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Nightchild

(Chronicles of the Raven #3)

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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,449 ratings  ·  46 reviews
The third volume of James Barclay's bestselling Chronicles of The Raven sees Raven set against Raven as Balaia faces up to the threat of the One magic unified in one person: the five-year-old daughter of Erienne and Denser of The Raven.Barclay has made a trademark of blistering pace, superbly described action and characters who, with their flaws, humour and dedication to e ...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published July 10th 2003 by Orion Publishing Group (first published 2002)
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Fabiano
3.5
Briony
Apr 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I know some people enjoy graphic, blow by blow descriptions of long battles but it's not my cup of tea. Sword fighting epic quest with battle mages, infrequent dragons. Good if that's your thing.
Janelle Lanthrum
This is not Barclay’s best work. As usual the characters are good and the relationships between them are strong and believable. I love the complex relationship between the members and how past events aren’t simple forgotten.

The problem is the plot. While action packed, it hinges on all the characters failing to ask the very obvious questions. Let’s start with the dragons. At the end of the last book, three Kaan dragons were trapped in Balaia, which is completely unsuitable and is now killing the
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Mairi
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Tundus, et tuleb terviklik triloogia, aga kolmanda raamatu kirjutamise ajaks oli agent autorile juba selgeks teinud, et sul on nii hästi müüv maailm, tee selle peale veel midagi. Nii juhtuski, et komplekti lõpetava loo asemel saime me uut komplekti sissejuhatava ja probleeme vihjava raamatu. Teise punkti kaotab lugu võtte pärast, mida esimeseski raamatus kasutati. Seal see töötas, oli eluliselt vajalik ja oluline, et üks peategelastest kasvaks just selliseks nagu loo jaoks tarvis oli, aga siin o ...more
Sylvain
Toujours beaucoup d actions, beaucoup de cœur, mais les ressorts s essoufflent.
Mike Everest Evans
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Will review in full when I get around to it - sorry for the delay.
Emelia
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow...what a ride ! RTC after the second installment of The Raven !
And yes, Barclay is up there with Sullivan, Erickson, and yes, right up there with Gemmell ! O.O
Mellejoliemome
une narration un peu bancale et une fin assez décevante. on passe une assez bonne lecture
Michele (Mikecas)
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Una trilogia fantasy che avevo scartato quando era stata pubblicata dalla Nord, anche se era un periodo in cui acquistavo quasi tutto quello che ritenevo perlomeno leggibile. Ma una rapida occhiata al primo volume mi aveva convinto che il livello di leggibilità era raggiunto con difficoltà, o non raggiunto del tutto. Li ho letti ora, in una versione digitale, per verificare quella mia sensazione, e devo effettivamente confermarla in toto.
Si tratta di un
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Reni
Dec 25, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2012
I'm tempted to give a fourth star, but I can't ignore that this book has problems.

Especially the pacing of the first half is odd, the book is switching between too many point-of-view characters too quickly. Sometimes for a paragraphs not even four lines long. And that's not in the action scenes, but in the stage when the book is still (re)introducing us to the setting and building up exposition. It makes it hard to really delve into the story and lose yourself in it. For me the book didn't pick
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Betelgeuse
Oct 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chi crede che l’amicizia e il coraggio siano doti uniche.
Recensione pubblicata su Cronache di Betelgeuse

La compagnia del Corvo deve affrontare un momento terribile: dopo essersi sciolti e aver proseguito con le loro vite, sono costretti a combattere di nuovo insieme per proteggere un’innocente. Per una volta però gli eroi sentono il passare del tempo e non sono più in forma smagliante.

