Barbara Hambly Books

Barbara Hambly is a bestselling American author that writes science fiction and fantasy. Hambly was born in 1951 in San Diego California to Everett and Florence.

Order of Abigail Adams Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Ninth Daughter 2009 Description / Buy
2 A Marked Man 2010 Description / Buy
3 Sup with the Devil 2011 Description / Buy

Order of Anne Steelyard: The Garden of Emptiness Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 An Honorary Man (Short Story) 2008 Description / Buy
2 The Gate of Dreams and Starlight (Short Story) 2009 Description / Buy
3 A Thousand Waters (Short Story) 2011 Description / Buy

Order of Beauty and the Beast Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Beauty and the Beast 1989 Description / Buy
2 Song of Orpheus 1990 Description / Buy

Order of Benjamin January Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 A Free Man of Color 1997 Description / Buy
2 Fever Season 1998 Description / Buy
3 Graveyard Dust 1999 Description / Buy
4 Sold Down the River 2000 Description / Buy
5 Die Upon a Kiss 2001 Description / Buy
6 Wet Grave 2002 Description / Buy
7 Days of the Dead 2003 Description / Buy
8 Dead Water 2004 Description / Buy
9 Dead and Buried 2010 Description / Buy
10 The Shirt on His Back 2011 Description / Buy
11 Ran Away 2011 Description / Buy
12 Good Man Friday 2013 Description / Buy
13 Crimson Angel 2014 Description / Buy
14 Hagar (Short Story) 2015 Description / Buy
15 Libre (Short Story) 2015 Description / Buy
16 A Time For Every Purpose Under Heaven (Short Story) 2015 Description / Buy
17 There Shall Your Heart Be Also (Short Story) 2015 Description / Buy
18 Death on the Moon (Short Story) 2016 Description / Buy
19 Drinking Gourd 2016 Description / Buy
20 Murder in July 2017 Description / Buy
21 Cold Bayou 2018 Description / Buy

Order of Darwath Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Time of the Dark 1982 Description / Buy
2 The Walls of Air 1983 Description / Buy
3 The Armies of Daylight 1983 Description / Buy
4 Mother of Winter 1996 Description / Buy
5 Icefalcon's Quest 1998 Description / Buy
6 Whisper (Short Story) 2015 Description / Buy

Order of James Asher Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Those Who Hunt the Night 1988 Description / Buy
2 Traveling with the Dead 1995 Description / Buy
3 Sunrise On Running Water (Short Story) 2007 Description / Buy
4 Blood Maidens 2010 Description / Buy
5 Magistrates of Hell 2012 Description / Buy
6 The Kindred of Darkness 2013 Description / Buy
7 Darkness on his Bones 2015 Description / Buy
8 Pale Guardian 2016 Description / Buy
9 Prisoner of Midnight 2019 Description / Buy

Order of Magic Time Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Magic Time 2001 Description / Buy

Order of Sisters of the Raven Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Sisters of the Raven 2002 Description / Buy
2 Circle of the Moon 2005 Description / Buy

Order of Star Trek: The Original Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Ishmael 1985 Description / Buy
2 Ghost-Walker 1991 Description / Buy
3 Crossroad 1994 Description / Buy

Order of Star Wars Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Children of the Jedi 1995 Description / Buy
2 Planet of Twilight 1997 Description / Buy

Order of Sun Wolf and Starhawk Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Ladies of Mandrigyn 1984 Description / Buy
2 The Witches of Wenshar 1987 Description / Buy
3 The Dark Hand of Magic 1990 Description / Buy
4 Did You Say Chicks?! 1998 Description / Buy
5 Nanya of the Butterflies (Short Story) 2015 Description / Buy
6 Fairest in the Land (Short Story) 2015 Description / Buy
7 A Night With the Girls (Short Story) 2015 Description / Buy
8 Hazard (Short Story) 2017 Description / Buy

Order of Sun-Cross Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Rainbow Abyss 1991 Description / Buy
2 The Magicians of Night 1992 Description / Buy

Order of Windrose Chronicles Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Silent Tower 1986 Description / Buy
2 The Silicon Mage 1988 Description / Buy
3 Dog Wizard 1992 Description / Buy
4 Stranger at the Wedding 1994 Description / Buy
5 Firemaggot (Short Story) 2009 Description / Buy
6 Corridor (Short Story) 2011 Description / Buy
7 Plus-One (Short Story) 2012 Description / Buy
8 Zenobie (Short Story) 2015 Description / Buy
9 Personal Paradise (Short Story) 2015 Description / Buy
10 And Pretty Maids All In A Row (Short Story) 2015 Description / Buy
11 Karate Masters vs the Invaders From Outer Space (Short Story) 2017 Description / Buy

