At its northernmost point was the island of Grand Hurlen where the city's upper class lived in a hive of rooms, towers, and twisting passageways so narrow that one practically had to turn sideways to get through. […] Grand Hurlen's center, where the island opened out into an earth-filled hollow about two hundred feet across. Grass grew there, and flowering shrubs and dwarf fruit trees,
– Jame's narration, Dark of the Moon, "Chapter 14: Gathering Forces"
Grand Hurlen is the largest of the thirty islands that make up the city of Hurlen.
It is the residence of the city's upper class, containing a "hive of rooms, towers, and twisting passageways". The center of the island is an open, grassed, earth-filled hollow that is a park during peacetime; in emergencies, such as wartime and weirdingstroms, sheep are penned there.
↑Dark of the Moon, "Chapter 14: Gathering Forces" — "Hurlen, perched on its cluster of islands where the River Tardy rushed into the Silver. On Grand Hurlen, the nearest island, stone spires showed white, then gray under the shifting light."
↑Seeker's Mask, "Part VI: Mount Alban", III — "Then they were under the cloud-ceiling, looking down into the soil-filled hollow of Grand Hurlen, normally a park, now packed wall to wall with unhappy sheep. So it had been last winter too, when the city islands had braced for a possible siege by the Waster Horde. This time, the flock must have been brought in to shelter from the storm."