Those Who Hunt the Night - Barbara Hambly There seems to be a trend in current dark fantasy novels, and that is of the misunderstand vampire lover. Most vampires in popular fiction today tend to be romantic leads. There is Twilight, what is so attractive about making love too a walking corpse? Wouldn't it be cold? Additionally, the vampires never truly seem to be vampires. They lack change. What is worse, they seem, in many cases, to be little more than mutants or highly powered beings with little or no drawbacks. In many cases, they lack bite. The heroine of the series is always stronger, always better, always controlling of the vampire. There is no sense of the vampires having actually live the span they claim to have lived. They lack a sense of having lived though history, despite the words the authors put into thier mouthes.It is refreshing, therefore, to read a book such as Those Who Hunt The Night. Hambly is one of a select few who actually make her vampires, well, vampires as opposed to neutered wanna bes. While her Ysidro has a degree of sex appeal, there is no way I would want to met him in a dark any place. It is though light and sure touches that Hambly shows the reader that Ysidro has lived the history. He makes little comments, like about how annoyed he gets at servents and coachmen, that reveal his worldview is crafted by not only the time period he was born into, but by the time period he has lived. This is true of all the older vampires in the novel. There is a former doctor, who is frustated because he can no longer keep up medicine, there is a lord and lady, there is a vampire monk. (Yarbro is another writer who does, and Tanya Huff's vampires feel old).This isn't to say that the vampires lack humanity. Hambly explores what living such a long span can do to a person. We given vampires that are at ease with what they are as well as vampires who seem to have tired of the life, or lack of life. With the inclusion of the Farrans, Hambly also illustrates whether mortal bonds might transcend the transformation to vampire. She also deals with the issue of whether or not a vampire will go to heaven or keep belief in a god.Hambly's non vampire characters are also drawn well. James and Lydia are a well crafted couple, and Lydia, as most of Hambly's heroines, is not a standard maiden in distress. It made a nice twist to see Lydia more fasinated by the medical side of vampirism; its causes and how it works. Hambly shows that a heroine doesn't have to kick ass in order to be strong.I also loved the line about income tax.All in all, however, Those Who Hunt the Night is a vampire book for those who like vampires with actual fangs and bite.