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Dawnthief (Chronicles of the Raven Series #1)

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  • Posted August 31, 2009

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    This is a terrific opening quest fantasy filled with fast-paced action and the belief that the mages have power and dragons exist

    The war has devastated much of the Kingdom of Balaia. In that realm the Raven magnificent seven mercenaries are known for always getting the job done. These thieves know the key to their success is the six humans and one elf trust their respective back with one another.

    They are rejoicing over another successful endeavor when their next assignment runs into them. The Wytch-Lords are on the verge of escaping their incarceration due to the stealing of an amulet that is critical to the Dawnthief spell which has imprisoned the arrogant demi-god mages. The Xetsek College of Magic demands they escort senior mage Denser, who insists he works for the gods, on a quest to retrieve the Dawnthief. The Raven seven mistrust any of the four colleges of magic whose mages would destroy their own kind for power as much as they have doubts about anyone who claims the Gods employ them. Still saving the planet from the return of the Wytch-Lords, if true, is more critical than worrying about their untrustworthy new allies for they each know they have "Raven".

    This is a terrific opening quest fantasy filled with fast-paced action and the belief that the mages have power and dragons exist. The use of the "Raven" to help the five warriors, one berserker warrior and an elven mage through difficult situations like when Hirard is trapped by a Dragon is a fantasy equivalent to the Three Musketeers. Although the cast is somewhat stereotyped out of the Tolkien 101 handbook; for instance with aging mercenaries considering retirement and all powerful mages causing collateral consequences that leave a world teetering, no one will care as James Barclay's opening entry bodes well for a powerful saga.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

    Dawnthief

    Really good story, great characters. Story moves right along. Unfortunately it's the best of the 3 in series so far. The second book, Noonshade is good also, but the story drags a little. The third book, Nightchild, is too mixed up and doesn't get to the point....Hopefully the next one will be more like the first.

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