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Review: The Ladies of Mandrigyn by Barbara Hambly

April 13th, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Purchased

Publication date: March 29, 2011

Publisher: Open Road Media SciFi & Fantasy

Rating: ★★★½☆

About the book

Gifted with courage, strength, and the intelligence to know when to fight, Sun Wolf is the greatest mercenary in a land overrun by war. With his first lieutenant, Starhawk—a woman more deadly than any man—at his side, he has laid waste to countless cities, taking the best of their treasures for himself, and distributing the rest among his bloodthirsty crew.
Then a woman comes to him, an emissary from the town of Mandrigyn, a lush port city recently sacked by a powerful, mad wizard of unmatched abilities. She offers Sun Wolf untold riches for the use of his army, but the captain is not fool enough to wage war against a magician. He refuses her offer, but that is not the end of it. The women of Mandrigyn can be very persuasive.

My Thoughts

I have to say I normally would not have picked up this book just based off of the cover or the blurb BUT one of my favorite authors, Maria V. Snyder, mentioned that she loved Barbara Hambly and she was inspired by her writing I had to give it a go.

While I can’t say I loved it as much as I did Maria V. Snyder’s books it was quite enjoyable. What makes it such an interesting read is that none of the characters are perfect. They’re all flawed in some way that actually makes them more relatable and initially I had mixed feelings towards them. I wasn’t sure if I liked them or felt distaste towards them but in the end most of them managed to win me over. Sun Wolf is crude, participated in some questionable activities but by the end of the book you can’t help but like him. Starhawk inspired similar feelings in me. Initially I found her hard to relate to but as we see her travel with Fawn, have to face her own feelings towards Sun Wolf and then deal with her insecurities of being a woman and having to deal with “womenly feelings” I came to sympathize with her.

Though the story mainly deals with Sun Wolf having to train the women of Mandrigyn for war I can’t say I felt like I truly developed any strong feelings one way or another for any of the women. I think they served more as a foil to show off Sun Wolf’s transformation in attitudes towards both women in general and his own feelings about others.

The ending came as a bit of a surprise and did leave me wanting to read the next book. So glad I gave this book a try!

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