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Harvest (Hyddenworld Quartet 3) [Hardcover]

William Horwood
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11 Oct 2012 Hyddenworld Quartet 3

It is August, time of the first harvest, traditional time of plenty. But at the farthest reaches of the Hyddenworld, in sea-bound Englalond, disaster looms. A blight in the land is growing, marked by quakes and increasingly unnatural blizzards. Judith is tasked with healing the land, but this burden is almost unbearable. Lonely and lovelorn, she threatens to reap a terrible harvest of her own.

Yet a trio of hydden travellers hold out hope – for both the land and the war threatening the hydden people. For Jack and Katherine, Judith’s parents, the shadow of the hydden Empire’s army looms large. They must muster allies or it will mean disaster for the city of Brum. And only Bedwyn Stort, Brum’s famed scrivener, has the courage to unravel a secret

that could heal their world.

The lost gem of Autumn must be found and Stort must risk death to seek it. Only his love for Judith will give him the will to endure – and bring her the gem she needs to tame the wild earth.

PRAISE FOR THE HYDDENWORLD NOVELS: ‘Elements from historical fiction, folk tales and legends. The real hook, though, is the characters … The writing is beautiful’ Waterstones Books Quarterly, ‘Everything that I hoped for began to happen … It was a delight to read’FantasyBookReview.co.uk, ‘This is a return to the traditional; an intimate, delicate and delightfully written novel’ TotalScifiOnline.com

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (11 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230712622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230712621
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.2 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 238,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Horwood is the author of the bestselling classic Duncton Wood and Wolves of Time series. William has returned to his hallmark fantasy in this epic series following the flow of the seasons. He lives and works in Oxford.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uniquely British Fantasy Series. 4 Aug 2013
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This third part of the series, starts slowly and fills in all the backstory that you might have missed, if you haven't read the two preceeding books. It was a useful re-cap however and though I had read the previous parts, there were things I had forgotten - it all helps to return you to the Hyddenworld and creates that atmosphere.

What makes this series unique is that while it is squarely set in "Fantasy" territory, the concentration on detailed descriptions of real places in Britain and occasionally mainland Europe, makes for a very distinct sense of place. We have such vivid pictures of the world that sits alongside our own and this time we also get a sense of the effect on our own world, as we start with Arthur and a crisis that drags him out of his home and into a top secret military base.

The book has the usual humour and affectionate portraits of the odd "Hydden" who help the main players in the story : Jack, Katherine and their daughter Judith who is doomed to live her whole life in one year - the year of these four books. But as we live through Autumn and feel the approach of a Winter that might bring ultimate destruction - along the lines of a "Revelations"-style, end of the world - the tone gets darker.

"Harvest" is appropriately all about aging and how we cope with it. Judith is aging rapidly and it causes her fury - the Emperor in exile, Sinaestral, finally gives in to the aging process and we follow Arthur at the end of his life. In the middle of this we have Stort - who finds that he has fallen in love with Judith, but that seems doomed to be unrequited due to her rapid aging. Maybe Stort will find a way to deal with this - maybe he won't - how we cope with aging and death are the real quests at the heart of this part.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read. 13 Nov 2012
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This has to be the most graphic of the quartet so far in as much as there are deaths, executions and torture.

Stort has to find the Gem of Autumn before Samhain otherwise the world will tear itself apart. Where is the wretched thing and why does the Tapestry of the Seasons keep getting poor old Stort literally tied up?

The Emperor, Slaeke Sinistral has renounced his role and now Blut is the Emperor. However, he has a jealous enemy at his side one who is plotting his downfall. Blut is no fool though and realises it is better to keep your friends close and your enemies closer! The idea is for the Fyrd to invade Brum and take it over completely. Unexpectedly Arthur Foale, Jack and Kathleen's adopted Father appears in the Hyddenworld. He is taken prisoner along with Blut and they are both left in a bunker where they get on like a house on fire. They are rescued and then the story really takes off.

I think that William Horwood really loves our planet and this book is a metaphor in some ways about how we treat her. His knowledge of pagan festivals is excellent too.

