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The Magicians of Night (Sun-Cross #2)

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  350 ratings  ·  12 reviews
After the death of his mentor, an apprentice wizard must fight to escape a world he doesn’t understand

When the wizard Jaldis heard the cry from beyond the Void, telling of a world where magic was dead and begging for his aid, he and his apprentice, Rhion, went to help. Crossing the Void takes all of their strength, and when Rhion awakes on the other side, he learns that t
ebook, 356 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (first published 1992)
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Portal fantasy about a magician from another world helping an oppressed group in ours gain power. In this book, he crosses over -- and the reader discovers that the "oppressed group" are Nazis during the Holocaust.

This sounds like it could be catastrophically offensive, but it's not -- I think it tries to be respectful of the Holocaust and not just use it as background or plot grist. But while it's not offensive, it also just doesn't work as a book: it's trying to comment on the assumptions made
Katie Bee
Mashing up Nazis with magic is always going to be a bit of an uncomfortable fit. It's hard to enjoy a fantasy book when the Nazis are foregrounded. This one revolves 80% around the Nazis torture-sacrificing Jews and gypsies to try to harness magic. Quite dark.

Sara and her father, meanwhile, are wonderful characters, and the best in the book, in my opinion. I was put off by the need to shoehorn a romance in for Sara, despite her backstory and the strain of constant near-death.
I am a devoted fan of Barbara Hambly. I have read many, many, many of the books she's written and I visit her web site often. :) This devoation is why it's always tough for me to admit when a novel isn't destined to be on my favorites list, like this one.

The prose is wonderful, as it always is from Ms. Hambly. She's a master wordsmith. However, for this novel, I felt the use of some characters was a little unbalanced (appearing, then disappearing, reappearing and then being critical to the story
Ick, Nazis.
When I read the description, I wondered whether this fantasy featuring a wizard in early Nazi Germany would be clichéd with cardboard characters. However, Hambly skillfully creates great interactions between the wizard Rhion, his Nazi captors and the people he rescues. The only quibble I have is that the plot set in Rhion's homeworld seemed tacked on and not resolved very well.
Joel Flank
A powerful conclusion to the Sun-Cross series, that puts our hero wizard from a fantasy world in the hands of the Occult Bureau in Nazi Germany. The brutality of that time and place take a toll on both him and the reader while he struggles to find a way home, thwarted by both the SS and Earth's almost non-existent magic.
Denise Eggleston
I enjoyed both books in this series. The second volume is a mix of magic and Nazis. The latter did research in the occult, but with noyhing to show for their effort. The author set up the ending in a way that leads to another book in the series. I'd read it if Hambly ever publishes one.
I thought this was a great conclusion to this series. How can it not be exciting with wizards and Nazis?
I wish Hambly had written more in this series. I enjoyed it greatly.
Cℓinton Sheppard
WWII germany, moves along much better than book one.
Crossing fantasy magic with WWII doesn't really work
very powerful part 2
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