!!> BOOKS ✵ The Heir of Night (Wall of Night, #1) ✫ Author Helen Lowe – Buyphenergan500.us

The Heir of Night (Wall of Night, #1) In The Far North Of Haarth, The Derai People Garrison The Mountains Known As The Wall Of Night Against Their Powerful Enemy, Keeping Darkness From The Rest Of Their World But The Derai S 9 Houses Are Divided Warrior Against Priest, And House Against House, And They Have Been Further Weakened By The Loss Of Their Great Magical Powers.

!!> BOOKS ✵ The Heir of Night (Wall of Night, #1)  ✫ Author Helen Lowe – Buyphenergan500.us
  • Paperback
  • 464 pages
  • The Heir of Night (Wall of Night, #1)
  • Helen Lowe
  • English
  • 01 July 2017
  • 9780356500003

    10 thoughts on “!!> BOOKS ✵ The Heir of Night (Wall of Night, #1) ✫ Author Helen Lowe – Buyphenergan500.us


  1. says:

    It is rare that I will pick up a book based on the promotional guff that is used on front covers, especially as I work within publishing and know exactly what goes into that process However, because I worship to the goddess that is Robin Hobb, I bought it thankfully on offer There are some interesting concepts at work here I like the mythology behind the story and good characterisation of different races That is pretty much where the praise finishes For a start, the protagonists are too young for epic fantasy and yet seem to have retained the emotional and mental maturity of much older teenagers In addition, Ms Lowe has a nasty habit of explaining EVERYTHING The key to successful world building is to research thoroughly, define firmly, and explain sparingly She seems unable to differentiate between a world with a strong backstory and giving us the entire backstory in unrealistic chunks of conversation I also felt that the characters were ...


  2. says:

    Welcome to Haarth, a world where a northern border is guarded by the Derai from the ancient enemy known as The Swarm I have to say for a debut this was quite impressive but I very much felt it to be a set up novel for those later in the series.The first novel centres around the two main protagonists, Malian, daughter of The Earl of Night, and Kalan, a novice priest born into the House of Blood Together they must defend against the darkness of the swarm, which yet again threatens their land In some ways the plot reminded me of the Others and The Nights Watch in A Song of Ice and Fire, but at a much lighter and less brutal level than George RR Martins writes.The story grips you right from the start as Helen Lowe throws her characters into the firing line almost as soon as they arrived on the page, and there were a few casualties along the way It is packed full of adventure, mixed with a degree of intrigue, dark and bloody histories and nice few enjoyable fight scenes.I really enjoyed the characters crafted by Lowe, but again I cou...


  3. says:

    While technically this qualifies as young adult fantasy it doesn t read like a YA And it s one of it s strongest pros for me There s no angst and hormone induced stupidity The main characters Malian and Kalan act appropriate for their ages most of the time with and air of wisdom and maturity that can be expected from an alien warrior race that has been at war for thousands if not millions of years I liked how the story progressed and it s pacing The world building is a problem however At places it feels as if you should be familiar with it from before to make sense so the reader feels lost and then there are almost random info dumps I had a couple of headaches start while trying to navigate the world and the complex social structure Thankfully there s a map and a glossary with all the characters in it so when I forget which one this character is and there are a lot of almost identical names for example Terebanth, Terennin and Trithis without constant reminders in the text, something you don t always get, of what the hell they are you could mistake one for the other I could check it out Adding to the confusion one thing could have several different names and or titles The problem comes from the fact that the introduction is not dome gently and slowly so I was left feeling as if this is the second book of the series instead of the first As for the story it follows the usual fantasy tropes good Derai vs evil Darkswarm with a ...


  4. says:

    Oh boy do I have a lot to say about this book First off, if you re not a huge Lord of the Rings trilogy fan, then it most likely will not bother you However, I found so many allusions to the trilogy that made the novel lose most of its originality, at least for me This is the biggest factor as to why I rated it 2 5 The story itself was pretty well written and the author does have potential to being a great author I m probably very nitpicky about this but I personally find it frustrating whenever I see these things Another thing that bothered me was that the heroine was younger than 14, yet the way the dialogue was written, her thought patterns, and her actions were too adult and unbelievable for one so young and thus made the character not relatable Some parts of the novel were also a bit cheesy and cliche Also, the names of the enemies in this novel were pretty unoriginal, such as the Night Mare, darkswarm, or Worm of Chaos Here are some connections that I found if you care to know view spoiler 1 Color of the horses and what they re capable of great horses out of Emerbred to wear armor and carry knights into battle example from LOTR is Shadowfax, a horse of the Mearas legendary horses of Rohan 2 Armband in Heir of Night that had inscriptions on the inside of the band j...


  5. says:

    Robin Hobb says The Heir of Night by Helen Lowe is a richly told tale of strange magic, dark treachery and conflicting loyalties, set in a well realised world.And she is quite right, it is It is a beautifully crafted novel, the world is vibrant and so are the characters, although I must admit the characterisation sometimes left me scratching my head I had a lot of questions as to maturity in Malian s case and what seemed to me to be leaps of logic But this didn t spoil my enjoyment of what promises to be a very exciting new series.Old wars, lost powers, blood feuds, prophecies and the rising of an ancient evil makes on paper a pretty regular book of standard fantasy fare but I don t care if I have read a similar premise over and over again as long as the writing is good and the author does something different with it And Lowe s writing is very good and the story is original enough in nuance to be fresh The one thing i will nit pick over is the Naming of things, particular creatures and powers and the like I mean the Raptor of Darkness I was disappointed that Lowe did create a name in place of a title, she has the chops for it as the rest of her writing shows.That being said I did read it all the way through to the end, and I will pick up the next book to see how things progress There were some wonderfully rendered scenes, especially...


