Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Le Sang D'immortalité” as Want to Read:
Blank-133x176
Le Sang D'immortalité
 
by
Barbara Hambly
Rate this book
Clear rating

Le Sang D'immortalité (James Asher #1)

by
3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  2,394 ratings  ·  162 reviews
The vampires had been living in London since the time of Elizabeth I, but now they were being ruthlessly murdered by someone who ripped their coffins open for the light of day to burn them to ashes. No vampire could endure the daylight to destroy the murderer. They had to turn to a mortal human for aid.

Thus it was that Professor James Asher, one-time spy, returned home to

...more
317 pages
Published February 11th 1994 by Pocket (first published 1988)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Le Sang D'immortalité, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Le Sang D'immortalité

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Brad
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...more
Chris
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...more
Jon
Oct 28, 2013 Jon added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jon by: SF & Fantasy Group Fantasy Selection October 2009
Jamie
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...more
Nathaniel Lee
Jun 25, 2007 Nathaniel Lee rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Vampire and history buffs
Shelves: fantasy
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...more
Richard
Oct 14, 2009 Richard rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Richard by: SciFi & Fantasy Group 2009-10 Fantasy Selection
This was the Fantasy selection for the Goodreads 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—i
...more
Cindy
Oct 19, 2009 Cindy rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cindy by: SciFi and Fantasy Book Club
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...more
Wealhtheow
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 his l...more
Fen
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...more
Suzie Quint
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...more
Travis
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.

My Inner Shelf
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 comme indiqué en quatrième...more
Patricia Voigt
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...more
Kate
Part mystery novel part vampire novel this story takes the reader to the London of 1906. Someone is murdering vampires! Hambly recreates London in superb detail: the streets, the clothing, traveling habits, the science. She spends quite a bit of time on the science and on the idea that vampirism is a disease with its own peculiar long-term symptoms. She handles the scientific details very deftly.
Hambly shies away from having a true villain and so her characters all come off as a lithe too good...more
colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
Oct 28, 2009 colleen the contrarian ± (... never stop fighting) ± rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to colleen the contrarian ± (... never stop fighting) ± by: group read
Shelves: group-read, vampire
2 1/2

This 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...more
robyn
This is the first in a (hooray!) series of three books, with a fourth on the way, but it works perfectly well as a stand-alone.

Those Who Hunt the Night came out long before the current glut of vampire popularity, and for my money Don Simon Ysidro beats out any of the other vampire leads. Ann Rice's Interview With the Vampire was big at the time; I think that lead to Hunt being promoted too, along with Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's books; publishers were looking around going, vampires are going to be bi...more
Nancy Oakes
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...more
S.A. Bolich
I loved this book and have read it three times in the past few years. The writing was beautiful and atmospheric, though I daresay some would think it too purple, and the characters were well-drawn and memorable. Hambly takes vampires as they are supposed to be: killers, hunters, immortal baddies... and adds wonderful dimension to them without ever making them into anything but what they are. Don Simon Ysidro wins our sympathy without ever once expressing regret for killing thousands of people in...more
Hilary
To date, this is my all-time favorite vampire novel.
Not a "paranormal romance" (i.e., soft core porn).
But a thrilling, scary, mysterious, and atmospheric novel that kept me up all night, with every light in the house on, pulled up as narrowly as possible in the center of my bed, barely breathing, huddling from the inevitable bumps, creaks, and groans in the night that my older home always makes (but I rarely notice -- except when I'm reading an outstanding fiction that hypersensitizes me to eve...more
Jenn
Very well written with beautifully realized characters. Asher was the perfect hero, smart, cool, and not too perfect, just right; also NOT an aristocrat, think this might break a literary rule or something though. Lydia was a little too um..well, she went out in the streets alone, at night with vampires on the loose. Seriously! Of course, Don Simon was a mysterious, morose, sexy, compelling, real old fashioned vamp from the pre-glitter era, so I really can't blame her. All in all a good vampire...more
Carol
If you'd like to get away from vampires as nice, sexy people, this author provides that. There is very little humor in it, if any, but it's a good book. Since it is not romanticizing vampires nor being humorous, it's more of a mystery than fantasy to me.

