Title: The Gathering of the Lost.
Author: Helen Lowe.
Year of Publication: 2012 (UK).
Publisher: Orbit (UK).
Format: Available in paperback and as an ebook.
Cost for Paperback (RRP): £13.99 (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 second book in a series called The Wall of Night.
It’s kind of hard to tell you about this book without giving away it’s biggest twist, but I will try my hardest to write a good post about it without spoiling it for you all.
The story continues five years after the first book ends, with the story split between several points of view. The two Heralds from the first book as they are drawn into, and suspected of being part of, a web or murder and secrets. Bearing word of a death on the Wall of Night, they must do all they can to prevent the world from falling into darkness and chaos.
The other part of the story follows a castle full of chivalrous knights and soldiers as they fight an ever more threatening enemy, where the castles new teacher isn’t all they seem to be, even to themselves.
We discover what has happened to Malian since the last book ended, and the struggle she faces in seeking the things she needs to what is obvious will become all out war, and the personal suffering she’s gone through to become the person she needs to be to lead this world into a new beginning.
The next book in the series isn’t out yet, and I’m not sure when it will be, but I do know that it will be called Daughter of Blood.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” H. Jackson Brown Jr., P.S. I Love You.