Elfsorrow (Legends of the Raven #1)
Elfsorrow certainly had its own rhythm compared to the first three books, but fabulous nonetheless. Barclay’s elves totally rock, giving Tolkien’s elves a run for their money. Yeah, the elves were in and out of the previous novels, but here we get to see them in their full glory: Armed to the teeth and ready to kick some serious butt while fighting along side the Raven mercenaries. Most of the times unwillingly, but in the end, the elves see value in the Raven’s actions. (I can’t wait to read B...more
This could so easily have been 5 stars. By then end, it nearly was. But it took over 300 pages to get to a point of being able to keep the characters straight, and the overlapping plot lines in order. There is a densely tangled web held within these pages.
I'm sure it didn't help that while this is the first book of the Legends of the Raven series, it follows after Chronicles of the Raven, and Mr. Barclay assumes that you are already familiar with all of the charac...more
Fast paced, gruesomely violent, with a good underlying story. Still showing its role playing heritage at points, but it seems as if Barclay is growing away from its limitations.
The elves and the elf nation are the true focus of the book, with the elfsorrow potentially affecting every elf.
The raven have to rescue the elf nation from tbhe elfsorrow, whilst balaia falls into inter-college war around them.
Major plot points turn on th...more
Never got better.
The potency of this tale is again Barclay's world drawn beautifully. The ideals of faith, courage and tenacity.
His fight and battle scenes I'm in awe of.