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Sisters of the raven
Hambly, Barbara.
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Publication Information:
New York : Warner Books, [2002]

Physical Description:
465 pages : maps ; 21 cm
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Accelerated Reader AR UG 7.1 25.0 70320.
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X Adult Fiction Popular Materials-Science Fiction/Fantasy

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The Yellow City is in crisis. The wells are running dry, and the Sun Mages have been unable to call the rains. Frustrated Mages across the land can no longer work the magic that once ran their empire. Now the magic lies solely in the hands of a few women--the first ever to have developed magical powers.

Author Notes

Barbara Hambly lives in Los Angeles, where she is at work on the sixth Benjamin January novel, "Wet Grave", which Bantam will publish in 2002. Her second Benjamin January novel, "Fever Season", was named a "New York Times" Notable Book of the Year.

(Publisher Provided) Barbara Hambly was born in San Diego, California on August 28, 1951. She received a master's degree in medieval history from the University of California at Riverside in 1975. She has worked as a high-school teacher, a model, a waitress, a technical editor, and a karate instructor. At one time, she also wrote scripts for cartoons like Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors and He-Man.

She writes many different types of books including fantasy, romance, and mystery. Her works include the Darwath Trilogy, the Benjamin January Mysteries series, Those Who Hunt the Night, The Emancipator's Wife, Someone Else's Shadow, and Patriot Ladies. She has also written for the Star Trek universe, the Star Wars universe, and the Beauty and the Beast television program. She is a Locus award winner.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

The versatile Barbara Hambly (Dragonshadow, Wet Grave and other titles in her Benjamin January historical mystery series) offers a provocative feminist fantasy, Sisters of the Raven, with a Native American-inspired background. In Yellow City, men have traditionally wielded the magic that's healed the sick and brought the rain, but in a season of drought and unrest, women suddenly acquire magical powers, for which some of the newly empowered have to pay the ultimate price. A blurb from Harry Turtledove, plus the author's high reputation in both the SF and mystery fields, should help spark sales. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

As the magic that once powered the world begins to fade, leaving its male-only practitioners helpless, a new type of magic arises among the women of the Yellow City and threatens to overturn the male-dominated society. While a few magically talented women in strategic places seek to gain recognition for their abilities, a murderer stalks the streets, preying upon the new sisterhood. Hambly's (Dragonshadow) latest novel presents an exotic fantasy world that draws from Asian and Middle Eastern cultures for its societal trappings and offers strong male and female protagonists as well as a unique methodology of magic. Once again, the author demonstrates her graceful storytelling style and flair for world-building in a stand-alone fantasy that belongs in most libraries. Highly recommended. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.