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Heartwood (The Elemental Wars) Paperback – October 29, 2013

3.7 out of 5 stars 19 ratings
Book 1 of 2: The Elemental Wars

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Editorial Reviews


Nominated for the 2014 Sr. Julius Vogel Award for Best Novel.

"...New Zealand author Robertson ... crafts a world of elemental magic, complete with water-born warriors and enchanted trees. Fans of epic fantasy and quest tales should enjoy this series opener."
- Library Journal (November 15, 2013)

“A great start to a series and one that I’ll be sticking with.”
- Falcata Times

 “Excellent mise-en-scene and detail; egalitarian society at heart of novel most welcome…a promising start from new fantasy writer Freya Robertson” 4 stars
- Paul Weimer, SF Signal

“You like your fantasy, with adventure and death. This is for you. And with a twist to environment as well!” 
- My World in Words and Pages

“A story that entices and captivates from the very first chapter, and beyond… Robertson has created something really special with the world of Anguis and with all of its ecological and chronological functions etc. Nothing has been left out and the conveyance of this is remarkable.” 9/10
- Sleepless Musings

“And then there are the…oh I so wanna tell you. It was a great revelation. Very intriguing. Well done, and you will know when you have read it.” 
- Books for Life

“Robertson’s world building was spot on. Looking for an epic novel with a fresh and new take? This. is. it.” 4/5 
- Books with Tien

“The story was compelling… I enjoyed the intricacies of the story and how detailed the world was. …I would definitely recommend this book.” 
- HStoffel Book Reviews

“Plot is gripping and the characters are great”
- Upcoming4Me

“The world of Anguis is a beautiful one, and I love the way the religion is bound into it and the characters so deeply and how Robertson explores that.”
- Worlds Without End

“An ambitious novel that takes some time to build up, yet ultimately an impressive feat of storytelling featuring rich world-building and a story on an epically massive scale”
- Bibliosanctum

About the Author

Wife, mum, writer, gamer, archaeologist, shield maiden. Not necessarily in that order.

Winner of the Sir Julius Vogel SF&F Award for Best Novel for Heartwood.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
  • Paperback : 528 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0857663863
  • ISBN-10 : 0857663860
  • Publisher : Angry Robot (October 29, 2013)
  • Product Dimensions : 5.4 x 1.3 x 8.4 inches
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.7 out of 5 stars 19 ratings