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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 (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 377,762 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
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 Good third installment 13 May 2014
Often with the middle installments of a series you get the feeling of marking time between the beginning and the end and a sense of padding, but that's certainly not the case here.

With most of the main protagonists already well-established there is little need for any filling in and backstory so the narrative and pacing are strong right from the beginning.

There are 2 main threads to the storyline - the Fyrd are about to invade Brum and Bedwyn Stort must find the Gem of Autumn and return it to the Sheild-Maiden by Samhain (the end of October) but there are many side-alleys and diversions along the way before the end.

I enjoyed this book very much, at times happy, sad and shocking in equal measure, it's William Horwood at his best. As with all his books, you need to be prepared to invest your time, but settle back and enjoy the ride because before you know it you'll be turning the last few pages (quite possibly with a tear in your eye...) and you'll be reaching for the final book as you'll want to know how it all ends.
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Continues the slightly weird but fascinating and beautifully written story from volume 2.
Published 25 days ago by Mr C Burgess
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
A well crafted and written book - a little slow in places but the climax is great! A highly recommended read!
Published 2 months ago by Madmeerket
5.0 out of 5 stars A rich harvest
Harvest is the third book of William Horwood's Hyddenworld series, following on from Spring and Awakening. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Alan McCluskey
5.0 out of 5 stars No. 3
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 9 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
Published 10 months ago by GLOCKENBLAU
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 12 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 15 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 15 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 16 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 16 months ago by Mr. R. Marsh
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