*I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.*
I love books with strong heroines. That’s something that anyone who reads my reviews would know. Therefore, it’s obvious that when I saw that this book was about a group of women knights, I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to see what it was all about. What I got was a pretty interesting story, with a good group of characters.
The heroine of this novel was Lana. She went through so much, but she never lost her determination to fight. Yes, she was tempted to just call it quits, but she never did. Lana grew into a strong leader over the course of this novel, and I liked seeing that. However, at times I didn’t quite like her. She grew into someone who thought that they were always right, and that she didn’t have to explain herself to anyone, thus leading her to come off a bit arrogant. I admired her strength, loyalty, and determination, but her arrogance annoyed me a little.
The side characters in this book weren’t all fully developed. There was Silas, who was Lana’s love interest. He was intriguing, because he never fully revealed his true self, until he needed to. He tied truth and lies into a believable story. However, he was always protective of Lana, and he did ultimately tell the truth. Despite his lying, I liked Silas. He didn’t try to stifle Lana, or make her weak. There was also Bowen, Lana’s friend from her village. He seemed genuinely good, but his wish to make Lana take the easy way out was irritating. He didn’t seem to realize that Lana was a strong woman in her own right,and didn’t need protection. He had feelings for Lana, so I was relieved when this story didn’t turn into a love triangle. There was also Sarah, a woman who had cared for Lana’s father. We didn’t really learn much about her, but I liked that she tried to take care of Lana, when she didn’t have to. Finally, there was Luther. He was the real villain of the story. As a leader of an order of knights, he was doing everything he could to take over the kingdom in which the book was set. He had no qualms about killing, or taking whatever he wanted. And when I found out his relationship to one of the side characters, it made me detest Luther even more. The only problem is that the reasons behind his actions were never explained. The book never showed why Luther was the way he was, or how he got to be that way, and I wish that it would have done so.
The plot of this book was interesting. It was a quest story, mixed with action, adventure, and war. At the beginning of the book, Lana’s village was attacked by Luther’s order, and her father was killed protecting her. However, before he died, he gave Lana a quest to “find the queen”. This led Lana, accompanied by Silas, on a journey through the kingdom. During this, she met a group of women who were thieves, and she reformed them into knights of The Last Order, thus the title of the book. The pace was good, although I did get a bit bored sometimes. Also, the world wasn’t developed as much as it could have been. The setting was medieval, and the backstory of how the kingdom got to be the way it was was interesting. But I would have liked to see more about this world.
Overall, I liked this book. Lana was an interesting and strong heroine to follow, and I really liked Silas and his tricks. Luther was a great villain to hate, but his actions for doing what he did weren’t shown. The plot was fun and adventurous, and I really liked the quest element. I do wish the world had been developed more, however. With all that said, I do recommend this book. If you like reading Young Adult about strong heroines, and don’t mind worlds that aren’t fully developed, I do think it’s worth checking out.
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Angela M Caldwell is an author, photographer, and digital filmmaker. She studied video production and photography at Radford University then relocated to Los Angeles for an adventure. After seven years of city life, she moved back to Virgina.
Angela loves a good story and she has a broad range of likes when it comes to reading. Give her characters that she can root for and take her on an adventure. Angela’s journey back to the written word is a story of its own with dyslexia keeping her from writing for years.
But, she is a storyteller at heart. Through the years, she enjoyed expressing her stories through a variety of forms: photography, painting, music, film-making, and writing.
She lives with her husband and 4 kids, who are her biggest fans. They have one dog, and two cats. Perhaps one day they will have a farm. And her dream of having a horse will be realized.