James Barclay is in his forties and lives in Teddington in the UK with his wife and son. He is a full-time writer. Visit him online at www.jamesbarclay.com.
Noonshade (Chronicles of the Raven Series #2)by James Barclay
With war already sweeping the land, there are no armies to send against the
Now the land of Balaia, still riven by war, must live with the consequences. The Dawnthief spell – designed to destroy the world, but cast to save it – has torn a hole in the sky, a pathway into the dragon dimension, and, through it, unfriendly eyes are turning to Balaia.
With war already sweeping the land, there are no armies to send against the dragons. All that stands between Balaia and complete dominion by these tyrannous beasts is a tiny, but legendary band of mercenaries: The Raven.
And if they fail, Balaia will fall beneath the wings of countless dragons…
James Barclay has created a fantasy epic of rare intensity and blistering pace peopled by characters you can believe in.
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This was an absolutely wonderful follow up to Dawnthief. It's filled with plenty of fast paced, steel flying, blood spewing, magic slinging battles to keep the pages turning. I wanted to give this book five stars, but I could only give it four. While The Raven are the central point in the story, I found the other characters and their situations much more interesting: The Barrons Greese and Blackthorne; Stillian and the Protectors; General Darrick; and the Wesman Army. Don't get me wrong, I love the Raven mercenaries. It's a great story line, but they just seemed to take a back seat on this one for me. But all in all, it was a fantastic read. Two thumbs up!
The Raven mercenary band has no time to celebrate the victory over the Wytch Lords, who they banished with the DAWNTHIEF spell. Instead they have learned the spell tore a hole in the dimensional walls. Deadly dragons have started to cause havoc so the Raven team must find answers fast to close the hole and destroy those creatures that have entered through the gap. Dimensional traveler Septern has left hints how to fix the growing gulf so the Raven seeks him at the same time the Wesmen barbarian horde invade the eastern lands on the ground while the dragons assault both sides from the sky. There is plenty of action, both mundane and arcane, as NOONSHADE with its fantastic spin from DAWNTHIEF is a super fantasy. The sword and sorcery story line is fast-paced from the onset, but the key to James Barclay's strong tale is the cast. The Raven team comes across as individuals instead of a Borg like collective though they fight as one. Although the villains are stereotypical of the genre, fans will enjoy this terrific thriller as the Raven learns the lesson of unintended consequences. Harriet Klausner