Those Who Hunt the Night

Those Who Hunt the Night

Barbara Hambly

Book 1.0 of A James Asher Vampire Novel

Language: English

Publisher: Open Road Media

Published: Jan 1, 1988

Words: 102808
Pages: 433


**Former spy James Asher hunts down a serial vampire killer in Edwardian England, in bestselling author Barbara Hambly’s thrilling historical urban fantasy.** Once a spy for Queen Victoria, James Asher has fought for Britain on every continent, using his quick wits to protect the Empire at all costs. After years of grueling service, he marries and retires to a simple academic’s life at Oxford. But his peace is shattered one night with the arrival of a Spanish vampire named Don Simon Ysidro. Don Simon can disappear into fog, move faster than the eye can see, and immobilize Asher—and his young bride—with a wave of his hand. Asher is at his mercy, and has no choice but to give his help. Because someone is killing the vampires of London, and James Asher must find out who—before he becomes a victim himself. Readers of Anne Rice’s vampire novels will devour *Those Who Hunt the Night*, the first book in Barbara Hambly’s award-winning James Asher series. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Hambly, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from her personal collection. ** ### From Publishers Weekly In her hardcover debut, Hambly ( Dragonsbane ) will give Ann Ricehigher praise that this we rarely see in our little literary mag!! got to keep the readers interested, eh what? a run for her money. Oxford professor James Ahser, once an agent for the British government, is forced to help the vampires of Edwardian London, who are being destroyed one by one through exposure to sunlight as they lie sleeping in their coffins. If she does not oblige, his young wife, Lydia, will perish as have many other vampire victims over the years. Accompanied by one of the oldest of the vampires, Simon Ysidro, who has lived in London since the time of Elizabeth I, Asher begins his investigations, learning about the life and culture of vampires. Meanwhile, Lydia, who is one of the few women physicians of the era, prowls through old property records and medical journals attempting to find other clues. Asher comes to suspect that the killer is a vampire, an unusual one who can live in the light of day, and Lydia develops a reasonable physiology that would account for the ability. Hambly's examination of vampirism is beautifully detailed, with a fine, realistic background and strong sense of atmosphere. Her characters are finely honed, particularly Don Ysidro, the vampire with a sense of noblesse oblige. Major ad/promo. Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. ### Review “Barbara is a fabulously talented writer who can write well in any genre, and Don Simon is unforgettable.” —Charlaine Harris “Beautifully detailed, with a fine realistic background and strong sense of atmosphere . . . Will give Anne Rice a run for her money.” —*Publishers Weekly*