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Dusk (Tales of Noreela #1)

3.47  ·  Rating Details ·  529 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
Kosar the thief senses that Rafe Baburn is no ordinary boy. After witnessing a madman plunder Rafe's village and murder his parents, Kosar knows the boy needs his help. And now, for a reason he cannot fathom, others are seeking the boy's destruction.

Uncertain where to begin, Kosar turns to A'Meer, an ex-lover and Shantasi warrior whose people, unbeknownst to him, have bee
Paperback, 386 pages
Published February 2006 by Spectra (first published 2006)
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Aug 07, 2011 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2011
4.5 Stars

This book has everything that I look for in my fantasy novels. Incredibly dark and dirty. Our heroes are not really good guys even though they are the protagonists of this adventure. I have never read anything from Tim Lebbon but I am now a big fan.

This book is not for the feint of heart, and it's grisly violence will turn some off. If you cannot deal with innocents being maimed and murdered then you need to stay way from this book. Trey, Kosar, Ameer, and Rafe are all likable protagon
S.E. Lindberg
The cover blurb from author Paul Kearney promised that Dusk Is Fantasy For Grown-Ups… An Excellent Book.” I agree and cannot think of a better topline summary.

For Grown-Ups? Yes. Dusk is chock-full of: explicit gore, adult sexual situations, profane language, alluring drug trips, etc. This book is not for young adults. It is also not for adults looking for a light read.

Is it Fantasy? Yes. A brief summary (minus the “adults-only warning”) would even seem to describe a typical young adult fantas
Amy Hughes
Mar 03, 2008 Amy Hughes rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: yes, but probably not to mormons.
this is one of the very best fantasy books i have ever read in my life. it was beautifully written, completely draws you in and i could not put it down. but i hesitate to recommend it to my lds friends. it is dark. it is creepy. it is graffic. at times it is downright disturbing. this guy writes horror, this time he wrote fantasy.

the opening scene, the bad guy rides into town and slits a little girls throat. he then proceeds to massacre the entire town (written in quite a bit of detail). it get
It started off awesome but after a few chapters it started to wane. The author didn't keep me interested in the characters nor the world itself. I had no idea where anything was going. It got tougher and tougher to get through. The cover lures you in but in my mind this was a trap. I will not be reading the follow up to this.
Reading this was really a daunting task. Awful most of the time.
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‘You have heard of Joe Abercrombie, George RR Martin, KJ Parker?’
‘Sesame Street.’ -- With full apologies to anyone involved in the Princess Bride.

Truly this was a dark, dark book. Immediately turn back if you don’t want your book to start with the slaughter of a town, move on to the slaughter of a village, and follow that up with a journey through a sin filled city. As would be expected the book will follow a couple of dubious personalities, including a branded thief and
Mar 16, 2012 Emily rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
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May 22, 2010 Cameron rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Okay, So I'm really sad about this one; why? Because I really liked it. It had everything in it for a really great, epic Sci-Fi novel. The suspense, tension, evil threat bigger than anyone can comprehend, the unlikely group who come together that maybe mankind's last hope. Yeah, it was good...until the end. Now, I'm all for a good twist, but this was a stab and twist to the gut and heart kind of twist. One that leaves a bad taste of blood in your mouth. Some may like that kind of thing, but not ...more
Feb 04, 2008 Venessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horror and dark fantasy fans
This is an extremely dark fantasy tale. It was a somewhat difficult read because I had to walk away from it from time to time. I couldn't read more than about 40 pages in one sitting. With that caveat, however, I must say that it is a very *good* book. Tim Lebbon has a talent for bringing the setting to life and for making the characters multi-faceted. In some scenes, you could smell the mud in the streets, see the texture of the stone buildings. Very visual.

If you're looking for happy endings,
Jen Mendeck
I picked this up on an impulse from the library off the "October reading" shelf. It has some original fantasy concepts. The author also likes writing about gore. Overall, I wasn't wowed. I'm definitely not putting the next book in the series onto my reading list.
William Gerke
An interesting concept and a few neat ideas weakened by use of the overused "prophecy" motif and a sexual scenes and situations that seemed gratuitious.
Aug 22, 2010 Kivrin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Gave up on this one. Too slow, too many characters introduced (Chap 11--and there are still new characters coming in left and right). Way too dark and negative for me.
Jun 13, 2008 Salient rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An interesting concept and a few neat ideas crippled by a hackneyed plot ("Oh, there's a prophecy!") and an attitude that writing about sex a lot makes your work "mature."
Apr 17, 2012 Ian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was horrible.
First and last time I take book recommendations from people while playing CS:S.
Feb 11, 2016 Sud666 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I won't lie. It was the cover that got me. I was randomly wandering around my public library and saw this wicked cover and immediately picked up this book. I am glad I did. Dusk starts off a little slow and strange. The world of Noorela is an innovative one and the story does not follow the usual fantasy pace. But once it starts it is very hard to put down. A brief synopsis (no spoilers):

300 years before this story begins there was a great Cataclysmic War where two Mages warped and twisted the n
I picked up this book because of the reviews that I have read here. It was described as a Horror/Fantasy book. This interested me because I have grown tired of the tame fantasy books that I have been reading. I wanted something with a little more meat on its bones so to speak. So I gave it a chance.

