The Heir of Night: The Wall of Night Book One [NOOK Book]

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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 people: the unending war with the Darkswarm; the legendary heroes, ...

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Overview

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 people: the unending war with the Darkswarm; the legendary heroes, blazing with long-lost power; the internal strife that has fractured the Derai's former strength. But now the Darkswarm is rising again, and Malian's destiny as Heir of Night is bound inextricably to both ancient legend and any future the Derai—or Haarth—may have.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
New Zealand poet and novelist Lowe (Thornspell) turns in a mostly standard fantasy tale of awkward adolescents who struggle with their destined roles to save an embattled race from its ancient enemy. Malian is forced to navigate between the stern blood oath of the Derai and the burden of being the prophesied One-to-Come who will unite the separate Houses. Escaping the demonic assassins of the Darkswarm, she travels across the Derai's adopted world of Haarth seeking the lost artifacts of a legendary hero. Joining her are another exile and several Haarth natives with considerable powers. Lowe clearly portrays Malian's difficulties in leaving home and facing up to a vital if unwanted birthright, adding depth with descriptions of the stoic and proud Derai warrior culture. Though marketed to adults, this four-book series will appeal more to older teens. (Oct.)
Robin Hobb
“The Heir of Night by Helen Lowe is a richly told tale of strange magic, dark treachery and conflicting loyalties, set in a well realized world.”
Library Journal
On the world of Haarth, the space-traveling Derai have made their stand, building the Wall of Night to hold back the Darkswarm that has pursued them across worlds. Malian, the youthful heir to the House of Knight, knows her responsibility to hold the defenses of the wall, yet her ability to call forth the long-lost power of the Golden Fire has marked her as a user of magic and therefore unable to bear the position of heir. Together with a banished priest, a friend from her youth, Malian must leave her household and journey beyond her mountain homeland to find the lost artifacts that will help her prevail one day against the Derai's enemies. VERDICT Lowe's first novel, a series opener, calls to mind the inchoate evil of Barbara Hambly's classic "Darwath Trilogy" (The Time of the Dark; The Walls of Air; The Armies of Daylight) and reinvigorates the epic fantasy with appealing characters and a richly detailed world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062013927
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 339,326
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Helen Lowe won the prestigious Gemmell Morningstar Award for The Heir of Night, the first novel in her The Wall of Night series in June 2012. The Gathering of the Lost, the second The Wall of Night novel, was published in April 2012. Helen has twice won the Sir Julius Vogel Award for Excellence in SciFi-Fantasy: for Thornspell (Knopf) in 2009, and The Heir of Night in 2011. She posts every day on her Helen Lowe on Anything, Really blog, and occasionally on SF Signal. You can also follow her on Twitter: @helenl0we

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  • Posted August 16, 2010

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    This is a superb coming of age quest fantasy

    As the heir to the House of Night, Malian understands the eternal war between her people the Derai and the demonic Darkswarm. High in the frozen mountainous tundra of Haarth is the Wall of Night that has held back the demons, but since the Great Betrayal, the Nine Houses worshipping the nine gods of the Derai are a house divided leaving cracks in the defense.

    Malian knows she has the blood oath to her House of Night, but many believe she is the prophesied One-To-Come who will unite the Houses at a time their squabbling will lead to breaches of the wall they defend. Yet in spite of the need for the One, many of the Derai oppose her as do the Darkswarm who want her dead. Exiled from her House, Malian with outcast Priest Kalan of the House of Blood and several locals led by Herald Jehane Mor seek the lost artifacts of legendary Yorindesarinen the Bright who as the Child of Stars died in combat when she killed the Worm of Chaos.

    This is a superb coming of age quest fantasy as the heroine knows her calling, but also knows she does not want the responsibility of being the One and her reluctance to leave the shelter of home enables the reader to understand the youthful heroine. . Malian brings the freshness as her shoulders bend under the weight placed on her knowing that the idol she duplicates died in combat. With a deep look at Derai warrior culture of a people who accept honorable death as the norm, the Great Betrayal civil war has left rancor and distrust between the Houses as that went against the value system. Although the trek is somewhat sub-genre conventional, high school aged readers and older fans will enjoy accompanying Malian and her comrades across Haarth.

    Harriet Klausner

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2012

    Could be better but it's enjoyable!

    This book drew me in quickly, I wish the story had been fleshed out more, but I enjoyed it thoroughly. The characters were a little hard to connect with but I liked them nonetheless. I'm excited to read the next book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    Helen Lowe: The Heir of Night

    New lands. New powers. An excellent new adventure of war, intrigue, betrayal and power. A must read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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