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!READ KINDLE ♨ Prisoner of Midnight ♴ Vampire Don Simon Ysido has been captured and held aboard a ship heading to the US to act as a slave, and Dr Lydia Asher must stop it at any cost March,The goal of every government involved in the Great War has been achieved industrialist Spenser Cochran has drugged and enslaved a vampire, Don Simon Ysidro, to do his bidding, and is now on the way to the US aboard a luxury shipHorrified, Dr Lydia Asher secures her passage on the vessel to rescue her friend from Cochran s chemical thrall Meanwhile, her husband makes a dangerous alliance with the vampires of Paris to send Lydia the information she needs about the drugAs they cross the Atlantic evidence mounts that another vampire is hiding aboard the ship, indiscriminately murdering passengers Lydia knows she must solve both cases before the ship docks, and that breaking Cochran s hold on Don Simon will not be enough She must kill him At the end of the previous book, Pale Guardian, Lydia swore that she never wanted to see Ysidro again and that she didn t want him secretly guarding her Two years later, at the opening of Prisoner of Midnight, she is contacted by him in a dream, leading to a crisis of conscience As she writes to Jamie Don Simon is a prisoner, somewhere The dreams that I have had were unclear uncharacteristically unclear but I sense, I KNOW, that he is being held captive, in terrible and continuous pain I At the end of the previous book, Pale Guardian, Lydia swore that she never wanted to see Ysidro again and that she didn t want him secretly guarding her Two years later, at the opening of Prisoner of Midnight, she is contacted by him in a dream, leading to a crisis of conscience As she writes to Jamie Don Simon is a prisoner, somewhere The dreams that I have had were unclear uncharacteristically unclear but I sense, I KNOW, that he is being held captive, in terrible and continuous pain If he were not, he would not have asked for my help as he did, as he is His voice, crying out of darkness, was broken up, like fragments of a torn manuscript The only words that were clear were, City of Gold.The American liner SS City of Gold leaves Southampton on Wednesday, for New York.Luckily, Lydia s extremely wealthy and extremely obnoxious aunt, Lady Mountjoy, has already booked a first class suite on that very City of Gold Lydia agrees to take the voyage with her, despite two immense problems A she s not actually sure what she should do if she manages to find Ysidro free him or kill him, which would at least put him out of his misery while also stopping him from killing future humans, and B in 1917 passenger liners are frequently targeted by German submarines, meaning everyone might end up dead on the bottom of the ocean before she solves the first problem.Lydia fairly quickly discovers Ysidro s captor, who turns out to be millionaire industrialist Spenser Cochran Cochran s plan for a pet vampire is to have him kill strikers and miners and all those other annoying poor who demand their so called rights Unfortunately the who is less complicated than the how Conchran has injected Ysidro with some sort of painful poison, part scientific and part alchemical to suit a vampiric nature, which requires daily antidotes to keep him alive Ysidro s escape, therefore, is not a matter of unlocking a door, but of figuring out the composition of both drugs and stealing or creating a new supply Which is James s job Stuck back in Europe, due to a combination of not having time to reach the SS City of Gold before its departure and his obligations to Britain s wartime government, he nevertheless manages to communicate with Lydia via telegram With the help of various French and English vampires who hate the idea of such a poison existing , he sets out to find who made the drugs and ultimately get a copy of the research notes into Lydia s hands Matters get evencomplicated when several third class passengers on the ship turn up dead and drained of blood Is Ysidro somehow killing them with no memory of it, due to the poison Is there a second vampire on board Will an innocent third class passenger be blamed for the murders, since a vampire did it isn t a valid alibi Lydia investigates, with the sort of help of Cochran who believes two pet vampires would be even better than one pet vampire , third class passenger and anarchist Georg Heller who absolutely believes vampires don t exist and the whole thing is probably a conspiracy to keep the poor man down , and first class passenger and elderly Russian Princess Natalia Nikolaievna Gromyko who believes in vampires and that they are best contacted through the Astral Plane Whew, there s a lot going on in this book