James Asher, a former spy to the crown and university Don, is the protagonist, but his wife Lydia is an astute and helpful partner. She plays more of a role than real gentlemen in Edwardian times would probably allow for the little wifey. James i...more
Brigdh
In London in 1907, someone is killing vampires during the day. This leads the oldest of the London vampires, a Spanish man from the 1500s named Simon Ysidro (actually he has like 15 names, which I'm not bothering to look up) to hire James Asher, an Oxford professor who used to spy for England, to be the vampires' daytime spy and fighter. Asher is, understandably, reluctant to assist the vampires, since they, by definition, kill to live, so Ysidro convinces him by threatening Asher's wife, Lydia....more
Sara
This is the story of James Asher, linguist, folklorist, and retired spy; Lydia Asher, his wife, research pathologist; and Don Simon Ysidro, the Elizabethan vampire who has compelled them to help him hunt through Edwardian London for a vampire killer.

This has been one of my favorite books ever since I first read it, probably twenty years ago. I've re-read it so many times that even the rhythm of the language catches in my mind as I re-read. It remains my favorite of all vampire novels, though. Ha...more
Kat
I can’t remember exactly when I read "Those Who Hunt The Night" by Barbara Hambly, but I remember buying it from the local library book sale. The pages have a certain scent to them…I’ve never smelled it on a book before, but it was very…old and bookish, if that makes any sense.

For the record, I picked it up, not because it had vampires in it, but because Barbara Hambly wrote it. I’d read "The Winterlands Quartet" by her and loved the language and description so much that this was an instant sell...more
Emma
Absolutely splendid. Properly scary vamps, an immensely compelling narrative voice, a great sly sense of humour, and a deliciously gothic atmosphere, and all set within my very favourite of historical settings [gilded age/belle epoque]. Couldn't ask for better.
Annie Bazinet
Now this is a true vampire story, im glad i read this as it reconciles me with the genre. I read it in french when the twilight story was starting to get around. And Mrs Hambly sure knows how to write about vampires. I will have to repeat all those others review comparing her to Anne Rice. In the sense that she respects what a predator is, or smart parasite if you prefer. It flirts with mystery intrigue and adventure with a being you are strangely fascinated by but will never understand. So..i m...more
Anna
Good vampire fiction is, I find, hard to come by. This mixture of Sherlock Holmes and vampire novel, however, with it's neatly defined purpose of mystery entertainment, was thoroughly enjoyable. I literally read it within 24 hours - a first for me, although that is partly because I tend towards bigger tomes.
After the first two pages I knew already that I liked it - due to its excellent style. The main characters spoke to me very much - the Oxford academic that approaches the mysteries laid out b...more
Bonnie
I've been a bit leery of reading books involving vampires since so many of them seem to involve explicit gore or sex. I loved Bram Stoker's classic "Dracula" and the Twilight books (in spite of some passages where my eyes figuratively rolled enough they were in danger of falling out).

Since I'm a big fan of Ms. Hambly's Benjamin January series and also liked her "Patriot Hearts" I decided I'd give this book a try. It really delivered and is the kind of vampire book I like. It was not romantic li...more
Chris
Quite possibly the most boring novel about vampires ever written. I was totally drawn in by the good reviews this book got. Did I miss something? The plot is fairly straightforward. Someone is killing the vampires of London. One of these vampires, a 16th century Spanish don, forces an Oxford don (get it?) to help find the killer by threatening his life and that of his wife. The Oxford don is James Asher, a sort of Edwardian James Bond who's been around the world spying for the British - with a l...more
Linda Baker
Those Who Hunt the Night was another great find at netgalley and comes from Open Road Media. It is the beginning book in the James Asher Series by Barbara Hambly. James Asher is an Oxford Don who is also a veteran of the "Great Game" of British espionage. After retiring, disgusted by the actions he has been expected to take in service to Queen and Country, he has married Lydia, a young woman he has loved for years and settled down to a peaceful life in Oxford, or so he thinks.

Upon returning home...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Dracula Tape (Dracula Series, #1)
  • The Stress of Her Regard
  • The Vampire Files, Volume 1 (Vampire Files, #1-3)
  • Anno Dracula (Anno Dracula, #1)
  • Sunglasses After Dark (Sonja Blue, #1)
  • The Palace (Saint-Germain, #2)
  • Kiss of the Vampire (Creed, #1)
  • The Vampire Tapestry
  • Blood Lines (Vicki Nelson, #3)
  • The Empire of Fear
  • Snake Agent (Detective Inspector Chen #1)
  • Agyar
  • The Penguin Book of Vampire Stories
  • The Hound and the Falcon
10333
aka Barbara Hamilton

Ranging 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...more
More about Barbara Hambly...
Children of the Jedi (Star Wars) Dragonsbane (Winterlands #1) The Time of the Dark (Darwath, #1) The Armies of Daylight (Darwath, #3) Night's Edge

Share This Book