Monday, February 1, 2016

Enter, "Daughter Of Blood"!

Yes, that's right -- on 1 January  I told you how much I was looking forward to seeing Daughter Of Blood published.

And now it is published: how cool is that?! (Pretty durned cool, I reckon. :D )

Daughter Of Blood has already had some nice attention from the pundits, too:

Publisher's Weekly:

“Returning fans…will delight in Lowe’s intricate worldbuilding and keen eye for politicking. The introduction of new characters and prophecies adds some depth of intrigue to Lowe’s impressive epic.”

Romantic Times: 

“The world of Lowe’s Wall of Night series continues to expand exponentially, and this third installment is sprawling, vividly detailed and consistently intriguing…the result is a heady, imaginative tale full of Lowe’s haunting prose and bold characters, that builds to a startling climax that will leave readers anxious for more.”

Kirkus Reviews: "Can't Miss Spec Fic Round Up"

“This third book in The Wall of Night series (you have been reading this Gemmell Award–winning series, yes?) is a richly drawn and imaginative as its predecessors.”

And now Sharon Stogner at ismellsheep has chimed in with 5 "Blood Sheep" -- woot!

"There is constant action and I was absorbed in the complexity of the story and watching as all the pieces Lowe has been putting into place since book one start to fall into place ... The writing is amazing and I'm captivated by the world Lowe created."


"But what," you quite rightly cry, "about the story?"


Last month I gave you two 'taster' excerpts: this month I'll introduce you to the Daughter of Blood herself, aka Myr the Mouse:

"Outside, the latest Wall storm had blown itself into a brief respite of calm weather, but inside the Red Keep the storm that had been raging between the ruling kin for weeks continued to generate acrimony and raised voices. Although, Myr thought, wrapping her arms around her drawn-up knees, “raised voices” was only her former governess Ise’s way of being polite. Anyone else would say shouting, usually over the top of whoever else was yelling at the same time.

She stared out over league on league of cloud wrack and bitter peaks toward the dark smudge that concealed the farthest limit of the Wall of Night. Sometimes, when the sky was more overcast, she caught the flicker of lightning through the smudge and would shiver, thinking about all those who kept watch over that dark boundary. Today, though, the sky was as close to clear as it ever got on the Wall of Night.

Peaceful, Myr told herself, thinking of the dispute that still rumbled in the keep below her..."

To read more, click on:

Lady Mouse 

To read the first three chapters in order click on:


Chapter 1: Lady Mouse

Chapter 2: The Serpent Prince




Helen Lowe is a novelist, poet, interviewer and blogger whose first novel, Thornspell (Knopf), was published to critical praise in 2008. Her second, The Heir of Night (The Wall Of Night Series, Book One) won the Gemmell Morningstar Award 2012. The sequel, The Gathering Of The Lost, was shortlisted for the Gemmell Legend Award in 2013. Daughter Of Blood, (The Wall Of Night, Book Three) was published on January 26, 2016. Helen posts regularly on her “…on Anything, Really” blog, occasionally on SF Signal, and is also on Twitter: @helenl0we

1 comment:

Kim Falconer said...

Big congratulations on the new release, Helen!

Daughter of Blood is here, and it's so wonderful to be in Myr's world again.

Thanks for the sample chaps!