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Dauwdief (Chronicles of the Raven #1)

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  2,723 Ratings  ·  142 Reviews
In het door oorlogen verscheurde Balaia, verhuurt een groep zwaardvechters zich aan de hoogste bieder. Zij noemen zichzelf: De Raven en zijn alleen trouw aan zichzelf en hun erecode. Maar waarom vechten ze dan voor het Duistere College van Magie? Ze gaan op zoek naar de plek waar Dauwdief, een spreuk die het eind van de wereld kan betenen, is verborgen. Zes mensen en twee ...more
Hardcover, 463 pages
Published November 2005 by Uitgeverij M (first published 1999)
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Lars J. Nilsson
Not very exciting. In fact, since I somehow had expected gritty realistic fantasy, but got some sort of bland, although action packed, sword and sorcery instead, I'm a bit disappointed.

If someone compares this to Erikson or Cook, don't believe them. This is "dungeons and dragons"-style fantasy with silly-sounding spell names, mana-power and where the "dark college" has a name with an 'X' in it (everyone who's played RPG's know that if someone has an 'X' in his name, he's no doubt chaotic or evil
Sep 01, 2009 Stefan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Dawnthief is the first book in James Barclay's CHRONICLES OF THE RAVEN trilogy (followed by Noonshade and Nightchild). In addition to the trilogy, the author also published four LEGENDS OF THE RAVEN novels and one Raven novella, as well as two ASCENDANTS OF ESTORIA novels and the stand-alone Vault of Deeds. Dawnthief was James Barclay's first published work in 1999 and, in the author's words, "came from a personal frustration with the pace, style and character matter of other fantasy novels." It ...more
Mar 17, 2011 Ethan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Made it to page 100 before I gave up. The writing is distractingly bad and the plotting is contrived. Within the first ten pages, a seasoned mercenary breaks rank for no reason whatsoever, resulting in the death of one of his buddies. Then the other seasoned mercenaries somehow join up ranks with the wizard who--mere minutes before--was throwing exploding fireballs at them. Huh? Then, a couple days later, an assassin waltzes in and easily murders another member of The Raven during a party. Serio ...more
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
The Raven are a renown group of mercernaries, known for being trustworthy and fierce, and have never failed a job. But after ten years it looks as though they may have taken their last job and settle in to retirement. However, fate has other plans, the Wytch Lords have escpaed their prison and are uniting the Wesman for an attack on Balaia, and The Raven and a Dark Mage may be the only people with the power to stop them.

This book has been on my shelf waiting to be read for literally years, and I
Feb 20, 2010 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I'm not sure what should have been done differently, but this book read more like the summary of a possible storyline than a real and completely developed story. Or maybe a fictionalized version of an RPG campaign. I've read and liked other books that appeared to use that formula.

I just felt like it lurched from one event to another without much connection or much sense. Many of the scenes or ideas worked on their own, but the whole did not hold together.

And there was no small amount of contradi
J.P. Ashman
Oct 23, 2016 J.P. Ashman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Years since I read this and I don't remember it all, but I do remember being surprised and impressed at how unsafe every character is - it's tense, a lot, because no one is safe. There's plenty of action and intrigue as I remember it. A good fantasy read.
Sep 19, 2008 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2008
I was torn between wanting to give this book 3 stars and 5 stars. I loved the series and it was really something that I haven't encountered in a while. I love the whole adventure/action fantasy series. The characters were loveable and I loved the fact that they weren't perfect, as in they made mistakes in how they fought and they got hurt. All too often characters are invincible and it makes it hard to believe. There are character diaologe that is believe and makes it easy to understand what is ...more
Dave-Brendon Burgh
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Aug 16, 2012 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dawnthief has sat on my shelf for awhile, promising a world of gritty mercenary realism reminiscent of Glen Cook or Joe Abercrombie. The book follows the exploits of an elite band of brothers called The Raven, as they’re caught up in a war against the powerful Wytch Lords. Imprisoned for centuries after failing in their last attempt to conquer the world of Balaia, the Wytch Lords are back--and this time will settle for nothing less than utter annihilation of their foes.

Barclay’s novel contains
Richard Bray
I’m feeling very neutral about DAWNTHIEF, the first book of the CHRONICLES OF THE RAVEN. The book has some obvious storytelling flaws that bother me, and at the beginning, Barclay is so wrapped up the action that it’s hard to differentiate between the characters. And when some characters die early on and all the surviving characters are in mourning, there was a disconnect for me, since I never knew anything about the character past his name.