But it all works The Titanic 1997 esque feel of a grand passenger liner as a microcosm of society, the contrast between the glittering upper levels and packed steerage beneath, is excellent Ysidro s constant pain and woe are straight up stoic woobie fuel, for those of you who love their favorite characters most when they re suffering I am totally one of those people I also really adored the resolution to the third class murders There s a twist at the end that I m not so sure about, but I m willing to wait and see where Hambly goes from here On the other hand, the ending does potentially suggest that the next book might be set in NYC, which I would LOVE I read this as an ARC via NetGalley This is my favorite series featuring vampires and one of my favorite historical mystery series, so I was happy to get my hands on this latest installment.It is now March 1917 and WWI drags on and on Our hero James Asher and his physician wife Lydia had been looking forward to a reunion in Paris when disaster strikes The blurb gives a nice wrap up of those general plot points.Lydia is forced by circumstances to travel with her aunt Louise a truly awful person Unbeknownst to Lydia, Aunt Louis This is my favorite series featuring vampires and one of my favorite historical mystery series, so I was happy to get my hands on this latest installment.It is now March 1917 and WWI drags on and on Our hero James Asher and his physician wife Lydia had been looking forward to a reunion in Paris when disaster strikes The blurb gives a nice wrap up of those general plot points.Lydia is forced by circumstances to travel with her aunt Louise a truly awful person Unbeknownst to Lydia, Aunt Louise has arranged for Lydia s daughter Miranda to make the trip as well Poor Lydia She is stressed to the max over Don Simon she s dealing with a series of murders among the Third Class passengers attributed to a vampire, but is that true Add to that being worried about U Boats torpedoing the City of Gold and her daughter being killed Meanwhile, James has various vampire encounters of his own, all in desperate search for information on the drug our American tycoon has used on Don Simon.There are some great secondary characters on board the ship, including a Russian princess, a spiritualist, and a few helpful ones, such as Tania and Georg Heller Alas, Aunt Louise does not improve as the book goes on the American tycoon and his wife are equally dreadful.There s a very satisfactory solution to the murders, the baddies get their just deserts, and other exciting bits before the liner makes it to New York.I figure there will be at least onebook to get us through the end of the war and to reunite James and Lydia I ll be waiting This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Oh, dear I m not sure if the author s heart was in this one That, or I ve read so much of Barbara Hambly s work that I am sensitive to all her writing tics and can see her coming In 2007, Barbara Hambly wrote a short story called Sunrise on Running Water , a story about a hapless vampire who was sailing to America on the Titanic and went down with the ship Great idea What a creepy thought being unable to die wh I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Oh, dear I m not sure if the author s heart was in this one That, or I ve read so much of Barbara Hambly s work that I am sensitive to all her writing tics and can see her coming In 2007, Barbara Hambly wrote a short story called Sunrise on Running Water , a story about a hapless vampire who was sailing to America on the Titanic and went down with the ship Great idea What a creepy thought being unable to die whilst trapped in a coffin at the bottom of the frigid ocean It feels like she thought about that story, decided to turn it into a book with Ysidro as the hapless vampire.And hapless he is Ysidro is kidnapped to be taken to America to be used for nefarious purposes on the City of Gold liner, and Lydia Asher must go after him to keep him from being used, killing him if necessary Lydia and her husband James are kept apart all book again I don t know when these two will be allowed to reunite James keeps himself busy trying to help Lydia figure out who took Ysidro and why He also gets caught up in vampire politics, as usual The author signposts the characters she likes and dislikes very clearly There s a mystery on the ship people are dying, drained of blood Is it a vampire Something else The class distinctions between first class stateroom suites and third class crammed with passengers, mostly from the Balkans or Russia frantic to escape the horrors of war, are drawn deftly Lydia is becoming a bit judgey for someone who benefits from the class system as much as she does, although there