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The Heir of Night (Wall of Night #1)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  745 ratings  ·  123 reviews
Malian is being trained to rule. Her people garrison the mountain range against an ancient enemy, keeping a tide of shadow from the rest of their world. Malian is expected to uphold this tradition, yet she's known little of real danger until the enemy attacks her fortress home and the Keep of Winds becomes a bloodbath.
Paperback, 452 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Orbit (first published January 1st 2010)
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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
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 whe ...more
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
Carolyn (Book Chick City)
Reviewed by Laura for Book Chick City. 7/10 on the blog.

'The Heir of Night' is the first in a new four part fantasy series. The Derai live on the edge of the world, charged with guarding 'The Wall' against the ancient and terrifying Swarm. A ferocious, demonic race.

The Derai are an uncompromising people, ruled by tough rules and routine. But their task is such a hard one, they dare not deviate from the way of life that has been followed for hundreds of years. For, legend claims that if the House
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 w
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 m
Helen Lowen’s Wall of Night series was recommended in a recent by Courtney Schafer here as a series that improves after book one. Having read the first book of that series, Heir of Night, I’m excited to see if that truly is the case. Malian, the heir of Night, is set to inherit her father’s title and take over the long watch for the Darkswarm; the abominations that her people are pledged to fight against. Before she can even dream of ascending however it is revealed that the Darkswarm is rousing ...more
Wow, this was quite good. Classic Epic fantasy, well written, a freshening of standard fantasy fare. A great change from teenage angst, fantasy love triangles and often hopeless urban fantasy. This book 'cleansed' my palate and reminded me why I have been a fantasy fan since my 1st reading of Mr Eddings back in 1983.

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First glance this looks like your basic fantasy story, Ms. Lowe's writing style carefully lays out a story that I can see growing to Game of Thrones-like magnitude. Thi
Feb 24, 2012 Ruth rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: dnf
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 ...more
Laura Summers
Reviewed for (7 out of 10 on the blog)

'The Heir of Night' is the first in a new four part fantasy series. The Derai live on the edge of the world, charged with guarding 'The Wall' against the ancient and terrifying Swarm. A ferocious, demonic race.

The Derai are an uncompromising people, ruled by tough rules and routine. But their task is such a hard one, they dare not deviate from the way of life that has been followed for hundreds of years. For, legend claims that if the H
While the world is interesting, the protagonist was not. The story and the characters in it are problematic, both from a reader's (mine) and a plot point-of-view.

The eponymous protagonist: Malian is a 12-13 yr old child, the daughter of the Earl of Night (ruler of the House and member of the Alliance). That age is not, in and of itself, a black mark. In this book, however, Malian alternates between the attitude of a 13 yr old and that of an adult. Some of this is appropriate for someone of that
Pam ☼Ask Me About FrankenKnee☼ Tee
4 Stars!

Those who like epic fantasy novels are going to probably like this new one from Helen Lowe. The magic is well integrated into the world and her command of language is exceedingly good. More Tolkien-esque than trendy and modern.

I would have given the book 5-Stars except for the fact that there is this break in the storyline that I had difficulty getting past. I actually had to put the book down for three days before I could integrate myself back into it. And if I was to try to summarize w
T. Frohock
The Heir of Night is the first book of the Wall of Night series, which is a more traditional epic fantasy (think Brooks, not Abercrombie), a sub-genre that I don't normally gravitate toward; however, I wanted to challenge my reading habits in 2013 and try new novels and new authors. I never know when a novel will introduce me to a new way of thinking or bring me back to a sub-genre that I drifted away from, such as the more traditional epic fantasies that I enjoyed so much when I was younger.

The heir of night / Helen Lowe. This novel is comparable to Tolkien's The Lord of The Rings world. (There is an author interview at the back of this edition!)
This style perhaps put me off a little as the sequence of events was set over the course of a few days. To put the book down, i lost continuity. I did not identify with Malian, the heroine, either which made it harder to persevere. [Call me cynical if you like.] About 200 pages in (out of 435), I realised I was finally captivated. Helen Lo
So I picked this up thinking it looked interesting
Then I started to read it and became rather disinterested.
It reads like a poor copy (very very derivative) of P.C.Hodgell's Kencyrath novels.
Even the name of the Priest (who is shunned for his magical abilities) starts with the same letter, Kindrie in P.C. Hodgell's works, Kalan in Helen Lowe's work. To be more broad in comparisons, in P.C.Hodgell's work the Kencyr who arrived with earthquakes and disaster upon Rathillien as the ancient enemies
Chris Shaffer
The book started slowly and awkwardly. There were far too many artificial conversations where characters explained things they obviously already knew about the world to each other in order to explain it to the reader. Fortunately, the tale started holding together about halfway through and was pretty good by the end.

Note that this is not a complete story. It stops abruptly in the middle of the plot. A true rating will depend on how many more books are in the series and how good they are.
I had initially picked up the second book in the series and it has taken me some time to find the first book.
I was surprised by this book as it is a rich fantasy novel with a detailed world and on the whole well realised characters. I was swept easily into this tale and it held my interest.
Where I struggled with the novel was that too much detail and too much background information that really bogged the story down. The information that you are given is useful but was it really necessary? I me
Helen Lowe did an amazing job with this first book building a complex and interesting world. The characters are interesting and varied and the large amount of history and lore mentioned help give the world of sense of age and depth.

That said I was a bit disappointed in how the book ended and how it felt like most things were handed to the main characters right when they needed them or that everything aligned so well because it was destiny.

