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The Witches of Wenshar (Sun Wolf and Starhawk #2)

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  1,401 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
Once, it was said, Wensha had been a city of witches, summoning and controlling demons for their evil magic. But in nearby Tandieras, Kaltha claimed to have found their lost book of spells to perform only white magic. When Sun Wolf arrived, he discovered increasing signs of evil magic and demon-controlling spells. And he realized, too late, that a new swarm of demons was t ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 339 pages
Published June 12th 1987 by Del Rey
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Kelley Ceccato
What a wonderful character Starhawk is! Not only is she a formidably kick-butt warrior woman (and Hambly writes about her in such a way that you can really BELIEVE she's a competent fighter, a feat not always managed by those who attempt to write about woman warriors), but she has a powerful sense of integrity, and she never whines. At all. I also appreciate it that she forms bonds of friendship with other women around her, even when they don't always deserve her regard.

The romance is a subplot
Shaitarn .
Mar 14, 2017 Shaitarn . rated it really liked it
(Be warned this review may contain spoilers for book 1, The ladies of Mandrigyn, so if you haven't read it and want to be surprised when you do, here's the short review for you: this book was really good, and I liked it very much. Now leave before spoilers occur. And have a good day.)

After his last adventure in Mandrigyn revealed his talent for wizardry, Sun Wolf, accompanied by his comrade Starhawk, is desperately seeking a teacher, as magical apptitude without training is a dangerous thing. In
This novel picks up a couple months after the end of The Ladies of Mandrigyn, and if it isn't as surprising as that novel was it is no less delightful. While Starhawk has responded with her usual calm to all the changes in their fortunes, Sun Wolf is still assimilating the new needs his power places on his way of life and his new relationship with Starhawk specifically and women in general. Of course he immediately clashes with another strong-minded, aristocratic, redheaded woman, but Kaletha is ...more
Sep 17, 2013 Doris rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This novel picks up shortly after the traumatic ending of The Ladies of Mandrigyn, and reinforces that the Wolf is now a wizard fighting in a magical battlefield instead of an armored one. He is still trying to get a grasp of his powers, and is looking for someone to teach him. In his search, he comes to Wenshar, and is introduced to a rather spiteful character named Kaletha, who agrees to teach him as long as he practically worships her and agrees that she is perfect and brilliant. Gag.

This st
Johannes Herrmann
Mar 17, 2017 Johannes Herrmann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Another brilliant book by Hambly. This is the second book in the series, and is just as good as the first and even better in some ways. The two main characters continue to develop and the world continues to expand. Any fan of intelligent sword and sorcery books must read this series.
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I loved The Ladies of Mandrigyn, so came to this book with some trepidation, knowing that the only recurring characters would be Sun Wolf and Starhawk. As it turns out, while Mandrigyn is epic fantasy, The Witches of Wenshar is a murder mystery in a fantasy setting; not being a mystery fan, I felt it less enjoyable, but also found this one a less accomplished novel than its predecessor.

This book begins nine months after the end of Mandrigyn, with Sun Wolf on a quest to find a magic teacher.* He
Rachael L Moore
Feb 24, 2016 Rachael L Moore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff, fan
Like the previous book, The Ladies of Mandrigyn, I'm having trouble figuring out if this was a 3 or 4 star book for me. And for pretty much the same reasons. Except in the sequel, the main characters lives pick up a few months from The Ladies of Mandrigyn and don't change quite as fundamentally. This made their overly accommodating attitudes toward change less obvious. On top of that, the supporting characters engaged in some dramatics related to how the plot upset their lives. This felt overall ...more
Mary JL
Nov 26, 2008 Mary JL rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of fantasy and adventure
Recommended to Mary JL by: I am a fan of this author
Shelves: main-sf-fantasy
This is the second book of the Sun Wolf trilogy. If you read The Ladies of Mandrigyn first, this book will make a lot more sense to you.

At the end of the first book, Sun Wolf has discovered he is a wizard.He leaves seeking a wizard to train him. He has lots of power, being strong willed and smart, but does not know how to handle it.

He ends up in the fortress of Tandieras, and is soon caught up in the local intrigues. People are being murdered by unknown means. When Sun Wolf visit the nearby city
Aug 31, 2010 Anastasia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very nice book. Sequel to "Ladies of Mandrigyn," one of my favorites, but would stand well on its own. I like how Hambly creates several women characters, here Kaletha and Anshebbeth, who are imperfect and, at first, grating - especially given that we see them through Sun Wolf's eyes. But we begin to see them as much more understandable and sympathetic, as Starhawk (Sun Wolf's partner & lover) builds a friendship with them. That was quite nice & rare to see - friendship & loyalty bet ...more
Jamie Collins
Nov 02, 2012 Jamie Collins rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
2.5 stars. I didn’t like this one as much as the first book, but it was not a bad read. This is the second part of the trilogy starring Sun Wolf and Starhawk. They’re seeking a wizard who can teach Sun Wolf how to use his newly discovered abilities, and when they find a dubious candidate, they get caught up in the local troubles of a city where evil magic seems to be encroaching.

