Gathering of the Lost (Wall of Night #2)
Plot: Five Stars
I loved this plot. It was so brilliantly woven, the surprises throughout just kept on coming, hitting you where you least expect it. I can't think of a single fantasy cliche in this series, nor many books that can compete si ...more
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After finishing The Heir of Night it only took me moments to open The Gathering of the Lost. The first novel in The Wall of Night series had surpassed all my expectations and had left me excited and eager to learn how the tale would unfold. I wasn’t even worried that the sequel wouldn’t meet my expectations – Helen Lowe had written such a magical and gripping opening novel that it had to! The Gathering of the Lost proved to be a tale with twists and ...more
To say almost anything about the plot is to reveal too much. Both Malian and Kalan were th ...more
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. Malian's people, the warlike and indomitable Derai clans, have defended the Wall of Night for generations against that which lies ...more
The book is made into different parts. In the first part we meet Tarathan and Jehane from book one. Things are happening in the River country. The darkness are stretching beyond the wall know. The next part is about Carrick, who comes to the country of Emer. More plots and more showings of the Darkswarm. All these things happening are connected, pieces fall into place as I read on. Even if I did wonder where Malian ...more
Five years have passed since the events of The Heir of Night so if I was to mention anything that happens I might actually spoil you. And I wouldn't want to do that, would I? Suffice to say that there are more Darkswarm and conspiracies, but we are no longer on the Wall. Instead the story takes place among the native culture of Haarth.
In many ways this is a very traditional epic/heroic fantasy. Our her...more
Shadowhawk reviews the second novel in Gemmell Morningstar Award winning author Helen Lowe’s Wall of Night series.
“A brilliant sequel to a brilliant debut, The Gathering of The Lost is even more entertaining and rewarding than its predecessor. It exceeded almost all my expectations.” ~The Founding Fields
I’ve remarked before that sequels are often a strange beast because there are so many automatic an ...more
This book is weighty and comprises a prologue and five parts. A long, wordy story but unputdownable and a fantastic tale. If you enjoy epic fantasy, read this! It can be read alone but for back-story you should read “The Heir of Night” first. Malian and Kalen have fled the Derai world and are resting in the Winter Country, before resuming their flight to the south, separately. The prologue contains Malian’s dream and explains why the ...more
Saying that, the structure of this book was slightly odd. The first ten page or so is prequel with Malian and Kalan, but set after the events of the first book. The book then jumps ahead five years and t ...more
The story focuses on a time much later in both their lives once they've made the adjustment and as the war between Derai and Swarm starts to show its fingerprints all over Haarth.
I continue to enjoy this story as its world-building grows and its conflicts become more complex. We learn a lot mor ...more
I also love how she took a pretty standard epic fantasy storyline and still managed to surprise me.
That said, there were some truly distracting and occasionally confusing... not spelling mistakes exactly, but words with extra or missing letters. I'd call th ...more
It started, in what felt like the middle of nowhere, but soon the characters developed and you recognized familiar faces.
The development Malian and Kalam has shown has far removed them from the uneducated and naive youth they were in the first book.
They have grown in skills and power but that doesn't mean they don't still struggle with daily normal human struggles ...more
I'll write a more in-depth review for this book later, but suffice it for the meantime to say that the Wall of Night duology (soon to become a trilogy) is one of my chosen nominations and requests for this year's Yuletide Treasure challenge, and it thoroughly deserves to have fanfiction written for it. I especially love the themes of exploration of identity and the ideas on how looking at things, people and situations from a different angle can alter ...more
I loved everything about this book. The characters are compelling, the world building seems effortless and the plots make this a book I just couldn't put down.
The Gathering of the Lost is the second book in the series that began with The ...more
So glad I took a chance and tried Heir of Night and The Gathering of the Lost. These books will be in my top ten books for the year. I read them in e-book format, but I'm purchasing paper copies just because I liked them so much.
I'd buy this series in hardback.
Helen Lowe's second novel about Malian of Night was really enjoyable. I love the world she has created and would recommend this book to fans of Trudi Canavan, Karen Miller, Jennifer Fallon or Robin Hobb. This book has twists and turns as Malian carries on her quest 5 years after the original story is set with lots of magic, action and adventure
Ordinarily I do not like huge books that are all about the politics of a fantasy world. This book has enough magic, action, compelling characters and challenging situations to keep me going through the politics of Haarth, Emer, Derai and Darkswarm.
If only the next book was already out!
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 ...more