Shadowheart, the 2nd book in The Legends of The Raven series has been released by Pyr Books in the US. Clearly, you should all head out and buy it immediately. But don’t just take my word that it’s awesome… read The Library Journal’s Review:
Barclay, James. Shadowheart. Pyr: Prometheus. (Legends of the Raven, Bk. 2). Dec. 2010. c.398p. ISBN 9781616142506. pap. $17. FANTASY
The elite mercenaries of the Raven go from heroes to fugitives when one of their number is condemned to death. In the meantime, a war that pits the four magical colleges against one another leaves the lands of western Balaia vulnerable to attacks from their enemies to the east. The sequel to Elfsorrow delivers more action-packed fantasy adventure with a deeper focus on the characters’ interpersonal relations. Barclay’s talent for depicting the carnage and frenzy of war gives his battle scenes a realism that brings home both the horrors experienced and the courage of its participants.
VERDICT Military fantasy of the highest quality informs this powerful novel, which will appeal to fans of Glen Cook’s classic “Black Company” novels.
See? Oh, and it’s got another magnificent piece of Raymond Swanland cover art. The man is a true legend. Buy, read and tell your friends to do likewise.