While I didn't find it much of a horror book I did enjoy the more gritty descriptions and bloody violence. I guess horror means different things to different people. I like all of the characters exce
Mark Bukovec
Sep 26, 2007 Mark Bukovec rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who want more grit and gore in their epic fantasy
Wow, this one starts off with a bang. No sitting around the fireplace talking about the impending arrival of Evil. Nope, it's an all out slaughter and the chase is on.

This book isn't so much dark fantasy as it is a horror novel in a fantasy setting. Lebbon really shines when he describes the dark corners of his world: the criminal underground of the capital city, the deep mines where generations of miners spend their lives, and what lies beneath the basements of the evil monastery.

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Mar 30, 2012 Traummachine rated it it was amazing
Tim Lebbon's Face was a wonderful horror novel; atmospheric and tense, surreal but immediate. It reminded me of the dream-like quality of a Charles Grant story. So when I learned that he'd written a dark fantasy novel, I was excited.

Dusk lived up to my hopes. A very dark fantasy devoid of elves, dwarves, and kings, this feels more like the setting for King's Dark Tower books than a cliche fantasy story. The background is that magic fled from the world of Noreela about 3 centuries ago, and is try
Nov 27, 2009 James rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I wasn't even able to finish this, got two thirds into it--barely. This was the worst book I've read in a long time, and a huge disappointment. This book was all around bad in every area.

Characters were all unoriginal and stale with zero development. most seemed pointless to the plot. They didn't even have a good reason to end up with each other when they finally did.

The plot was uber boring and could be summarized in one paragraph. There was excessive time spent on description of pointless thin
Jun 02, 2010 Gary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okayyyy...I was expecting a lot more from this book than it delivered. Many of the elements you want in a good fantasy novel were there - magic hating monks all in red killing indiscriminately in order to halt the return of magic to the world; ancient mages in exile with fanatical followers determined to grab any returning magic for themselves; a thief; a warrior woman; a witch; a fledge miner (a drug mined underground like coal); and a librarian (yes a librarian). So, who could imagine that all ...more
Brian Taylor
Aug 10, 2013 Brian Taylor rated it liked it
I'm a huge fan of Mr. Lebbon. With that being said, there are things I really like about this book, and some I don't. The ending didn't feel like a proper ending to me. It was like someone just pressed pause. That kind of rubbed me the wrong way. I do like the world an most of the characters. I also like seeing things from the villain's POV. The Red Monks are great characters. I hope the next book sheds some light on Trey and Alishia because they really didn't do much here and, as presented, the ...more
Dec 05, 2012 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very different from standard fantasy. Lebbon (I recently learned) is primarily a horror writer and you can really tell. The book is gory and slightly... off. It isn't a bad off but keeps you on edge the whole time.

There isn't really much to the book. It is a lot of character development, and hinting, and set up. The book does have action and is by no means boring, however, after reading it there was a lack of accomplishment. It didn't feel like anything really happened until the last chapter.

Anna Edwards
Sep 06, 2016 Anna Edwards rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I gave up on this book only a few chapters in. It moved too slow for me and it didn't grab my attention at the first chapter.
Roman Milner
Apr 25, 2014 Roman Milner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. It's nice to read a fantasy that tends more towards the creepy. Many of the characters weren't as developed as I would have liked. There were only a couple that I really worried about and one of them was missing for much of the book.

Still, a very original and interesting setting. I'll definitely read the sequel.
Jul 14, 2008 Marita rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Exiting and very well written, but it really is HORROR instead of fantasy. So I had to take stars off because of violence, sex, language and NO kind of Ending to the story was the last straw/star. Really a shame to waist such tallent on gross stuff!!
Nov 18, 2008 Nathan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was looking for a good fantasy book with magic and all that stuff and have been kind of disappointed with this one. It sounded good from the back page, but the author doesn't do a very good job or explaining phenomenons and therefore it doesn't tie together very well.
Feb 01, 2009 Caleb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty interesting beginning but the book stalls at it's midpoint and doesn't deliver an interesting climax... I don't know. It's a book that has all the pieces and didn't put them together the right way.
Brennan Griffin
Very dark. The set pieces - weird beasts, strange cultures and people, and a depiction of a decaying land - all came together memorably. The actual characterization and plotting, however, didn't do that much for me.
Sean Benson
Jul 21, 2015 Sean Benson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can not tell you how many times I have read this book, I read through it, and pick it up again, and read all the way through it. Its a very compelling and very detailed story for any sci-fi, fiction, horror enthusiast. He brings the world of Noreala to life!
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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)
  • Dawn (Tales of Noreela, #2)
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