Continuing the slight James Barclay-theme to the blog this week, here’s some information about the epic conclusion to the author’s Elves trilogy. Set before the two Raven series, it is (of course) about the Elves in Barclay’s world, and follows Once Walked With Gods and Rise of the TaiGethen:
Can centuries of war be overcome, or will hatred ultimately be allowed to win...?
Thousands of years ago the elves were enslaved by the Wytch Lords. Murdered in their thousands, worked to death in slave gangs and divided against themselves, the wounds inflicted by man run deep – and elves have very long memories. Two of them – Auum and Takaar – led the rise against their enslavers, and united their people against men in order to free their nation. Now Calaius is at peace... but that doesn’t mean their nation is safe.
Men need their help.
The Wytch Lords have rallied, men’s magic has grown more powerful, and their politics have become altogether more dangerous. Especially now: one of the mages has created a spell, called Dawnthief, which has the potential to destroy all living things on the planet. All four magical colleges are fighting to seize it and, in the background, the Wytch Lords have schemes of their own. Schemes which involve crushing the elven nation for good. Whoever seizes the spell, it places the elves in tremendous danger. But can Auum and Takaar overcome their differences and work together to save Calaius? And even if they can, is it not already too late...?
Beyond the Mists of Katura will be published in the UK by Gollancz, in May 2013. A review of Dawnthief, the first novel in the Chronicles of the Raven series, will go up on Monday. The Elves series leads directly on to the Chronicles of the Raven, which is in turn followed by Legends of the Raven.
Also on CR: An Interview with James Barclay