Order of Winterlands Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Dragonsbane 1985 Description / Buy
2 Dragonshadow 1999 Description / Buy
3 Knight of the Demon Queen 2000 Description / Buy
4 Dragonstar 2002 Description / Buy
5 Shadowbaby (Short Story) 2015 Description / Buy
6 Princess (Short Story) 2015 Description / Buy
7 Damselblossom (Short Story) 2015 Description / Buy
8 Hag in the Water (Short Story) 2017 Description / Buy


# Read Title Published Details
1 Night's Edge 2004 Description / Buy
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The middle child among three siblings, Barbara read a lot when she was growing up. She was a teenager when she encountered The Lord of the Rings, a book that cemented her love for fantasy. As she matured, her interest in costumery manifested.

She went on to acquire a Masters Degree in Medieval History (University of California). However, she did not necessarily live the life of an established scholar. Hambly knew early on that she wanted to write fiction.

As such, she did a number of odd jobs. People that have read her books will tell you that most of them feature paragraphs in which she talks about her time as a waitress, a karate instructor, a model, and even a teacher to mention but few.

It isn’t that uncommon for aspiring writers to do odd jobs as they write. However, most aspiring writers tend to stumble into those odd jobs even as they struggle to identify where they belong and how much of their life they are willing to spend pursuing their publishing dreams.

In the case of Barbara Hambly, she already knew that she wanted to write for a living, and no one was going to tell her otherwise. So she purposefully chose jobs that would give her the time to write, which is why she meandered through so many careers before finally writing Time of the Dark, her first published novel.

Her hard work and determination paid off. Her bibliography includes dozens upon dozens of short stories and original novels. She has also written stories set in pre-existing franchises like Star Wars and Star Trek.

Barbara Hambly’s fans will tell you that her novels and short stories are not necessarily unique or original. In fact, she uses a lot of tired science fiction and fantasy tropes and clichés.

However, the author’s objective isn’t to pioneer new ideas. Rather, she tries to use the same old plot devices to tell new stories featuring some of the most unusual characters the genres of science fiction and fantasy have ever seen.

Her protagonists endure quite a bit of suffering. Hambly spends a lot of time exploring the ethical implications of every notable action her heroes and heroines take, the loss and regret they suffer as a result and the realistic conclusions their journeys meet.

Barbara Hambly Awards

Barbara Hambly took home the Locus Award for Those Who Hunt the Night in 1989. She won the Lord Ruthven Award for Traveling with the Dead. She has also received Locus Award nominations for installments in the Darwath, Sun Wolf and Starhawk, and the Winterlands’ series.

Best Barbara Hambly Books

Hambly’s fans love the fact that she has no interest in letting the desires of her readers guide the direction of her work, with some of the best books in her bibliography including:

The Time of the Dark: Gil Patterson is a Medieval History student who can’t get a good night’s sleep. Strange dreams keep assaulting her, the kinds that feature apocalyptic scenarios. And they all seem so vivid, especially those with the old man who not only sees her but goes so far as to speak to her.

At first, Gil is content to simply ignore these dreams. But then she wakes up one night to find the same old man from her dreams sitting in her kitchen.

The stranger in question is a wizard from another world and he needs Gil to help him save a special person from a dark force.

Dragonsbane: A black dragon has descended and only John Aversin can fight it. Aversin actually killed a dragon, the only living man to ever do so. Young Gareth knows that they cannot hope to free the Deep of Ylferdum from this new threat without him.

So he journeys to the Winterlands in the hopes of securing Aversin’s help. At first, Gareth thinks that his fortunes are turning. Not only does Aversin agree to help Gareth but they are joined on their quest by Jenny, the mother of Aversin’s children.

However, when they arrive at court, they are shocked to find that a sorceress has blanketed the King with an evil spell. It will take all the forces Gareth can muster to save his king and his people from the gathering dark.

When Does The Next Barbara Hambly book come out?

Barbara Hambly doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Prisoner of Midnight and was released on January, 1st 2019. It is the newest book in the James Asher Series.