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Review: Last to Rise by Francis Knight

Last to RiseTitle: Last to Rise

Author: Francis Knight

Genre: Fantasy

Series: Rojan Dizon (Book #3)

Publication Date: November 26, 2013

FormatPaperback, 478 Pages

ISBN-10: 0316217743 (Orbit)

ISBN-13: 978-0316217743 (Orbit)

Reviewed by: Roxanne


The towering vertical city of Mahala is on the brink of war with its neighboring countries. It might be his worst nightmare, but Rojan and the few remaining pain mages have been drafted in to help.

The city needs power in whatever form they can get it — and fast. With alchemists readying a prototype electricity generator, and factories producing guns faster than ever, the city’s best advantage is still the mages. Tapping their power is a risky plan, but with food in the city running out, and a battle brimming that no one is ready for, risky is the best they’ve got…

The spectacular conclusion to the adventures of Rojan Dizon, which began with the thrilling fantasy debut Fade to Black.

Quick & Dirty: A city under siege and desperate times calls for desperate measures.

Opening Sentence: “There is perhaps, some universal truth that no has seen fit to tell me about.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Rojan is back, his brother Perak is the Archdeacon, and being a Mage is no longer illegal. Sadly the enemy is literally at the gate and times are quite crazy! This book picks up not long after the end of book 2, which I think I have reviewed all three books for you guys! Rojan definitely hits the ground running, while tracking someone he stumbles across a powerful female mage, Halina, whom he convinces to return to the top with him. Together all of the pain Mages will play an important part in the safety of Mahala.

The Storad have been besieging Mahala for weeks now, and food is running out and power is running out. The tunnels have provided a sneaky way for the enemy to enter, and Pasha, Jake and Rojan must find away to keep them out. Battles ensue, tunnels collapse, but when the Storad come right through the main gate they all know the real fight is on. How many will die trying to save this city?

My biggest problem with this series is that Rojan is a bit of an jerk. It works sometimes, and other times I think this guy can’t be a more stereotypical guy than that. The second book Before the Fall was definitely my least favorite book of this trilogy, it suffered greatly from feeling like just filler. I really enjoyed the first book, and I really did enjoy this book. I was totally shocked and dismayed by the ending. Rojan grows a ton in this book, which I was so glad to see. We even get to see whom he really loves, and what he is willing to do for everyone.

This is an action packed book from the start, it will keep you on the edge of your seat waiting to see who is going to make it through, will anyone even make it through? Will the city fall? I feel like I had so much to say until I sat down to write this review and drew a blank. All the things I want to talk about, rave about, are like major spoilers. Seriously, so much mind blowing stuff happens in this book. Honestly I liked this book, but was more than a little disappointed in book 2, so I had decided to not finish the series. I am so glad this was in my review stack. This book really brought back what I enjoyed about this series. That despite the jerky things Rojan thinks he really is a Mage with a heart of gold. He truly cares about so many and despite being afraid he continues to move forward and keeps going until the bitter end.

In that aspect he is everything you want in a heroic main character. I was a little upset by how unrealized his romance and love was until it was almost too late. It did add an element of tragedy to the story though. This was a great last book, sometimes they just leave you hanging. And while this does, it really kind of doesn’t, and it isn’t the typically way to wrap up a trilogy. If you looking for a interesting science fiction/fantasy trilogy look no further.

Notable Scene:

“If that point made it easier to stay alive, well, that’s always a bonus.”

“We were legal, most of them said, because the Archdeacon was too pure and holy to understand how evil we were, and also he was cursed with a merciful heart and a mage for a brother.”

“I’ve always been a  superb liar.”

“There were on their way through them.”

“Peace was what I wanted a respite from the ever present fear, a respite that I’d only ever found in two places.”

“It was black, had never really been away, was singing sweet nothings in my ear.”

“It was down to me.”

Rojan Dizon Series:

1. Fade to Black

2. Before the Fall

3. Last to Rise


FTC Advisory: Orbit/Hachette Book Group provided me with a copy of Last to Rise. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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