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August 24, 2019

The Last Cleric by Layton Green ~ a Review

by Donna Huber


The upside of my ebook disorganization is that sometimes I find a great surprise. While I felt bad that The Last Cleric was lost in my virtual pile, I was happy to have this book to read.

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March 2018; Cloaked Traveler Press
978-1733818827; ebook, print (372 pages); fantasy
Epic fantasy is not a genre I typically read but I like to read outside my comfort zone from time to time and I am confident that Layton will provide a well-written story with endearing characters. This is why I keep returning to his Blackwood Saga. The Last Cleric is the third book in the series, and it is hardcore fantasy. I love the characters so much and want to see how things work out for the brothers, which is the main reason I'm keeping up with the series. It is too hardcore fantasy for my regular reading tastes. But I can see if I was a fantasy fan, then this would be the perfect series.

The scenes are vividly described and rely heavily on tropes from beloved fantasy classics like Dungeons & Dragons and other role-playing games. This book, in particular, went from one battle after another as the three brothers are separated and must fight to survive in this archaic alternate world which bears some similarities to our own world. At times, I felt like I was in a video game.

One of the reasons I don't usually read epic fantasy is that it is too far removed from "real life", and I can't fully wrap my head around it. That's why I love the vivid descriptions. It also helps that the brothers are from out world and often point out elements that are "real" in Urfe (the world they have become trapped in) but only appear in fantasy fiction in our own world. If you have ever wished to awake in a world where everything you've read or role played in your favorite fantasy book, game, or movie, then you need to pick up this series.

As I mentioned, there is a lot of battling in this book. But we still learn more about the characters. As the saying goes true character is revealed in the face of adversity and these characters are facing a massive amount of adversity. The characters are still growing and we learn more about each brother. As they are truly separated from one another for the major of the story, I think we get to know them as individuals than as sibling unit.

I think book 4 comes out later this year, so now is a great time to get caught up on this series. I highly recommend it for fantasy fans. But I also urge you to try it if you are wanting to step out of your usual read and give fantasy a try.

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Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour.


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