The Archmage is the leader of all wizards in Ferryth.
The Silicon Mage
His authority magically moves to another wizard on his death. How the Silicon Mage intends to cheat death. Antryg Windrose uses Holmes-ish deductive reasoning to figure out things that everyone else then assumes only the villain could know. Between that and his checkered past, he's never believed by anyone in a position of authority — and on the rare occasions when this is not true, he winds up being banned, banished and locked up anyway for telling truths people don't want to hear.
Antryg Windrose is basically the Fourth Doctor as a wizard. Reportedly, Hambly even said she mentally cast him as played by Tom Baker. Certainly she describes him to a 'T'. Hambly heavily researches her settings, either in person or through books, frequently drawing upon her degree in medieval history for background and depth.
This historical mystery series begins with A Free Man of Color and features Benjamin January , a brilliant, classically educated, free colored surgeon and musician living in New Orleans during the antebellum years of the s. At the time, New Orleans had a large and prosperous population of free people of color. Provided with an excellent education, he gained fluency in several classical and modern languages, and was thoroughly versed in the whole of classical Western learning and arts.
He studied medicine in Paris, where he trained as a surgeon. He returned to Louisiana to escape the memory of his late wife, a woman from North Africa. As a free black in Louisiana, he cannot find work as a surgeon. He earns a modest living by his exceptional talent as a musician. Each title is a murder mystery. Each explores many aspects of French Creole and overall Louisiana society. Most tend to emphasize some particular element of antebellum Louisiana life, such as Voodoo religion Graveyard Dust , opera and music Die Upon a Kiss , the annual epidemics of yellow fever and malaria Fever Season , fear of miscegenation Dead and Buried , or the harsh nature of commercial sugar production by enslaved labor Sold Down the River.
Themes of the series are 1 the cultural clash between the rising Protestant English-speaking Anglo-Americans, and the declining Catholic, French-speaking Creoles, 2 skin color discrimination within the society of Creoles of color, with favor given to lighter-skinned persons 3 January's bitterness at the many forms of racial injustice he observes, 4 the complex, partially race-based sexual politics of colonial French and United States society, and 5 January's comparison of what he thinks of as the open and frank African outlook of his early childhood with the more restrained and rational European worldview he acquired through education and experience.
This last theme occurs most often with respect to music, spirituality, and respect for law and social custom. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the American author.
For the British field hockey player, see Barbara Hambly field hockey. This section of a biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. I enjoyed it, but I was never engrossed by it, and there were times when I felt restless, particularly around the middle. The recurring characters were about as likeable as before, which is to say that I liked them but was only moderat This book is a sequel to The Silent Tower , starting shortly after the first book left off, and eventually resolving the cliffhanger from that book.
The recurring characters were about as likeable as before, which is to say that I liked them but was only moderately invested in them. Jun 27, Jamie Collins rated it liked it Shelves: Once you do find it, this book is a nice follow-up to The Silent Tower. Antryg the wizard is still being described as a lunatic even though he appears perfectly sane - even remarkably sane, considering all the off-camera torture.
At his wildest moments he exhibits mildly inappropriate cheerfulness and a preoccupation with breakfast. The Kindle ebook I read is missing most of the paragraph breaks inside a chapter which are supposed to indicate a scene change. Or sometimes the break would be in the wrong place, off by a paragraph or two. This makes for some confusing transitions. Loved it all over again and was delighted to discover that several favourite book quotes that I couldn't remember the source of, came from here. This book stands up to the passing of time even better than The Silent Tower , mostly because it doesn't include out of date computer hardware specifics in the same way the previous book did and needed to do.
Part of me wants to jump straight into Dog Wizard just for more time with Joanna and Antryg, but I'm going to let this one finish digesting, try to Loved it all over again and was delighted to discover that several favourite book quotes that I couldn't remember the source of, came from here. Part of me wants to jump straight into Dog Wizard just for more time with Joanna and Antryg, but I'm going to let this one finish digesting, try to catch up with a few things I need to get read and hope it won't take me months or even a year to make it to the next book this time.
Dec 08, Arthur Gibson rated it it was amazing. After reading the first in the series, I had to immediately drop everything and go get this one. They are really two halves to the same book.
They must be read together. It confirmed for me that she is a kick-ass author and I had to go and get everything by her that I could. The ending fit the characters. The culture was amazing. It left possibilities open for further playing in the worlds without promising a After reading the first in the series, I had to immediately drop everything and go get this one. It left possibilities open for further playing in the worlds without promising anything.
I would have been happy had she stopped there.
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It was a good wrap-up. I am also happy she continued, lol. Definitely two of my favorite books ever. Dec 25, Ron rated it liked it Shelves: Hambly really is a good writer. Her plotting and inner dialogue are excellent. This story was good, but not outstanding. It had a satisfying ending, which makes me wonder about there being another book in the series. I certainly don't feel impelled to read it. Other memorable quotes, " Mar 02, Sineala rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is the immediate sequel to The Silent Tower, and as such should be read immediately after you have finished the first one.
