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NoirZénith (Chronicles of the Raven #2)

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La suite captivante d’AubeMort donne une nouvelle dimension à l’aventure.

Le mage Denser a lancé AubeMort, le sortilège apocalyptique, les Seigneurs Sorcyers ont été bannis et les habitants de Balaia peuvent maintenant se concentrer sur la menace des Ouestiens pour les vaincre.
Mais il s’est passé quelque chose de terrible. Le sortilège a créé une déchirure entre les dimensi
Paperback, 432 pages
Published February 25th 2003 by Bragelonne (first published 2001)
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It took me an absolute age to read this. Not because i struggled with it, but because while i did enjoy Dawnthief, it didn't blow me away, and other books that i have been waiting for kept coming along.

Noonshade was an enjoyable read and i did want to find out what happened to the Raven. Not that was necessary because although each book is in a series and Noonshade follows on immediately from Dawnthief, each book does come to a satisfactory conclusion. It shows perhaps that Barclay is confident
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
In the second installment of the Chronicles of the Raven, it shows the mercernaries mending the rip in their dimension caused from casting Dawnthief. This rip leads to the Dragon dimension, and if the Raven don't mend the rip in time the whol Balaia will be overrun with dragons intent on their dimensions destruction. Mean while the Wesman are still on thier mission to conquer the East, and bring downn the Mage Colleges, with their numbers so vast, even without the Wytch Lords help victory seems ...more
The story begins right where the last book ended, with little reminders throughout the book of what happened previously. If you don't really remember the plot of DawnThief, better re-reading it first.

Otherwise, as often with Barclay, you get lots of action, though the characters are not fully developped they are not completely shalow and while the book is a complete story, the cliché cliffhanger makes it easy to imagine what will be the mission in the third volume. Yet, even if those can be weak
Matteo Pellegrini

Per fermare l'imponente esercito dei Lord Stregoni, la compagnia di mercenari conosciuta come il Corvo ha lanciato Ruba Aurora, un incantesimo potentissimo ma impossibile da controllare. E ora deve far fronte alle conseguenze di quel gesto estremo: Ruba Aurora ha infatti squarciato i cieli sopra la città di Parve, aprendo un portale d'accesso a una dimensione parallela dominata dai draghi, che da secoli aspettano un'occasione per invadere i regni degli uomini. Il passaggio è ancora troppo strett

Luca Lesi
Pieno di speranze...infrante !
Trovare dei nuovi fantasy non è semplice ma per fortuna tra Il trono di Spade e i Malazan ci sono ancora grandi romanzi e ottimi autori. La trilogia del corvo non è tra questi.
Semplicemente non sono riuscito a finire il secondo libro che, pur con un ottimo inizio, si arena in situazioni ripetitive, in passaggi troppo scontati, in personaggi che non riescono a diventare "tuoi" , che non riesci a sentire.
Qualcuno ha scritto che sembra un gioco di ruolo, dadi e mossa
Joey O'Donnell
While I'm not always one for "fighting" fantasy, I have enjoyed both of the Barclay books I've read. They're very action-heavy. It's been some time since I'd read Dawnthief, and this may have hurt my read of Noonshade just a bit. The characters were in no way fresh in my mind, and Noonshade picks up exactly where Dawnthief left off, with very little in the way of refresher. It took me a good third of the book to piece together some of who these people were and what had happened in the previous b ...more
No, možná i o něco míň než 3*. Není to úplně špatná kniha, ale mě prostě nesedl styl, jakým je napsaná. Časté nezáživné popisy, ne moc vydařené dialogy, systém a popisy kouzlení připomínali RPG hry... Nemohla jsem ji dočíst, později jsem přeskakovala stránky, až jsem dospěla k tomu, že jsem vždycky dvojstránku jenom proletěla očima, jestli se tam stalo něco zajímavého. Prostě mě to nechtlo a to přitom zápletka nebyla nijak špatná. Na scéně se objevili draci (moje oblíbené bytosti), takže děj byl ...more
Strega Del Crepuscolo
Un buon seguito...

Il problema principale di questa saga che si porta dietro dal libro uno è la mancanza totale di background dei personaggi.

La storia prosegue da dove si era interrotta e la situazione per il mio gruppo di mercenari preferito (Il Corvo), non è affatto rosea. I terribili lord stregoni sono stati sconfitti MA, a causa del Ruba Aurora, si è aperto uno squarcio interdimensionale che collega Balaia con la Terra dei Draghi.
Il mondo dei draghi viene approfondito molto bene: ci sono dive

This was an absolutely wonderful follow up to Dawnthief. It’s filled with plenty of fast paced, steel flying, blood spewing, magic slinging battles to keep the pages turning.

I wanted to give this book five stars, but I could only give it four. While The Raven are the central point in the story, I found the other characters and their situations much more interesting: The Barrons Greese and Blackthorne; Stillian and the Protectors; General Darrick; and the Wesman Army. Don’t get me wrong, I love

Janelle Lanthrum
This story picks up right where Dawnthief left off. The great Eldritch Evil has been defeated, but the war is far from won. And now there is a whole in the sky to boot, one that happens to link directly to a dimension full of dragons.