DAWNTHIEF is about an elite company of mercenaries who
Mar 24, 2013 Betelgeuse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chi non ha paura di sfidare l’ignoto.
Recensione pubblicata su Cronache di Betelgeuse

Un gruppo di intrepidi guerrieri è pronto a tutto pur di salvare il proprio paese e i propri compagni. Non sono però preparati agli intrighi e sotterfugi che complicheranno la loro missione e dovranno scegliere con attenzione i loro alleati.

CI troviamo così trasportati in un continente intriso di magia, in cui esistono incantesimo mortali e amuleti di protezione. Prima di riuscire a districarsi tra le varie scuole di maghi, che rappresentano dei ver
Kelly Flanagan
Jun 16, 2014 Kelly Flanagan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hmmm, not sure what all I want to write about this book. I'll start by saying that I came to Barclay thru another of his series - Elves: Once Walked With Gods which blew my mind - surprise, I hadn't come across his name before. "Try another series as you wait for book two" I thought. So I instantly took this one.
I felt like there were two different writers using the name James Barclay to write fiction. Seriously I read Elves: Once Walked With Gods in one sitting but this book was so radically d
Nov 27, 2009 Reed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was in the mood recently for an old school, romp n stomp fantasy adventure story. Not a 800 page opening to the latest swooning, overwrought fantasy epic, not another urban fantasy filled with vamps and werewolves, but something that brought back memories of my high school days tearing through Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and Grey Mouser tales.

I'd heard about Barclay's Raven novels for a decade, but avoided them because they sounded too much like what I was now in the mood for . . . what's old is new
Luca Lesi
Fantasy sword and sorcery di buon livello, un seguito da tre/quattro stelle che merita la lettura dell'intera saga.
Una compagnia di mercenari , una quest, diverse razze, diverse magie, diversi mondi e gli splendidi draghi ! Tutto ciò che un amante del fantasy può desiderare.
Scrittura intensa, personaggi complessi e misteriosi, metà della compagnia che , inaspettatamente , muore ancor prima di cominciare la ricerca (non preoccupatevi, verranno sostituiti da nuovi personaggi e non c'è nemmeno il
Jun 18, 2013 Beps rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
L'idea c'è, il resto no. o meglio, libro strano che va a tratti... a volte ero preso, a volte più annoiato che mai e ho fatto una fatica immane a finirlo... era lì, che mancavano 30 pagine a finirlo ed è rimasto lì a guardarmi per 3 giorni, se non fosse stato per le mie solite 2 ore al giorno di viaggio in treno che mi sbatto ogni giorno probabilmente non l'avrei mai finito. Non è orribile, anzi, è carino, e sono completamente indeciso se continuare la trilogia o no... Pieno di Magia, f
Sep 27, 2011 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This one was one of the hardest to get in to as I have ever experienced. I put it down twice and didn't expect to go back to it. Perseverance paid off in the end and after about the first four chapters, wherein there is way too much written about ponytails, the story really takes off. It doesn't get really amazing until about the middle of the book but from there on it I couldn't put it down. I have read quite a few reviews on here where I can't bring myself to believe that the person who wrote ...more
Jul 28, 2014 Wouter rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As most others already said, indeed very fast paced (good, no boring sections at all) but very very shallow (bad) and fuzzy explanations of the given lore. There are parts where there's a lot of new stuff introduced, and always one character logically explains everything and they carry on on their epic quest. It's too bad, it could have been much more "epic" if I for instance even remotely cared about the plot.
Then there's an "evil guy" who in the beginning you think is up against the heroes bu
Nathan Simpson
Decent fantasy fare, but a few things irked me. The writing wasn't particularly memorable, and I found the author's insistence on capitalizing the names of his spells distracting.

My memory of it is something like this:

'MainCharacter threw up his hands, sending a FireBall(TM) at his enemy. The enemy laughed and threw up a WaterShield(TM). "You'll never get me, MainCharacter!"'

Okay, he didn't put trademarks, and it's been a few years since I've read it, but still, the capitalization thing makes me
Jul 23, 2011 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
c1999. Great book. Recommended via various book blogging sites. Loved all the characters even the baddies. Looking forward to reading the rest of The Raven books which I have now already reserved. I agree totally with David Gemmell's blurb which stated "Barclay writes with power, pace and a wonderful sense of humour. Better than that he creates novels you want to read again and again." Definitely a keeper. "Mainly , though, he considered it was because while as individuals they were outstanding, ...more
Jun 27, 2013 Werehare rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantatrash

Trascrizione di una campagna D&D, tutta azione e poco altro. I protagonisti sono una banda di mercenari, imbattibili per anni e anni e che improvvisamente cominciano a cadere come birilli proprio dall'inizio di questa storia; la trama è la solita, generica quest per trovare l'incantesimo di Brillasbrocca, e l'ambientazione è la più vaga e cliché possibile; i personaggi sfaccettati e unici non sono esattamente la priorità dell'autore (eufemismo... ); sembra che Barclay eviti attivamente
Joe Moley
Oct 05, 2010 Joe Moley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When will I learn to use the reading sample feature on my kindle before just purchasing the full versions!?!?!?

