to read more of James Asher and his wife Lydia. As the years passed, I forgot about them and was delighted to find that Barbara Hambly has since written more of their adventures and there are now six books in the series! I loved the first one then and I still love it.Asher is a former spy turned professor and Lydia is a doctor specializing in research. The Ashers are based near London in the early 1900s. As to the vampires, it is wonde [...]


    9. This was the Fantasy selection for the SciFi and Fantasy Book Club for the month of October 2009. Visit this link to see all of the discussions, group member reviews, etc.A fun read. Starts off too purple:And she'd laughed, the sound bright with delight as the April sunlight. He'd kept that laugh—as he'd kept the damp lift of morning fog from the Cherwell meadows or the other-world sweetness of May morning voices drifting down from Magdalen Tower like the far-off singing of angels—in the co [...]



    10. I liked this yet it never really took ahold of me, which made the reading of the book longer then it should have been.



    11. Really happy I stumbled upon this series. Victorian murder mystery with vampires. Can't wait to get into the rest of the series.


    12. 2 1/2This book was one of those books where I kept checking how much I had left to read, and kept motivating myself with "just 150 more pages" "just 75 more " so on and so forth. In other words, not exactly a compelling read.I sort of liked it at first - I liked the writing, and even some of the purpley descriptions. But then they kept going. There were some, though I don't remember specifics and am less than inclined to go through the damn thing to find them, but, anyway, some which were so jar [...]


    13. Oooh. Hambly is very good at characterization, and I always find myself intrigued by her characters. She seems to like taking fantasy tropes and twisting them a bit—not in an annoying, Piers Anthony way of punning and “ooh look how clever and cheeky we are, playing with these stereotypes,” but instead by adding a dash of realism and a spoonful of human emotion. Thus her 1900s spy gets PTSD and tries to retire to an academic life, only to be pulled back into violence by a vampiric threat to [...]


    14. I've been meaning to read this for ages (seriously, I think it may actually be up in the decades) and finally got around to it thank you Kindle edition! (Much easier to find something to read while I'm traveling.) This was a nice, refreshing old-school style vampire novel and I loved every minute of it. A fun read, with interesting characters and vampires that really show the alienation from humanity that should exist in creatures who outlive everyone and, of course, hunt people for food. I'm lo [...]



    15. Loved the characters, plot and the setting. But there were times when the reading was too slow. Still, I do plan to read the next book in the series.


    16. This almost-steampunk Vampire novel introduces the characters of James Asher, (think Sherlock Holmes for the Home Office), Lydia Asher, his wife and a physician fascinated by blood, and Don Simon Ysidro, one of ‘those who hunt the night.’ Don Simon has been trying to solve the mystery of murdered vampires (coffins exposed to the sun) in London, but needs a human to help out during the day. The book could have been an homage to Sherlock Holmes, but instead seems derivative without adding anyt [...]


    17. Truly a 4.75I was in a bit of reading slump these past two weeks and had a difficult time picking up anything. I was struggling with a one book in particular and have shelved it for the time to return later. I grabbed this gem off the Kindle store hoping for something drastically different than what was holding me up. I loved it. The story follows James Asher who is recruited to look into the murders of several vampires in London. Mr. Asher was completely unaware of the paranormal individuals pr [...]


    18. Barbara Hambly is one of my all time favorite authors. Since she's coming out with a new book in this series, I decided it was time to re-read the entire thing, and I'm happy to say, the book is just as good this time around as when I first read it. I love that her characters aren't stunningly perfect. Set in the very early 20th century, it's not a typical setting either. James's wife describes him as "brown." Brown hair, brown eyes, brown suit. He appears to be nothing more than the mild-manner [...]


    19. 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 vamp [...]


    20. Someone is killing vampires in Victorian England, so the vampires decide to hire a detective to find out who.Only problem is the detective is human and has to worry that even if he catches the killer, will his clients let him live after learning about them?Good mystery, two strong leads and a well thought out vampire society. The reveal of the killer is pretty cool.Good book. I hear she did a sequel. I'll have to try and track it down, as these characters were worthy of a series.


    21. If you want to broaden your vampire bookshelf, I'd say this is a good one to check out. It's different, in a good way. The characters are good, and I like the story. Kind of weirdly written, so it didn't really catch me as much as I would like it to, but oh well.


    22. Those Who Hunt the Night (1988) by Barbara Hambly falls under quite a few categories: horror, gothic, paranormal, fantasyd mystery. At its core, this story which features a large number of vampires is a good old fashioned mystery. Somebody is killing the vampires of the London. Vampires have been in England since Elizabeth the first was queen but now they're being killed by someone who knows the ins and outs of how to safely do away with the undead; someone who can stand the light of day in orde [...]



    23. A James Asher book #1, also published as Immortal BloodJames Asher, retired spy and scholar, comes home one day to find a vampire in his house. A vampire who has his entire household asleep, and under threat. For if Asher does not hunt down whoever, or whatever, is killing the vampires of London then Asher will die, as will his family.The vampire Ysidro believe their attacker is acting in the daylight, and so he is are forced to turn to a human for help, against all their rules and beliefs.I can [...]


    24. Barbara Hambly is one of my favorite authors; though she's often a guest at scifi cons, I think her forte is historical mystery with touches of romance and the supernatural. This book delivers all four.The vampires of Edwardian London are secretive and wily, cautious as any intelligent predator, and patient as Time itself. Utterly vulnerable during the day, they have been very careful to protect themselves, even in a "rational" age when Englishmen consider themselves too enlightened to believe i [...]


    25. Roman initialement paru en 1988, il est réédité chez Mnémos sous la forme d’un seul gros volume rassemblant les deux premiers romans de la série, qui à ma connaissance n’en compte que deux. Un gros pavé donc, à la couverture sublime, dédicacé, s’il-vous-plait, par l’illustrateur Alain Brion lui-même (comme quoi j’ai bien fait d’aller au Salon du Livre à Paris :))).Bref, une incursion dans l’Angleterre post-victorienne, en 1907 (et non celle de la fin du XIX ème siècle [...]


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