The characters are all well drawn, but I am still not feeling Sun Wolf and Starhawk as a romantic couple.
Matt Fimbulwinter
May 22, 2014 Matt Fimbulwinter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moar Sun Wolf and Starhawk!

The book has a foreward where Hambly apologises for using the term "witch" in a pejorative way, because witches they were persecuted and woman power and love the earth and I'll be over here (dah dah dah). Which I thought was just tremendously sweet.

Sun Wolf and Starhawk fight the terrible power of hate in a desert kingdom. It's so nice seeing their relationship grow and change.
Apr 13, 2016 Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A superior work to the first novel. Personalities come alive through behavior, not through an offhand description. It's something of a who-dunnit, which can always be a little iffy when the HOW of the who-dunnit is magic, but it works well enough as a magical mystery, with the requisite red herrings and explanations and just enough pieces of the puzzle for the reader to have a chance at figuring out the culprit in advance.
Feb 01, 2014 Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even better than the first! This book has brilliant, explosive imagery, really interesting characters, and starts to get into the magic system a little more, which is really rewarding. The main characters are fleshed out in more detail, which is great. The main problem with the book is that its plot is a little less developed than the first book.
I really enjoyed reading this book - plenty of intrigue but it wasn't miserable to read. Was not particularly thought provoking and the world wasn't particularly new, so I don't recommend except as subway reading. I did read it fairly quickly and in large chunks, so that shows that the pacing was excellent. And I loved the two kids! But most of the characters were fairly flat.
Jun 06, 2011 Slinkyboy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
This one's structured more like a murder mystery than a typical fantasy book.

You've got additional bodies showing up when the action starts to wane and the obligatory scene where all the suspects (the ones who are still alive) gather together and look at each other suspiciously while the detective tells everyone how it all happened.

Great story overall, and again exceptional characters.
Mar 31, 2013 secondwomn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, reread, sff, 2013
more shifts in perspective than i'd prefer and some ridiculous gender-stereotyping that just comes across to me as lazy. but some very interesting character elements and a solid if not-overly-eventful plot.
Lian Tanner
Jan 03, 2013 Lian Tanner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Probably more like 3.5 stars really. It's a bit slow in places, though the relationships and characters carry it through, and I don't like this one quite as much as 'The Ladies of Mandrigyn'. But it's still pretty good.
Nov 01, 2013 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, fantasy
I liked the book in general. It was a long book with a good plot about the power of demons and how they can corrupt the mind. It is a very good read but very long and the letters are very small. It is a good adventure.
Oct 18, 2008 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Hambly does a good job of showing the characters' love for each other without going over the top. She shows a very real couple.

Hambly also makes great use of a cliche with one line - "If wishes were horses, Sun Wolf thought, there'd be horseprints all over my hide".
Feb 06, 2014 KennyO rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A well done sequel to The Ladies of Mandrigyn. Threads begun in the first book are picked up here and there are no discontinuous plot leaps that detract from sequels in many series. Be sure to read the first volume or you'll get lost here. Besides, the first one is, itself, a dynamite piece.
Pretty decent! Though I figured out who the mastermind was early on, I didn't figure out his method of execution for his plots which was pretty interesting. Seriously though Sun Wolf, are you planning to get kicked out of every kingdom along your
Nov 28, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somehow I didn't get a chance to read this trilogy when I first found Barbara Hambly. Loved all 3 books, a good read regardless of position and all can stand on their own. Definitely a good read.
Jun 25, 2009 Wendy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I actually enjoyed this book more than the first one. :D It's pretty good, and the characters are more fleshed out.~
Oct 14, 2012 penn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books
People stand around talking about other people a lot.
Feb 02, 2011 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the version in the old book club omnibus "The Unschool Wizard". Good stuff.
Mar 31, 2011 Helen rated it it was amazing
VG Sword & sorcery by Darkover GoH. Murder mystery with demons
Nov 23, 2014 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
2000 grade D
Bob Stuhlsatz
Nov 27, 2016 Bob Stuhlsatz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I enjoyed the book but it just seemed to be a partial story with nothing that made sense as a standalone.
Aug 25, 2011 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as the first, but still entertaining.
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“Can you tell me the difference between a witch and a wizard?

Sure, a wizard is what they call you when they want to hire you, and a witch is what they call you when they're getting ready to run you out of town.”
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