Helen Lowe is an epic fantasy author and SF Signal contributor, and last year she won the David Gemmell Morningstar Award for her debut adult fantasy novel, The Heir Of Night (THE WALL OF NIGHT Book One.) Today, fellow speculative fiction author Tim Jones is talking with her about her writing and recent shortlisting for the David Gemmell Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel, for The Gathering Of The Lost (THE WALL OF NIGHT Book Two.)
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Five years after the events of The Heir of Night, intrigue and machinations of the Swarm, and others, catch Malian and her friends / allies in the South.
PROS: All the best Epic Fantasy elements present; strong character-driven story, high adventure and magic, beautiful prose.
CONS: The pace of the novel in Malian and Kalan’s story is problematic. Some aspects of the intervening years are not entirely clear. The map given needs work.
BOTTOM LINE: A strong second entry to the series that avoids most of the pitfalls of middle series novels.
Five years after Malian of Night and Kalan fled from the Wall in search of fulfilling a prophecy to save the Derai and the rest of the world, the action focuses down to the lands of the River. The heralds Jehane Mor and Tarathan stumble into unexpected danger and bloodshed in the city of Ij. Soon, though, the danger spreads to other locations in the South, and threatens Malian and Kalan, who are very different following people five years later.
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In episode 128 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester sits down to chat with Helen Lowe, award winning author of dozens of short stories and the new novel, The Heir of Night.
About Helen Lowe:
Helen Lowe is a novelist, poet, and interviewer. She has twice won the Sir Julius Vogel Award for achievement in SFF, for Thornspell (Knopf) in 2009 and The Heir of Night (The Wall of Night Book One) in 2011 and is currently the writer-in-residence at the University of Canterbury. Helen posts every day on her Helen Lowe on Anything, Really blog. on the 1st of every month on the Supernatural Underground and occasionally here on SF Signal. You can also follow her on Twitter: @helenl0we.