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Medair (Medair #1-2)

4.28  ·  Rating Details  ·  267 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
The complete epic fantasy "Medair" duology, containing the Aurealis Awards finalist "The Silence of Medair" and the heart-rending conclusion "Voice of the Lost".

Time stole Victory.

Medair an Rynstar returned too late to drive back the Ibisian invasion. Centuries too late.

When friend and enemy have become the same thing, what use are the weapons Medair planned to use to prot
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published by Andrea K. Hösth (first published January 1st 2011)
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Sherwood Smith
Oct 06, 2013 Sherwood Smith added it
Shelves: fantasy
A year or two back, Estara told me that I really ought to try Andrea K. Höst ‘s work, as it invariably starts with a lone female protagonist flung into an interesting situation. This is one of my favorite story tropes, and Estara hit right on target.

Both the character and the world building grabbed me right from the start. Medair is a Herald who rode off to save the world, found the means, lay down to take a nap, and woke up to discover that the war she was trying to end had been lost half a mil
Apr 11, 2015 Chachic rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chachic by: Rachel Neumeier
April 2015 reread: Medair was one of the titles I included in my last Top Ten Tuesday post and that made me want to reread it so I did. Such a good read.


February 2014 review: Originally posted here.

Having previously loved Andrea K. Höst's sci-fi novels And All the Stars and the Touchstone trilogy, I picked up her Medair duology when I needed to be fully absorbed by a good novel. It's funny because out of all of her books, I wanted to read this epic fantasy duology f
Jul 07, 2012 Li rated it it was amazing
I probably do sound like a bit of a broken record when it comes to Andrea K Höst, but I have fallen in love with pretty much all of her books.

MEDAIR has adventure, magic, and love (with a healthy dollop of angst), and I was drawn into Medair's world from the start. I loved the premise of "what happens if the hero(ine) fails to save the world" combined with the Sleeping Beauty spin - Medair emerges from her version of an enchanted sleep half a century after the war. The world is much changed and
May 03, 2014 Estara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who enjoy fantasy, thinking of consequences, action and romance
Recommended to Estara by: Li
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2012
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Medair is one of those rare books where I felt like someone could knock me out and induce amnesia - so that I can read the book all over again! The experience was beyond pleasant and I liked how the author surprised me through the plot twists in the story. On that note, it might just be me because I put in effort not to try and anticipate what would happen next but immerse myself in the story (Hey! That's what escapism is all about yeah?). So it depends what gets you going, the pleasure of a nov ...more
Jan 18, 2012 Sassapphras rated it it was amazing
I would first like to say that I love this author. I was introduced to her through her Touchstone trilogy, which I absolutely adore! Wanting more of that, I picked up the Medair Duology. I admit that my love for the Touchstone trilogy surpasses this series, but these books were still really very good. I will definitely be reading more from Ms. Höst. Her writing style grabs my attention and doesn't let go.
One thing you have to understand is that almost everything Andrea K. Host writes is my fetish. In her books, Host likes combining a level headed heroine, interesting magic system, a stoic hero and a often a philosophical question or two. These are all things I really enjoy, but this book (technically duology) is especially transcendent.

In Mediar, a young woman who's a herald for the king rides off to find this legendary weapon that will allow her country to destroy the conquering enemy and win t
Jun 22, 2012 ala rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
It's exciting to be finally able to give a five star rating to a book -- with the explosion of paranormal and the urban fantasy genre, good ones seem hard to come by recently. But I found this one captivating. Though it builds on the potentially trite theme of forbidden love, it rises far above the formulaic, instead using the theme to probe deeper questions of anger, forgiveness, loyalty, honor and love.

Medair is a re-publishing of two books in one: The Silence of Medair and The Voice of the L
Mar 21, 2013 Anna rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, indie-books
This is two novels in one, except it isn't really as the two read like halves of a whole rather than as two separate stories. It's one story, about hatred, forgiveness & forbearance, and I did love reading it. I docked it one star because I did get bogged down in fantasy conventions a few times (mainly far too many made up words) and the ending threw me rather, but don't let that put you off. This is a book very much worth reading. There are so many regions of our own world that are plagued ...more
This was the first of Host's novels that I read and I just finished reading it again yesterday as a refresher for this review. I've read some high fantasy but it had never been a preference of mine until I read Medair and realized that some people can do a good job writing it.

It doesn't have be dry and boring and beyond descriptive like The Lord of the Rings or depressingly gross like A Game of Thrones where everyone is either the devil or dead.

This fantasy wasn't that cheesy type of girl fanta
Jul 20, 2013 Mallori rated it liked it
This duology was enjoyable, but a bit confusing for me. I enjoyed the first book- The silence of Medair- immensely. It had great and credible world building, the idea of Heralds with their satchels was fascinating, and I loved the idea that the heroine was not a hero, but simply a loyal Imperial messenger driven to desperation. What a heartbreaking and intriguing place to pick up a story- the complete failure of an everyday person in her attempt to save all that she knew due to an ill-fated t
Oct 31, 2012 Marcel rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to read a great story
Medair is another great book by Andrea K. Höst. It combines the two books The Silence of Medair and Voice of the Lost in one. The story flows well and you don't want to put the book down once started. The story centers on Medair and the difficult choices she has to make and how along the way she finds love. There is a lot of action and adventure. The story shows how mixing two cultures and letting them mould together over a few centuries you end up with something new which maintains elements of ...more
Feb 26, 2015 Regina rated it it was amazing
I really loved Medair as a heroine. She has plenty of flaws but she is always in control of herself and understands her own shortcomings. Medair struggles with making choices that are neither right or wrong and I love that part of the book. Illukar was an interesting love interest. Even Kier Ieskar grew on me by the end of the book. The ending threw me for a loop there but I liked it. I wish there was a short story somewhere that details their life after the ending.I really want to see how they ...more
Dec 23, 2014 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indie-authors
What a gem!

