From Publishers Weekly
In this flawed follow-up to Dusk
(2006), a genre-bending amalgam of horror and fantasy that saw the ascendance of the vengeful Mages, Angel and S'Hivez, the dark powers continue their rampage across the land of Noreela, which they condemned to eternal darkness after killing Rafe Baburn and devouring his seed of magic. The fellowship that helped Rafe on his flight across Noreela—Hope, Alishia, Kosar and Trey—is left with one small hope: Alishia's conviction that Rafe passed her a small bit of what he carried; Noreela can be saved if Alishia reaches the mystic city of Kang Kang. Dusk
was a revelation as a shocking, vital tale of a dying land, but Lebbon overplays his hand in this sequel. No longer dying, Noreela is essentially dead and in need of resurrection, and all but the few main characters appear resigned to destruction at the hands of the two-dimensional Mages. Not even Lebbon's wild inventiveness—bio-metal-stone war machines and rolling sentient balls of bone and flesh—can compensate for the hopeless scenario and wooden villains. (Apr.)
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About the Author
Tim Lebbon's books include the British Fantasy Award-winning Dusk, Dawn, Berserk
, The Everlasting
, Hellboy: Unnatural Selection
, Face, Exorcising Angels
(with Simon Clark), Dead Man’s Hand, Pieces of Hate,
and the novelisation of the movie 30 Days of Night
(shortlisted for a Scribe Award).
Future publications include Fallen
and The Map of Moments
from Bantam Spectra, The Reach of Children
from Humdrumming, and The Secret Journeys of Jack London
(in collaboration with Chris Golden) from Atheneum. There are also more books due from Cemetery Dance, Necessary Evil Press and Night Shade Books, among others. He has won three British Fantasy Awards, a Bram Stoker Award, a Shocker and a Tombstone Award, and has been a finalist for International Horror Guild and World Fantasy Awards. His novella White
is soon to be a major Hollywood movie, and several more novels and novellas are currently in development in the USA and UK.