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Medair (Medair #1-2)

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  135 ratings  ·  26 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...more
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...more
Feb 28, 2014 Chachic rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Chachic by: Rachel Neumeier
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 first but I didn't get the chance to read them until recently. Once again, I would like to thank the author for providing a review copy of the omnibus edition which contains both The Silence of Medair and...more
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...more
May 03, 2014 Estara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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.
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...more
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...more
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...more
Oct 31, 2012 Marcel rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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
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
Um, wow. Political maneuverings. War. Stoics. Hard moral decisions over and over again with real emotional impact and consequences. Magic. Wild magic with surprising, mind-blowing twists--not just once but many times!

I have never read anything like this duology before. I have never been so completely blown-away before by surprising twists, either. Um, wow.

Wow is a good word for this.
Apr 01, 2013 C rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
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
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
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.
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.
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 4 of 5 stars
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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