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Impressive continuation of the tetralogy begin in "The Heir of Night". The protagonist, Malian, has aged from 13 to 18 between the two novels, allowing this one to have a darker tone and more adult material - "The Heir of Night" felt like a YA novel, but this one much less so. In addition to the quality writing and characterisation, the hints being given out about the background of the world make me want to keep reading. Looking forward to the next volume!
I'm not normally a fan of really wordy, slow-moving stories, but I just love the mood that Ms. Lowe is able to create with her words. Her voice really works for me. I'd supply a quote, but it would take like two pages to get the full effect. I also love how she took a pretty standard epic fantasy storyline and still managed to surprise me.
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The Gathering of the Lost is the second installment in Helen Lowe's THE WALL OF NIGHT quartet, the first being The Heir of Night, in which we were first introduced to the story's protagonist: Malian, the rightful heir to the House of Night, the first of the Nine Houses that garrison the mountain range known as the Wall. Sure to become an epic fantasy classic, Helen Lowe's magnificent Wall of Night series is big, ambitious, and gorgeously drawn - a story of bravery, treachery.
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Helen Lowe. Out of stock. Delivery not available. Pickup not available. Add to List. Add to Registry. About This Item We aim to show you accurate product information. Manufacturers, suppliers and others provide what you see here, and we have not verified it. See our disclaimer. Five years after the assault on her stronghold home, Malian of Night remains missing, believed dead amidst the wilds of Jaransor.
But not all accept her death and now her enemies are on the hunt. Suspicion falls on heralds Tarathan and Jehane, who find themselves caught in a web of intrigue and murder amidst the Ijiri Festival of Masks. They flee bearing word of a death on the Wall - and a call to duty and honour that Malian must answer or be forsworn. I worried — where were our beloved protagonists? I panicked — new characters? Just read, enjoy and all will be revealed. The writing, as in the previous novel, is absolutely beautiful. This novel takes place five years after the first and during those years our protagonists have grown and developed to become true adversaries to the Darkswarm.
And if you were worried by having a thirteen year old protagonist in the first novel, then fear not! She is now an adult! The new characters are endearing and intrinsic to the plot, the Patrol is mysteriously fascinating, and the side characters from the first novel are now an essential and established part of the storyline. Well I was in no hurry to get back into this trilogy and just because a book is around pages doesn't mean its great no, no the extra pages are filler nothing more and hey I couldn't careless about what happened in the end either so hey one more book to go and I'm done with this trilogy and I'll be glad to be done with actually.
This is just one of those types of fantasy books where I just don't care what happens in the end. A summery for Gathering of the Lost: Tarathan Well I was in no hurry to get back into this trilogy and just because a book is around pages doesn't mean its great no, no the extra pages are filler nothing more and hey I couldn't careless about what happened in the end either so hey one more book to go and I'm done with this trilogy and I'll be glad to be done with actually.
For a sequel it doesn't really improve on the previous book nope it just drags on and on and on and I was past not caring by the end of this book.
For over a third of the book I was wondering, 'Where are Malian and Kalan? Instead a patchwork of quilt pieces were being embroidered with intricacy and rich adornment, each separately, apart from one another. Once the pieces started to be stitched together, the initial slow opening movement became a flurry of pace and kaleidoscopic events. To say almost anything about the plot is to reveal too much. Both Malian and Kalan were there, almost from the beginning, but under heavy disguise.
It's five years on from The Heir of Night and Malian is seeking the Lost: those Derai who were born with old powers and have been exiled from the Wall. In a cast of hundreds of characters, all are interesting, even the most minor for whom there is only a brief glimpse into a moment of their story. Yet personally I felt that the most interesting was Raven. Enigmatic, far too knowledgeable about both the Darkswarm and the Darksworn, a nonpareil fighter and strangely immune to vast bolts of power sent against him - it is only at the end, his agenda and identity is revealed.
