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They thinks its all over..it is now...or is it?
on 5 September 2001
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. James Barclay captures the hatred and repulsiveness of this man very well, almost giving a sicknes to the atmosphere every time this man appears.
General Darrick is back, but this time we see him in a different light. The clean cut spritely general is seen fighting alongside the Raven, but in doing so commiting an act of treason against his homelands.
The Kaan are seen helping Hirad in a gesture to help secure their passage back to their dimesion.
This book, once again was an emotional rollercoaster, packed with blood curdling action and dialogue. I hope James Barclay does not abandon Balaia, and maybe we will see it rise again under the power of the 'One'.
I do not want this to be over....