I highly recommend this book and can't wait for the last one to be written/printed.
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By Joanne Sheppard TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I've previously praised William Horwood's Hyddenworld series, a quartet of novels about the 'hydden' - the small people who have lived secretly alongside humans for thousands of years, adept at 'hyddening' to make themselves go unnoticed. Each book corresponds to a different season and an increasingly urgent quest to recover four missing gems that will, ultimately restore the Earth to its natural balance and avert the end of time.

That description makes the books sound rubbish. But bear with me: they aren't. They're rooted in British folklore and landscape, with an underlying environmental theme, and draw on ancient history and pre-Christian traditions. The characters, both human and hydden, are vividly realised, and the books seem to me to have more in common with, say, Watership Down, or Horwood's own Duncton Wood series, than they do with 'high' fantasy.

The latest Hyddenworld book is Harvest, the Autumn instalment in the quartet, and picks up the story pretty much where the previous book, Awakening, left off. I think most people would struggle to get to grips with Harvest if they hadn't read Hyddenworld and Awakening first; however, in case they haven't, there does appear to be a fair bit of recapping and exposition in Harvest which might grate a little on some readers who are familiar with the previous two novels - although personally I found it useful, as the Hyddenworld quartet is epic in scale with a huge cast of characters and a complex back-story of mythology and it's been around 18 months since I read Awakening.

Harvest is the darkest Hyddenworld novel so far.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A rich harvest 21 Jan 2014
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Harvest is the third book of William Horwood's Hyddenworld series, following on from Spring and Awakening. These three, along with the recently published Winter, mark the author's return to writing after a considerable pause. Those that have read and loved his tales of Duncton or the very moving Skallagrigg, amongst others, will be delighted to see him back in print, especially as many of the older books are no longer available.
The flow of time of the Hydden, the little people that live unseen at the edge of the human world in William Horwood's Hyddenworld series, might seem laborious to us, accustomed as we are to rushing from one event to another without taking the time to stop and look and listen. Maybe it is this failure to pause and savour life to the fullest that contributes most to our inability to see and appreciate the Hydden and their way of life. For the reader of Horwood's book the difficulty is similar. Weened as we are on the breakneck speed of modern films and TV series, as well as books such as The Hunger Games or Divergent, slowing to the pace of Horwood's narrative can be challenging. But slow you must if you want to enter this world full of unimaginable richness and delightful lightness, not to mention profound wisdom.
Or so I thought as I began Harvest! Then I was abruptly whisked off my feet and whirled away in eddies of action and a flood of emotions. All is not a whirlwind, though. The pace of Harvest varies often. The action reaches an apotheosis when the Earth heaves up wreaking vengeance on a town who citizens remain oblivious to the very last, while the main characters look on, deeply touched by the cataclysm but unable to move.
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I can't wait for the final book, although will be a little disappointed when they are finished. As usual, the story continues and is spellbinding and you want to read more and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Patricia Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars William Horwood - a Gold Star writer
I have been a William Horwood fan or many years and particularly enjoyed a visit to Bristol to hear him speak when he completed the sixth and final Duncton Wood book. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harest Hyddenworld Quartet
Another excellent book in the series. Engaging characters, fast paced and interesting plot. Really looking forward to the final instalment!
Published 7 months ago by Debo
4.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
Like all Horwood's books that I've read, Harvest pulls you into its story and keeps you there until the very end. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jiminuk
5.0 out of 5 stars Henley in Arden junction. Who would have thought.
The continuing tales of the little folk found within Birmingham. Looking forward to the final gem of this story. Classic.
Published 11 months ago by MarkA
5.0 out of 5 stars this book is delightful and continues the story of the Hidden World.
I am not sure if I should be reading this book because it is a book that I would happily read to my grandchildren but cannot help but be drawn into myself. Read more
Published 11 months ago by jacqueline hartwell
4.0 out of 5 stars third book of four - well up to standard
For a series which comes out to coincide with the seasons this has sustained interest and kept the story going really well. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr. R. Marsh
2.0 out of 5 stars Harvest(Hyddenworld)
Found the book turgid and difficult to get into The previous books were good to read but this book exceeded the realms of my imagination
Published 12 months ago by Isabel Kember
5.0 out of 5 stars Horwood at his best.
Been a long wait since Duncton Wood but worth waiting for, I am enjoying all the books in this series
Published 13 months ago by martin stemp
5.0 out of 5 stars A Really Great Fantasy Series
The third book in the saga, still manages to keep the action and suspense up.

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