Tuesday, 1 March 2011

FANTASY REVIEW: Wall of Night 1: The Heir of Night - Helen Lowe

Release Date: 03/03/11


The violence of an age-old war casts a long shadow. It falls on a world where mercy is weakness and conflict is a way of life. Young Malian is being trained to rule. Her people garrison the mountain range known as the Wall of Night against an ancient enemy, keeping a tide of shadow from the rest of their world. Malian is expected to uphold this tradition, yet she's known little of real danger until the enemy launches a direct attack upon her fortress home. In the darkest part of the night, the Keep of Winds becomes a bloodbath. Women and children, warriors and priests, are slain by creatures with twisted magic flowing in their veins. And as the castle wakes to chaos, Malian flees deep into the Old Keep, her life at stake. Then when the danger is greatest, her own hidden magic flares into life. But this untapped potential is a two-edged blade. If she accepts its power, she must prepare to pay the price.


A debut that will have a number of readers standing up to pay attention as this cleverly woven tale takes the reader on a journey of adventure, of discovery and above all else plays to the strengths of the genre for which it was created. Back that up with some solid descriptive writing, so wonderful prose and a style that takes the reader by the hand to show them around this dark world and it’s one that announces Helen to the adult world of fiction. All in a wonderful tale and one that will appeal to fans of the sword and sorcery genre with its own deliciously dark bite to add its own spice to the readers imagination which when backed with some colourful characters will remain a tale that haunts as well as lures you back for seconds.

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