James Barclay

421 pp • ISBN: 978-1-61614-248-3
Trade Paperback • $17.00
November 2010
Cover Illustration: ©Raymond Swanland

Another action-packed adventure from the new master of fantasy. The Raven travel to a new continent in search of mages to help the ruined college of Julatsa rebuild and find themselves in the midst of an ancient curse—a curse that has unleashed a plague that threatens to wipe out the elven race. Barclay excels with another tale that pitches The Raven against the clock and unseen foes. Full of desperate fights and secret betrayals, the story also fills in more of Balaia's history and delves deeper into the ancient emnities between the colleges. Barclay has created a wonderfully appealing group of heroes, and with every book their history grows and the land they live in becomes wider and richer. This is landmark fantasy in the making.


"This novel is easily Barclay's best....To have real fun, you have to face real danger. Barclay fills both sides of the bargain perfectly."
—The Agony Column

"With The Raven, Barclay has created one of the more memorable casts of heroes in recent memory, supporting them within a world of magic based upon constructs entirely his own. While action may dominate the pages of his narratives, this has not taken place in the absence of increasingly strong characterization or a secondary world imaginatively and freshly developed. …certainly a writer to watch, both for immediate enjoyment as well as future development."

"By the end of the book, you will weep."
—Fantasy Book Review

"Intrigue, action, excitement, humor—these novels have these things in heaps. Elfsorrow too, like the previous Raven novels, is unapologetically violent. I had lost track of the body count by page ten! It is also chock full of wonderful fantasy creations…. If you like your fantasy fast paced, tough and punchy, go and discover The Raven. You won't be disappointed."