The Medair duology is fantasy that sets its bar high. The story idea as well as the history and politics of the world is tremendously compelling.

In face of the inevitability of labeling an invading group of people as "Other", what happens when your hesitation (stemming from the conflicting feelings you harbor about who is definitively "right" and who must therefore be "wrong") leads to you being transported 500 years into the future? Times have changed, beliefs and borders have chang
Jun 21, 2014 Leah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, romance
Welp. I’m ruined for other books for a good long while, I think. I usually stay away from independently published books due to quality concerns, but thanks to this gem I will be giving them more consideration. I was expecting a decently written fantasy involving time travel and secret identities and an interesting lead. To me, that’s pretty much catnip already. What I got was a mature, impressively crafted examination of vengeance and morality and consequences that refused to be predictable, wit ...more
Dec 20, 2015 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Reread. Loved it even more than the first time round. Love the questions raised and love medair's constant fight against herself. Also loved the ending. Wonderful book.
Margaret T.
Mar 21, 2015 Margaret T. rated it it was amazing
There are maybe four other books that have so completely captured my imagination. I finished it in less than 24 hours, and it's not a short book (technically, it's two books). I immediately went back and re-read large portions of it. I can't even pinpoint why I so completely loved it. The worldbuilding is good, the plot pretty standard fantasy fare (though it takes some unexpected turns), and so much of the book is spent very much in the protagonist's head as she agonizes over her impossible sit ...more
Aug 05, 2013 Barbara rated it it was amazing
This was so good. Medair is such an amazing character that feels so fleshed out. She's strong but so capable of all those ugly emotions which are all too human. I could read a million books about her.
Lina (From the Verge)
I read the Medair Duology from start to finish in less than 24 hours. I sort of had to do human stuff in between to make sure I was still... mh... human? Yes, that's the type of obsessive reading I have every time I grab an Andrea K Höst book. Her stories simply kidnap my brain and take it into this weird place where I cannot fathom my existence without finishing her stories... I know super randomly poetic, but seriously, I think there is a Höst psychological condition that has been unexplored b ...more
Jun 27, 2015 Pancha rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya-fiction
This duology explores many of the same themes as Stained Glass Monsters, like the costs of action/inaction, of having no good choice in a situation, and the emotional depths of the seemingly dispassionate. I think I liked Stained Glass Monsters a little better, but I have only read the first book in that series.
Apr 01, 2013 C rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
What an imagination Andrea Höst has! Each series she writes of a different world, each world fully realized with detailed descriptions, new traditions, customs, cultures, languages... I have a particular soft spot for any science fiction or fantasy so marvelously complete.

I think the first, The Silence of Medair, was far more polished. But the second, Voice of the Lost, for all its niggling problems, completely blew me away.

These books are by no means stand alone and in my opinion would be bet
Feb 12, 2012 Turtles rated it it was amazing
This is both books of Medair in one, both were really brilliant. The story which unfolded is certainly one I haven't had the pleasure to read before. Medair was a very well written and complex girl. She made decisions which were so difficult and with a sense of justice many cannot claim. I thought it was well thought out by the author to get two or three sides of an event and those reasonings stand throughout the book, 500 years later and after that crazy fire. The fantasy setting was lovely and ...more
Very good. I was quite surprised - happily surprised.
Aug 31, 2015 Nicola rated it it was amazing
A reread but I love this duology.
Apr 11, 2013 Jack rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I really like Host. She writes YA-ish stuff, but it's good. Medair isn't a storybook heroine. She's a young woman who returns from a quest, successful, and discovers not victory, not even ashes, just irrelevance. That's how you take a YA quest story and make it your own. It's a bit like if "Palading of Souls" had gone terribly wrong, and how the paladin ekes out a victory despite failure.

Besides, I have a fond spot for duologies that announce themselves, especially if they're well done.
Mandy Crouch
Jan 23, 2013 Mandy Crouch rated it it was amazing
Top ten favorite books ever. Unexpectedly thoughtful, suspenseful, melancholy and romantic. Presents philosophical dilemmas in a believable manner (assuming suspension of belief re: world creation and plot, of course). I never write reviews but I felt I had to here.
Nov 08, 2011 Danae1972 rated it it was amazing
I really like this author's style of writing, it allows you to immerse yourself in her main character and feel the emotions. My only complaint about these books is that I'd like to have seen a little more about what happens next.
Apr 21, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Interesting premise and plot, made for an addicting read as I couldn't wait to see what choices the main character would make. Neat twists and turns to the world as well, would be interesting to see what happens next.
Emily Leathers
Feb 19, 2012 Emily Leathers rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys fantasy
Exactly the quality and enjoyment that I've come to expect from Andrea Host. The world and story were well done, and I loved watching Medair's emotional development on top of it.
Oct 06, 2013 Melissa marked it as to-read
Looks like this is eBook only so far. :(
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Born in Sweden and raised in Australia, Andrea K Höst currently lives in Sydney. She writes fantasy, but wanders occasionally into science fantasy.

Her novel "The Silence of Medair" was a finalist for the 2010 Aurealis Award for best fantasy novel.
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Medair (2 books)
  • The Silence of Medair (Medair, #1)
  • Voice of the Lost (Medair, #2)

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