Erienne e Denser avrebbero potuto costruire una famiglia insieme, preoccupandosi solo della loro figlia Lyanna. Invece si sono lasciati dividere dalle divergenze di opin
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Ziburan
Het slot van de trilogie over de Raven.
Een misser om mee te beginnen is het feit dat de vertaler (een andere dan van de eerste 2 boeken) niet de moeite heeft genomen de eerste twee boeken in het Nederlands te lezen. Hierdoor zijn enkele termen anders vertaald. Voorbeeld: Xeteskiër is nu Xeteskaan. Ook staan er (vooral in het begin) redelijk wat fouten (tikfouten en grammaticafouten), kennelijk is de vertaling van dit boek niet goed geredigeerd. Genoeg mensen die zich er niet aan zullen storen, m
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Clay Kallam
Jan 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf-fantasy
“Nightchild” (Pyr, $16, 400 pages) takes more than a willing suspension of disbelief to make sense of what happens. But first, the background: This is book three in the Chronicles of the Raven, and the Raven is a small group of warriors and magicians who save the world while trying to keep from fighting with each other. That leads to the first suspension of disbelief, a common one in such books, and relatively easily digested: The Raven may get wounded, but they are so skilled and talented as wa ...more
NobilisGughy
Le prime 250 pagine sono come un lago, da solcare placidamente. Poi precipita tutto, in un vortice improvviso di scontri e calamità che puntano prepotenti verso il climax.

Un neo presente in tutta la trilogia sono i personaggi, incerti nella peculiarità e deboli nell’esprimere la profondità dei loro sentimenti, probabilmente il compito più arduo per qualsivoglia narratore. Non sono riuscito a provare empatia con nessuno di loro, per non dire che spesso ho faticato a sopportarne azioni e pensieri.
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Matteo Pellegrini

Sono passati cinque anni da quando il gruppo di mercenari conosciuto come il Corvo ha neutralizzato gli effetti del terribile incantesimo Rubaurora. Cinque anni di pace, che hanno consentito all'Ignoto e ai suoi compagni di riprendere un'esistenza normale, e alla maga Erienne e al mago Denser di coronare il loro sogno d'amore con la nascita di una bellissima bambina, Lyanna. Ma quell'immensa gioia rischia di diventare una spaventosa minaccia per il mondo di Balaia. La piccola, infatti, è dotata

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Xkander
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La terza puntata delle Cronache del Corvo ci riporta su Balaia, cinque anni dopo la fine dell'invasione degli Occadi.
Troviamo l'Ignoto di nuovo alla Colonia dei Corvi, sposato e papà affettuoso di un bimbo; Hirad al servizio dei suoi amati Kaan, ed Ilkar alle prese con la ricostruzione di Julatsa.
L'avvio della storia sono la fuga di Erienne con la figlioletta Lyanna, con l'inconsapevole dono dell'Unica Via e la ricostituzione del Corvo, per aiutare Denser a ritrovare e salvare moglie e figlia
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Jennifer Brown

It was a nail biter! A page turner packed full of action from cover to cover. And while swords were rarely sheathed, blood flew like water, and magic whizzed about, the story ran much deeper than just another action fairy-tale. It was such a sad and touching ending to the Chronicles of the Raven trilogy: Heartbreaking really.

But it’s not really over, not yet anyways. I can’t wait to hunker down with the next quadrilogy:Legends of the Raven, Yea!

I have to say it again: The one thing I love most

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Tbloxham
Nov 16, 2010 rated it liked it
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Kelly Flanagan
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well for any of you out there that read my review of the first book of this series I humbly apologize for my lack of brain cells. I started reading a series that comes way after and was written way after this series which is, I might add his first. I definitively came down hard saying this didn't seem like the same author and was despondent that his series varied so radically. I was viewing things wrong. Having finished this most excellent series I see a growing artist refine his art. And refini ...more
Đenis
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
Akčné tempo pokračuje, príjemne sa to pútavo číta. Ale som celkom sklamaný, ten koniec nekoniec je pekne odbytý. Akčne parádne, ale mal to byť záver trilógie.. a prišlo mi to také nijaké.
V závere tejto série sa Eriana s Lyannou snažia uniknút Dordoverskej univerzite k Al-Drachar, ktorí ju i Balaiu môžu zachrániť. Lyanna je totiž dieťaťom Jednoty a neovládaná mágia, ktorá ňou prestupuje, ničí celý kontinent. Dordover spolu s pozostatkom Černokrídelníkov sa ju snažia zabiť, pričom Havrani sa s ni
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Bertrand
Apr 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Non qu'Ombremage soit un échec, mais le souffle d'Aubemort retombe peu à peu et on finit par s'habituer aux Ravens.
Comme pour les deux premiers tomes, il s'agit toujours à nos mercenaires de sauver le monde.
Aubemort avait été épique et rentre-dedans, Noirzénith tentait (avec plus ou moins de succès) de donner de la profondeur à l'univers et de théoriser la magie et la mécanique des plans dimensionnels. Quant à Ombremage ? Pas grand chose à se mettre sous la dent.
Finissons sur une note positive
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Tim Franklin
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
An improvement, for me, on the first two Raven novels - maybe it's just my own familiarity with the world and the characters increasing, but this was more engaging and the issues with "suspension of disbelief" I noted previously weren't jarring.

