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Bride of the Rat God

by Barbara Hambly

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Series: Colossus Films (1)

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A Hollywood diva. A Chinese curse. A suspense-filled fantasy from the New York Times–bestselling author "who can write well in any genre" (Charlaine Harris).

It is 1923, and silent film reigns in Hollywood. Of all the starlets, none is more beloved than Chrysanda Flamande, a diva as brilliant as she is difficult to manage. Handling her falls to Norah, widow of Chrysanda's dead brother. She has always done her job well, but she was never equipped to deal with murder.

When a violent killing shocks Chrysanda's entourage, and other weird happenings swiftly follow, Norah begins to suspect that some strange power is stalking the star. In Chinatown she receives warning that a curse has been placed on the actress as vengeance for wearing a sacred amulet in one of her films—and this curse could mean death for all who surround her.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Barbara Hambly, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author's personal collection.

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I love this book! The historical details are fascinating, the people are believable and sympathetic, and the story is dramatic and exciting. And the love story is very sweet and understated. Altogether an awesome read. ( )
  Bookladycma | May 18, 2024 |
Barbara Hambly is an excellent writer who has written better books, but clearly this one must have been written as a fun vacation for her, between all the backgrounding of old Silent Film Hollywood, the garish and pulpy tone suitable for the goings-on of its Hollywood Babylon world, amid the layered plot surrounding a Chinatown occult horror that must be isolated and stopped. i read it for fun, and it worked for me. ( )
  macha | Dec 6, 2023 |
Really atmospheric writing, with a very methodical pace. Nothing earth-shattering, but an interesting read. ( )
  wonderlande | Jan 1, 2023 |
A light, entertainingly pulpy fantasy set in 1920s Hollywood, where a British war widow tries to help her movie star sister-in-law from the clutches of an ancient demonic force. The characters were likeable and the Hollywood setting quite evocative, but the pacing is a bit too slow and I clearly do not find Pekingese dogs as intrinsically interesting as does the author. ( )
  siriaeve | Jan 14, 2022 |
A young woman from England has been whisked away from a life of drudgery by her sister-in-law who is a star of Hollywood. She is still a companion, and somewhat of a maidservant, but also a friend of her employer. Just as she is beginning to wake up to the possibilities of life after the war, bizarre things begin to happen around the two women. Not just Hollywood bizarre, either. We are talking eastern mystical very strange things which imperil their lives.
This went pretty slow for me the first half of the book. However, I liked or was interested in the characters and setting to keep reading. When the action picked up it was easy to keep reading until the end. A solid three star rating for me, which means I enjoyed the read and would probably read another by this author, but probably won't read this one again. ( )
  MrsLee | Jan 8, 2022 |
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Gavin, MargueriteNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rey, LuisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Dedicated, with all my love, to Whiskey, Smudge, Nicholas, and the Eternally Beautiful Kismet, without whose love and company it would never even have occurred to me to write this book.
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...not to use whatever power you've been given is not a neutral act. It's a blow struck for evil.
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Fantasy. Fiction. HTML:

A Hollywood diva. A Chinese curse. A suspense-filled fantasy from the New York Times–bestselling author "who can write well in any genre" (Charlaine Harris).

It is 1923, and silent film reigns in Hollywood. Of all the starlets, none is more beloved than Chrysanda Flamande, a diva as brilliant as she is difficult to manage. Handling her falls to Norah, widow of Chrysanda's dead brother. She has always done her job well, but she was never equipped to deal with murder.

When a violent killing shocks Chrysanda's entourage, and other weird happenings swiftly follow, Norah begins to suspect that some strange power is stalking the star. In Chinatown she receives warning that a curse has been placed on the actress as vengeance for wearing a sacred amulet in one of her films—and this curse could mean death for all who surround her.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Barbara Hambly, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author's personal collection.

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