Compared to its predecessor, Noonshade feels...lacking. Where in Dawnthief, the Raven had to kill the Witch Lords to cut off the Wesman from their magic and save their own world, in Noonshade the urgency feels artificial. The Raven must find a way to close the rip t
Good, but not as good as the first book. There were a couple parts in this one where the plot seemed to slow down (the first one was action-packed the whole way through), and the author seemed more prone to ending the chapters and such with overly dramatic phrases and exclamations by the characters (sometimes I caught myself mockingly thinking "dun dun dun..." in my head after reading those lines).

However, the plot was still amazing, and if you can get past the graphic, gory, and violent descri
Het tweede deel van deze kronieken las een stuk vlotter. Hierin worden de karakters meer uitgediept. Het gaat verder waar deel 1 eindigde. Een spreuk is door Denser gebruikt om de Hekschenmeesters te verslaan. Wat hij echter niet had verwacht, is dat hierdoor een dimensiescheur zou ontstaan. Deze scheur leidt naar de wereld waar de draken leven (Sja-Kaan is de leider van een van de nesten daar, hij kwam ook al kort in deel 1 voor). De scheur blijkt langzaam te groeien en de Raven moeten samen me ...more
Kelly Flanagan
If you read my review of the first of this series you may be surprised to see that I've finished, and rated highly the second. I am also reading his Elves trilogy at the same time. I won't compare them anymore as that's not what a review is for. I will say this book was easier to get back into the story and I enjoyed it to the end.
Taking the tension down to the wire as usual - and leaving lots of things unresolved... JUST to get me reading the next book! Love it!
Recommended to all who love dragons and fantasy quests with fighting! Lots, and lots of fighting. :)
Clive Anthony
I read this as a quick relaxing read between other books that seemed like more hard work. It was easy but engaging and gripping, carrying forward the same characters (mostly) from book one. Their camaraderie and relaxed dialogue was still there but the plot certainly moved on. As book two it did continue the story, but moved more into a universe of dimensional rifts and sentient dragons...
Les Ravens sont de retour, ajustant leurs fourreaux comme on enfonce un jack dans sa Les Paul…
Qui aime bien châtie bien : la partie « multivers » et plans astraux est intéressante mais quelquefois confuse. Le style est comme pour le premier épisode, souvent malhabile, même si les scènes d’action contiennent de la fougue et quelques morceaux de bravoure.
Tel un coup de mâchoire dans un cheeseburger dégoulinant de ketchup, Noirzénith c’est épées & fireballs à donf’ pour éviter la fin du monde.
I LOVE this series! Book 2 was as good as the first if not better. I have book 3 as well as the following trilogy. (much to my dismay was completed at the closing of Borders) The one thing I want to point out is that it isn't for the faint of heart. People die, main characters included, it is dark and depressing at times and there is, not yet anyway, not any "happily ever after" in sight. I do not suspect there ever will be, but it adds a sense of realism to this series that I have come to appre ...more
Picks up where Dawnthief left off, continuing The Raven's adventures as they search for a way to close the dimensional rip, left as a result of the casting of the spell "Dawnthief", at the end of the first book. Characters retain all the traits that made them so fun to read in the first book, and the story is even more imaginative then the first, and that's saying a lot considering the first books epic level of originality
Still good, but the second part kept dragging on a bit. Too many POVs who just aren't as fleshed out and interesting as the central Raven characters. Though the transitions from chapter to chapter were already smoother than in the first book. But even though the plot felt a bit more streamlined than the first, the arc of suspense didn't.
i know in books about war there are bound to be casualties.. but that doesn't mean i have to like it.. :p
couldn't put it down, though i had to skim on some parts related to the dimensional portal and the war strategy because i didn't really understand.. but i love this series.. can't wait to read the last book..
This is sort of a typical second book. Not much action because it's building up to a certain point for the 3rd book. Although Barclay does a wonderful job of continuing to build up characters and drawing a world that anyone would want to be a part of. Another timeless classic and this time there's dragons!
Dobře, první polovina taková nijaká, ale ta druhá je famózně akční (ke konci sice až mírně chaoticky, ale pořád se to dá). Je tam sice docela dost viditelný kontrast mezi oběma polovinami knihy, avšak s koncem jsem navýsost spokojený :)
James Wilson
really good sequal, following up on the epic tale of the raven. love the charactors and the style of writing.

an easy adventure read, this is really one of those books you can dip in and out of while haveing other books on the go.
If I thought Dawnthief was great, I was even more impressed by Noonshade. This book picks up right where Dawnthief left off, and the action keeps rolling. A very enjoyable read.
Good book, standard fantasy-sword fighting, magic, dragons, save the world. However, it has good core characters, who make up the Raven. A must read for all fantasy lovers.
Lost the will to finish the book and the series. I read the 2nd (Legends) series first and found it better.
i love this series.

engaging characters, a complicated world, believeable dialogue. all-round fun fantasy.
Feels very much like Gemmel and that's a good thing. I will continue with the next part.
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