The Heir Of Night: The Wall of Night: Book One Paperback – 19 Jan 2012
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THE HEIR OF NIGHT by Helen Lowe is a richly told tale of strange magic, dark treachery and conflicting loyalties, set in a well realized world (Robin Hobb)
It's a well-told tale ... an enjoyable read (SFX)
Appealing characters and a richly detailed world (Library Journal)
Promising and fast-paced new epic fantasy (Bookloons)
The start of an incredibly addictive new fantasy series - perfect for readers of Trudi Canavan, Robin Hobb and Brent Weeks. Winner of the 2012 David Gemmell 'Morningstar' Award.See all Product Description
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On the World of Haarth the Darkswarm are kept at bay behind a vast wall of protection which has a number of forts managed by different Houses of the Derai. Time and a war between the Houses 500 years ago has left them isolated, not trusting each-other and losing much of their faith and tradition.
Our focus is on the House of Night which is attacked early on in the novel and this has consequences for all, including Malian the Heir and her Father the Earl.
It is good stuff and I did have to concentrate (with occasional checks to the glossary at the back) as more myth, legend and history came to light. The story also involves different planes of existence which again while not original, work well in the story. Minor gripes might be how maturely young Malian and her equally young priestly companion act and some of the dialogue is slightly stilted at times, but the bottom line is that I enjoyed this and am keen to find where Ms Lowe is taking this story next.
The writing is fluid and evocative, delightfully old fashioned in places in a way that really manages to convey the feel of the place far more than would have been done in more modern language. I must admit that this book kept me up late on several nights as I just could not put it down but had to turn the page and find out what happened next. I will be eagerly awaiting the next installment of the series.
An excellent beginning, well suited to anyone who loves high fantasy with a distinct twist.
Initially she appears to be like any 12 year old girl - doing things she shouldn't - although her games of swordplay reflect the environment she has grown up in. However, from the moment she is called back to her duties as Heir, she behaves more like someone in their twenties with a certain amount of experience behind them and capable of deep, rational thought. This is the only part that I found incongruous and rather silly.
Generally, magical powers are frowned upon and those who have them are considered tainted in some way and shoved away to become priests and priestesses. Kalan is a boy of 14 who was coldly turned out of his family's house the moment he was dicovered to have such powers.
One night, both Malian and Kalan find themselves in places they shouldn't be which, in effect, saves their lives. Both are driven from those places into the 'old keep' by a strange voice that urges them on to safety. That is where they meet and that is where Malian discovers, to her dismay and yet also to her salvation, that she has extremely powerful magic.
In this story, we find that truth has been twisted by fear and traditions have become almost laws and blood oaths are now a severe problem, but which, nonetheless, can not be set aside however inconvenient or dangerous. All of these are to affect Malian in deep and lasting ways.
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For a value book this is surprisingly good an excellent sword and sorcery story with an alien twist. Engaging characters and interesting plot line. Definitely keeps you reading ... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Mrs Lesley J Eldridge
I have read all 3 books in this series and I think this is one of the best current fantasy series currently in progress. I am just re-reading this book (and then the others! Read morePublished 24 days ago by Andy
Novel sets out the characters and world building nicely.good page turner.did feel like I've read some aspects of the story from other books but overall it was unique in its own... Read morePublished 8 months ago by asia bartler
Like another Reviewer that has given this book an even harsher review rating than myself; I got no farther than the first chapter, as it is a very strange read that doesn't really... Read morePublished 12 months ago by FAMOUS NAME
I first came across The Heir of Night whilst perusing a bookshop and bought it purely based on its cover... Read more
This is a really well told story with good characters and plenty of twists. This is the first of her books that I've read and I will certainly be reading more.Published 14 months ago by Marilyn Edwards