Helen Lowe

Helen Lowe was born 1961 in Wellington, New Zealand. A multi-award winning author she is currently best known for her heroic fantasy novel, The Heir of Night, which won the David Gemmell Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer in 2012 and forms the first part of The Wall of Night quartet.

Lowe went to schools in both New Zealand and Singapore before earning a Bachelor of Arts in English and Geography from the University of Waikato. She continued her education in Sweden, at the University of Stockholm, and there earned a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Science.

Lowe's first novel, Thornspell, was published in 2008.

Helen Lowe's awards

On winning the David Gemmell Legend Award in 2012

"I think my first words, when the Morningstar call came through, were “I don’t believe it” - but after my disbelief was suspended I was obviously very happy indeed, not least because I have always loved epic fantasy so winning a major award in the genre for my own epic storytelling was very special. The David Gemmell Awards are international, as well as being reader voted, so winning the Morningstar and making the shortlist for the Legend award – which I feel is “huge” given it’s the open category – both suggest that readers see “The Heir Of Night” and “The Gathering Of The Lost” respectively as having merit. As a new writer still, that’s tremendously encouraging. I also felt honoured to win the Morningstar Award, and now to be shortlisted for the Legend Award this year, because the awards commemorate the legacy of David Gemmell, which was formative for me as an epic Fantasy reader and writer. I love the sweep of his stories and the sense of contending light and dark - but also the many shades of human fallibility between those extremes. And I have always been strongly drawn to his writing of heroism, sacrifice and duty, as well as the ability of friendship and love, in rare circumstances, to transcend ambition and self-interest."
Speaking to Alex Davis in an interview on September 9, 2013

"A well-realised world." Robin Hobb

Helen Lowe reviews

The Heir of Night

Wall of Night: Book 1 written by Helen Lowe

A thrilling excursion into a  richly imagined realm of strife and sacrifice, where the fate of a dangerously divided world rests in the hands of one  young woman, [...]

Published: 0000

Our rating: 8.2 | 0 positive reader reviews


The Gathering of the Lost

Wall of Night: Book 2 written by Helen Lowe

Sure to become an epic fantasy classic, Helen Lowe’s magnificent Wall of Night series is big, ambitious, and gorgeously drawn—a story of bravery, treachery, and [...]

Published: 2012

Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews


Daughter of Blood

Wall of Night: Book 3 written by Helen Lowe

Malian and Kalan are coming home, but already it may be too late. The Wall of Night, dangerously weakened by civil war among the Derai families that garrison it, is on the [...]

Published: 2015

Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews