Shadowheart (Legends of the Raven Series #2)

Shadowheart (Legends of the Raven Series #2)

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by James Barclay
     
 

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The Raven are tested to the point of destruction when a savage war is unleashed across their world and the magical colleges of Balaia tear the land apart in their struggle for supremacy. Can The Raven even survive, let alone triumph?

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The Raven are tested to the point of destruction when a savage war is unleashed across their world and the magical colleges of Balaia tear the land apart in their struggle for supremacy. Can The Raven even survive, let alone triumph?

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As rivalries between magical colleges escalate into full-scale war, the land of Balaia suffers under the onslaught of armies and sorcery. Barons jockey for position, and members of the college of Julatsa seek elven mages to regain their connection to the world's Mana (power) flow. Into the fire of battle rides the mercenary company of the Ravens, swords for hire whose fighting prowess can turn the tide of battle, should they survive long enough to do so. Barclay continues his "Raven" series (Dawnthief; Noonshade; Nightchild) with another tale of bravery and camaraderie, battle and brotherhood. Fans of military fantasy and epic tales of warfare and politics should enjoy. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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"Barclay has no qualms about heaping more misery and catastrophe on his devastated creation. . . Frequent perspective shifts give a sense of urgency. . . Battle scenes are well realized and varied."
—Publishers Weekly

"Barclay still manages to superbly build his characterization with a huge cast, and continues to expand the war that rages through the land. . . fans will be happy to see. . . the final victory for those involved."
—Night Owl Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616143008
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
12/14/2010
Series:
Legends of the Raven Series , #2
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
409,567
File size:
2 MB

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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.

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Shadowheart 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The hostile debate between the four colleges of magic finally explodes into open warfare as Xetesk seizes the opportunity to take the first rung on their vision of dominion with an assault on the depleted Julatsa, who sacrificed so much in the Wesmen wars (see Chronicles of the Raven trilogy). The Julatsa know they must find a way to survive the invaders, but to do so they will need the interred Heart of Julatsan. The other two colleges Lystern and Dordover discuss what to do when a somewhat depleted Xetesk turns to them and how to control what is left of the Raven. They forge an alliance with a plan to invade Xetesk after it wastes much of its magic, but to do so they must lock away or assassinate the Raven survivors. However, way to the west, a power is surfacing whose vision is that of a Balaian continent with no magic or eastern mage-rulers. In a ploy to conquer the other three colleges and thereby the continent, Xetesk has turned to the Balaian as an ally especially with the alliance and Raven in the way of their manifest destiny. The second Legends of the Raven fantasy (see Elf Sorrow) is a terrific middle tale as the hostilities that remained outward towards the anti-magical Black Wings (their mass grave as described in this thriller is simply grim and eerie) turns inward between the colleges. Readers will appreciate the continual saga of the Raven as the exhilarating story line is filled with action, but it is the political intrigue that makes for another great entry by James Barclay. Harriet Klausner