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OmbreMage (Chronicles of the Raven #3)

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,066 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
De terribles catastrophes ravagent le monde de Balaia : raz-de-marée, tremblements de terre... Nombreux sont ceux qui accusent les magiciens d'en être à l'origine. Ils n'ont pas tout à fait tort... car une magie ancienne et terrifiante est de retour, incarnée dans un être qui pourrait être l'Unique, celui qui réunira les arts des quatre Collèges en un seul. Pour sauver Bal ...more
Paperback, 395 pages
Published August 18th 2003 by Bragelonne (first published 2002)
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Janelle Lanthrum
This is not Barclay’s best work. As usual the characters are good and the relationships between them are strong and believable. I love the complex relationship between the members and how past events aren’t simple forgotten.

The problem is the plot. While action packed, it hinges on all the characters failing to ask the very obvious questions. Let’s start with the dragons. At the end of the last book, three Kaan dragons were trapped in Balaia, which is completely unsuitable and is now killing the
Matteo Pellegrini

Sono passati cinque anni da quando il gruppo di mercenari conosciuto come il Corvo ha neutralizzato gli effetti del terribile incantesimo Rubaurora. Cinque anni di pace, che hanno consentito all'Ignoto e ai suoi compagni di riprendere un'esistenza normale, e alla maga Erienne e al mago Denser di coronare il loro sogno d'amore con la nascita di una bellissima bambina, Lyanna. Ma quell'immensa gioia rischia di diventare una spaventosa minaccia per il mondo di Balaia. La piccola, infatti, è dotata

Kelly Flanagan
Jul 21, 2014 Kelly Flanagan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well for any of you out there that read my review of the first book of this series I humbly apologize for my lack of brain cells. I started reading a series that comes way after and was written way after this series which is, I might add his first. I definitively came down hard saying this didn't seem like the same author and was despondent that his series varied so radically. I was viewing things wrong. Having finished this most excellent series I see a growing artist refine his art. And refini ...more
Michele (Mikecas)

Una trilogia fantasy che avevo scartato quando era stata pubblicata dalla Nord, anche se era un periodo in cui acquistavo quasi tutto quello che ritenevo perlomeno leggibile. Ma una rapida occhiata al primo volume mi aveva convinto che il livello di leggibilità era raggiunto con difficoltà, o non raggiunto del tutto. Li ho letti ora, in una versione digitale, per verificare quella mia sensazione, e devo effettivamente confermarla in toto.
Si tratta di un
Het slot van de trilogie over de Raven.
Een misser om mee te beginnen is het feit dat de vertaler (een andere dan van de eerste 2 boeken) niet de moeite heeft genomen de eerste twee boeken in het Nederlands te lezen. Hierdoor zijn enkele termen anders vertaald. Voorbeeld: Xeteskiër is nu Xeteskaan. Ook staan er (vooral in het begin) redelijk wat fouten (tikfouten en grammaticafouten), kennelijk is de vertaling van dit boek niet goed geredigeerd. Genoeg mensen die zich er niet aan zullen storen, m
Clay Kallam
“Nightchild” (Pyr, $16, 400 pages) takes more than a willing suspension of disbelief to make sense of what happens. But first, the background: This is book three in the Chronicles of the Raven, and the Raven is a small group of warriors and magicians who save the world while trying to keep from fighting with each other. That leads to the first suspension of disbelief, a common one in such books, and relatively easily digested: The Raven may get wounded, but they are so skilled and talented as wa ...more
Jun 18, 2012 Reni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2012
I'm tempted to give a fourth star, but I can't ignore that this book has problems.

Especially the pacing of the first half is odd, the book is switching between too many point-of-view characters too quickly. Sometimes for a paragraphs not even four lines long. And that's not in the action scenes, but in the stage when the book is still (re)introducing us to the setting and building up exposition. It makes it hard to really delve into the story and lose yourself in it. For me the book didn't pick

It was a nail biter! A page turner packed full of action from cover to cover. And while swords were rarely sheathed, blood flew like water, and magic whizzed about, the story ran much deeper than just another action fairy-tale. It was such a sad and touching ending to the Chronicles of the Raven trilogy: Heartbreaking really.

But it’s not really over, not yet anyways. I can’t wait to hunker down with the next quadrilogy:Legends of the Raven, Yea!

I have to say it again: The one thing I love most

La terza puntata delle Cronache del Corvo ci riporta su Balaia, cinque anni dopo la fine dell'invasione degli Occadi.
Troviamo l'Ignoto di nuovo alla Colonia dei Corvi, sposato e papà affettuoso di un bimbo; Hirad al servizio dei suoi amati Kaan, ed Ilkar alle prese con la ricostruzione di Julatsa.
L'avvio della storia sono la fuga di Erienne con la figlioletta Lyanna, con l'inconsapevole dono dell'Unica Via e la ricostituzione del Corvo, per aiutare Denser a ritrovare e salvare moglie e figlia
Manuel Gugole
Le prime 250 pagine sono come un lago, da solcare placidamente. Poi precipita tutto, in un vortice improvviso di scontri e calamità che puntano prepotenti verso il climax.

