The Heart of What Was Lost by Tad Williams
The Heart of What Was Lost takes place in the half-year after the end of To Green Angel Tower, and tells of the attempt by Isgrimnur and a force largely made up of Rimmersgard soldiers to destroy the remaining Norns as they flee back to their homeland and their mountain. It also answers some questions about what actually happened in the immediate aftermath of the fall of Green Angel Tower.
Published by DAW on January 3rd 2017
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Genres: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy
FTC Disclosure: I received access to this book early through Netgalley (for free) in exchange for a review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
If you’ve haven’t read the original “Memory, Sorrow and Thorn” trilogy, and you’re a fan of fantasy, then you’ve missed out on some remarkable writing. That being said, you do not need to have read how this sojourn into war began to enjoy this trip into the World of Osten Ard.
In The Heart of What Was Lost, the Ineluki, the Storm King is dead, humanity’s been saved from obliteration, and the war is over…ish. In the aftermath of a crushing defeat the Norn scramble north to return to their last remaining stronghold, Stormspike, with human battalions in deadly pursuit. This flight gives you a look at two weary armies struggling to see their task through. Williams brings some important but secondary characters from the trilogy to the forefront in this short novel, but he also focuses on themes that never die in times of war or prosperity: loss of life, uneasy alliances, and the desperate hunt for truth.