No way this gets downloaded if I had read the main characters name is "The Unknown Warrior". Loved reading that phrase over and over each page. Brutal. If i taught third grade, i would expect better from 9 year old Jimmy's first fantasy story.

Pass on this one if you can.
Mar 03, 2017 Mairi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mõnuš! Täitsa klassikaline fantasy, kuid seda muhedam - positiivsed peategelased, üsna värskendav kogus maagiakasutust (mille kohta autor tõesti palju teadis) ning piisavalt väike naistegelaste osakaal. :D Noh, üle ja ümber neist päriselt küll ei saa ning need kes on, kõlavad usutavalt, kuid põhirõhk on palgasõdurite vennaskonnal. Noh, tegelikult lähevad nad kolmekümnendal leheküljel erru ning sealt edasi alles tõsiseks läheb.
Nov 27, 2013 Redax rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Un libro vecchio stile. Pi�� che altro vecchio per i miei gusti.

Mi sono avvicinato a questo libro principalmente per sua la copertina che spicca tra i nuovi arrivi in libreria per eleganza e sobriet��.
Nella copertina viene propagandato come un libro che ���aggiunge nuova linfa al fantasy���, che parla di forza e amicizia, di mercenari e lealt��.
Ottimi ingredienti per un tomo di spessore.

Chi ben comincia
Il libro inizia in maniera scoppiettante: un rapimento, una battaglia, ritmo e mus
Solitarius Lupus
This was an okay book, but it didn't interest me enough to read the other books in the series.
Jessica Strider
Pros: old style fantasy quest, interesting magic system, high tension, surprising willingness to kill off main characters

Cons: minor inconsistencies in characters and events add up and bump you out of the story

While doing a routine mercenary job, the Raven loses a member and follows an enemy Xetesk mage into another dimension. After these experiences the remaining members of the Raven realize two things: they're getting old and the world is a stranger place than they thought.

The mage, Denser, la
Shawn Spjut
Dawnthief; James Barclay, 2009; Prometheus Books, Amherst, NY

Dawnthief is a first for author James Barclay and myself, and I must say for a first book-date it was pretty sketchy. Not that I don't think the novel (first in three series "Chronicles of the Raven") was an intentionally badly written book. I actually thought for a fantasy novel the author created a rather unique story line. Which lets face it, with over one hundred thousand new authors cranking out manuscripts per year, is not all th
Nov 14, 2015 JinkM rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Raven is a band of mercenaries who have bound themselves by honor. And if one takes on the task of reading this book, they will not let you forget it. Ever. As for the actual story, it was certainly action-packed and the plot line was interesting, though pretty standard fare for fantasy. There was some interesting magic systems and potentially interesting characters. I say potentially because that's about the level of this book. There was potential, but it just didn't get there. I understand ...more
Nov 04, 2008 Ziburan rated it really liked it
De Raven zijn een groep huurlingen die erover denken om met pensioen te gaan. Dan worden twee van hen vermoord. Jarenlang hebben ze overal gevochten in hun wereld Balaia, bijna nooit hadden ze verliezen en dan plotseling zijn ze twee man kwijt. Dat kwam een beetje ongeloofwaardig over.
De Raven zijn alleen trouw aan zichzelf en hun erecode en zijn te huren door de hoogste bieder.
Door het verlies van deze twee geliefde makkers besluiten ze te laten inhuren door een Xeteskische magiër genaamd Dens
Jul 06, 2011 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
You'll note in the above title, and on the book cover itself that this is Book 1 (the first) in a series titled Chronicles of the Raven (the Raven being the mercenary group the series revolves around). So you can imagine my surprise when, within the first 100 or so pages, 4 out of the 7 members of the Raven have been killed off. Yeah. And since the remaining members spend most of their time in those first 100 page mourning the death of their fellows, it's a little hard to really get into reading ...more
Sarah Staszkiel
Mar 24, 2014 Sarah Staszkiel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, my-very-own
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