Review by Steph K -- End of the Last Great Kingdom

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Review by Steph K -- End of the Last Great Kingdom

Post by Steph K » 27 Nov 2017, 17:35

[Following is a volunteer review of "End of the Last Great Kingdom" by Victor Rose.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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End of the Last Great Kingdom by Victor Rose is a dark fantasy novel. The book takes place in the land of Sulphurium. The main character is Leaf, who enters the Central Mage school. He is a ward of the school with a mysterious past. He doesn’t know how old he is or what his real name is. Leaf is bullied by other students at the school.

He struggles to find his element, and hasn’t successfully used magic. He chooses a trial by combat, thinking it is the only way he can become a mage. Living as an enlighten at the mage school, he is considered a higher social class. If Leaf had to leave the school, he would not have much of a life. He wins the trial by combat, becoming a mage and taking the name Brimstone. Brimstone is still struggling at the school. He is very poor, and can’t buy the basic supplies he needs or much food. He is still targeted and bullied by other students. The Order comes to the school to investigate something that is killing students, and Brimstone is accused and has to flee.

The book has excellent worldbuilding. It starts off with a prologue explaining the history of Sulphurium. At first I found that part a drag, but after reading the book I think it was really necessary for the reader to understand what the enlighten are, and the culture and hierarchy of Sulphurium. The mage school and the other students are well drawn out. I found all the characters to have excellent character development.
Something I think readers should be aware of is how graphic the book can be. There is lots of blood and gore. All the violence, especially with the main characters being described as young teenagers, might be disturbing for some. The violence never came across as gratuitous, however. It always made sense within the context of the story.

The book is frequently described as Harry Potter meets Game of Thrones. A harsh, quasi-medieval setting makes it feel similar to Game of Thrones. The magic school makes me think of Hogwarts. Like Harry Potter, Brimstone even has two close friends, Heat and Neutron. It is absolutely not a Harry Potter knockoff though. Sulphurium is a wholly original fantasy world.

I would rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. Fans of epic fantasy will love this book. It has a vibrant, well developed fantasy world with characters the reader will really love. It is also edited and formatted well. Sometimes with self-published or independently published book that is a problem, but not in this case.

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Post by CommMayo » 01 Dec 2017, 00:43

I like your use of the term "worldbuilding" in the review. I think it is a really apt term and authors who excel at that can create amazing novels.

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Post by ReyvrexQuestor Reyes » 02 Dec 2017, 19:03

I like stories about the underdogs, struggling and clawing their way to the top. It has the feel-good factor that makes one rejoice at the end, sharing in the triumph achieved by the character, and basking in the glow of the fairy-tale-like ending where the good guys made it. Thanks for the review.
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Post by Gbemisola » 04 Dec 2017, 10:00

This is my kind of book! The magic and medieval-feel of the world built by the author makes reading even more enjoyable. I look forward to reading this book. Thank you for the lovely review.

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Post by readandsmile » 04 Dec 2017, 21:06

nice review. Your review gives me hints about this book. I want to read this one. I guess that it is a nice book.
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Post by Mercy Bolo » 04 Dec 2017, 23:43

Leaf's mysterious past also surprised me. I thought that by the end of the book, I would gain more insight into his history.
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Post by kandscreeley » 05 Dec 2017, 12:32

It's definitely important in a book like this to have good world building. I'm glad the author did that well! Thanks for the review. It sounds like a really great book and definitely worthy of book of the month!
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Post by Marylynn » 06 Dec 2017, 07:04

The story sounds touching, being in an environment where one feels he does not belong can really be frustrating. Thank you for the wonderful review.

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Post by twitchlet » 17 Jan 2018, 12:53

I am an avid reader in the fantasy genre, and found that your review pushed me towards making this my next read. I appreciate that you pointed out the slow start for the world building, but then explained it was necessary information for the book. I also love that you pointed out the similarities and differences to Harry Potter. Well done!

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Post by NL Hartje » 28 Jan 2018, 20:43

Steph K wrote:
27 Nov 2017, 17:35
It is absolutely not a Harry Potter knockoff though.
I agree that it is in NO way a Harry Potter knockoff. I do think, however, that it mimicks MANY books along with Harry Potter.

I would categorize myself as a fantasy reader before any other genre and I was both sad and glad to find so many other books represented in this one. I found myself looking for a bit more originality out of Rose. I am understandably late to the game on this book's discussion but I created a forum topic to discuss the ideas in this book that mirror those in other books.

Twenty Way's End of The Last Great Kindom is Like Other Books:

My review of this book here:
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