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The Last Tragedy (Delvonian Tales Book 1) Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Herb Mallette lives in south central Texas with his family and a medium-sized collection of pets. In addition to writing fantasy novels, he blogs at herbmallette.blogspot.com and can occasionally be found on Twitter as @HerbMallette. He is effusively grateful for any reviews readers might leave for his books, and at the time of this writing still manages to personally answer each Amazon.com review in a comment.

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  • File Size: 2133 KB
  • Print Length: 500 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: December 23, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006HUQWT0
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,851 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Herb Mallette is a fantasy novelist and author of the Warbler Family Chronicles, set within his Delvonian Empire milieu. After studying fiction writing at Trinity University, he spent his early twenties focusing on science fiction short stories, took a break from prose to work in the comic book industry in the 1990s, and returned to fiction about ten years ago. He lives in San Antonio with his wife, four children, and a small menagerie of pets.

He has a blog at HerbMallette.blogspot.com

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By JTR on December 8, 2011
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A wonderful book, full of twists and turns and suspense. Even though I am not a regular reader of this genre, I strongly recommend that anyone with an active immagination settle in for a great story.
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There are a few minor spoilers ahead, so please proceed with caution! If you haven't read the book yet, you might want to skip over the third paragraph below.

Since I got this as a free Kindle book, I really wasn't expecting much of anything. Just a mediocre fantasy book that would help me pass the time whenever I didn't have a physical book handy.

I was definitely surprised by how much I enjoyed this novel though. I found myself choosing to read this one over a physical book, which is not something I normally do. The plot was interesting, the villain was absolutely terrifying, and the hero/heroine were very likable and relateable. Mallette did an excellent job of painting his fantasy world so that the reader was transported to it, and did so in a way that wasn't too Lord of the Rings (e.g. endless pages describing how flat and boring the terrain is, with a couple of trees and mountains thrown in for good measure).

When Jake and Noxie finally find the "Last Tragedy" of Coeldoetta, what it asks them to do is pretty predictable, but heartbreaking nonetheless. Until Weston realizes he can save the day, preventing Jake and Noxie from losing the thing they love most. Hooray!

The way Mallette introduces the differing plot lines and then weaves them together is genius - at first, it seems like there are 4 different things going on. And then, all of a sudden, everybody meets and their separate quests become one. I mean, I know other authors have done that too, and probably done it better, but the way Mallette did it just stood out for me. Especially for this being his first published novel.
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While not epic on the scale of The Wheel of Time or The Song of Ice and Fire, The Last Tragedy is an engaging story with vivid, likeable characters and a plot that keeps twisting. Mallette has a brilliant wit and a knack for creating an imaginative world. Definitely worth the read.
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I enjoyed this enough to purchase the next volume. That's really the best praise I can give an author. Well, that and writing my first review ever.

Well written, everything hung together. It's nice to encounter an author who develops a universe, then doesn't feel obligated to using the first several chapters explaining it. Here you go, right into the action, and you figure it out pretty quickly.

Likable heroes, despicable evil cult, clueless sidekick. A bit formulaic in places, but overall a good effort, especially for a first novel. I recommend to other fantasy fans.
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So for all of the self publishing awesomeness that Amazon has brought to the world of struggling writers you may have found that most of the sci-fi and fantasy out there, well, sucks. That is definitely not the case here, I was moderately dubious for the first couple of pages, mostly because I expected the book to be as poorly written as the majority of the cheap and or free Kindle books and I was pleasantly proven wrong. The world is interesting, the characters are well written and have actual personalities, the plot was well thought out and left me wanting to keep reading so I could see what was going to happen. This is honestly a book that could and should be sold (if it isn't already) in physical form.

I'm truly pleased with finding The Last Tragedy (hehe) and will continue reading from this author. Thanks for the great story...I do have one small complaint, (which may be addressed in future books) Yolo should have died in a horrible manner :oP
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I've tried many of the books offered for free by self-publishing authors. Usually they're dreadful. But occasionally you come across a treasure., such as The Last Tragedy.

I've just re-read the book before starting it's sequel. Even on a second reading, knowing the plot, I enjoyed it tremendously. It's imaginative, fun, engaging - but with an edgy undercurrent that gives it depth. Above all, it's well-written.

For a new author to gain recognition, there needs to be a snowball effect: some critical number of positive reviews which makes a book stand out. I encourage more readers to add their comments so that Mr. Mallette's work receives the attention it deserves!
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Overall, I enjoyed reading the novel. The story was intricate and interesting, the characters were well-rounded and even complex (heroes and villains). The world building was fascinating. I liked how much action was packed in. I particularly liked the relationship developed between the three travelers, Noxie, Jake and Weston, the three of them interacting and working together were some of my favorite parts of the story.

My one and only complaint would be length, I do feel it could have been edited down. But really, an enjoyable novel that I do not regret acquiring.
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I found this book recommend online somewhere (cannot recall where) and for the price, it was worth a chance. What a great story this is, I could not read it fast enough. I actually care about the characters and what very satisfied with the pacing and the ending.

It's obvious that Mr. Mallette enjoys what he does. The only issue is some formatting issues on the Kindle for Android reader. I prefer white on black, I had to settle for tan. A small nit-pick to be sure.

Already bought the second, looking forward to digging in.
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