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The Dark hand of Magic (Unschooled Wizard 3) (original 1990; edition 1990)

by Barbara Hambly (Author)

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The mercenary Sun Wolf must use his immature magical powers to rescue his old army from an evil wizard's curse For years, Sun Wolf and his gang of cutthroats were the most feared mercenaries in the land. When Sun Wolf learned he could work magic, he and his lieutenant--the fearsome Amazon Starhawk--left the gang behind so that he could learn to harness his new powers, and his men went their own way.   A year later, the old crew reaches out to Sun Wolf for his help. A string of rotten luck has befallen their latest campaign, and they have begun to suspect a curse. Their arrows break; their food rots; their tunnels cave in. They have heard rumors of Sun Wolf's magical abilities, and beg for his help. But when he goes after whatever is targeting his men, he finds himself up against the deadliest force he has ever encountered.   This ebook features an illustrated biography of Barbara Hambly, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author's personal collection.… (more)
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This was an interesting book, though starting a series at the third book doesn't bode well with this author. Perhaps if I read the first two my rating will rise.

Too much of this seemed to have the main character as reacting. Rarely did he push and act first. Rarely did he put the enemy on its heels. I was disappointed in that. He seemed lost and confused. I felt no sympathy, and in fact expected him to lose his sight entirely.

Plot could definitely use some work.

Grammar and functional structure seemed good, no issues there.

Difficult to get into the story when I didn't read the first two books. ( )
  gilroy | Mar 18, 2015 |
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  rustyoldboat | May 28, 2011 |
A barbarian/mercenary turned wizard must continue to try and keep his mercenary band alive through shifting alliances and determined enemies. A lot of the action in this one takes place without Sun Wolf, as he is off, separate from the rest of the group. A bit of a departure for Hambly, as this features almost as much emphasis on warriors as wizards, though as usual the theme is still about wizards. Quite good, like almost all of her books. ( )
  Karlstar | Apr 23, 2010 |
Conclusion of a series involving a mercenary named Sun Wolf and the women of Mandrigyn. ( )
  stpnwlf | Jul 16, 2007 |
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Kidd, TomCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kukalis, RomasCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Salwowski, MarkCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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