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The Heart of What Was Lost (Osten Ard) Hardcover – January 3, 2017
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Praise for Tad Williams:
“Inspired me to write my own seven-book trilogy.... It’s one of my favorite fantasy series.” —George R. R. Martin, New York Times-bestselling author of A Game of Thrones
“Groundbreaking.... Changed how people thought of the genre, and paved the way for so much modern fantasy. Including mine.” —Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times-bestselling author of The Name of the Wind
"Tad Williams is a master storyteller, and the Osten Ard books are his masterpiece. Williams’ return to Osten Ard is every bit as compelling, deep, and fully-rendered as the first trilogy, and he continues to write with the experience and polish of an author at the top of his game." —Brandon Sanderson, New York Times-bestselling author of Mistborn
“Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn is one of the great fantasy epics of all time.” —Christopher Paolini, New York Times-bestselling author of Eragon
“Readers who delight in losing themselves in long complex tales of epic fantasy will be in their element here, and there is the promise of much more to come in future volumes.” —Locus
“Panoramic, vigorous, often moving.... Williams adroitly weaves together the tales...heralding a suitably epic and glorious conclusion.” —Publishers Weekly
“Highly recommended. [Williams] draws on many mythologies for the background of his fantasy epic...story spiced with political intrigue and strong appealing heroes.” —Library Journal
"That Williams has turned this functional little tome into a gem unto itself not only speaks to his enduring talent as a spinner of fantasy, but to the durability of Osten Ard itself — an awesome, immersive realm well worth revisiting all these years later." —NPR
"The Heart Of What Was Lost feels like a long-lost epilogue to the trilogy—Williams writes as though he never left Osten Ard at all." —B&N Sci-Fi Fantasy Blog
“A grand fantasy on a scale approaching Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.” —Cincinnati Post
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 tadwilliams.com or on Twitter at @tadwilliams.
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In my view, Williams uses this book to do two things: first, as he has stated already, he sets the stage for the upcoming trilogy, The Last King of Osten Ard (a title which grows more ominous by the day); and second, he gives us a true insider's view of the Norns in order to create sympathy for them. While Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn did a fine job of creating a world in which every group had some sympathy, the Norns and their allies were (with rare exception) seen as purely evil in their intentions. Though their cousins the Sithi gave insight into the Norns' motives, they never really became a people group you wanted to see survive. Until now. I expect Williams to use this newly created view of the Norns to great effect in the new trilogy.
Now to the good stuff. I haven’t read MST since it first came out in the early/mid 90s, so was worried that I might be lost. But no, The Heart of What Was Lost seemed to go on like a warm, lost glove. All I really needed to remember is that Duke Isgrimnur is the leader of Rimmersgard and that the Norns are a race of near immortals that just lost the war to the humans. I didn’t even need to remember about King Simon and Queen Miriamele.
The book starts off with Isgrimnur setting up border forts to watch against the Norn Fells, homeland of the Norns, but it quickly evolves into a chase, with the duke chasing one last Norm party, that is so large, that its raids cannot be ignored. Into the Norn Fells we go, from sieging two falling apart Norn forts, all the way to Nakkiga, the last Norn city that really is a mountain,
Just when I was afraid that this book was going to be an endless series of attacks and counter-attacks, Mr. Williams throws in some good plot twists. Plus the characterization of some of the lead Norns gives us some sympathy for them. The loss of a major character, while not totally unexpected, pulled on the heart strings.
Now bring on the next trilogy, The Last King of Osten Ard, and The Witchwood Crown.
Viyeki is a Norn builder, fleeing north with the remnant of his people who survived the battle at the Hayholt. Hunted by Duke Isgrimnur's army, seeing little hope for survival, they prepare to defend their people's mountain fastness against the mortals. But the Norns stand at a crossroads: do they die in a hopeless standa against the mortals, or do they find a way to survive?
And will the mortals even let them?
The fate of an immortal race hangs in the balance as they pay the price for the crimes of their Queen. The Heart of What Was Lost is a fascinating story, diving into the culture of the “evil” race from the original trilogy, showing their character, the arrogance that has led to their disdain of humans, the scores of vengeance they remember inflicted upon them by men long dead, and their obsession with the past. With what was lost.
Like most fantasy series, Tad Williams ended his with the Norns defeated and assumed by the readers to be finished. But by returning to them, he has a chance of showing us a side to his enemies, to give them a chance to grow and change and learn from their mistakes. Or to cling to the past and fall into extinction.
Fans of Williams work, especially his Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy, need to read this book. I have a feeling it sets up his new sequel series just debuting wonderfully. It is a great Fantasy read about the clash of cultures and the weariness of war upon the soul.