5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Not read such engaging and sympathetic fantasy for a while,
This review is from: The Heir Of Night: The Wall of Night: Book One (Paperback)
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I could fault-find with this book because nothing is perfect - but I don't want to. I LIKE it too much for that. If it's possible for a story to be humble about itself, Helen Lowe's writing has a poise and grace to it that makes it different to a few other books I read recently. This book doesn't think of itself as lofty and grand, or the best thing since Robin Hobb or anything like that (apt that the cover blurb is, in fact, Hobb's), and it does that endearing thing of not condescending to the reader.
Be assured this is *fantasy* (not paranormal romance, as I first thought on seeing the title)(with a curious sci-fi crossover - the Derai travel through space, followed by their ancient enemy - or do they follow them? I don't remember). Although its elements are nothing new, they are somehow fresh and not unsurprising. Perhaps because the familiar set-pieces are there - the young protagonists who need each other, the 'fool' character, the mysterious foreigners, a prophecy - combining with a mythology that determines the shape of their destinies, it is easy to be drawn in to the story and become attached to the story (what Jasper Fforde calls the 'reader feedback loop', but transferring to different stories within the same genre).
Good synopses have already been provided in other reviews - I wanted to say merely that I enjoyed Heir of Night very, very much, flaws and all. I expect the second book will improve on whatever didn't work in the first, as Lowe improves as a writer.