Un neo presente in tutta la trilogia sono i personaggi, incerti nella peculiarità e deboli nell’esprimere la profondità dei loro sentimenti, probabilmente il compito più arduo per qualsivoglia narratore. Non sono riuscito a provare empatia con nessuno di loro, per non dire che spesso ho faticato a sopportarne azioni e pensieri.
I did enjoy this, but can't say I totally understood it. Lots of magical words and descriptions which I just didn't get, though I have to admit that could have been because I was reading it so fast - thoroughly enjoying the action and wondering how the heck the Raven were going to win this one. Also have to say - NEVER saw the ending coming! Will have to begin the next book SOON!
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Apr 19, 2015 Jussi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Fairly bad and pointless fantasy brick where the author apparently had exactly one idea to revolve it around: any of the main characters can (and will, whether it makes any sense or not) die at any time. For some reason I read the trilogy. Maybe so that you wouldn't have to.
Non qu'Ombremage soit un échec, mais le souffle d'Aubemort retombe peu à peu et on finit par s'habituer aux Ravens.
Comme pour les deux premiers tomes, il s'agit toujours à nos mercenaires de sauver le monde.
Aubemort avait été épique et rentre-dedans, Noirzénith tentait (avec plus ou moins de succès) de donner de la profondeur à l'univers et de théoriser la magie et la mécanique des plans dimensionnels. Quant à Ombremage ? Pas grand chose à se mettre sous la dent.
Finissons sur une note positive
Luciano De benedictis
people who read also the two previous books have to finish the trilogy in every case. but this book is
not, not bad. Barclay managed the difficult stand to evolve and age the old charachters without making them new ones. the fights are his speciality, he writes every blow, every foot moved, without being redundant. you would be disappointed when you expect a typical trilogy ending, but remember James wrote another trilogy, here in italy we are still waiting.
SPOILER:oh, yeah, thraun, the ol' wolf.
Tim Franklin
Dec 27, 2015 Tim Franklin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An improvement, for me, on the first two Raven novels - maybe it's just my own familiarity with the world and the characters increasing, but this was more engaging and the issues with "suspension of disbelief" I noted previously weren't jarring.

However, I'd misunderstood that this was the last volume in a distinct trilogy, and there would be some kind of an ending, not the cliff-hanger and huge unresolved plot I got. Knock a star off for the "Oh. That's all?" moment, would have been a solid five
Andrea Miles
Jun 05, 2013 Andrea Miles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the story- a young child has all types of magic in her mind but she is too young to control it forcing her mother to flee with her to those who can help. However there are people out there to stop them. It is up to The Raven to find them before the others do. Meanwhile Balaia is being torn apart by earthquakes and weather.

Th main problem with the book is that it tails off at the end & the end is a bit of an anti-climax.

All in all though an enjoyable read
Ireth Seregon
I only liked the in depth view of Julatsa as my favorite character Ilkar is there. Love the fight scenes, morality, conscience playing out... except really heavy at the end. I think it's influenced by someone dear to the author passing away too. Begins the downfall of the heroes, and tragedy, injustice unfolds consequently...
For pple who are realists and can take grief without depression. I was quite depressed with this and the next one.
Aug 17, 2011 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Amazing book, but a horrible end to a series - too many loose ends. Thankfully there is another series to follow it up, and I'm looking forward to starting that one again (now that i know what the heck is going on).

As always, I loved the writing style, the plot, and the characters. This author has some serious talent. Too bad his books are so hard to get a hold of because he's a British author.
Dec 18, 2010 Pesto rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well... Its just ok. I found myself wanting to like the characters but really - here we are in the 3rd book and they still act like a bunch of children. The writing is mediocre at best and pretty flat. I wanted to scream everytime I hear Ilkar say.. "come on Unknown"... ughh.. what a bad name!

anyway... wish I enjoyed it more.. I wanted to .. really... but just couldn't in the end.
Pedro Quaresma
I almost get the impression James Barclay wanted to write two books but for some reason (contract?) was forced to write three. Nightchild occurs several years after the first two (excellent) books. Some of the main characters remain the same but the story itself seems rushed and unlinked to the other books. There is little here of what made the first two books so good and original.
Jul 08, 2011 Mphecker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though it ends the first trilogy of the Raven, this book has a very different tone than the first two, in my opinion. Nevertheless, Barclay's final Chronicles of the Raven book was very solid, with an ending that can definitely be categorized as bittersweet. A strong finish to a great trilogy, and I can't wait to read the next series, Legends of the Raven.
Jun 20, 2011 Shinew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book takes place a little while after the end of Noonshade, and is, once again, an epic book. Adds a new form of magic to the stories world & showing more of the world. Once again, the characters have amusing interactions with one another, and the plot is still incredibly unique & original
May 26, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Amazing series - filled with friendship, action, loyalty, magic, some sadness, and a bit of romance. I did find it to have a significant gore quotient, which doesn't bother me (but it may matter to some). I'm looking forward to reading the "Legend of the Raven" series.
Aug 19, 2015 Vojtěch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
Inu, pořád stále stejně čtivé a záživné, ale nakonec se z toho vyklubal průměrný díl, který mne trochu zklamal. Oproti předchozímu druhému dílu je chudší.
Více v připravované recenzi na Fantasyi ;)
Nov 15, 2010 Tyson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My review here.
Oct 03, 2009 Peterwilliam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed here .
Oct 18, 2007 Tal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
i love this series.

engaging characters, a complicated world, believeable dialogue. all-round fun fantasy.
Mar 26, 2014 Benjamin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Thought this would be the end of the series, but Barclay left everything very open ended.
Daniel King
Took a while to get going and to determine the good/bad split.
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