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Heir of Night (#1 Wall of Night)

Helen Lowe

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Orbit Books
06 February 2012
Fantasy; Epic Fantasy; High Fantasy; Magic; David Gemmell Legend Award
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.
By:   Helen Lowe
Imprint:   Orbit Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Volume:   1
Dimensions:   Height: 199mm,  Width: 131mm,  Spine: 32mm
Weight:   346g
ISBN:   9780356500010
ISBN 10:   0356500012
Series:   Wall of Night
Pages:   464
Publication Date:   06 February 2012
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Helen Lowe lives in Christchurch, New Zealand, and writes fantasy and science fiction novels, poetry and short fiction. She also hosts a monthly poetry feature on the New Zealand radio station Plains.

Reviews for Heir of Night (#1 Wall of Night)

THE HEIR OF NIGHT by Helen Lowe is a richly told tale of strange magic, dark treachery and conflicting loyalties, set in a well realized world - Robin Hobb It's a well-told tale ... an enjoyable read - SFX Appealing characters and a richly detailed world - Library Journal Promising and fast-paced new epic fantasy - Bookloons


  • Shortlisted for Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Novel (Adult) 2011.
  • Winner of David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy Fiction 2012 (UK)
  • Winner of David Gemmell Morningstar Award 2012.

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