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The Gathering of the Lost (The Wall of Night #2)

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“Strange magic, dark treachery and conflicting loyalties, set in a well realized world.”
—Robin Hobb, author of Dragon Haven

“[Lowe] reinvigorates the epic fantasy with appealing characters and a richly detailed world.”
Library Journal

Sure to become an epic fantasy classic, Helen Lowe’s magnificent Wall of Night series is big, ambitious, and gorgeously drawn—a story of brave
ebook, 672 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Harper Voyager (first published December 1st 2011)
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Sep 10, 2012 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 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
Sep 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 06, 2012 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
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 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!
Noah McDermott
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ll start by saying that I loved this book, I didn't expect to following the Heir of Night but I did, the main reason is that this book feels as though it could have been written by a different author, there is intrigue, there are interesting subplots and thankfully there is some great character development for me this is exactly what the series needed. I had only one problem with this book, that I will get out the way here, and that is that it made me re-read the Heir of Night, while you proba ...more
Jul 23, 2012 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
Daniel O'Brien
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A significant step up from Heir of Night. Lowe's really impressed me with this novel. Her world-building skills are phenomenal - it's rare for a world to come so alive for me and to feel so big and full of activity. Her characters are interesting despite their tendency towards being over-powered. Her prose has tightened up significantly, though could still be a lot tighter.

It did still have a lot of unnecessarily drawn-out mystery and devolved into wish-fulfilment at times. But it also didn't se
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Excellent sequel to Heir of Night! The way each character has their own path and story is wonderfully fresh, yet everything is beautifully and subtly woven together; it puts me in mind of Steven Erikson's 'The Malazon: Book of the Fallen' series. Expertly written and crafted. I think this one is actually better than the first book. Have just cracked open the third book and I have high hopes for it!
Matti Tornio
May 22, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This one was a chore to get through. The prose is rather bad, the plot ranges from implausible to ridiculous, and none of the characters are interesting. Plus the novel is full of tired tropes and clichés.

I really should have given up on the series already after the rather disappointing first novel.
Charlotte Breinholt
Not that exciting. Still has good language but it is slow going. I didn't read it as fast as some other book. But I want to know the end I'm going to read the next one as well.
May 02, 2012 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
TJ Fox
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magic-fae, fantasy
This was a frustrating read. Don’t get me wrong. I still really liked this, but it took way too long to get to that point where I was still interested in what was going on.

It started out just fine and looked like it was going to continue from where the first book left of, but quickly turned into something else entirely. Firstly with the entire focus being on the heralds from book one rather than on the two other major characters. I get it. Most of what went on was important to events later in th
Blodeuedd Finland
Mar 06, 2012 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
Apr 21, 2012 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
May 05, 2012 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

Charon Lloyd-Roberts
Well I was in no hurry to get back into this trilogy and just because a book is around 500 pages doesn't mean its great no, no the extra pages are filler nothing more and hey I couldn't careless about what happened in the end either so hey one more book to go and I'm done with this trilogy and I'll be glad to be done with actually.

This is just one of those types of fantasy books where I just don't care what happens in the end.

A summery for Gathering of the Lost:

Tarathan of Ar and Jehane Mor, ri
Alex Jones
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
A strong continuation of the story started in The Heir of Night, nevertheless I felt frustrated at the start as I am introduced to new characters when I am burning to find out what has been happening to those I got to know in the first book. The new characters are likable and interesting, but it was not satisfying the itch that was the main reason for wanting to pick up this book. I would have breathed a sigh of relief when the old and new stories were finally woven together but by that time the ...more
Aug 06, 2013 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
Feb 12, 2012 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
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
Jun 19, 2013 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
Miz Lowe continues to build the world we were introduced to in the first Wall of Night installment, leaving the confines of the northern Wall and moving to warmer climes, meeting up with familiar characters a few years down the road and introducing an impressive new cast. Again, I'm heavily reminded of C.S. Friedman's Coldfire trilogy, and the expectations set with this novel continue to hook me. These aren't little books, but they're well worth the time invested.

[ebook sent to me via the Harp
(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
Dec 25, 2012 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
Mar 11, 2013 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
Jun 29, 2012 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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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.

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Other Books in the Series

The Wall of Night (3 books)
  • The Heir of Night (The Wall of Night, #1)
  • Daughter of Blood (The Wall of Night, #3)