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The Witches of Wenshar (Sun Wolf and…
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The Witches of Wenshar (Sun Wolf and Starhawk, No. 2) (original 1987; udgave 1987)

af Barbara Hambly (Forfatter)

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To harness his newfound magical powers, the mercenary Sun Wolf must cross the desert in search of a witch who can teach him the ways of sorcery After a lifetime of brutal war, which he survived only through strength and daring, the mercenary Sun Wolf was shocked to discover within himself an inclination toward magic. Accompanied by his lieutenant, Starhawk, he travels across the forbidding desert to the land of Wenshar, where witchcraft is said to flourish. There he seeks out a witch with powers far beyond her years, who is rumored to have mastered the ancient art of white magic.   But when he and Starhawk finally reach her, there is evil in the air--an evil against which all their might is useless. Sun Wolf must learn to harness his newfound powers--or be taken by this sinister trap.   This ebook features an illustrated biography of Barbara Hambly, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author's personal collection.… (mere)
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Titel:The Witches of Wenshar (Sun Wolf and Starhawk, No. 2)
Forfattere:Barbara Hambly (Forfatter)
Info:Del Rey (1987), 295 pages
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The Witches of Wenshar af Barbara Hambly (1987)

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This was pretty grim. (Major spoilers behind the cut.)Of the new named characters we meet in this book, I think only three, or maybe four, depending on how you read the ending, survive.
And the ones who die all go pretty horribly. Yes, the ending is hopeful, but there's a lot of misery to wade through to get there, only somewhat alleviated by the fact that Starhawk and Sun Wolf at least get to hang out together for most of the book.


It's got some interesting ideas about gender and violence and war - but it's also got lots of weird grossness about bodies, and especially about fat. There's a major thread throughout, enough that I would say it rises to the level of being a theme, that one character in particular's dissipation and weakness shows up in their body size.

I'm not mad that I read it, overall, but I'm not terribly interested in picking up the next book in the series, or chasing down other books by Hambly. ( )
  elenaj | Jul 31, 2020 |
Second volume is not as interesting as the first volume, because the milieu is now known and somewhat limited, the characters are a bit stale, and the adventures are repetitious. ( )
  librisissimo | May 27, 2013 |
That was fun. It took a while to get used to fantasy world-building. So often the first chapter of a fantasy novel is like learning several weeks of new vocab all at once: blah blah nation this, tribe that, those mountains, this temple, gods and monsters. There's no time to get a sense of what it looks like and what it feels like because half the words are another language.

Still and all, a jolly fun read. Sun Wolf and Starhawk: like Xena and Gabrielle in a way.

The lesson you might take from this book is don't get between an ambitious man and power, for he will use anything and anyone with cynical unconcern for other people.

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  veracite | Apr 7, 2013 |
Even though Sun Wolf is still a mercenary captain, he's now more of a wizard than anything, though he doesn't understand his talent, and doesn't know how to develop it. We also get more of his companion Starhawk in this book, making it more like a typical Barbara Hambly book, with the focus solely on one couple.
Even if the character types are typical, the details, plot and action make this the usual high quality fantasy you would expect from Hambly. ( )
  Karlstar | Apr 23, 2010 |
Sun Wolf and Starhawk continue their journey. They are drawn to Wenshar because Sun Wolf needed a teacher. He meets Kaletha, a self-proclaimed witch but has never gone through the great Trial. In Wenshar, witches and mageborn are not so welcome. Sun Wolf is cast out but then his majesty of Wenshar discovers that his own daughter is mageborn. Murder surround the castle and all eyes are on Sun Wolf or Kaletha the witch. It takes Starhawk to tell them evil can be devised by people who are not mageborn and that dabbling with demons can devour your very soul.
In the end, The Wolf and the Hawk are yet banished from another kingdom and must still search for a teacher for Sun Wolf.
Starhawk appears to be the one saving everybody in this book. She finds out who the real killer is, the real one who wheilds the demons and the reason for it. In fact, she breaks in prison to save him. She's no damsel in distress. She may not be a beauty but she sure is brains and brawns. ( )
  maita | Jul 25, 2007 |
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"You may be a wizard, my lady," Sun Wolf said, tucking his big hands behind the buckle of his battered sword belt, "but you're also the biggest damn fool I've ever met in my life."
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Starhawk, the Wolf reflected with a grin, was the only person he knew who could be stark naked and still produce a concealed weapon at a second's notice. (chapter 2, p.33)
Sun Wolf guessed that in Nanciormis' younger days -- and he couldn't be much above thirty-five now, though his portliness made him look older -- he had been a notable warrior. But his very abilities, like his natural charm, had spared him from having to learn discipline. Never having had to learn anything beyond what he already knew, he was a man who lived on the surface of things -- adept but unimaginative. Having never been defeated, he operated on the unconscious assumption that he never would be. A professional would destroy him. (chapter 4, p.62)
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To harness his newfound magical powers, the mercenary Sun Wolf must cross the desert in search of a witch who can teach him the ways of sorcery After a lifetime of brutal war, which he survived only through strength and daring, the mercenary Sun Wolf was shocked to discover within himself an inclination toward magic. Accompanied by his lieutenant, Starhawk, he travels across the forbidding desert to the land of Wenshar, where witchcraft is said to flourish. There he seeks out a witch with powers far beyond her years, who is rumored to have mastered the ancient art of white magic.   But when he and Starhawk finally reach her, there is evil in the air--an evil against which all their might is useless. Sun Wolf must learn to harness his newfound powers--or be taken by this sinister trap.   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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