Tuesday Teaser ~ The Dark Hand of Magic

I've been rereading an old fantasy series by my all-time favorite author Barbara Hambly. I'm not sure I ever read these three novels straight through, one after the other. Though each one can be read as a stand-alone, like most series, reading them together enhances the story. I'm currently on the third book, The Dark Hand of Magic, so I thought I'd share a little of it.

Ever since he first learned he had the power of magic, Sun Wolf and his beloved Starhawk had be searching for a master wizrd to teach him the full skills needed for its use. But true wizrds were rare since the time of the evil Aliokis. He had learned a little, but never what he needed.

Now his old company of mercenaries had come to him for help. They had been hired to conquer the city of Vorsal, but all the efforts had been ruined by a series of minor and major mishaps that could only be caused by a wizard, working for the city.

Sun Wolf found and removed most of the hex marks that were everywhere, freeing the company. But the wizard eluded him--until the night of a storm that he attempted to turn. Then he met the wizard--a dark hand among the storm clouds--who laughed at him and swore to enslave him. Sun Wolf knew it was no idle threat.

He had found the one sought. Now could he escape?

Sun Wolf's capture, as Sun Wolf himself reflected at his execution, was sheer, stupid ill luck, which Dogbreath of Mallincore would have told him was only to be expected under the circumstances.

He knew who'd ambushed them, of course, and why.
Lying in the deep sand of the was with an arrow in his back, he wondered why he'd been under the impression that this wasn't the sort of thing that people had to put up with after they became wizards.

So what books and/or authors are your favorites to revisit?

Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: Grab your current readOpen to a random pageShare two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! To see what others are sharing on the Teaser Tuesdays, check the comments at: http://adailyrhythm.com/

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  1. I'd probably have to take a pass on this one, not my style, but hope you enjoy it.

  2. Sounds intense...and not my usual pick, but thanks for sharing. And thanks for visiting my blog.

  3. I've read a couple of her books, but not this.

  4. Sun Wolfe just didn't grab me in that opening paragraph. I'd have to read more.

  5. I never heard of this author before. I love books in a series.
    trish - my teaser

  6. It's a shame this isn't my thing because you make it sound so appealing - thanks for visiting my blog :-)

  7. I have been wanting to try something by Barbara Hambly, and the intro you shared today makes it very tempting, and the blurb has me sold. I will have to give this series a try.

  8. Sounds intriguing to me. I want to keep reading.