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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; Main Market Ed. edition (11 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230712622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230712621
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 404,931 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bruce TOP 500 REVIEWER on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joanne Sheppard TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 Feb. 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan McCluskey on 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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