It was a lovely twist and utterly, utterly satisfying as a resolution. When the story quilt is finally complete and on display, it is both splendid and comforting. Jan 06, Shona Mackintosh rated it really liked it. A good going fantasy story, with rich characters and a vividly imagined world. I bought The Heir of Night the first in this series a couple of years ago mostly out of curiosity, as I hadn't noticed many NZ fantasy authors around, and was pleasantly surprised.
I liked Heir, but had been wary of where it was going next, as it would have been so easy for this to have been wrecked in the second book. But, to my delight, the plot has thickened, the characters have grown, and the world has become much mo A good going fantasy story, with rich characters and a vividly imagined world. But, to my delight, the plot has thickened, the characters have grown, and the world has become much more complex than just the dark, storm-wracked Wall of the first book. There are a lot of fantasy stories out there and a lot of 'chosen one' heroine plot lines, but this one at least credits the characters with the intelligence to recognise that there may be a price attached to their decisions, and that they may not be the ones who end up paying it.
I love the way the author forces the main characters and the reader, time and again, to question their assumptions about the people and the world around them. She skilfully weaves conflicting loyalties and hidden agendas, and neither the good guys or the bad guys are quite what they seem. Definitely looking forwards to book three! May 24, Fantasy Literature rated it it was amazing. Malian's people, the warlike and indomitable Derai clans, have defended the Wall of Night for generations against that which lies beyond it: the demonic Darkswarm.
Though the defences have held for countless years, the Darkswarm have now breached the Wall and found their way into the world of Haarth, spreading their propensity for strife and unrest throughout each city they come across. The previous book told of how Mal Jun 15, Mary-rose rated it liked it.
Well I'm glad I read the first half of this series and am looking forward to the next instalment. The books were good company for the chilly, damp summer we've had so far. There were some original ideas but a lot was derivative. The minstrel character seemed reminiscent of Hobb's much better written Golden Fool, and the varied cultures and landscapes reminded me somewhat of a computer game I used to play long ago!
I felt the plot wasn't tight enough and we were expected to remember too many c Well I'm glad I read the first half of this series and am looking forward to the next instalment. I felt the plot wasn't tight enough and we were expected to remember too many characters. However it was entertaining enough whilst waiting for the next Patrick Rothfuss to come out.
Jan 01, Michael rated it it was amazing. Covers should be available to show you very soon! It exceeded almost all my expectations. Its even more tense in the case of The Gathering of The Lost since Heir of Night won one of the most popular awards in fantasy fiction: the David Gemmell Morningstar, awarded the best debuts of a particular year.
I put off reading the book for a long time, almost a year in fact, because I wanted to hold on to my experience with the debut for that much longer, and also because the the third book in the series is still being written. GRRM fans know well how it is to wait for years on end for a successor book, and I did not want to go through that same experience. Interestingly enough, the two protagonists of the previous book, the titular Heir of Night Malian of the House of Night and her priest-apprentice friend Kalan, are missing from much of the early sections of the novel.
Through them, we are introduced to the larger political situation across the world of Haarth. I would have preferred if the story had started off with Malian and Kalan but with Jehane Mor and Tarathan we get to see how the larger setting works, since Heir of Night was focused almost exclusively on the outworlder Derai and the House of Night. We also get treated to the Heralds as a much more important faction in Haarth, especially through their interplays with the various other factions, such as the Patrol, who guard the River Ij and are one of the most important factions in the entire continent.
Its not just an adventure story or a mythic one. It is not just your typical fantasy either. What it is, is a very involved and nuanced political book.
The Gathering of The Lost comes very close to that same concept, but with a much tighter focus on the characters. Essentially, it has a smaller cast of main protagonists, although the events as they unfold have a similar development. Contrary to my opinion from roughly the first third novel, Kalan and Malian do appear in the novel and are quite central to the rest of the book. The Wall of Night is a series that ties in very closely to the personal journey of these characters, and for them to be missing from the sequel was odd, at best, early on.