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Magic Time: Ghostlands (Magic Time #3)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  184 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
In an altered America where machines no longer work and magic holds sway, former lawyer-turned-visionary leader Cal Griffin guides his small band on a quest toward the Source of the Change -- following a trail he hopes will reunite him with his abducted sister, Christina, transformed into one of the powerful, enigmatic beings called "flares." Armed with little more than co ...more
ebook, 496 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published May 1st 2003)
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Mar 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story concept is great but overall the book drove me crazy.

The description says the book is nonstop action... This is a lie unless you consider constant flashbacks and constant internal philosophical thoughts nonstop action. I'm fairly confident that if you removed the seemingly endless 'what it means to be human' and 'what it means to love' parts you could cut this book down to a quarter of its size.

This book felt more like I was reading a philosophy essay pretending to be an action adventu
Nov 21, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: at-the-library
This ended up being a fun trilogy. It has its moments of cliched fantasy tropes and it has its moments of pure fun. It's a quest story with a nice troop of characters. Characters evolve and change, face problems, face the brink, and lots happens. There are a few moments when the story drags a bit, but for the most part it's fairly well-paced and pretty enjoyable.

Also, any character in a story that can reference Star Trek and Blade Runner is awesome.
Oct 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun/Inventive post apocryphal story of the loss of tech and the rise of magic, similar to the Shadow Run role playing game that game out in the late 80s. (except Shadow Run kept tech as well).

The payoff in the end was a bit of a let down for me. The buildup was great but the payoff didn't live up to expectations. Great series overall.
Mar 30, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After following the trails leading to the Source, what changed the world forever, a small band of travelers must work to save the remaining pieces of humanity from being consumed by the all-hungry Source.
I love characters and endings like this, well almost. I like total wrap up and this leaves it wide open for episodes and continued interpretation. But I like the character development and the, to me, unexpected resolution.
Dec 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of DeLint who want something a bit *more*
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Kind of "simple" in some ways, yet still well done and enjoyable. As I've said about other books in this style, it's not going to change how you view the genre, there are no mind-bending twists or what-have-you...but it's also not going to detract from your overall opinion of it either.

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Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very readable trilogy - one step behind great but I am glad I have read it. Maybe if Barbara Hambly had continued to the end her writing and characterization would have raised it another half star to the 5 star level. Overall a good series and very worth reading
April Kimmel
Best of the three books in the series, great ending. Detail and imagery was amazing. When Zicree described 'The Source' I could just SEE it!
Was a good ending for the series.
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