If you've read it, you know what I mean.
The opening line is one of my absolute favorites in a fantasy book, though unfortunately I do not think I should reproduce it here as it spoils the hell out of The Silent Tower's ending. You may recall, at the end of the previous book, that Joanna was forced to make an agonizing decision that turned out to be utterly and This is the immediate sequel to The Silent Tower, and as such should be read immediately after you have finished the first one.
You may recall, at the end of the previous book, that Joanna was forced to make an agonizing decision that turned out to be utterly and completely wrong like a wrong wrong thing. So now she has to fix it. And then she, Antryg, and Caris have to go running back and forth across the empire of Ferryth to stop Suraklin for real this time. I have the vague impression that a lot of people who like these books like this one better, plotwise. I think for me it's the other way around.
Silent Tower spent a lot of time hitting my "these people must work together but don't know if they can trust each other and might be falling in love" kink. It's, what, a quarter of the way into the book before we even see Antryg again? And then they spend another, what, half of the book playing Hide and Seek looking for Suraklin because first they think he's here, but he's not, no, wait, he's over there, no, wait The ending is, of course, kind of deus ex machina and you know it's a problem when even the characters point this out! Not that there's not things I like.
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Caris seems to have more depth to him this time, and I really, really liked Pella, because, yes, this book actually did need more than one female character in it, and she's pretty awesome. I really like the Dead God, but I think everyone does. The positives definitely outweigh the negatives. And, oh God, the scene with the lightning elemental, all the angst, oh, Antryg.
Maybe the book is worth it for that. That, and everyone being awesome together. That's definitely worth it. Also there's that line about the hacksaw. Overall, still one of my favorites. Though I would like to mention to anyone picking up the e-books that the Open Road editions are currently lousy with typos. The first book was apparently missing a page I am not sure if it still is; I didn't compare and has a bugged TOC that only goes up to chapter A lot of words are misspelled.
In this book every use of the word "string" I'm assuming is instead "stringer," and in both books every scene break within chapters actually contains what should be the last paragraph of the ending scene as the beginning of the new scene. But they're still good books. View all 3 comments. Feb 25, Allen Garvin rated it really liked it Shelves: The novel starts with Joanna setting out to rectify the terrible mistake she made at the end of the first book, crossing back through the void alone to try to stop the Dark Mage from his plans that threaten both worlds.
Darker than the first, and with a more affecting atmosphere of sadness and regret, a very taut plot, and a lot of uncertainty about if it's even capable to stop Suraklin. The final ending has a bid of an absurd turn, which even the characters recognize as absurd, but in all, it's The novel starts with Joanna setting out to rectify the terrible mistake she made at the end of the first book, crossing back through the void alone to try to stop the Dark Mage from his plans that threaten both worlds.
The final ending has a bid of an absurd turn, which even the characters recognize as absurd, but in all, it's a very satisfying book. Jan 27, Michael Blackmore rated it it was ok Shelves: Volume two and I'm still with it's okay. We'll see if volume three wraps up better for me. I think one of the problems with the series is how the TPTB still don't accept the truth of who has been causing the real problems and still blame the heroes.
I'm not expecting any grand oh you were right let's work together as much as most of the plot get a bit redundant for repeating the cycle each volume. Aug 26, Oyceter rated it liked it Shelves: I generally like their relationships, but I didn't feel like I was reading anything new. Sep 10, Tara rated it liked it. A dissapointing continuation of a promising series. Still, I enjoyed the characters which was just enough to get me through a long boring slog in the middle and out the other side to a fairly enjoyable epilogue.
Will read the next in series to see if I'll be continuing past that. Dec 19, Emily Auger rated it it was amazing Shelves: Great sequel to The Silent Tower! Apr 10, Mary Lauer rated it it was amazing. If I could give this six stars, I would. The ending made me cry. The Silicon Mage, book 2 in the Windrose Chronicles, was one of that kind of books you have to put down once and a while to take a breath. Though I have to say, it was written beautifully, it's nonstop action with a rip-roaring speed that it is hard to keep up. The characters are well established since the Silent Tower, there are now some new ones and each are so individually different, e The Silicon Mage, book 2 in the Windrose Chronicles, was one of that kind of books you have to put down once and a while to take a breath.
The characters are well established since the Silent Tower, there are now some new ones and each are so individually different, each voice you can tell from one another. Hambly knows how to create characters her readers will care about. I always expect Antryg to do something to betray Joanna and Caris because that was how he was trained and that's what he knows best. The pacing was fast but not brutal.
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I had to take breaks and that's okay. The writing is exceptional and the descriptions are beyond words. She brings the worlds to life as if you, as the reader, are there. While these books are a bit formulaic and wow is the programming conversation dated! Antryg is said to be mad, but he may be the most sane if anyone in the books. Definitely going to read the third! May 06, schneefink rated it really liked it. Feb 12, Altivo Overo rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I'm perhaps slightly overrating this, but after sleeping on the conclusion I want to give at least 4.