The Heart of What Was Lost
On Sale: January 8, 2019
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New York Times-bestselling Tad Williams’
ground-breaking epic fantasy saga of Osten Ard begins an
exciting new cycle!
The perfect introduction to the epic fantasy world of Osten
Ard, The Heart of What Was Lost is Tad Williams’
follow-up to his internationally bestselling landmark
trilogy. Osten Ard inspired a generation of modern fantasy
writers, including George R.R. Martin, Patrick Rothfuss, and
Christopher Paolini, and defined Tad Williams as one of the
most important fantasy writers of our time.
A NOVEL OF OSTEN ARD
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, dark cousins to the Sithi, choose to
flee the lands of men and retreat north to Nakkiga, their
ancient citadel within the hollow heart of the mountain
called Stormspike. But as the defeated Norns make their way
to this last haven, the mortal Rimmersman Duke Isgrimnur
leads an army in pursuit, determined to end the Norns’
attacks and defeat their ageless Queen Utuk’ku for all time.
Two southern soldiers, Porto and Endri, joined the mortal
army to help achieve this ambitious goal—though as they
venture farther and farther into the frozen north, braving
the fierce resistance and deadly magics of the retreating
Norns, they cannot help but wonder what they are doing so
very far from home. Meanwhile, the Norns must now confront
the prospect of extinction at the hands of Isgrimnur and his
Viyeki, a leader of the Norns’ military engineers, the Order
of Builders, desperately seeks a way to help his people
reach their mountain—and then stave off the destruction of
their race. For the two armies will finally clash in a
battle to be remembered as the Siege of Nakkiga; a battle so
strange and deadly, so wracked with dark enchantment, that
it threatens to destroy not just one side but quite possibly
Trapped inside the mountain as the mortals batter at
Nakkiga’s gates, Viyeki the Builder will discover disturbing
secrets about his own people, mysteries both present and
past, represented by the priceless gem known as The Heart of
What Was Lost.
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