  6. says:

    Out at the garrison overlooking the Wall of Night, the House of Night is attacked and its inhabitants slaughtered by a Raptor of Darkness Our hero and heroine of this tale Malian, the teenage heiress being groomed to inherit the House of Night, and Kalan, her male Temple trainee friend, escape the massacre and find themselves hunted by the Swarm of Dark In doing so, Malian and Kalan both find they have magical powers A mystery assistant from the Derai s past comes to their aid First you must come into the heart of my power, the voice replied, so I have some hope of protecting you, while you may draw on my strength It is imperative that we work together, for you are young and untrained and I am weaker than I used to be But together, and with the boy s help, we may do what needs to be done Also to Malian s assistance comes Nhairin, a seasoned female steward, a sort ve Gurney Halleck to our Paul Muad dib like heroine Her task, with Asantir, the Honor Guard Captain, is to find Malian and protect her from the evil monsters that wield magic and who seem to be determined to kill her Asantir a...


  7. says:

    The short review Meh.The long review There are books that you love when you re young and continue to love as an adult Then there are books that you only really like when you re the same age as the protagonist 13 in this case Unfortunately, the Heir of Night falls into the latter camp, or at least I suspect it would, since I am no longer of an age to verify this assumption It includes a number of things that would have appealed to me very strongly at that age a cool naming system for a society divided into nine Houses the House of Night, the House of Stars, the House of Blood a prophesied Chosen One a gloomy, maze like Keep melodramatic speeches galore Spiritual Advisors and a Quest to find the Magical McGuffin.I do applaud the Heir of Night for having a a female protagonist and b a relatively gender neutral world by which I mean a world where there aren t strongly defined gender roles In other words, there s no problem with women being leaders or fighters It s also inoffensive and didn t hit any of my pet peeve buttons.This book could have benefited from a severe edit The pacing is glacial The story uses the well worn trope of a dramatic event kicking off the hero s journey Step 1 of the hero s journey is, of course, leaving home, but in this book it takes three quarters of the book for our heroine to do so Too many scenes were completely unnecessary and seemed little than an excuse to have side characters discuss...


  8. says:

    2010 Cheated is how I feel about this book Marketed as the author s first foray into Adult fantasy, I was enticed to give it a try To then find out that the protagonists are 12 13 years old No, I cry and wail to the Heavens how can this be I don t particularly care that there are so called adult themes and the promise of growth throughout the trilogy This is not what I wanted to read This is not the author s fault and I lay the blame on her advisors, agents and publishers This is NOT a book for adult readers For YA absolutely Why can t the publishers be upfront and actually say YA There is a big enough market for this without tricking me into spending my hard earned money on a book that, had I known it to be YA, would not have bothered with Grrrrrrrrrrr Many of the details and devices seem to echo earlier works by well known authors so that this book seems to be a compliation of bits and bobs rather than anything original And, to boot, one of my favourite authors who is a writer par excellence describes this as a richly told tale ok it could be that any caveats were not used but still Ms Hobbb much wailing and rendering of clothes Bah after reading up to about P366 I decided that the protagonists were not going to grow up and nothing unusual ...


  9. says:

    I read this book in short time on the recommendation of my sister However, when I read the back of the book I knew that I wanted to read it My favourite books are the type that have a strong female lead and generally fall into either science fiction or fantasy This book is definitely fantasy, though it does have some flavourings of science fiction Malian, the Heir of Night, is an intelligent but duty bound young girl Her position within the keep depends on her father and her ability to lead the Derai, as such when she unlocks her powers she is both fearful of them and scared I happened to like this for the realism of a girl who knew her entire world would change Then she stepped up and filled her role brilliantly.Kalan I was indifferent to for a long while but I think he proved to be a good second lead and an intriguing character showing the other side of the Derai The Heralds however intrigued me the most, and I ll be interested to learn of them and Asant...


  10. says:

    This book was complete dreck I made the mistake of picking up this book for a trip interstate, based of a neat title, an interesting blurb, and the way that one of the sequels was compared to Martin s work in a prominent review quote.This book is so bad that I reactivated my Goodreads just to talk about it Firstly, I hope you can tolerate stupid fantasy names If you want to hear the term Derai about thirty thousand times, this book is for you Every character speaks in expositional terms They have to tell you their position when addressing each other They give histories at a whim, mostly self aggrandising nonsense about the central people, the Derai , a pointlessly stupid group of militaristic bozos who have a racism metaphor tangled with their Chosen One metaphor Oh, and there s literally a Chosen One, because the writer is a hack , which will no doubt be resolved by series end to teach you an important lesson about bigotry, because maybe you re discriminating against The Special It somehow makes the trite allegories of X Men and Bright seem enlightened.Our heroine does nothing active in the plot, apart from listen to stupid exposition It s a joy when she receives a psychic message telling her to GTFO because it means we can stop getting scene setting exposition for a moment Of course, it means all the pompous cr...

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