The Gathering Of The Lost: The Wall of Night: Book Two Paperback – 21 Feb 2013
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Helen Lowe's Wall of Night series has the potential to become a classic, right up there with the likes of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire . . . Anyone who loves to read fantastic fiction from a true talent should read this series."--SF Site --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The second instalment in this incredibly addictive fantasy series - perfect for readers of Robin Hobb, George R. R. Martin and Elizabeth Moon. Epic fantasy from a David Gemmell Award-winning author.See all Product description
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My advice is "don't skip" as you will inevitably miss something vital that will only be revealed as the story continues and to be honest, you would be doing the book an injustice.
Helen Lowe has created a rich and vivid world told with a beautiful flow to the words where, the characters don't just jump off the page, they grab you and take you into their stories until you care so much, you need to know what happens to them.
I loved the revelations and,as said by others, thought, "of course!". The clues were there all along but they were given so subtly that you simply could not have guessed.
I loved this book and would go as far as saying that this is my best read of the year. I just hope it doesn't take Lowe too long to print the next installment.
This book is worth getting and reading. I really enjoyed this well-balanced book. It had the right mix of story-telling, intrigue, character development, action and romance in it for me. It held my attention as a reader. As parts are revealed, the story shifts to another character, then goes back to the previous character who has moved a little further along from the point the reader last saw them, thus avoiding surplus details which can really pad out a book. The reader ends up getting the viewpoints of several characters scattered all over Haarth.
This is very rare for me but I experienced a need to read "The Heir of Night" again after reading "The Gathering of the Lost". I wanted to read "The Heir of Night" again before I started on the second book but didn't have time. There is a lot of information relevant to the story, hidden in discreet details within the easy flow of the writing. Some readers will be surprised once it is out in the open, I know I was. To get the full benefit of this book, I think one would need to read "The Heir of Night" to get the start of it and the history which contributes to the current story.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes epic fantasy, who likes stories that incorporate other genres and not just the standard quest fantasy, and well-developed female and male characters who are a core part of the action. Characters in this book, regardless of whose side they are on, have their good and not-so-good points, which makes me suspect there is more to this ancient war between the Derai and the Darkswarm than what has so far been revealed to the reader. Plus the world-building has been very well done.
On a minor quibble, I wish there had been an updated map printed with the second book. This second story covers a lot more of Haarth and includes countries that are not seen on the map. Having a map gives some sense of geographical context. Haarth is a fascinating place with magic that is possibly unique to each region of the continent, as Malian and Kalan discover as they continue their journey.
I will definitely be getting the next book in the series.
To me it was a typical example of all filler and no killer, although annoyingly it started to get interesting again at the end so I might have to read the next one!
I felt like the sheer volume of new characters and places introduced without proper introduction left me feeling bored and turned off. The existing characters weren't developed much further leaving me with very little affinity for them, especially Malian.
On the plus side I find the ideas behind the story really interesting and enjoy how the author's descriptive style brings to life the more magical aspects. However on the whole this book wasn't a fun read so I probably wouldn't recommend it.
Add to this solid writing, a fluid descriptive style which is almost cinematic and all in it's a title that really announces the author to the fantasy world as more than a one shot wonder. Finally throw into this a cracking plot outline and enough twists to keep the reader confused and it'll make you demand the third part after the last page is turned.
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