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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.
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.Read more ›