Tad Williams - The Heart of What Was Lost - Hodder & Stoughton

The Heart of What Was Lost

A Novel of Osten Ard

By Tad Williams
Read by Andrew Wincott

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The long-awaited continuation of one of the greatest fantasy trilogies ever written

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 enchant­ment, that it threatens to destroy not just one side but quite possibly all.

(P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton

Biographical Notes

Tad Williams is a California-based fantasy superstar. His genre-creating (and genre-busting) books have sold tens of millions worldwide, in twenty-five languages. His considerable output of epic fantasy and science fiction book-series, stories of all kinds, urban fantasy novels, comics, scripts, etc., have strongly influenced a generation of writers: the Otherland epic now plays as an MMO on steam.com. Tad is currently immersed in the creation of The Last King of Osten Ard, planned as a trilogy with two intermediary novels. He, his family and his animals live in the Santa Cruz mountains in a suitably strange and beautiful house.

@tadwilliams @mrstad

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  • ISBN: 9781473646926
  • Publication date: 03 Jan 2017
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Without Tad Williams there would be no Game of Thrones. — Guardian
Fans of Tad Williams will delight in this new addition to his work - new readers could not have a better introduction. — Daily Mail
This is gritty, gripping fantasy with heart and guts, and we can't wait to read more. — Sci Fi Now
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