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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.

©2017 Beale Williams Enterprise (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton

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Wow. Brilliant!

Tad Williams shows us that he is still one of the best fantasy authors. The story is great and the narration is amazing! My favorite narrator so far :D

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  • InquisitorRex
  • 05-25-18

A wonderful return to Osten Ard.

With the same narrator as the previous trilogy (Andrew Wincott), this story continues the narrative of the now-legendary Memory, Sorrow and Thorn. Though many years (in our world) have passed since Chad Williams had written of Osten Ard, this story felt as fresh and consistent with the original trilogy as I could have hoped.

For the first time we saw events from the perspective of the Norns, immortal creatures (perhaps akin to elves, for the uninitiated) and this was very welcome indeed. These unusual creatures in fact have a fascinating culture or their own, and the combination of excellent narration and William's writing wove a compelling, sinister vision - a great way to provide a different feel to the Norn machinations of Memory, Sorrow and Thorn.

I thoroughly recommend this story, but only if you have read/listened to the previous books in the Series. if you haven't, then perhaps take my recommendation to try the first of those: The Dragonbone Chair. A true fantasy classic.

For those who are familiar with the Series - This story is far shorte, and appears to serve as a bridge to William's much-longed-for next venture into Osten Ard. It's been coming on for 20 years, I would think, but if this take is any measure, patience has been rewarded.

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  • Sheila
  • 01-10-17

Another great Osten Ard Novel

Would you consider the audio edition of The Heart of What Was Lost to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the printed version as I love Andrew Wincott's narration of the MS&T series. It was fabulous

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Heart of What Was Lost?

Getting back into the series which is up there with the greats of Fantasy.

Which character – as performed by Andrew Wincott – was your favourite?

It's a little bit of a cliché to say all of them but he is wonderful narrator.

Any additional comments?

Really looking forward to the next collection of Osten Ard books. April cannot come quick enough for me.

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