The Heir of Night (The Wall of Night, #1)
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If Night falls, all fall . . .

In the far north of the world of Haarth lies the bitter mountain range known as the Wall of Night. Garrisoned by the Nine Houses of the Derai, the Wall is the final bastion between the peoples of Haarth and the Swarm of Dark—which the Derai have been fighting across worlds and time.

Malian, Heir to the House of Night, knows the history of her p...more
Mass Market Paperback, 447 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by Harper Voyager (first published January 1st 2010)
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Tim
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...more
Courtney
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
Simone
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...more
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...more
Mark
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...more
Mark
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...more
Jesslyn
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.

Minor Spoilers

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...more
Ruth
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 www.bookchickcity.com (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...more
Jared
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...more
Pamela ☼where's my aspirin☼ 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...more
Teresa 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.

In...more
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.
Trak
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...more
Brandon
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.

Faye
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!!!
Lida
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.

Average.

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...more
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...more
Mekerei
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...more
Ruth
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
Dee
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...more
James
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....more
Janet
Sep 26, 2012 Janet rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...more
Esther
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...more
Abhinav
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...more
Steve Drew
I enjoyed reading The Heir of Night and would recommend it to anyone who is looking to join the start of a well-written fantasy saga. Helen Lowe can tell a great tale - especially when it comes to immersing readers in her created cultures, magic system and characters. There's a certain warmth to her style where the characters take on an intelligent, thoughtful approach to each other and to the world around them.

SMALL SPOILERS...

Certain scenes within the novel are truly exceptional. The chapter...more
Peter
This is more a two and a half stars for me. Helen Lowe has obviously taken a great deal of time, care and effort in creating a unique world packed with mythology and ancient history, alongside various races, creatures and magic, and yet I didn't find it all that engaging. I thought the characters weren't very well defined, and as much as I enjoy having many strong female heroes in fantasy, I didn't think many of the characters were really all that likeable in the Heir of Night. Malian is "the on...more
Amber
Oct 12, 2013 Amber rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: young fantasy lovers
The short review: Meh.

The long review:

There are books that you love when you’re young and continue to love as an adult. Then there are books that you only really like when you’re the same age as the protagonist (13 in this case). Unfortunately, the Heir of Night falls into the latter camp, or at least I suspect it would, since I am no longer of an age to verify this assumption. It includes a number of things that would have appealed to me very strongly at that age: a cool naming system for a soc...more
Bane of Kings
Original Post: http://thefoundingfields.com/2012/06/...


“A strong opener to a series that I will certainly be reading more of despite its flaws.” ~The Founding Fields


A few days before The Heir of Night won the David Gemell Morningstar award, a copy of the novel turned up on my doorstep alongside Michael J. Sullivan’s The Heir of Novron (which will be reviewed later), and as I’d heard good things about this book, I couldn’t wait to get stuck in. When I found out that Lowe’s first ‘adult fantasy’ w...more
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I am a novelist, poet, interviewer, and blogger, with two novels currently published and one immediately forthcoming.

"The Heir of Night", the first of THE WALL OF NIGHT quartet, is available in the USA (Harper Voyager), UK, Australia and New Zealand (Orbit), The Netherlands (Luitingh)and is forthcoming in France (Calmann Levy)and Germany (Blanvalet) in 2012. Release day for the second novel in TH...more
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