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Dawnthief by James Barclay

The Raven: six men and an elf, sword for hire in the wars that have torn apart Balaia. For years their loyalty has been only to themselves and their code.

But, that time is over. The Wytch Lords have escaped and The Raven find themselves fighting for the Dark College of magic, searching for the location of Dawnthief. It is a spell created to end the world, and it must be cast if any of them are to survive.

Dawnthief is a fast paced epic about a band of all-too-human heroes.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591028482
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publication date: 08/05/2010
Series: Chronicles of the Raven Series
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 403
Sales rank: 234,375
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

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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Dawnthief 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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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There's a good stiory here-somewhere. Really poor editing, the lack of chapter breaks, and really odd sentence structure made reading this terribly confusing and frustrating. I wanted to like it-didn'really.
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ebookwhen More than 1 year ago
I picked this up while I was looking for something to read while I wait for the next book in any of several series I am currently reading to be released. It was a good story, the central underlying theme seeminng to be about brotherhood between the "Raven" a group of elite mercenaries. While the story was interesting, the writing just seemed to be lacking that certain something I have found while reading other writer's works. It just wasn't that exciting to me. I do not intend to read the rest of this series and am looking for something else to hold me over.
Zarilya More than 1 year ago
This book tried to be good, it could have been good, but it failed. It was so irritating that I could not finish it. The characters appear then stagnate then die. The seemingly main characters being killed so easily is really odd for a fighting group that had gone 10 years with only 3 casualties. The inexplicable plot twists drove me nuts. You get interested in what seems like a main plot line, then those people all die. The chapter transition is disorderly and makes you wonder if you accidently skipped something. The editing is beyond terrible. There were sentences that did not even make sense! I had to re-read them a few time before I gleaned what the writer *meant* to say. I cannot count the times I wondered if this book even proofread. It is quite unfortunate because the writer has some good ideas. Regrettably (or not), I will not be reading any of his other work so I will never know if he steps it up a notch or 10.
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darkarrow13 More than 1 year ago
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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