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That said, on to the review!
Mother of Winter takes up the story of Rudy, Gil, and Ingold after a 13-year hiatus. Ms. Hambly succesfully revisits her old haunts and spins a new tale about the survivors of the Dark Ones' reign of terror and their struggle to persevere in an increasingly hostile world. It's good to see that Rudy's and Gil's lives weren't simply idyllic right after all that hardship with the Dark, but continuing day-to-day trials to get from the short run and the small picture (just surviving to see the next sunrise) to the long run and big picture: a lasting, strengthened civilization to replace that which had crumbled before the Dark Ones' onslaught. Now really, did anyone really expect that everything would be absolutely perfect once the Dark Ones were gone? Not me!
I admit to being like, "huh?" when I started reading about the slunch and the gaboogoos. I didn't understand what they were or where they came from, but the gradual discoveries made by Gil, Ingold, and Rudy--especially Rudy--allowed me to see and comprehend with them, so that I became a part of the party...sort of. It's really interesting: Ms. Hambly made the Dark Ones a deadly threat to humanity, they who were the color of shadows. Now she's made white things--or off-white, I guess--into an equally deadly threat to humanity. I think this one is way worse, since some of the threats to humanity actually came from human stock themselves!
This follow-up book--sequel if you like--to The Darwath Trilogy starts up a separate, self-contained tale about the lives of our favorite heroes and heroine after they saved the world from the Dark Ones. We expect there to be other hardships in life beyond the Dark Ones, and Ms. Hambly doesn't disappoint!
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