The Heart of What Was Lost: A Novel of Osten Ard
Following directly on from the events of TO GREEN ANGEL TOWER, the Norns and the Storm King Ineluki have been defeated at the Battle for the Hayholt; Seoman and Miriamele, the new king and queen, order their victorious armies to shadow the retreating Norns.
One of the enemy group is escorting the huge funeral cortege of one of their leaders, on their journey they become de...more
As an avid reader of fantasy, I expect quite a few things when I read a new book. And this hit them all; it smashed them, destroyed them and utterly broke them. My expectations have never been so pleasantly met.
How come I only gave it four stars? Well, it’s not a full novel. This isn’t a new world, but a revamp of the old one. Now I’ve not read the previous trilogy (though I have ordered them since reading this) but I can immediately see ...more
There is an epic battle alright, but what this volume mainly does is telling the story of the Norns*. If in the previous trilogy we only know them as the infamous pawns of the Storm King, we now get the full picture. And I must say, I rooted for them. ...more
Post-Read: What a great start to 2017! Reading thus was like revisiting an old friend, who then introduces you to NEW friends.
Granted, I'm biased, since Memory, Sorrow and Thorn is one of go-to reccs for fantasy series, but it seems like this would be a good primer to the world/series for new readers. It's been WAY Too long since I've revisited this world! ...more
Not so with The Heart Of What Was Lost. I mean, I get it...its just a story that bridges MS&T and The Last King of Osten Ard together. It's not meant to be a full-length, epic, Tad Williams masterpiece. It is a tool that tidies up a few ...more
Anyway, while I've since beco ...more
This a fantastic novella/short novel/novel by Mr. Tad Williams. Let me start by saying, I first read Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn this year and I fell in love with the world of Osten Ard. I loved the politics and the cultures. I loved the characters, and the world. It was an am ...more
On the surface, this book seems cold and dark, a perfect read for snowy January nights. But underneath the grimness of war, of death and destruction, the story has a warm and hopeful heart, as Tad's books always do.
When we left Osten Ard at the end of To Green Angel Tower – just recently for the characters, years or even decad ...more
Written many years after the Green Angel Tower book, this one appears to be a short segue into continuing the series.
The book was certainly different from the others.
First, to me, it is a bit expensive. The ebook was 12 bucks and only 222 pages.
My observation is that the author seems to have changed his writing style, I noticed he reduced the intricate details that gave such life to his other books, and in doing so, sacrificed world building and character depth. IMHO.
I had little lo ...more
January 3rd 2017 sees the long awaited return of Tad Williams to the land of Osten Ard which was the setting for his mammoth beast of a trilogy (or quadrilogy if you bought the paperback version) Memory, Sorrow and Thorn. I was fortunate enough to get hold of an advance copy so here are my thoughts.
It has been 23 years (give or take) since Tad wrote in this setting and since then has gone on to write other series in other ...more
Blurb: The Heart of What Was Lost takes place in the half-year after the end of To Green Angel Tower, and tells of the attempt by Isgrimnur and a force largely made up of Rimmersgard soldiers to destroy the remaining Norns as they flee back to their homeland and their mountain. It also answers some ques ...more
Memory Sorrow and Thorn forms a seminal part of my reading life and direction. I stumbled across The Dragonbone chair in 1990 when i had just become a single parent. I was trapped indoors with nappies, and all the other new baby things, it was still in the era of 4 channels of nothing on TV and only so many videos to watch. I was a huge fan of David Gemmell, and was branching out into other authors, but i was far from a huge reader. This Tad Williams series broke open mew worlds, new ideas ...more
This book takes place 6 months after that series ended and is a sort of conclusion to that series, but also a prequel to the new one.
The bad guys are running back to the mountains and the good guys are chasing them...BUT, damn I rooted for the bad guys! Did I hate them back when? I have no idea. But here he made me sympathise with them. They wanted their land back. ...more
This book was focused on the war between the Norns and the Rimmersmen. It was so action packed! I enjoyed how Tad Williams would have a chapter on the Norns POV and then next chapter have it be the Rimmersmen POV. The poor Norns =/ Endri was an interesting new character too. Interesting to hear more ab ...more
(To clarify: I read this on Amtrak, almost in one sitting except for the 100 minute break I took to watch Jason & the Argonauts on my iPad.)
This is, obviously, a much shorter book than any of the main Osten Ard volumes; I get the feeling that this was Tad Williams kind of dipping his toes back into the world before starting a full-blown trilogy. The book takes place ...more
So when I got to pick up a copy of this book I was more than a little intrigued - once I had got past the reference to Osten Ard since I remember it as Memory.... you get the idea.
First off yes it is pr ...more
A lovely tease for those of us eager to get back to Osten And, and though I was disappointed that Simon and Miriamele were not present "on the page," I have always loved Duke Isgrimmnur, and was happy to see him (and Sludig!) again.
Disclosure: I was a beta readers of this book, following its development from first draft to final manuscript and I am completely biased. Nevertheless this is my true and heartfelt opinion and I have no economic or other ...more
But in The Heart of What was Lost, rig ...more
"The Heart of What Was Lost" follows directly after the events of "To Green Angel Tower", detailing Isgrimnur's journey North as he attempts to chase the Norn stragglers back to their home and destroy them for good. I would not recommend it for people who have not read the previous series, since there is no background given on either the characters or their current situations. It actually took me a few chapters to get into the swing of things since it's been ...more