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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
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Paperback, 432 pages
Published February 25th 2003 by Bragelonne (first published 2001)
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Timothy Boyd
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very nice, fast paced fantasy novel. Good action and plot throughout. I an very impressed with the writer's interpretation and detailed description of the magic used by the characters. If you are looking for a new fantasy read then I think this could be in for you. Very recommended.
Mairi
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ikka veel äärmiselt meeldiv lugemisvara. Epic fantasy on ilmselgelt üsna eepiline magamisaja röövija ning ma ei kahetse seda grammigi.
J.P. Ashman
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining fantasy read as I remember it. Great, quirky characters and lots of action.
(Read this years ago).
Tyrone
Feb 10, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, reviewed
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
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Suzanne (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
Michael Everest
Will review in full when I get around to it - sorry for the delay.
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
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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
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Katie
Aug 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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
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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
Jennifer

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

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Ettelëa
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
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

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Luca Lesi
May 24, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Corvo
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
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Yoruichi
Feb 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
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Ziburan
Nov 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Keith
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
that really shouldn't have taken me as long to read as it did. I enjoyed the many different viewpoints we got including the fact we saw the bad guys side of things at times. plus getting to see how thraun sees and thinks as a wolf was great. I don't however like that the conclusion of the main problems came in the last chapter leaving little room for things to wind down (I know there are sequel but the summary seems like it's 5 years in the future so how does that help the lack of winding down i ...more
Đenis
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
Polední stín plynule pokračuje na Zlodeja úsvitu a Havrani sa musia vysporiadať s trhlinou, ktorú Denser otvoril pri záchrane Balaii. Voľne sa otvára sa dimenzia drakov, v ktorej už dlhé roky zúri krvavá vojna drakov. Kaanovia - draci napojený na ich podpornú dimenziu Balaiu takto musia brániť otvorený portál proti invázii a Havrani musia v čo najkratšej dobe uzavrieť rýchlo sa zväčšujúcu trhlinu. Na Balaie sa zatiaľ Wesovia plne venujú invázii na východ na univerzity. Vyvrcholenie je ako aj v p ...more
Bertrand
Apr 25, 2010 rated it liked it
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.
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Shane
May 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Shinew
Jun 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Cindy
Nov 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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!
Whitney Evans
Noonshade definitely picked up toward the end, but it was pretty slow and predictable. I also didn't realize it was the second book in a series until about 1/4 of the way through. It might have been easier to read at the beginning if I had known the characters already from reading the first book in the series.
Kelly Flanagan
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Bianca
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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..
Ruby Ridge
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a Raven book - nuff said. Even though it is part of a Trilogy Mr. Barclay still gives it a proper ending, he doesn't need to make a cliff hanger his books are good enough on their own to keep us coming back.
Five stars for once again delivering what his fans want - a good sword and sorcery story with with plenty of blood and guts on the way
Clive Anthony
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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...
Reni
Jun 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2011
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.
Jussi
Apr 19, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Fairly bad and pointless fantasy brick where the author apparently had exactly one idea to revolve it around: any of the main characters can (and will, whether it makes any sense or not) die at any time. For some reason I read the trilogy. Maybe so that you wouldn't have to.
Vojtěch
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
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 :)
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