- File Size: 1713 KB
- Print Length: 752 pages
- Publisher: Orbit (January 26, 2016)
- Publication Date: January 26, 2016
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JV1W250
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,039,302 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Daughter of Blood: The Wall of Night: Book Three Kindle Edition
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[note: this is a review for the 3 books already published - not just book 3 "Daughter of Blood"]
I find this series to be a fantastic, captivating story with everything a fan of the Fantasy genre can wish for: a strong, lovable, protective and also humane (aka: empathic for others - but also not afraid to show a weak side and ask for help) main character/hero (a chick no less) + many more great, unique characters (Raven, Tarathan & Jehane Mor (aka: the heralds), Kalan, Asantir), a captivating story of myth, friendship, loss, struggle, deceit, heroism, growth, misunderstanding and love with epic fights and battles and quite a bit of magic/sorcery/use of power.
The world the story is set in, the characters and storyline captured me right from the beginning. You plunge into Haarth and are reluctant to emerge again... the book(s) are extremely hard to put down and the story builds with each book.
It's fantastic to be there in the story with the characters and see them react to hardships and obstacles they encounter on their journey & grow over the course of the books (even though I sometimes wonderd just how they (e.g. Malian + Kalan) managed to learn to handle, control and grow their 'new' powers when they were outcast with no one around to guide them & educate them in the arts properly... but I guess if you are the Chosen One and a retainer, it's just how it is (they can conquer it naturally) ... - Who am I kidding: this is epic fantasy: so of course they are larger than life! (lol)
I find all protagonists in the books very well written/developed (background, traits, etc.), with every one of them being multi-layered & a legend in their own lunchbox.
I really have a hard time picking a favourite (... besides Malian *winks*): Rowan Birchmoon, Asantir, Nhenir, Tarathan of Ar & Jehane Mor, Raven, Kalan just to name a few whose names I recall while writing this review... I really like Nhenir though...
The writing style is easy (though I sometimes wish a pox on those long an complicated names...*laughs*), the story flows very well and there is not a dull moment in sight.
The only thing I wish the books had was a more detailed map. I love to visualise where the protagonists are travelling and imagine that before my mind's eye when I read - but the map provided shows the biggest cities/locations only and is really small - so I am bereft of that experience.
But that is just me and should not hinder anybody from giving the books a shot!
To wrap this up:
I am extremely picky when it comes to books and authors I like. And I admit I had never heard of Helen Lowe and her books before August 2016... via a giveaway comp. for one of my fav authors I was made aware of her... With her 'The Wall of Night' series she manage to reel me in - thus assuring herself a place on my elite list of my favourite authors. This is how awsome I think the books are! :)
Even though I am dreading the end of the series (saying goodbye to beloved characters is never easy), I cannot wait for final installment (book 4) to be published.
So what are you waiting for: go and grab the books for yourself (and/or a friend)... you'll be sure to fall in love with the characters & story just like everybody else who's read them before you ;-)