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The unknown warrior thought his days with the Raven were long behind him, until Hirad Coldheart, dead for ten years knocks on his door . . .

The dead are not at rest. Something has travelled from far beyond the dimension which has Balaia and Calaius at its heart. It feeds off Manna. And without Manna all of Balaia and the spirit realms that surround it will collapse into nothing taking the living and the spirits of the dead with it into the void.

This new threat cannot be reasoned with, it is heedless to threats or entreaties. Ethereal and so advanced it barely registers its prey as sentient it is bringing doom with it.

Balaia, barely recovered from the demon onslaught is thrown into chaos as the dead walk the streets and hope fails. It is left to the Raven, both dead and alive to take their courage and their faith in each other into the spirit realms for one last fight.

James Barclayt has returned to the landmark series that made his name - this is the book that all his fans will have been waiting for.

Publisher: London : Gollancz, c2008.
ISBN: 9780575081994
Characteristics: 422 p. ;,24 cm.


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Oct 19, 2010

A nice, final book of the Raven. Although it doesn't live up to the wild adventures of the first couple of books, it is still a welcome addition. Unlike the last book, this one completely wraps everything up. No loose ends, no lingering questions. And even though I am sad of the prospect of no more adventures of the Raven, I appreciate the author finishing their story while it's good, instead of trying to ride it out until it becomes boring or the stories become worse. Hopefully we shall see the Raven again in Barclay's new Elves series.

If you haven't read the Raven series, you are truly missing out on a real gem. Hopefully the library restocks all the Raven books that were 'lost'. When they do, I think I'll go back to the beginning and read it all over again because it's that good.

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