Title: The Heir of Night.
Author: Helen Lowe.
Year of Publication: 2010 (UK).
Publisher: Orbit (UK).
Format: Available in paperback and as an ebook.
Cost for Paperback (RRP): £7.99 (UK).
Age Range: I suggest from about 14 up, if you’re younger than this I suggest asking your parents first.
This book is the first book in a series called The Wall of Night.
Malian of Night is Heir to the House of Night, the most powerful family on the Wall of Night that guards the world from the Darkswarm. She has few friends within the New Keep she calls home, and spends her time exploring the Old Keep, much to the annoyance of her father. She also loves the old stories of her people, when magic was still a force to be reckoned with and held with esteem, rather than with the contempt it is now.
One night, two messengers arrive with a secret message for her father, and when exploring the Old Keep Malian finds that the Darkswarm have gained access into the Keep through long forgotten secret tunnels. Malian, and a strange Novice Priest drawn down to the Old Keep, manage to warm the garrison of the approaching attack, and give them time to sure up their defences.
But in the ensuing attacks it’s discovered that Malian has a secret that will keep her from claiming her birth rite as the Heir of Night. She and the Novice Priest who has become her friend must flee the Keep, with the help of the two Heralds from the River Lands and Mailan’s stepmother, to train how to defeat the Darkswarm.
This book is a great beginning to what I think will be a truly great story, and I think the writer is a fantastic author. The second book in the series is called The Gathering of the Lost.
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Gandhi.