are drawbacks to being a lady as well I found the author s language a bit twisty and confusing at times she overexplained some things and underexplained others.Anyway, I think the whole point of the book was to get Ysidro to the USA, and also to change him due to the torture that he endured I m interested to see where the author goes with this, but it felt a bit like a placeholder book Lots of submarines were threatened, but I never really believed in that terror The latest in the increasingly should be called Lydia Asher series features Lydia tracking a kidnapped Don Simon on a transatlantic voyage through submarine infested waters The claustrophobia induced by both the fear of being targeted at sea, as well as by the expectations of Lydia s society relatives and acquaintances on the ship, make the ending all theaffecting Meanwhile, James continues to work undercover in Europe, but increasingly seems marginalized in both the story and Lydia s li The latest in the increasingly should be called Lydia Asher series features Lydia tracking a kidnapped Don Simon on a transatlantic voyage through submarine infested waters The claustrophobia induced by both the fear of being targeted at sea, as well as by the expectations of Lydia s society relatives and acquaintances on the ship, make the ending all theaffecting Meanwhile, James continues to work undercover in Europe, but increasingly seems marginalized in both the story and Lydia s life although their limited interactions are still very loving and sweet I m interested to see where their story goes from here Barbara Hambly s Prisoner of Midnight is the eighth book in the James Asher series While the series as billed as James Asher, Lydia Asher often plays an equal or larger part, as does the vampire Don Simon Ysidro The series begins with Those Who Hunt the Night, which I admit still remains one of my favorites in the series In this latest book, Don Ysidro has been drugged and taken captive and is being shipped to America Lydia joins the voyage to find him, and to either free him or kill him, wh Barbara Hambly s Prisoner of Midnight is the eighth book in the James Asher series While the series as billed as James Asher, Lydia Asher often plays an equal or larger part, as does the vampire Don Simon Ysidro The series begins with Those Who Hunt the Night, which I admit still remains one of my favorites in the series In this latest book, Don Ysidro has been drugged and taken captive and is being shipped to America Lydia joins the voyage to find him, and to either free him or kill him, whichever becomes necessary.Not my favorite in the series, but an interesting twist at the end that makes me eager for the next book.Read in January blog review scheduled for April 17.NetGalley Severn House.Fantasy Vampires May 1, 2019 Print length 256 pages 1917 and Vampire Don Simon Ysidro has been kidnapped, drugged and enslaved by industrialist Spenser Cochran who plans to use him as a weapon and who are now on their way to America aboard a luxury liner.James and Dr Lydia Asher have dreamt of the kidnap dreams sent from the weak and dying Vampire Lydia secures passage on the ship to rescue her friend whilst James seeks help from the ruling Vampire of Paris.While crossing the Atlantic, children from 3rd class have been found murdered with 1917 and Vampire Don Simon Ysidro has been kidnapped, drugged and enslaved by industrialist Spenser Cochran who plans to use him as a weapon and who are now on their way to America aboard a luxury liner.James and Dr Lydia Asher have dreamt of the kidnap dreams sent from the weak and dying Vampire Lydia secures passage on the ship to rescue her friend whilst James seeks help from the ruling Vampire of Paris.While crossing the Atlantic, children from 3rd class have been found murdered with puncture wounds on their necks and it looks like there s another Vampire on board.Can Lydia solve the murders and save Don Simon Fabulous characters and lots of suspense, book 8 and it still feels fresh Vampires on a shipA great installment in the Asher series The action takes place on a ship during the war, with threats from inside and out I particularly liked the way Hambly shared the stories of the various passengers, in first and third class. 