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Vault of Deeds Hardcover – Special Limited Edition, Sep 2008

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Product details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: PS Publishing; 1st edition (Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848630042
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848630048
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.4 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 932,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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The Vault of Deeds, the place where all tales and stories of heroes are recorded. Their great battles, their formidable blades, their heroic speech. The heroes of Goedterre have vanquished all evil since the dark ages, not one falling to an enemies blade. But now something is amiss, heroes are falling and evil is rising.

Grincheux is a senior scribe, one of the best, who has recorded the deeds of his hero in the heat of battle many a time. When the evil Orgaskcz Orgascz slays his hero Vittore, their book in the Vault of Deeds is forever closed. He joins the other scribes without a hero and awaits a new one to be assigned to him. But the heroes are young and inexperienced and with Goedterre's legendary heroes nothing but a memory can they stand up against the evil?

I'll get this off my chest straight away, no need to beat around the bush: I loved Vault of Deeds. I love the characters, the setting, the humour. There was only one thing about this novella that I didn't like: it was too short. But that's the point of a novella, so my complaints aren't really justified. To me, the whole idea just pokes fun at the genre of big battles, big heroes and big villains. Great stuff.

One of the strongest points of the novella is the use of language. The heroes use grand speeches before taking care of the bad guys, while the scribes first record a draft of what they are witnessing before completing the full, grand tale in a completely over the top fashion. Even the H.E.R.O. (Hideous Evil Routinely Overcome) academy teaches the hero utterance class, after all, heroes must know how to talk during battle while thrashing their enemies.
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As a teen my dad threw a book to me and ordered me to read it. Since then ive read everything barclay has released and havent faulted anything. Absolutely love barclays approach to fantasy. Theres something brutishly british about his writing that appeals to me and would recommend his work to anyone. Those that I already have introduced it to have agreed with me.

Vault of deeds is a great short story that I would advise to anyone who wants to get into barclays series. Brilliant humor, great little story and fantastic characters.

I am completely biased. I love james barclays work.
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Although I enjoyed the increased humour in this book immensely, there does them to be a regular theme to Mr Barclay's writing ie elves, dungeons and vault. Nevertheless this was a good read.
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Short, witty and irreverent, yet still following "true" fantasy format. A gem of a quick read from a favourite author.
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