Outside the great stone Keep of Renweth, the night was the province of the Dark Ones - monstrous creatures that had swarmed out of their eldritch underground caverns to destroy humanity.
Inside, where the pitiful remnant of the once-great Realm of Darwath huddled, Chancellor Alwir and Bishop Govannin continued their bitter struggle for dominance. Against all advice, Alwir went ahead with plans to use Ingold, Rudy, and the other wizards in a hopeless, desperate invasion of the Nests of the Dark. The Bishop, obsessed with fanatical fury, sought to root out all magic by murdering the wizards. Both conspired together to seek the aid of Alketch, ancient enemy of the Realm.
In that hotbed of ambition, hatred, and fear, no one except Ingold would heed Gil's discovery of the truth that lay behind the rising of the Dark!
This reading is better than the last book, but more practice is required. Still some doubt as to how she finishes her sentences.
What did you love best about The Armies of Daylight?
The twists in the plot and the depth of the characters. Though short and fairly simple compared to more modern trilogies or series books Ms Hambly did a marvelous job of revealing her characters and keeping parts of the story new and interesting.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Armies of Daylight?
To avoid a spoiler - the interruption of Rudy and Alde's after dance kiss during the Mid-Winter festival.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Her narration was stilted, as if she must strain to c o r r e c t l y pronounce e a c h syllable of every word. Then there were her "voices" - if she strained to pronounce "it" and "a" and "the" and "and" - her voices were maddening! Eeaacchh oonnee wwwhoo haaad aann ac'ceeent - had his/her words slowed and dragged out so that every sentence took twice or more as long as necessary to pronounce. While speaking in this way can be and is used to indicate a condescending voice, doing so for every word every sentence was horrible to listen to! ! ! If the only way you can do a brittish or Scottish or welsh accent is in slow motion then toss the accents and just read! a little genuine inflection during an argument or a joke would have been nice - Barbara Hambly did very well in her descriptions of voices, "dry and scratchy" "velvety and smooth" "screetch" etc. Ms Clark may as well have used monotone as the painstakenly pronounced sentences she tried to use. Especially since every woman and man had basically the same voice (although she did do a fairly consistent job with Rudy's voice and Gil's without the artificial slowness).
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No, to do so would have required abridgement and I prefer full text books and audiobooks.
Any additional comments?
Will you be adding the next two books that were added onto the series? While not precisely part of the trilogy, The Icefalcon's Quest and The Mother of Winter are written in the land of Darwath and I would like to hear those as well. Especially if you can find a decent narrator.
If you could sum up The Armies of Daylight in three words, what would they be?
Oh My!!! Wow.
Who was your favorite character and why?
The wizard. He stole the scenes in this last series of challenges. And I am a better person for it.
What does Clark Linden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Her character expression is amazing.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
You won't believe it!
Any additional comments?
Please get Sam Elliott to sign on this movie soon!! I have known for almost 20 years that he was born to be the wizard.
Love the trilogy. Love how she ended this. Character voicing is quite good but needs to be. Clarke Linden did not Narrate by the wsy. the narrator was the same as the 1st 2 books. Her mechanical delivery is, at times, nerve grating. Do people actually speak that slow or was she speaking for an audience who are expected to be slow on the uptake?