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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent story, deep characters, imaginative worldbuilding, professional production, and a good, clear writing style make this full-length fantasy novel a very satisfying read. Read morePublished 7 months ago by J. Gunnar Grey
I found this book hard to put down! The characters were well developed and the plot engaging. Can't wait to see what else this author has in store !Published 11 months ago by Patricia
Aside from the characters being a bit one-dimensional...which was not entirely a bad thing as it helped to present each as an archetype, I enjoyed this. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
"The Last Tragedy" is a wonderfully written adventure story with well-developed characters and plot twists that will keep you interested to the last page.Published 13 months ago by Kindle Customer
This novel was clearly well crafted and carefully edited. Honestly, I did not expect such a high level of quality from a $1 self-published novel. Read morePublished 18 months ago by John Farrier
Herb Mallette is an excellent writer, so refreshing! The Last Tragedy was enjoyable throughout: fast paced, engaging characters, and an epic tale. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Oh Goodness!
book was dry in parts. however overall i would give 4 starsPublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
the story is a bit slow at first, but quickly became fascinating. I read constantly (with more than 360 FREE books on my Kindle at present) but don't' bother to save most of them. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Family - mechanic, authors and editor
This is a witty, imaginative, and well-crafted fantasy novel! I enjoyed the characterizations, multiple themes, action, and (of course) the story. Read morePublished on January 5, 2014 by K Boyd