If Night falls, all fall . . .
In the far north of the world of Haarth lies the bitter mountain range known as the Wall of Night. Garrisoned by the Nine Houses of the Derai, the Wall is the final bastion between the peoples of Haarth and the Swarm of Dark–which the Derai have been fighting across worlds and time.
Malian, Heir to the House of Night, knows the history of her people: the unending war with the Darkswarm; the legendary heroes, blazing with long-lost power; the internal strife that has fractured the Derai’s former strength. But now the Darkswarm is rising again, and Malian’s destiny as Heir of Night is bound inextricably to both ancient legend and any future the Derai–or Haarth–may have.
Review: As with many new fantasy series (at least new to me), this one left me cautiously optimistic. The world is wonderfully crafted and there is a full cast of interesting characters. I was definitely pulled deeply into the story.
I was a bit surprised at the ages of a couple of the main characters because this wasn’t noted as being a young adult book. Since Malian is 12 and Kalan is 14, this kinda sorta should have that label. They aren’t the only big characters and all the rest appear to be adults, but Malian and Kalan are mostly the focus of this story. I can say that many of the things I don’t like about YA books are not present here. If anything, I had a difficult time remembering that those two were actually that young as they appear much more mature than their stated ages, so for me that was actually a plus.
I already have the next book checked out and ready to go, so I’m excited to see if book 2 holds up to what book 1 has built up so far.