However, I'd misunderstood that this was the last volume in a distinct trilogy, and there would be some kind of an ending, not the cliff-hanger and huge unresolved plot I got. Knock a star off for the "Oh. That's all?" moment, would have been a solid five
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Luciano De benedictis
people who read also the two previous books have to finish the trilogy in every case. but this book is
not, not bad. Barclay managed the difficult stand to evolve and age the old charachters without making them new ones. the fights are his speciality, he writes every blow, every foot moved, without being redundant. you would be disappointed when you expect a typical trilogy ending, but remember James wrote another trilogy, here in italy we are still waiting.
SPOILER:oh, yeah, thraun, the ol' wolf.
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Alien
May 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
In chapter 3 it dawned on me that this was not the first of the series. No, I am not dumb, there was no mention of this on the back or on the inside of the book.
Well that pissed me off.
I kept on reading but was more and more underwhelmed. The plot was developping very slowly. And the characters where not interesting at all. I decided to go on until page 100. Oh boy, it dragged.
There is really only one plotline that matters. And there is way too much sorcery. For me sorcery is OK as an ingredient
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Ireth Seregon
Dec 17, 2012 rated it liked it
I only liked the in depth view of Julatsa as my favorite character Ilkar is there. Love the fight scenes, morality, conscience playing out... except really heavy at the end. I think it's influenced by someone dear to the author passing away too. Begins the downfall of the heroes, and tragedy, injustice unfolds consequently...
For pple who are realists and can take grief without depression. I was quite depressed with this and the next one.
Katie
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Amazing book, but a horrible end to a series - too many loose ends. Thankfully there is another series to follow it up, and I'm looking forward to starting that one again (now that i know what the heck is going on).

As always, I loved the writing style, the plot, and the characters. This author has some serious talent. Too bad his books are so hard to get a hold of because he's a British author.
Andrea Miles
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the story- a young child has all types of magic in her mind but she is too young to control it forcing her mother to flee with her to those who can help. However there are people out there to stop them. It is up to The Raven to find them before the others do. Meanwhile Balaia is being torn apart by earthquakes and weather.

Th main problem with the book is that it tails off at the end & the end is a bit of an anti-climax.

All in all though an enjoyable read
Pesto
Dec 18, 2010 rated it it was ok
Well... Its just ok. I found myself wanting to like the characters but really - here we are in the 3rd book and they still act like a bunch of children. The writing is mediocre at best and pretty flat. I wanted to scream everytime I hear Ilkar say.. "come on Unknown"... ughh.. what a bad name!

anyway... wish I enjoyed it more.. I wanted to .. really... but just couldn't in the end.
Pedro Quaresma
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
I almost get the impression James Barclay wanted to write two books but for some reason (contract?) was forced to write three. Nightchild occurs several years after the first two (excellent) books. Some of the main characters remain the same but the story itself seems rushed and unlinked to the other books. There is little here of what made the first two books so good and original.
Catherine
Apr 05, 2015 rated it liked it
I did enjoy this, but can't say I totally understood it. Lots of magical words and descriptions which I just didn't get, though I have to admit that could have been because I was reading it so fast - thoroughly enjoying the action and wondering how the heck the Raven were going to win this one. Also have to say - NEVER saw the ending coming! Will have to begin the next book SOON!
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