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Blog Tour: Until the Last – Mike Shackle


The breakneck conclusion to the trilogy that started with We Are the Dead. To beat the ultimate evil, sometimes the price is more than you can pay . . .

The war with the Egril has changed Tinnstra forever. A coward no more, she’ll go to any length to defeat every last one of her enemies.

Zorique has grown into her powers. It’s time for her to lead her army into Jia and spearhead the fight for her homeland.

But at what cost? The Egril emperor Raaku – the Son of Kage himself – is waiting for them. And he intends to destroy Zorique, Tinnstra and all their allies.

They will need to put everything on the line if Jia hopes to see the dawn.

My thoughts: Fantasy fans, where are you? I cannot believe you’ve been sleeping on this series! Yes, this book is chunky, but we like a hefty tome around here. So, what are you doing? Do you like action, adventure, good triumphing over evil, strong characters, great world building, sarcastic sailors, women with power, magic, intrigue, monsters and ordinary people doing extraordinary things? You do? Then get copies of this whole series – there’s 3 books, and get reading.

Until The Last chronicles the final war – Sekinowari – when the armies of Egril and Jia will meet for the last time, when heroes will rise and monsters will walk among people, mostly killing them. But even ordinary Jians will stand against the Skulls, will fight back to protect their lives and save their home from the Great Darkness. Raaku, as Tinnstra keeps saying, is just a man, not a God, after all.

Ralasis remains possibly my favourite character, knowing full well he’s an idiot, he keeps running into danger and somehow, even after buildings literally fall on him, still survives to run into more danger. I also love Ange, another person who knows they’re being stupid, who should have left when they had the chance, but still there, fighting.

Honestly, I don’t understand why this series isn’t huge, inspired in part by the author’s time living in Japan, it’s cracking, and should definitely be on your tbr if you like a bit of epic fantasy blended with down to earth, every day issues like getting enough food in a country at war. Most of the heroes of the book, and series, are ordinary people caught up in something so much bigger than them. Highly recommended reading.

*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.

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