3.5 stars Review originally published at Fantasy Literature Prisoner of Midnight 2019 is the eighth novel in Barbara Hambly s James Asher series, which began in 1988 with Those Who Hunt the Night It has been nominated for the Locus Award for Best Horror Novel I had never tried this series before, but having enjoyed her non paranormal Benjamin January mystery series, I decided to give Prisoner of Midnight a shot And now that I ve read it, I can say that there are some common themes Both s 3.5 stars Review originally published at Fantasy Literature Prisoner of Midnight 2019 is the eighth novel in Barbara Hambly s James Asher series, which began in 1988 with Those Who Hunt the Night It has been nominated for the Locus Award for Best Horror Novel I had never tried this series before, but having enjoyed her non paranormal Benjamin January mystery series, I decided to give Prisoner of Midnight a shot And now that I ve read it, I can say that there are some common themes Both series feature a fiercely intelligent male female pair solving crimes, and explore prejudice as both a cause of violence and an impediment to the investigation Hambly weaves enough backstory into the narrative that a new reader can catch up, and it s smoothly integrated, so longtime fans of the series won t have to skim long infodumps Here s the most important stuff James Asher is human he s worn a lot of hats in his life but is currently a British spy during WWI His wife, Lydia, is also human, and a doctor They ve been separated by the war for some time They used to be close to a centuries old vampire, Don Simon Ysidro, but there s been a falling out.As Prisoner of Midnight begins, James receives a letter from Lydia Don Simon has contacted her in a dream, telling her that he is being held prisoner, in intense pain, on the ocean liner City of Gold Lydia can t let that happen, so she decides to go on the voyage too, even though that means prolonging her and James s separation.Traveling as the guest of her horrible Aunt Louise allows Lydia to stay in one of the ship s four ultra luxury suites She quickly deduces that Don Simon is being held in one of the other three, so she spends a lot of time with this elite group of guests They re awful mind bogglingly racist and classist Even the mostly sympathetic Lydia has a jarring moment of Jewish stereotyping in her internal monologue, though later she helps the man she was stereotyping She is supported in her investigation by James, who does some poking around of his own and sends her information by wireless.The situation becomescomplicated when Third Class passengers start dying and their injuries look like vampire marks Lydia finds a volatile brew of ethnic and religious tensions in the lower decks too there s a variety of migrant groups who distrust each other for all kinds of reasons.At times, the pace seems to flag, and I think this is mostly an effect of the constrictions of the ship There are long stretches of time when Lydia can do little but wait and hang around with horrible people However, there are also lots of good red herrings, and the constant threat of torpedo attack And there are flashes of truly haunting writing Most of them have to do with the war, but there s also a really great one late in the book about Don Simon s isolated state Prisoner of Midnight resolves the immediate plot, but leaves some big threads hanging for the next book Readers who ve been following James and Lydia all along will probably get the most out of it, but you ll probably also find it enjoyable if you like the Benjamin January series especially Dead Water, which was also set on shipboard or if you like your vampire novels with a heavy dose of mystery James Asher 8Lydia and James are back with our favorite vampire Don Simon Ysido While James is off being a spy at the front, Lydia is boarding a luxury liner from Paris, headed to America All she knows is that Simon is in trouble, in pain and she must help him Then maybe kill him But first she must find him.Her working theory is that someone is using him and keeping him under their thrall That someone being an obnoxious, unscrupulous American, industrialist Spencer Cochran and his henchmen James Asher 8Lydia and James are back with our favorite vampire Don Simon Ysido While James is off being a spy at the front, Lydia is boarding a luxury liner from Paris, headed to America All she knows is that Simon is in trouble, in pain and she must help him Then maybe kill him But first she must find him.Her working theory is that someone is using him and keeping him under their thrall That someone being an obnoxious, unscrupulous American, industrialist Spencer Cochran and his henchmen Known for making striking workers disappear among other unsavory acts.James is trying as hard as he can to get her information on the drug that is being used on the vampire Even going so far as to knock on the Paris vampires door for help.When children begin dying on the ship, time is of the essence to save not only the passengers, but also Simon Who she really does not want to kill, but will she This is one of my favorite series Historical Fiction with Vampires What could be better Very Well Done NetGalley Reviews Severn House May 01, 2019