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Nightchild: Chronicles of the Raven: Book Three [Kindle Edition]

James Barclay
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Chronicles of the Raven: Three



AN UNSTOPPABLE NEW POWER IS RISING ...



The power of the land has manifested itself in Lyanna, a five year old girl. She has the power to sweep the four colleges of magic aside, or - unknowingly - to destroy Balaia. And the colleges will do anything to control her. If she cannot be controlled, she'll be killed ... but first they have to find her.



Denser, one of The Raven, is desperate to find Lyanna and her mother too - not because Lyanna's powers are ripping the world apart, but because she's his daughter. But can even The Raven find Erienne and her child when they don't want to be found? And if they find her, with thousands of lives at stake, can The Raven afford to let her live?



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Amazon.co.uk Review

With Nightchild James Barclay brings his remarkable debut trilogy to a stunning and startling conclusion. The book picks up from the previous entry as the Raven are faced with a terrible moral dilemma: Lyanna, the daughter of Raven warrior Denser and mage Erienne, has been blessed (or cursed) with the power of The One. This power is threatening the very land of Balaia and the four magic colleagues who are desperate to control the power or stop it--even if that means killing a five year old girl. Erienne, fearful for the life of her daughter, goes into hiding and the Raven have little time to find her. When they do, they face a terrible choice that none of them want to make. Nightchild is a cracking finale to what has been a real treat for fans of action-based fantasy. Barclay's prose and characterisation has improved massively with each book and this last in the trilogy is the most satisfying yet. The characters are all like good friends and their relationships have never before been this complicated or tested so much to the limit. Barclay doesn't hold back as usual in the battle scenes which are as exciting and adrenline-pumping as always, but neither has he ever been one to take the easy route with characters and many readers will be surprised by the denouement which, while effectively tying up many loose ends, also opens up possible avenues for future books. The Raven stories have been some of the best new fantasy novels in many a year and will deservedly be cherished for future generations by many fans. They may lack the minute detail of Robert Jordan's epic Wheel of Time series or the sweeping historical feel of George RR Martin's Song of Ice and Fire, but James Barclay has shown lovers of action fantasy everywhere just exactly how it should be done. --Jonathan Weir

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With Nightchild James Barclay brings his remarkable debut trilogy to a stunning and startling conclusion. The book picks up from the previous entry as the Raven are faced with a terrible moral dilemma: Lyanna, the daughter of Raven warrior Denser and mage Erienne, has been blessed (or cursed) with the power of The One. This power is threatening the very land of Balaia and the four magic colleagues who are desperate to control the power or stop it--even if that means killing a five year old girl. Erienne, fearful for the life of her daughter, goes into hiding and the Raven have little time to find her. When they do, they face a terrible choice that none of them want to make. Nightchild is a cracking finale to what has been a real treat for fans of action-based fantasy. Barclay's prose and characterisation has improved massively with each book and this last in the trilogy is the most satisfying yet. The characters are all like good friends and their relationships have never before been this complicated or tested so much to the limit. Barclay doesn't hold back as usual in the battle scenes which are as exciting and adrenline-pumping as always, but neither has he ever been one to take the easy route with characters and many readers will be surprised by the denouement which, while effectively tying up many loose ends, also opens up possible avenues for future books. The Raven stories have been some of the best new fantasy novels in many a year and will deservedly be cherished for future generations by many fans. They may lack the minute detail of Robert Jordan's epic Wheel of Time series or the sweeping historical feel of George RR Martin's Song of Ice and Fire, but James Barclay has shown lovers of action fantasy everywhere just exactly how it should be done. --Jonathan Weir

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1065 KB
  • Print Length: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (1 Dec. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050C86NG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #167,463 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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James Barclay was born in Felixstowe, Suffolk, in 1965 and is the third of four children. He gained a BA (Hons) in Communication Studies in Sheffield before heading to London to train as an actor. With acting roles in short supply, he worked in marketing and advertising until 2004 when he became a full time author.

James is the creator of the two Raven trilogies: Chronicles of The Raven and Legends of The Raven, and the epic fantasy duology, The Ascendants of Estorea. Following that, he published the seventh and last Raven novel, Ravensoul. He has written two novellas, Light Stealer and Vault of Deeds. He is currently working on a new fantasy trilogy, the first of which, Once Walked With Gods was published in August 2010.

Away from fantasy, James is writing contemporary young adult fiction, and is collaborating on a TV drama, a comedy sketch show and a very British screenplay. James has recently begun acting again and has a role in a gritty Brit-pic called 'The Estate.' The film will premiere in October 2010.

