Blood Maidens (James Asher #3)
The new ‘James Asher’ vampire novel from the best-selling author - It’s 1911. War is coming, and according to one of the vampires of St. Petersburg, the Kaiser is trying to recruit vampires. James Asher, Oxford don and formerly on His Majesty’s Secret Service, is forced to team up again with his vampire partner Don Simon Ysidro for a journey to the subarctic Russian capita...more
This story is set in 1911. Asher, the Oxford don and former British spy, teams up once again with Don Ysidro (more or less willingly, this time) when one of the vampire's long-time aquaintances in St. Petersburg disappears. Just before her disappearance, she wrote to Ysidro about a German doctor who...more
Hambly's vampires are neither sparkly nor nice. They're dark and dangerous, and on the eve of World War I, the Ka...more
This is the third novel featuring James Asher, former British spy turned academic, and Don Simon Ysidro, who arrived in England during the reign of Mary Tudor.
Hambly's vampires are monsters. They must kill in order to stay undead. Not drinking rats blood, or snacking from a local blood bank, but the taking of an...more
Well, that's what he wants them to believe, anyway. In fact, it may be more personal than that - and yet, he might be right. Once again,...more
It is 1911 and rumors that the Kaiser maybe experimenting with vampires are trickling through Europe. And all signs point to St Petersbu...more
I'd pretty much given up on there ever being anymore James Asher vampire books by Barbara Hambly. It's 15 years since Traveling With the Dead was published. In recent years much of her output has been dominated with her Benjamin January books. Blood Maidens picks up the story in 1911. War is waiting for a spark to start the firestorm. Former secret service agent James Asher is manipulated/recruited again by the ancient Spanish vampire Don Simon Ysidro. Asher and Ysidro trave...more
Blood Maidens continued the emphasis on the spy aspects of the storyline, but the vampire elements were more integrated than they were in the second book. Lydia is coming into her own as a character, and the back story regarding her desire for a child and he...more
Actually, 4 stars for bringing back my favorite characters from Those Who Hunt the Night and Traveling with the Dead and for those characters to be still evolving, yet staying true to character. Four stars for Hambly's amazingly imaginative writing and incredibly interesting historical detail. And finally, 4 stars for the awesome "penny-dreadful"-esque title...more
Other reviewers have mentioned James Asher and Don Simon, and I agree with what they've put. I'd also like to mention Lydia Asher, who is by no means a trivial character. Her medical knowledge is essential to th...more
I have read her novels for over 20 years and they are always fantastic. She knows her craft and wields words I have to look up in the dictionary (something quite enjoyable).
While this novel has a similar theme to that of what occurs in novel #2 (Traveling with the Dead), it is acknowledged by the characters themselves and has a qu...more
If you liked both Bram Stoker's Dracula and Reilly, Ace of Spies, then this series is for you.
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