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The Gathering of the Lost: The Wall of Night Book Two (Wall of Night series) Mass Market Paperback – March 27, 2012
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“Helen Lowe writes wonderful stories, yes, but her work also speaks with lyricism to deeper questions of how we treat each other. With lovely prose that brings vivid life to her characters, she creates a universe with people we care about. This is an author with a gift for fantasy.” (Nebula Award-winning author Catherine Asaro)
“Helen Lowe’s writing moves from strength to strength. Powerful story lines, memorable characters and a vividly imagined world make THE GATHERNG OF THE LOST a strong follow-up to The Heir of Night.” (Juliet Marillier)
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Garrisoned by the Nine Houses of the Derai, the towering mountain range called the Wall of Night is all that separates the people of Haarth from the terrible Darkswarm.
Five years have passed since the Wall was breached and the Keep of Winds nearly overrun. Five years since the Heir of Night, Malian, and her friend and ally Kalan went missing in the wild lands of Jaransor.
Now, in Haarth's diverse southern realms, events are moving. From the wealthy River city of Ij to the isolated Emerian outpost of Normarch, rumors of dark forces and darker magics are growing. As the great Midsummer tournament at Caer Argent approaches, Haarth will have one opportunity to band together against an enemy in which few believe . . . or be lost forever.
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This book is worth getting and reading. I really enjoyed this well-balanced book. It had the right mix of story-telling, intrigue, character development, action and romance in it for me. It held my attention as a reader and kept going at a decent consistent pace from start, middle and end. To get the full benefit of this book, I think one would need to read "The Heir of Night" to get the start of it and the history which contributes to the current story.
This is very rare for me but I experienced a need to read "The Heir of Night" again after reading "The Gathering of the Lost". I wanted to read "The Heir of Night" again before I started on the second book but didn't have time. There is a lot of information relevant to the story, hidden in discreet details. Some readers will be surprised once it is out in the open, I know I was.Read more ›
The previous book told of how Malian and her friend Kalan, a young man from the priesthood, managed to escape the attack of the Darkswarm and disappear out into the wilderness of a bordering country. That was five years ago, and "The Gathering of the Lost" opens with the two companions preparing to part ways in order to evade their enemies and learn the skills needed in order to combat the coming darkness.
From there the story expands in order to follow the narratives of a number of characters across several different countries. As with the first book, "The Gathering of the Lost" is divided into three parts, (technically five and a prologue, but parts three and five contain only two chapters apiece) each with a distinctive setting, purpose and atmosphere.
In Part I: "The Festival of Masks" we catch up with Tarathan and Jehane, two heralds who were introduced in "The Heir of Night", now travelling to the wealthy and exotic city of Ij to participate in the famous Festival.Read more ›
Here's a bit of information about the first book, The Heir of Night:
In The Heir of Night the readers were introduced to the world of Haarth, which was divided into different parts. In the northern part of Haarth, The House of Night (one of the nine Derai Houses) stood against the forces of darkness called the Darkswarm. The old powers were beginning to emerge again and Malian (the Heir of the House of Night) found out that she can use old powers and she has a destiny to fulfill. She also noticed that she had to learn who to trust, because enemies were everywhere. She became friends with Kalan, who also could use old powers. The Derai have been afraid of the old powers since the horrible event called the Betrayal. After this horrible event the Derai separated those which had ancient powers from normal people, so Malian's situation was difficult, because she had to think about her life and her destiny. Malian and Kalan were being sent to exile, but they escaped with the help of their friends. Their escape took them to a dangerous place called Jaransor and they had cross it in order to get to a safe place...
And here's information about the second book:
The Gathering of the Lost continues the story of Malian and her allies. The events take place five years after the events of the first book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not quite as thoroughly polished as the first book, but still very well written. A real pleasure to read, and I await the 3rd volume with some impatience. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kulamata
This is among the finest works of fantasy epics I have ever read, and I am 74. Can't wait for book 3.Published 1 month ago by Anna Priscilla
A masterfully conceived, beautifully written, respectfully edited and 99% well proofed (hooray!) series that harks back to the earlier years of wonderfully-executed adult fantasy... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Watcher One
Now this is the second book, with a third to come out early 2016........such a wondrrful adventure with a strong young women as the hero.... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
My only quibble is that the next volume won't be out until next year.Published 9 months ago by ArtWordsTea
Enjoyed the second book, not as good as the first. Have pre booked third book out next May as I have enjoyed the series so far and will definitely read the last one.Published 17 months ago by Anne Brannelly
Massive undertaking. Lots of characters and threads to follow but totally worth it. Can't wait for the third book. On the darker side of fantasy and exceptionally written.Published 24 months ago by Closet Loser
I enjoyed the second book in the series almost as much as the first one.
My only complaint is that there was absolutely no forshadowing and it a total mystery (to me at least)... Read more