The Heart of What Was Lost: A Novel of Osten Ard Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The long-awaited continuation of one of the greatest fantasy trilogies ever written.
The world was nearly destroyed, but now knows hope again. At the end of Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, Ineluki the Storm King, an undead spirit of horrifying, demonic power, came within moments of stopping Time itself and obliterating humankind.
He was defeated by a coalition of mortal men and women joined by his own deathless descendants, the Sithi. In the wake of the Storm King's fall, Ineluki's loyal minions, the Norns, retreat north to Nakkiga, an ancient citadel which holds a priceless artefact known as The Heart of What Was Lost.
They are pursued by the army of Duke Isgrimnur who is determined to wipe out the Norns for all time.
The two armies will soon clash in a battle so strange and deadly, so wracked with dark enchant¬ment, that it threatens to destroy not just one side but quite possibly all.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 48 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.co.uk Release Date||03 January 2017|
|Publisher||Hodder & Stoughton|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 31,310 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
1,124 in Classic Literature
1,243 in Epic Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
4,756 in Epic Fantasy (Books)
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The Memory, Sorrow and Thorn trilogy was an important part of my youth. So much so I couldn’t read William’s other work, nevermind the idea of returning to Osten Ard, and it took me a long time to brave this book.
I’m so glad I did. The original trilogy was always more than heroes vs villains, but this story takes this much further. We see the war from both sides, the desperate struggles and horrors suffered by both Rimmersgard and Nords, and with each battle you are not only unsure who will win but also who you want to win.
I often have the feeling that Tad Williams isn’t quite the writer he could be. There is something missing, a poetic completeness, that I can’t pin down. He is still a very good writer. It's one of those problems really good writers have - they hover on the edge of greatness. This makes me want to read his future books even more. Regardless, this book has far more depth than your average fantasy novel, and Williams is a sophisticated writer. Read it you like fantasy at all (if you can, read Memory, Sorrow and Thorn first). If you don’t like fantasy, consider William’s as one of those writers who transcends the genre.
(Not that there’s anything wrong with an honest to goodness fantasy novel – I love them. But some writers transcend the limits of the genre. An extreme example being The Buried Giant by Kazuo Inshiguro: anybody who refused to read that book because there is a dragon is, I’m sorry, an idiot. )
The other thing Tad does, is make the Norns - the almost alien-like, unknowable protagonists of The earlier books rather more knowable - not too much as to remove their menace, or to make them less terrifying in their different outlook, but enough to make you realise that life isn't as binary "good/bad" as it may have seemed. You feel sorry for them, you understand their perspective and even feel sympathy for them, especially those who are just trying to live their lives.
An excellent addition to an already excellent series - holding up a useful mirror to people who will likely remain protagonists.
Think of it as the Rogue One of the series - in an entirely good way.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.