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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra (January 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553383647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553383645
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #779,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Well-drawn characters and a literate way with the grisly distinguish this first of a new fantasy series from Stoker-winner Lebbon (Desolation). Long after the Cataclysmic War that devastated the world and banished magic, the Mages are trying to ensure that the magic, if it returns, is under their control. When farm boy Rafe Baburn shows signs of magical gifts, the Mages send their relentless minions, the Red Monks, in pursuit. Rafe must flee for his life, but fortunately he finds allies in a thief, a woman warrior and a scholarly witch. Many of the well-handled action scenes are from the bad guys' point-of-view, an unusual perspective that helps round out the author's fantasy world. The climactic battle, a variation on the classic raising of the dead, offers an ambiguous outcome that presumably will be resolved in the sequel.
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"Well-drawn characters and a literate way with the grisly distinguish this first of a new fantasy series from Stoker-winner Lebbon.... any of the well-handled action scenes are from the bad guys' point-of-view, an unusual perspective that helps round out the author's fantasy world."—Publishers Weekly

"Tim Lebbon displays the sort of cool irony and uncanny mood-making that drive the best Twilight Zone stories."—New York Times Book Review

“This is fantasy for grown-ups….An excellent book.”—Paul Kearney


More About the Author

I've been published for over fifteen years and have written over thirty horror, dark fantasy and tie-in novels, including Coldbrook, The Cabin in the Woods, the Noreela series of fantasy books (Dusk, Dawn, Fallen and The Island), the NY Times Bestselling novelisation of the movie 30 Days of Night, Alien: Out of the Shadows, Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi - Into the Void, and several books with Christopher Golden, including The Map of Moments and The Secret Journeys of Jack London. I've also written hundreds of novellas and novels. I've won several prestigious awards, and some of my work has been optioned for the big screen.

Customer Reviews

The characters are compelling, well-drawn, and memorable, and Lebbon's style of writing is an absolute delight.
Laura Long
I don't want to spoil anything if you haven't read the book yet, but don't go into this novel expecting things to end like they usually do.
J. Resnick
The story tries hard, but the characters just aren't fleshed out enough and most of the book seems to be a setup for the next.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brian R. on July 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book had a great hook. Unfortunately, that's about all it had. After a great beginning, the plot meanders (the characters run around endlessly in the author's world with no aim other than trying not to die), and generally make themselves less and less sympathetic with each passing page. The internal logic of this world is incoherent and inconsistent (magic is gone from the land, yet magical things happen all the time), and things happen apparently to serve the author's whim. When the climax finally came, it was as if the author had finally hit his target word count or gotten tired of writing and pulled out the granddaddy of all deus ex machinas (none of the characters actuallY DO anything; they just get their butts saved by some nameless, faceless magic that's been waiting to return to the land).

This one's a real yawner.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Adam Craig on April 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
Dusk is probably one of the darkest, most disturbing fantasy tales that I have ever read. Tim Lebbon creates an extremely interesting, mysterious world (Noreela) that is full of insane people, creatures, and drugs.

Dusk follows the journey of Rafe Baburn, an innocent young farm boy who is being hunted by the Red Monks. The Red Monks were formed after the Cataclysmic War 300 years ago to make sure that the Mages could never get magic again. To ensure that, magic has been completely drained from the land, and the Monks are out to destroy anything that could possibly bring magic back for the Mages to take control of (this includes Rafe). After some gruesome encounters with the Red Monks, Rafe sets out with his band of supporters (a thief, a Shantasi warrior, a witch, a librarian, and a drugged-out fledge miner) to get away from the Monks and find some protection in Noreela.

While the plot of Dusk is really interesting and seemingly original, the book is hampered at many moments by Lebbon's writing style. Most great fantasy anthologies are great because not only are the stories good, but we also grow to love and root for the characters. That is basically impossible in Dusk because Lebbon is constantly switching the narration around from character to character, just so, it seems, he can get as many different angles on the story as possible. Since we never really get to know any character, I found myself completely uncaring when the battle came at the end of the book. Also, I was absolutely clueless as to what was actually happening to the main characters, and I think that Lebbon was pretty clueless too, considering he never gives any real descriptions of what is actually going on so the reader can have any visual in their own mind.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By PG on November 22, 2006
Format: Paperback
What can I say? This book rocked!! It was brutal, violent, ugly, scary while at the same time being poetic, poignant and beautiful. I love the land that was created, Noreela. There are so many stories that could happen in this land!! I am glad to hear that Lebbon has a few more planned.

I cannot wait for Dawn to come out!

This is the second book that I have read by Lebbon. The first was Berserk. I liked that book but it really wasn't anything I hadn't seen before. The ending of Berserk did not surprise me either. Whatever you do, fight the temptation to read the ending of Dusk first. I was so shocked that I read the last page a couple times to be sure that I read it right. Wow!

This would make a simply awesome movie. Rated R of course. I think Peter Jackson could really do something with this.

When I began reading this book, I couldn't help draw parallels between this book and Stephen King's Dark Tower. You have the Post Apocalyptic world which is "running down", you have ancient machines that no longer work, you have the decline of civilization, plus the Quest. Boy was I wrong! This book is so dark that it makes King's Work appear downright cheerful. Where King sprinkles humor in his story, Lebbon sprinkles despair. I know that the Dark Tower has its dark moments but you always have a feeling that the good will probably win out in the end. This story...not so much!

Ignore the idiots who say that this book is boring. I was never bored! I purposely read the book slowly so I could absorb this strange world and get to know its occupants. These characters are absolutely magical. You start the story thinking that the Red Monks were bad... Well I don't want to ruin it. Read this book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eric the Red on March 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
DUSK is usually the kind of book I would love. Dig the ideas, but the execution of it bored me after a while.

I don't get all the high marks it is recieving. To each his own, I suppose. I found it quite slow, with no clear-cut, much-needed descriptions. Way too vague for my tastes.

Not as good as Chris Golden.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Emily Jo Scalzo on April 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
I loved the characters, the intrigue, and especially the world Lebbon created. Until the mages came in with their utter insanity and in the very end the entire book proves to be pointless. I don't mind main characters dying, but this book seriously has problems.

It's not just the characters dying, either. I didn't buy the plotline. The mages have no power, and yet have control over shades. The land is somehow connected to magic, which has been nonexistent for three centuries, and yet only now has it decided to heave to the drastic extent in which it does. Creatures destroy various parts of the world (especially the mines), but don't really seem to have a purpose. Maybe this was supposed to be explained in later books, but the ending of "Dusk" ensured that I would not be reading the rest of the books.

The ending seemed tacked on to allow for another book, even though such a book was already possible. Instead, I was disgusted by the writing to the extent that I will never read another Lebbon novel again. One was bad enough. While the mages were insane, I had no idea that they were capable of what they did. And I didn't buy that by doing what they did they would gain magic.

This end is obviously written for shock value. His writing style is strong, but the execution of this book was bad and sometimes in very poor taste. The whole reading experienced was ruined by the ending, especially the graphic detail of it. The prospect of a sequel already has me retching.
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