Tuesday, 21 March 2017

The Heart of what was lost - Tad Williams

Following directly on from the events of TO GREEN ANGEL TOWER, the Norns and the Storm King Ineluki have been defeated at the Battle for the Hayholt; Seoman and Miriamele, the new king and queen, order their victorious armies to shadow the retreating Norns.

One of the enemy group is escorting the huge funeral cortege of one of their leaders, on their journey they become detached and trapped in the ancient fortress of Tangleroot on the frontier. As well as their dead lord, they carry a great magical artefact, a stone called the Heart of What Was Lost, one of the last relics of their ancient civilization. Soon the fortress is invested, the battle commences, and bloodshed and magic flow.

My thoughts:
I read Memory, Sorrow and Thorn ages ago. I really can't remember anything. Except for like 3 names and the cover of the last book.

This book takes place 6 months after that series ended and is a sort of conclusion to that series, but also a prequel to the new one. 

The bad guys are running back to the mountains and the good guys are chasing them...BUT, damn I rooted for the bad guys! Did I hate them back when? I have no idea. But here he made me sympathise with them. They wanted their land back. They wanted to protect their people. And if the humans won this last siege then everyone woman and child would be killed, raped and left to rot. The humans were angry and no, I did not see it from the perspective. I rooted for the Norns. I really liked how he did that. And I hope that in this new series I can still root for them, but I fear they might turn really bad and mad again.

Conclusion:
I really enjoyed this short book. And I must read the series that comes out this summer. I am def looking forward to it now.

Cover
nice

Hardcover, 210 pages
Published January 5th 2017 by Hodder & Stoughton
The Last King of Osten Ard 0.5, Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn #3.5
Fantasy
Library


34 comments:

  1. It's always a good thing when you're able to root for the bad guys in a book. It's odd and rare. :D

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    1. It was strange and awesome. I really liked them

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  2. I almost always root for anyone other than humans. Not sure what that says about me lol

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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    1. LOL. I am kind of the same ;) Humans suck

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  3. Not really my kind of story but glad to hear you liked it.

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  4. Interesting that he has aroused sympathy for previously felt bad guys. Helps to make you read his next book to see where he goes with it.

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    1. It takes place 30 years later and I fear the baddies will be bad again, but...I liked them

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  5. kind of a gray area there isn't it if the bad guys just want thtier land back? eak made me think of native americans...

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    1. He does it so well, there is that. But they are also honestly evil. Their cousins just rolled over and moved while these just wants to keep and take over again...tricky line

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  6. I love it when I find myself cheering the bad guys on. Glad you enjoyed this one.

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  7. I want to read the new series, and debated if I should pick this one up to prepare. If it's more of a bridge book between the two series though, I might skip and just dive right into the new one since this summer it doesn't seem like a prerequisite!

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    1. It does take place long before the new series, but I am certainly glad I tried it. It really made me want that new series. Of course it is really short if you wanna give it a go

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  8. Awesome review!
    Wow.. it' s amazing that you still remembered the previous books when started this book. I usually forget the ones I read years before especially if they were not amazing. But this series sounds great. Can it be read as standalone?

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    1. Yeah, I did not exactly remember, I remembered two characters but not a single thing that happened. There was this tower....

      It can totally be read like that, as I did not remember anything

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  9. Cool that it's sort of a transition between series.

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  10. oh that's nice to see they're doing another series if you like the first one

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    1. I honestly can not say if I liked the first one, it was so long ago. I liked everything back then

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  11. I often find myself rooting for the bad guys! Sounds like the so called good guys in this one were not so good. I prefer books where there's no clean cut good vs evil.

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    1. Well they wanted to protect their land, it has been there for so long. So no one was bad, no one was good

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  12. I am so glad you liked this. I was pretty excited for it (being a big MS&T fan fro way back) but it fell a bit flat for me. It might have just been I had the wrong expectations tho.

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    1. I had no expectations, maybe that is why I enjoyed it

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  13. Oo rooting for the bad guys. lol Sometimes you must.

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