The Heart of What Was Lost: A Novel of Osten Ard

The Heart of What Was Lost: A Novel of Osten Ard

by Tad Williams


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ISBN-13: 9780756412487
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 01/03/2017
Series: Osten Ard Series
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 469,023
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Tad Williams is a California-based fantasy superstar.  His genre-creating (and genre-busting) books have sold tens of millions worldwide. His works include the worlds of Otherland, Shadowmarch, and Osten Ard­—including the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, and The Last King of Osten Ard series—as well as standalone novels Tailchaser’s Song and The War of the Flowers. His considerable output of epic fantasy, science fiction, urban fantasy, comics, and more have strongly influenced a generation of writers.  Tad and his family live in the Santa Cruz mountains in a suitably strange and beautiful house. He can be found at or on Twitter at @tadwilliams.

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The Heart of What Was Lost: A Novel of Osten Ard 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ylvs More than 1 year ago
The Heart of What Was Lost Lost (or HOWWL - I just *love* this acronym) marks Tad Williams’ return to Osten Ard. A return readers have wished and hoped for more than 20 years - ever since the epic finale of the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series that made Williams’ name as a writer. 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 affiliation with the publishers. This is a must read if you’re a fan of the MS&T trilogy and it is amazing how perfetly Tad manages to match the flavour and texture of the original. It just takes a few pages and you’re right back in Osten Ard. For someone loving the story as much as I do it feels like coming home … It is also a fine starting point for those unfamiliar with Osten Ard. You never read MS&T and shy away from the sheer mass of it? Try this and find out if the world is to your liking. Of course the story has less depth without the background provided there but it is self contained in such a manner that it makes sense of its own. When I first heard that Tad was writing a novelette (which finally became a short novel - anybody surprised?) about the aftermath of the final battle of MS&T I was not *that* excited. The victorious humans chasing their beaten fairy foes back to where they came from - that sounded more like „a story for the guys“ than one for me. I do not mind reading about war and battles and people suffering but a book which is prominently about that? Nah, not really. But alas, it is a sequel to my favourite story of all time so of course I did read it and of course I do love it. Why? First because it features one of my favourite characters from the old books: Sludig, hero of many deeds and battles who keeps doing the right things although there never seems to be a reward or promotion for him. Secondly HOWWL finally throws a floodlight on Norns and their culture. In MS&T they were the unkown faceless enemy, here they are real people with hearts and souls and their enmity to humans and the century old hate for them becomes much more comprehensible. This even serves as a parable to real life: you cannot continue to blindly hate the foe you became familiar with. Little by little I felt my allegiance shifting from the human army seeking revenge and attempting to „root out evil for once and all“ (which can also be called attempting genocide) to the Norns trying to survive and safe their home and people. And third and lastly what really makes this shine is the aliveness and humanity of the characters. Amidst war’s horror and desolation there is also loyalty, friendship and hope - on both sides. Tad is a master of ambivalence and changing perspectives and if a fantasy novel manages to make one question one’s view on the world it does deserve a label mostly denied to genre fiction: literature.
Firs More than 1 year ago
A most welcome return to Osten Ard, Tad Williams' most beloved world. The novel begins as various groups of characters head north to the ancient Norn city of Nakkiga, where the Norns are retreating after their defeat at the Hayholt. Duke Isgrimnur of Rimmersgard and his men are determined to completely exterminate the troublemaking Norns once and for all. This story is also told from the point of view of the Norns; specifically a master of builders named Viyeki. A third point of view is presented from the POV of Porto, a Perdruinese mercenary. The switching of perspectives from the Rimmersmen to the Norns was well done. I felt myself rooting for the Norns during their sections, and for the Rimmersmen during their parts. I found the storyline intriguing, and felt the novel has a lot to say about wars in our own world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are always 2 sides to every story. Mortals and imortals both have their truth and both seem willing to die for it, the duke (Isgrimnur) was one of my favorite characters and I was happy to see him here. The story leaves me wanting more. What did the sitha do before she left?