Really enjoyed this fantasy/scifi cross.... In face couldn't put it down. Was up till the early hours of the morning reading till I couldn't keep my eyes open, then after just 5 hours sleep had to finish it. Plenty of magic, swords and prophecies to satisfy me... Reminded me a bit of Dune crossed with Krull... Absolutely loved it. Have ordered the next book at my library but I will probably buy these anyway. Can highly recommend it, brilliant!!!
The story starts a bit slow, gradually introducing all the various colourful characters...

But it doesn't lack in tension or interesting diversions.

I found this book highly entertaining and looking forward to reading the sequel to continue to Malian's pursuit in discovering the extent of her powers, the true identity of the powers behind the Darkswarm and the roles of all the many people around her will get to play.

Chris Whybrow
Really, there is only one word that can be used to describe The Heir of Night.


While the Derai culture may be interesting, and The Swarm immensely cool, the book is marred by cliches, unrealistic dialogue, deux ex machimas and a glacial pace, plus characters who often lack distinguishing features and therefore can often be hard to tell apart.

The monsters were cool though, so it gets an extra star. Hopefully the next book will be better.

P.S. Kyr. What an idiot. Why did he have to drag Lira
Reviewed on my blog - Books by Proxy

4.5 Stars

I first came across The Heir of Night whilst perusing a bookshop and bought it purely based on its cover... which happened to have a sale sticker on it at the time. Having now read both The Heir of Night and its sequel, The Gathering of the Lost, I am very glad I gave into impulse. Ignore your misgivings. Yes, this is another coming of age fantasy. Yes, the protagonist is a thirteen year old girl. And yes, this book is setting the scene for the rest o
Blodeuedd Finland
Review to be posted at the Gemmell Legend Awards first

If Night falls, all fall. That is the ancient prophecy of the Derai people who inhabit the world of Haarth. There among the mountains they have their keeps and hold guard against the dark forces of the Swarm. The warlike Derai are not native to this world, they came across time and space, and they have always fought the Swarm who wants to cover the universe in darkness.

Malian is the Heir of the House of Night. She loves the old stories of he
The author, Helen Lowe writes traditional epic fantasy.
The Heir of Night takes place on a world called Haarth with the Derai people. The Derai have come from the stars and have fought the Darkswarm for eternity. The past has a firm hold on the present.
In the north, the House of Night stands against the Darkswarm. The House of Night is one of the nine Derai Houses, which guard the Shield-wall of Night. They are tasked with keeping the Darkswarm behind the Wall. This is a tale of two young people
I will start out by saying the second book in this series, The Gathering of the Lost,is absolutely incredible. It has leapfrogged over many books into my Top Ten fantasy reads ever. I say this because while I did enjoy Heir of the Night, I am well aware that it is at times hard to get through and throws a lot of information at the reader and doesn't quite develop the two main characters as much as it could have. But overall the world created and the writing is enough to overlook these faults and ...more
A very stately and thematic fantasy, of the Tolkien school, full of forces, mysteries and struggles, without necessarily getting a lot done. I found it sort of tedious; your mileage may vary.

There seems to be a really interesting story in the back-end of this book, and occasionally glimpses of it were caught through the mist. I was intrigued by the deep inculcation of the warrior culture, interested in the "outsider" characters and their stories, and definitely excited by the origin tales of the
This was a shot out of the blue. A brilliant, suprising shot that took my breath away and showed me the wonders of the world. By sheer chance I saw this on the shelf and picked it up, without reading the blurb, on a whim. A whim. Boy am I gald I get whims. An amazing, mind blowing Five Stars.

Plot: Five Stars

For a book that spends the first two Books(sections) [out of the three in the first novel] in one singular location - the Night Keeps - this is an amazingly broad and wide ranging fantasy.
Sep 26, 2012 Janet rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of L. E. Modesitt
Shelves: wars-and-thrones
I often get bogged down in long fantasy epics, but The Heir of Night kept me immersed in the world and the action so that I read it straight through in one sitting. Helen Lowe is a master of crisp description and detailed, vivid scenes page by page. Her world building is also fully realized in its setting, traditions, ancient and recent history, and magic system.

I actually would have preferred less of the total scope of her world-building in the first novel. The combination of space travel and
The Darkspawn and Derai Alliance have fought across the stars - the Darkspawn to destroy all life and the Derai Alliance to preserve. The war has brought both combatants to the world of Haarth, where the story takes place. The Derai have been on Haarth for 1,500 years and over that time many ruptures have formed in the alliance - both between the Nine Houses of the Alliance and within, between the priests and warriors that make up the houses.

Malian is the thirteen-year-old Heir of Night and it i
Shadowhawk reviews Helen Lowe's debut novel that won her the David Gemmell Morningstar award this year, Heir of Night, the first in the Wall of Night series by Orbit Books.

"A fantasy novel written as a grand mythology epic, Heir of Night hits all the right buttons and is another must-read of the (last) year." ~The Founding Fields

Read lots of different stuff this year, I thought back in January. Step out of my comfort zone, I thought. Honestly, nothing could have prepared me for Helen Lowe's debu
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I am a novelist, poet, blogger, interviewer, and lover of story.

My first novel "Thornspell", (Knopf) was published to critical praise in 2008, and in 2012 "The Heir Of Night", The Wall Of Night Book One, won the David Gemmell Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer and the Sir Julius Vogel Award 2011 for Best Novel.

"The Gathering of The Lost", (The Wall Of Night Book Two), was shortlisted fo
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