Dawn Paperback – 27 Mar 2007
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About the Author
Tim Lebbon's books include the British Fantasy Award-winning Dusk, Dawn, "Berserk," "The Everlasting," "Hellboy: Unnatural Selection," "Face, Exorcising Angels" (with Simon Clark), "Dead Man's Hand, Pieces of Hate, "and the novelisation of the movie "30 Days of Night "(shortlisted for a Scribe Award)." "Future publications include Fallen and The Map of Moments""from Bantam Spectra, "The Reach of Children "from Humdrumming, and "The Secret Journeys of Jack London "(in collaboration with Chris Golden) from Atheneum. There are also more books due from Cemetery Dance, Necessary Evil Press and Night Shade Books, among others. He has won three British Fantasy Awards, a Bram Stoker Award, a Shocker and a Tombstone Award, and has been a finalist for International Horror Guild and World Fantasy Awards. His novella "White "is soon to be a major Hollywood movie, and several more novels and novellas are currently in development in the USA and UK.
Top Customer Reviews
"Dawn" mostly wastes that promise. For the first three quarters of the book very little happens that moves the story forward in any significant way beyond how it was when we left off in Dusk. There are a lot of repetitive traveling scenes and several tedious scenes in which characters have meaningless visions. It is only in the last quarter that the book actually moves forward.
In that last quarter there are a few battle scenes which are admittedly quite good. But they do not succeed in making the book too much more exciting. Many of the characters tend to spend a lot of their time engaging in self-satisfied rants inside their own heads, often thinking remarkably philosophical and overly "deep" thoughts which aren't realistic representations of how people really think. The fact that it's a fantasy world doesn't change this. I found this same problem in Steven Erikson's "Malazan Book of the Fallen" series, only Malazan is still ten times better than this.
And Lebbon wastes time with his characterisation by having all of his characters completely ignorant about what they must do to counter the threat of the Mages. Instead, the world of Noreela itself does all the work and they simply go along with it, completely in the dark about what is happening or why. This removes any sense of heroism or nobility, because no one CHOOSES to do anything virtuous. That choice is always made for them and they don't even understand it once they have gone through with it.
Overall, these two books disappointed me.Read more ›
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The Mages continue their invasion of Noreela, but I just don't feel that Lebbon made them as terrifying as they were implied to be in Dusk. They seemed rather pedestrian for some people that were supposed to bring about the end of the world. I was expecting some cold-blooded killers, when in reality they were just dull to me.
The Shanti were interesting enough I guess, although they really don't get used properly until the last half of the book.
The most interesting part other than Kosar is the Red Monk Lucien that accompanies him to New Shanti. I love the fact that Lebbon doesn't really say what they are, but drops hints as to what they COULD be without ever really confirming it. It makes Lucien a much deeper character and his "change of heart" all the more interesting to read.
I know there were a lot of complaints here but the book itself is not that bad. Its just that Dusk is so much more amazing to me, probably because of the opening scene to it alone.
Unfortunately, Dawn is half the book Dusk is. It has been a while since I read Dusk but I don't remember being so annoyed with Dusk constantly changing to different character narratives the way Dawn does. If Dusk did tell its story like this, then the characters must have been more interesting. It seems that just when things are about to get good from one characters perspective, you are left hanging and have to follow around one of the more boring characters. The book sticks to this rigid pattern the whole way through. You read from Lenora's point of view, then Kosar, then Hope, then Trey, with a little bit of some other minor characters as well before you're back to Lenora again. Eventually, as the characters meet up and their paths cross, things start to speed up a little more. Overall the pacing of the book is off.
I wouldn't mind the sluggish pacing if the characters were interesting though. They are well thought out and plenty diverse from one another, but some are just boring. Lenora is a major character in this book and I just can't stand her. I was bored to tears the entire time the story followed her around. Kosar's story is much more enjoyable, especially when he hooks up with Lucien, but I felt like skipping through all of the Lenora stories just to get to him. As a matter of fact, I found parts of the Hope/Alishia storyline to be agonizing at times as well and they are a major part of the story. Trey was a big part of Dusk but in Dawn he is essentialy a throwaway character which is too bad because he was one of my favorites. Kosar and Lucien had the best storyline but the author abandoned their burgeoning relationship rather callously which didn't please me in the slightest. Lebbon obviously has plans for Lenora, but since she is such a dull character I doubt I'll read any more of this series if she plays a central role.
The first 250 pages of this book are a real chore to get through. Things definitely pick up from after they are over and get more interesting and exciting but the ending is anti-climactic. It really isn't a suitable sequel to Dusk. Dusk, at its core, is an exciting chase novel while Dawn is more of a siege novel (where the good guys have to hold off the bad guys). Dusk is just much better at what it does. If you really liked Dusk then I suggest you check out Dawn. Just force your way through the first 250 pages.