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Light Stealer

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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: PS Publishing (30 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902880625
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902880624
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 15.2 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,567,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
P>Light Stealer is a stand-alone novella (and an excellent one) which describes the events surrounding the discovery of the spell 'Dawnthief'. However the novel, 'Dawnthief' takes place some 300 years after the events of Light Stealer, though of course it deals with the same spell, hence the title.
I agree though, buy Dawnthief and read it and you'll be a fan for life. Bear in mind, though, that Dawnthief is raw in some respects and Barclay's books improve the further you get into this action-packed series.
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By A Customer on 31 Jan. 2005
Format: Paperback
Light stealer is a fantastic book and most of the stuff you read in other reviews does it perfect justice, but just to clear up the fact that Light Stealer was NOT released in the UK under the name Dawnthief. Dawnthief is a totally separate book making up part of the raven series. Lightstealer is a stand alon novel which tells the stroy of Septern, a mage born on the balaian dimension (the same as the raven) but it is set 300 years prior to anything that happens in the raven trilogies
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Septern is the most accomplished Mage in all of the mage colleges of Balaia. He is also the one man who has succeeded in developing the "Holy Grail" spell - the spell of ultimate destruction. This spell being sought to prove that it is possible and hence nothing is beyond magic, and Septern's creation "The Dawnthief" is the proof of this fact.
Driven by his ego he decides to travel to a conference of the mage colleges to announce his discovery. This decision goes against the advice of one of his students, who warns him of the state of war about in Balaia and how the various sides of the conflict would want to secure this knowledge to aid their war effort.
His conviction is that the various parties would see this as proof of the infinite possibilities of magic, and as a gateway to unlocking further secrets. This belief bolstered by his desire to go down in history as the Dawnthief's inventor, a belief he uses this to block any thoughts that his student might be right.
But following his lecture and the reaction of the various parties he begins to see his error and races back to his home to attempt the defence of his secret and to save the lives of his students.
Well, this is an unusual beast - a fantasy novella. Out of the three genres we read, sf and horror lend themselves to this format far more readily than fantasy, and high fantasy especially. To achieve a successful fantasy story, setting the background for the world, the characters and still have room for a gripping plot in a story this length requires a skillful writer, and fortunately James Barclay is a writer well up to the task.
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