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The Heart of What Was Lost (Osten Ard) (edição 2017)

por Tad Williams (Autor)

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Following directly on from the events of To Green Angel Tower, the Norns and the Storm King Ineluki have been defeated at the Battle for the Hayholt; Seoman and Miriamele, the new king and queen, order their victorious armies to shadow the retreating Norns. One of the enemy group is escorting the huge funeral cortege of one of their leaders, on their journey they become detached and trapped in the ancient fortress of Tangleroot on the frontier. As well as their dead lord, they carry a great magical artefact, a stone called the Heart of What Was Lost, one of the last relics of their ancient civilization. Soon the fortress is invested, the battle commences, and bloodshed and magic flow.… (mais)
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Título:The Heart of What Was Lost (Osten Ard)
Autores:Tad Williams (Autor)
Informação:DAW (2017), Edition: First Edition, 224 pages
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I was somewhat skeptical hopping into this one because it *appeared* to be a full-length novel masquerading as a bridge between Williams' original fantasy series and a later incarnation in the same world. I mean, it's nearly ten hours in audio and yet it's only a #0.5 in reading order? Yikes. But then, that's Tad Williams for you. His books are HUGE. Small print, mondo page count. Yak-chokers. If a full novel can be considered nothing more than an *appetizer* in comparison, then it is what it is. Welcome to the land of the giants. :)

THAT BEING SAID.

I'm so glad I read it. It's a great refresher after twenty odd years since reading the original brick house. The Norns, the menfolk, the Duke, all the different races of immortals are brought to life for us. It includes the history of the conflict, the smattering of the magics, the fundamental differences in culture, thought, and even their old history, the nature of their making... all of it came back to me. :)

So what else did we get? Oh, just an epic battle between the Duke and the immortals, mixing up our expectations and flipping everything on its head again. Our sympathies are meant to be challenged.

And already we have a grand defeat, an epic loss, a freaking cool setup, and expectations of much evil to come thanks to the fundamental misunderstanding between the races.

Does this sound like most fantasies? Hmmm. Possibly, at least a little, but Tad Williams has one great thing going for him.

Skill. Great writing. Careful attention to detail. Great characters. And EPIC blowouts. He's kinda go-to guy for this kind of thing. Most of us will agree. We've all been blown away at one point or another. And he's BACK. :) :)
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  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
The Memory Sorrow and Thorn trilogy had a richness in tone and atmosphere that was never equalled by the Shadowmarch series, a paler cousin, and I feared Tad Williams would not be able to recapture it. Somehow he's done it. 'Melancholy' has been cited by others as the key ingredient, and that is here again with both the Northmen and the Norns endlessly reflecting on losses and the lost, in a frozen land of ruins.

I've not been to the world of Osten Ard since the 1990s, but I remember the Norns as intimidating and mysterious. Williams strips all of that away by providing their perspective, and I was disappointed at first to find them almost conventional until, as intended, they gradually won my sympathy and more aspects of their culture were shared. I was further satisfied thanks to soldier Porto's viewpoint as he struggles to reassure Endri, demonstrating that the Norns are no less mysterious or frightening to the mortals than they ever were, even though we as readers can now see past the veil. Acts of desperation on one side are suspected as artful ruses or traps by the other, realistically displaying the effects of fear and caution, and finally all my qualms were put to rest. The Norns are still a nasty piece of work.

In a shorter work like this, Williams' primary fault (slow pacing) vanishes. The plot moves quickly, and halfway through I began to realize this story had more to say than I'd expected. The wrap-up is stellar, even if it was designed to be a setup for the next trilogy, and this serves as an excellent standalone. My takeaway is this is 1990s fantasy with a new shine, impeccably told, and maybe Tad Williams' best thing ever. If I continue to lament the typical results of authors returning to beloved fantasy worlds decades later, usually making a hash of it, I'll have to note this exception. Osten Ard is back. ( )
  Cecrow | Jan 20, 2020 |
This book sat on my shelves for a couple years after its publication, not due to any disinterest, but because the author had set such a high standard with his previous trilogy Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn. So I started reading it with a little trepidation, afraid of ruining my memories of the volumes that preceded it.

And my belief that Tad Williams is a superb author was vindicated.

The Heart of What Was Lost is a short(er) follow-up to his massive masterpiece, and it's worthy: the narrative and characters draw you in from the first page, pull you close, and don't let you go until you find out what happens. There is tragedy, anguish, horrifying deeds, triumphs, yet the descriptions of battles are never more graphic than is necessary to tell the tale.

Fantastic follow-up, Mr. Williams, thank you. ( )
  fuzzi | Jan 14, 2020 |
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  PhilOnTheHill | Sep 8, 2019 |
** I received an advance reader copy of this book for free through a Goodreads giveaway. **

YES!!!!!! Finally!!!! More Osten Ard!! I loved and still love the original series and while I was sad not to see more of some of my favorite characters (Simon!) I completely enjoyed spending more time in the world I grew to know and love so much while reading the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn trilogy. As in the original trilogy, there is a strange dissonance created in the reader. You feel you should strongly support the 'heroes' (mostly human) and wish for the downfall of the 'villains' (mostly non-human) and yet, even though the non-humans are VERY non-human and do and say things that are so obviously wrong (maybe even 'evil'), I can never quite bring myself to hate them. I find myself understanding some of their actions and realize that while I may never want to have a cup of coffee with any of them, I can respect their love and loyalty toward their way of life and their homes and people. They may be the bad guys but sometimes bad is a bit gray. While you don't need to read the original trilogy before reading this book, I would highly recommend it because without the background provided in the first three books, you will miss some of the twists and will be a bit adrift at times, especially when reading about the Norns.

So, would I recommend this book? Um.....YES!!! Especially to anyone who loves epic fantasy. If you are waiting for the next Pat Rothfuss or George Martin, Tad Williams is a perfect place to go to sate you need for fantasy that grabs you, pulls you in and never lets you go! Tad's stories are epic and his character and world building is outstanding. If you've read Memory, Sorrow and Thorn before, grab this book and read it immediately. If you haven't, go pick up the trilogy, then grab this book and go read all of them! You won't be disappointed!

Oh, and I also won a free foam sword in this giveaway which was pretty darn awesome (even if my son stole it and hung it on his wall!). ( )
  J_Colson | Nov 30, 2017 |
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Following directly on from the events of To Green Angel Tower, the Norns and the Storm King Ineluki have been defeated at the Battle for the Hayholt; Seoman and Miriamele, the new king and queen, order their victorious armies to shadow the retreating Norns. One of the enemy group is escorting the huge funeral cortege of one of their leaders, on their journey they become detached and trapped in the ancient fortress of Tangleroot on the frontier. As well as their dead lord, they carry a great magical artefact, a stone called the Heart of What Was Lost, one of the last relics of their ancient civilization. Soon the fortress is invested, the battle commences, and bloodshed and magic flow.

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