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Dawn (Tales of Noreela #2)

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  213 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Award-winning author Tim Lebbon takes fantasy to new heights in his thrilling new epic as unlikely allies struggle to keep the light of hope burning against a tide of unending darkness...

Noreela teeters on the brink of destruction, but at its center pulses a magic grown stroner than ever before. Now the Mages have raised an army of terrifying warriorsand unstoppable war ma
Paperback, 416 pages
Published March 27th 2007 by Spectra (first published 2007)
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4 stars

I am now a Tim Lebbon fan... This is the second book in a very dark, adult oriented, dirty fantasy duology. It is written well, develops characters we can identify with, has a plot that is not all straight lines, and has enough action to keep us from putting it down.

Lebbon is a creative story teller...
"Hope... A voice whispered, but it was like no voice he had ever heard before. It was a breeze through the bare branches of a tree, the wash of foamy waters on the shores of Sordon Sound, th
Dusk by Tim Lebbon
ISBN: 0553383647 Published February 2006
Bantam Spectra 416 pages

The year is the Year of the Black 2208. There has been no magic on the world of Noreela for three centuries. It is a savage place, a post Cataclysmic War environment, where life is nasty, very unpleasant and often short.

The book begins with violence - a graphic and gruesome massacre of men, women and children in a village by a seemingly unstoppable creature, a Red Monk. It is searching for Rafe Baburn, a young man
Trying to find my dark ...disturbing dark fantasy read's still searching for the one I just cant remember (d$#@ priest turns from his order and starts using black magic to become a god) Sooo, been re-reading some of the darker novels I remember and happily finding some new dark disturbing new authors out there, Happy =)
Kind of a different review/rant/ ... whatever'
Mark Bukovec
Oct 14, 2007 Mark Bukovec rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who read the first book
Dawn is weaker than the first book in the series, Dusk. There's a lot here to like, though. This is epic fantasy with a proletariat cast. I especially enjoyed the character arc of Kosar the thief, who goes from coward to reluctant hero. Lebbon's characters are well-rounded: no "good" character doesn't have her own selfish motives, nor do the "evil" characters not have rational reasons for following their agenda.

However, the book feels artificially long. I don't know if this is because at 400 pag
3.5 stars:

As wonderful as I found the dark fantasy of Dusk, I was disappointed by Dawn, and the sad thing is that overall the book was good. There were lots of epic scenes, I loved the characters and how they developed, Lebbon's descriptions were still vivid and engaging...The only thing I can think of was a pacing problem. Where Dusk felt like things kept getting more and more tense, until I could barely stand it, I didn't get that from the sequel. The story had some great, tense scenes, but ov
I liked this series. Dawn literally picks up where Dusk ends. It had a few surprises for me. One being a death of a character I really didn't like but thought was going to be a main person to the end. I couldnt help but think of parallels to Lord of the Rings as the climax got closer. The whole having to go to the dark place in order to restore good. The obsession with the new magic that Hope had. She took on the role of gullom and Sam while Alishia was Frodo. This didnt ruin it but it lessened ...more
Kurt Rocourt
This is the better half of the first book Dusk. While that book was about set up this is all about trying to get to the payoff. Some characters get lost. One character gets a great setup than disappears before the end of the book. Its supposed to be a story about magic returning but by the end I stopped caring about that. The ending is good thats why I rated it higher than Dusk. I treated them both as one book broken in two and rated on that.
Brennan Griffin
Tim Lebbon is just not for me in the end. He's got a fertile, fresh imagination, but the characters and plot just don't quite come together for me.
Chris Tice
I enjoyed this series very much and feel like it is a good read for anyone who likes sci-fi fantasy with a different spin.
Figured I had to finish the story since I read the first one, but was a bit on the boring side.
part 2 which takes up were dusk left off and never skips a beat.
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I love writing, reading, triathlon, real ale, chocolate, good movies, occasional bad movies, and cake.

I was born in London in 1969, lived in Devon until I was eight, and the next twenty years were spent in Newport. My wife Tracey and I then did a Good Thing and moved back to the country, and we now live in the little village of Goytre in Monmouthshire with our kids Ellie and Daniel. And our dog,
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Tales of Noreela (5 books)
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