In the far north of Haarth, the Derai people garrison the mountains known as the Wall of Night against their powerful eons old enemy, keeping darkness from the rest of their world. But the Derai's Nine Houses are divided: warrior against priest, and House against House, and they have been further weakened by the subversion and loss of their great magical powers. Powers that are now viewed with suspicion. We start the story with Malian, young Heiress of the warrior Earl of Night. She is being trained in the ways of a leader, but has known little of real danger until the enemy attacks her fortress home. Her dormant powers are called forth to protect her people when her home becomes a bloodbath - as women, children, warriors and priests alike are slain. And although Malian saves the keep, her new abilities are anathema and she must choose between exile and escape to find her way in the world beyond the Wall. There, Malian must accept that she has the power to defeat her people s ancient enemy. And that this power comes at a price.
Helen Lowe lives in Christchurch, New Zealand, and writes fantasy and science fiction novels, poetry and short fiction. She also hosts a monthly poetry feature on the New Zealand radio station Plains.
The Heir of Night
Author: Helen Lowe