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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra Books (27 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553383655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553383652
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.2 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,395,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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Tim Lebbon's "Dusk" was sometimes slow, but it was nevertheless an interesting and original dark fantasy, which ended with a lot of promise for the second installment of the story.

"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.
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I found the story hard going jumping from 1 character to another, it wasn't as good as the first book(Dusk) interesting end
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x93136234) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x935c1c78) out of 5 stars Good read, but not quite as good as Dusk 24 Sept. 2008
By K. C. Parrott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Dawn is a good book. Not great, but good. It picks up right where Dusk left off with Kosar and the gang trying to find a way to stop Noreela from being destroyed. The problem the book seems to have to me is that the other characters other than Kosar just aren't interesting. Trey I could care less about, Alishia is unconcious the entire novel basically, and Hope is just annoying and stupid. I hated her in Dusk and still hate her now.

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.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x935c1ccc) out of 5 stars From Dusk to Dawn...big difference 28 April 2009
By Brendan Foy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed Dusk. I thought it was a breath of fresh air for the Fantasy genre when it was first published. It was good to see a serious Dark Fantasy novel as well as one which was well written and with captivating characters. Lebbon has a wild imagination and though some of the creatures his mind creates seemed a little "weird" to me, I was deeply immersed in his world. Dusk had me glued to the pages from start to finish and in serious withdrawl after the cliffhanger ending.

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.
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HASH(0x93509468) out of 5 stars Very good book. 2 May 2013
By David Bulanowski - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm usually not into the fantasy/ sci-fi type of books. But I found a copy of Dusk, the first book in this series & read it when I had the time. It drew me in right away. It was very well written. So well it left me wanting more. So I bought a copy of Dawn, the second book in the series. And I enjoyed it just as much as the first book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93509624) out of 5 stars a page turner ! 18 Feb. 2009
By Grcoeeg - Published on Amazon.com
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Tim Lebbon has put together a great pair of books. Dawn along with Dusk is as good as the best, buy these two and enjoy a very very good read..
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x935c2810) out of 5 stars Not nearly as good as Dusk :( 8 Jun. 2007
By PG - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I loved Dusk and was pretty disappointed with this book. There were some good parts to the book but for the most part there was a lot of wasted pages dealing with the dream of a burning library. WIth such a great start as Dusk this was one of the most anticipated books for me this year. It kind of reminds me of Kill Bill. Part I was simply awesome but the second part--while a good movie in its own right--was a huge letdown. It is possible that if you read this book without reading the first book, you might just think it is fantastic. It is very well written as is everything from Lebbon but just didn't have the power of the first book. Oh well. I am still a fan of Lebbon and will probably read many more of his books in the future,

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