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Gathering of the Lost (Wall of Night #2)

4.12  ·  Rating Details  ·  401 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
Tarathan of Ar and Jehane Mor, ride into the great city of Ij in time for it's grand Festival of Masks. But soon after their arrival they witness a terrible slaughter as their fellow heralds are targeted an assassinated. They must flee for their lives across the city as they discover Swarm agents at work as they attempt to destabilise the entire River Cities network for th ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published April 5th 2012 by Orbit (first published December 1st 2011)
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Oct 03, 2012 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy, fantasy
This book was a brilliant continuation of the previous one. It may not have been exactly at the same, high level but it was still a seriously good, well plotted and populated fantasy tale that will have any fan of the genre salivating. A romping Five Stars.

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
Seregil of Rhiminee
Jun 11, 2012 Seregil of Rhiminee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Before I write anything else, I'll mention that the last decade has been good for fantasy literature, because lots of new authors have emerged and several excellent books have been written during the last couple of years. Helen Lowe is one of these good authors, because her books are highly enjoyable and entertaining reading experiences. Her fantasy series, The Wall of Night, is a powerful, complex and beautifully written tale about friendship, duty, loyalty and magic.

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4.5 Stars

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
Anne Hamilton
Nov 16, 2015 Anne Hamilton rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, australia-nz
For over a third of the book I was wondering, 'Where are Malian and Kalan?' It seemed like the protagonists of The Heir of Night were missing. Instead a patchwork of quilt pieces were being embroidered with intricacy and rich adornment, each separately, apart from one another. Once the pieces started to be stitched together, the initial slow opening movement became a flurry of pace and kaleidoscopic events.

To say almost anything about the plot is to reveal too much. Both Malian and Kalan were th
Shona Mackintosh
Jul 08, 2012 Shona Mackintosh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good going fantasy story, with rich characters and a vividly imagined world. I bought The Heir of Night (the first in this series) a couple of years ago mostly out of curiosity, as I hadn't noticed many NZ fantasy authors around, and was pleasantly surprised. I liked Heir, but had been wary of where it was going next, as it would have been so easy for this to have been wrecked in the second book. But, to my delight, the plot has thickened, the characters have grown, and the world has become mu ...more
Fantasy Literature
May 24, 2013 Fantasy Literature rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rebecca
Every Avalanche Begins with One Stone Falling...

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
Jan 01, 2012 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The proof of The Gathering of the Lost, The Wall of Night Series, Book Two is now complete and the book is currently in production for publication on 27 March (US) and 4 April (UK/AU/NZ) 2012. Covers should be available to show you very soon!
Blodeuedd Finland
Jul 15, 2012 Blodeuedd Finland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I must say well done. Lowe kept on surprising me and I did not see things coming.

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
May 06, 2012 Fence added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff

Book two of The Wall of Night. Read for the Once Upon a Time VI challenge
Read the prologue here

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

Jun 18, 2013 Abhinav rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-read
You can read the full review over at The Founding Fields:

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
Jul 24, 2012 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you haven’t read the first book in the Wall of Night series, Heir of Night, then I suggest you do that before reading The Gathering of the Lost. The Gathering begins 5 years after the end of Heir and I think it is important to understand what led the characters to where they are now. Like all fantasy there is a tremendous amount of world-building and it is best to start from the beginning. In my review of Heir of Night, I admitted Fantasy isn’t my genre. I did read the Lord of the Rings Trilo ...more
Apr 21, 2012 Jan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Gathering of the Lost – The Heir of Night Book 2
Helen Lowe

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
Alex Jones
Dec 18, 2013 Alex Jones rated it really liked it
Really rather good indeed. I really love the world, the characters are all interesting and believable and it is well written as well! An absolute steal at the price I bought this book, and the first in the trilogy, The Heir of Night, for and I'm really looking forward to the last in the trilogy!

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
Apr 09, 2015 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Powerful stuff. I liked this book quite a bit more than the first volume, and I had enjoyed that. So many threads! I can't imagine this can be concluded within the constraints of a trilogy, but I'm looking forward to the next volume. As I said in an email exchange with the author, I could have wished for a better map, but she promises more map and a more legible one in the upcoming sequel.
R.L. Stedman
Nov 10, 2015 R.L. Stedman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read! If you like epic fantasy, read this book! Best fantasy I've read in ages. Awesome characters, great world-building, really interesting storyline. I loved the details in Gathering, just little things, like a character holding out her skirt to dry in front of the fire. They just made me feel as though I was really there, watching events unfold. Highly recommended.
Mar 28, 2015 Esther rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, morningstar
Malian and Kalan need to learn to navigate the world of Haarth away from the Wall on which they have spent all their lives. But to divert attention, each must learn to adjust to the new environment, apart.

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
Sep 17, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I'm not normally a fan of really wordy, slow-moving stories, but I just love the mood that Ms. Lowe is able to create with her words. Her voice really works for me. (I'd supply a quote, but it would take like two pages to get the full effect.)

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
Debbie Williams
Jun 29, 2014 Debbie Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some very clever twists and turns in this one! I enjoyed every minute of reading both the first book (The Heir of Night) and this instalment, and can't wait for the next! Helen Lowe has created a compelling series that has instantly gone onto my "must-have" list and I highly recommend it for any fantasy lover.
Oct 09, 2015 Kerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
book 2 in Lowe's series "The Wall of Night". Impressive in length and depth. Here Lowe improved immensely on the first and exceeds at a most interesting and plot within plot within plot book while handling a myriad of characters. Bravo.
Aug 29, 2013 Lida rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Helen Lowe has once again managed to capture the characters, the development of them and the struggles they have to face brilliantly.

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
priscilla ridgell

This is among the finest works of fantasy epics I have ever read, and I am 74. Can't wait for book 3.
Ian Williams
Good read, but read the book twice, once to read it, and then read it again after you find out who the characters are.
Well I'm glad I read the first half of this series and am looking forward to the next instalment. The books were good company for the chilly, damp summer we've had so far. There were some original ideas but a lot was derivative. The minstrel character seemed reminiscent of Hobb's (much better written) Golden Fool, and the varied cultures and landscapes reminded me somewhat of a computer game I used to play long ago! I felt the plot wasn't tight enough and we were expected to remember too many c ...more
(Different cover; 4.5 stars rounded up to 5.)

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
Mar 11, 2013 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, epic-fantasy
What an extraordinary author and book! Helen Lowe's book is a masterclass in all that makes epic fantasy outstanding. There is a complex world and society with an brilliantly layered plot and intersecting storylines that build up the compelling overall story arc.

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
Jan 25, 2013 Judit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was shocked at how amazing this book was. I didn't particularly like Heir of Night but kept reading and it was more than worth it. Gathering of the Lost is incredibly well-realised, something I value above most things in a story. The book is realistic, logical, yet lacks no fantasy elements. I found the characters more and more alive, with most of my prior frowns turned into 'well, now that makes sense' nods. I would most definitely recommend this book to anyone with a wish to read quality fan ...more
Jun 29, 2012 SarahBeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff, my-faves
Great 2nd book in the series. The only problem is, I want book 3 NOW! and it isn't out yet. It's not like I don't have anything else to read while I waiting, but it's going to be a long wait.

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.

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Natasha thought...
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
Jun 11, 2013 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my few complaints about this book is that now I have to wait for Book 3. Gathering of the Lost picks up five years after the events of Heir of Night, and does not start where you might expect. Part 2 in particular won't seem to belong with the rest of the story - at first. But keep going; it will all make sense and be worth the time spent.
Jan 01, 2013 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent follow up to The Heir of Night.

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!

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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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