For his sins, James is a lifelong supporter of Ipswich Town FC and still believes England will win the next major championship they play. He loves watching cricket, rugby, tennis and darts and indeed plays all these sports when he can. He's just not very good at any of them.

Beyond writing and acting, James spends as much time as possible with his son, Oscar, who was three in January 2010, his wife, Clare, and Mollie the Hungarian Vizsla. That's a dog to anyone not in the know. They all live in Teddington, Middlesex.

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5.0 out of 5 stars They thinks its all over..it is now...or is it? 5 Sept. 2001
Format:Paperback
Four years down the line, after the Raven saved Balaia, with the help of some interdimensional dragons;The Kaan, the Raven are thrown together in the name of their code, to help a friend.
The Unknown has settled down with his wife in the Rookery, Hirad is looking after the Kaan dragons, Ilkar is head mage of the fallen Julatsa college of magic, and Denser, Erienne and their child Lyanna are having a bit of a problem.
Erienne is forced to flee Balaia fearing for the life of her child Lyanna. Since loosing her too sons to the evil Witch Hunter Black Wing Selik, she is determined that Lyanna will grow up to rekindled the spirit of the 'One'. "One magic, one mage".
Denser is left cold and turns to the only people he know he can rely on and trust, The Raven. Although they are all now following their own destinies, the call for help from another Raven member is too much to be ignored and slowly the group come together.
The Raven have aged, and James Barclay has included many nuances that indicate these are not the people they used to be, but they are driven on by their code and friendship. This book sees the first real test on the Raven as a group, as they are involved in their own in-fighting whilst trying to complete an almost overwhelming task, against all odds (in true Raven stylee).
As in the other two books in this trilogy we get the "up close and personel" accounts of each battle, you sense the emotions of each of the characters that we now know so well, and in a portentous finale, you are pulled into a scene which is will have you realing in emotion and tension.
This book sees the return of Selik (Black Wing witch hunter)and his evil will to see Erienne "the bitch" dead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Re-heating a souffle. 4 Sept. 2007
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Format:Paperback
Paul McCartney once famously said of a possible Beatles re-union that you can't reheat a soufflé, but James Barclay has demonstrated that you can - well, in a metaphorical sense.

The Raven have split up and gone their own ways, many of which are involved with their previous exploits. They are older, wiser, and quite settled down. But what happens when one of the old team needs help - is there enough time and energy for one last adventure?

This time the emotions are high as the group fight to save a 5 year old girl, the daughter of Erienne and Denser who is deemed to have the power of "One".

Action packed as usual - but this time focusing more on the Mage world of the different colleges of Magic.

There are elements of both the previous books here and I would recommend reading those first before starting this one as you'll have a much stronger sense of the bond between the various characters within The Raven. This will have you at the edge of your seat, unless you're not sat down (or not sat on a seat) - either way, it is gripping and a truly great end to a fantastic Trilogy.

Thankfully there's the closely related "Legends of the Raven" series to start reading now!
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Format:Paperback
Simply sensational! Barclay has pulled out the stops this time. Nightchild brings the Raven back together five years after the events of Noonshade. True to form Barclay has allowed the humanity of his heroes to shine through; they're all a little bit older, they have built lives away from the Raven and they're not sure whether they should even be getting back together. But don't worry this is no soap opera - they do get together and the action kicks in in a major way. Barclay writes action brilliantly and this book has some of the best fight scenes I've read; especially when the Protectors are wreaking their own particular sort of havoc. Nightchild provides fight after fight and plenty of breathless races against time inbetween the fights. But Barclay is growing all the time as a writer and the worries and the dilemmas that the Raven faced at the start of the book become ever more important as the action hots up; this is no straightfoward hack em up adventure (tho' there's plenty of hacking). The Raven have always been flawed heroes, it's what makes them so easy to like, and now these flaws are turning into real problems. This is action-fantasy of the highest order and unlike all too many other fantasy series its remained lean and exceptionally mean - there's no padding here; just loads of first-class action and heroes you can believe in. Long live the Raven? I certainly hope so.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A new series of the raven begins. 2 Oct. 2005
Format:Paperback
While this is the last of the chronicles of the raven, it is in fact a start of a new saga for the raven. Five years after noonshade, the raven have split and have their own lives. That is until a members family is put into danger. Thing hinted at in earlier novels came to the for and old enemies become more significant threats to the world.
This is not only an improvement but a leap forward from the previous books. It is here that Barclay becomes what people marked him out as, a major new talent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb 1 Nov. 2013
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A bit hard to get into the first book but once past page 80 well worth the trouble the trilogy is superb
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paul, Barton, Lincs 7 July 2013
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Enjoyed these stories, I found them easy to read, found myself identifiying with the plot and enjoying the up's and down's the author puts you through.
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