Dauwdief (Chronicles of the Raven #1)
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...more
This book has been on my shelf waiting to be read for literally years, and I...more
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...more
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...more
DAWNTHIEF is about an elite company of mercenaries who...more
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...more
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...more
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.
Il loro nome è leggenda: il Corvo. Sono sei uomini e un elfo, mercenari che da oltre dieci anni si mettono al servizio del miglior offerente nelle guerre che dilaniano Balaia. Il loro coraggio è pari soltanto all'amicizia che li lega e alla lealtà che hanno sempre dimostrato nei confronti dei nemici, diventata un vero e proprio codice: Uccidere, mai assassinare. Eppure non hanno mai dovuto affrontare una missione così pericolosa e disperata. I malvagi Lord Stregoni, infatti, sono fuggiti dalla p...more
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...more
Barclay’s novel contains...more
Fantastic imagery of mage bolts/spells during battle. You rarely get a distant view of a magical battle in fantasy, you are always in the thick of it - this was unique and I really liked it. All of his books that I've picked up and flipped through have scenes with vivid imagery - it makes me wish I could get into them.
Also, loved the drago...more
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...more
Class: L-B2 (FP) *
(N.B.: first book of the Raven Series, it can be read as a stand-alone novel)
This is a not very satisfying "Dungeons and Dragons" style fantasy with silly names (the "dark college" has an 'X' in its name, and so it's chaotic or evil!), an unspecified magic system, unnecessary and interminable descriptions (like the market of Korina or the Rooker Inn) and a hollow story. The protagonists (members of the mercenary elite) keep dying like flies, and you can't care less, b...more
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...more
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...more
Dawnthief is an easy read with plenty of traditional fantasy items and a few interesting twists but nothing groundbreaking. I enjoyed the concept of a small elite mercenary force with rules and a code but I struggled to find a character to enjoy. To the point, that when the inevitable deaths happen, I as a reader,...more
For all those people who say 'never judge a book by its cover', I would say that this buy proved them all wrong. The books seductive coloured pages, and moody exterior was exactly what I got from reading the book.
Full of well described characters, long-standing friendships, as well as rivalry, this...more
The novel has its flaws, but that is normal considering how it's James Barclay's first. But it's polished enough to make it clear just how talented this writer is. His...more
That said, if you like action fantasy, then this could be right up your alley. Definitely on the adult end of things, though.
In the end, I think I gav...more
At first the storyline looks pretty simple, like yeah we have a mission, we have to obtain some stuff in order to cast a spell that can save the world. But there are many mini stories running on background. For example the past of The Unknown Warrior, or slow revelation of the reasons why Ilkar hates Xetesk so much.
I loved the fighting scene...more
L'ombre du jeu de rôle n'est jamais loin mais qu'importe, le plaisir est entier.
Aubemort, ce sont ces moments de nostalgie, de portes crochetées, d'incantations murmurées, de lames jaillissant de leurs fourreaux, comme en faisant griller l...more