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The Last Tragedy (Delvonian Tales Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Herb Mallette
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Two of the world's greatest adventurers have disappeared, and it falls to their heirs - Jake Warbler and the half-sprite Noxie - to retrace their steps and understand these dark, mysterious vanishings. The only clues point to history's most famous work of unread literature: the Last Tragedy of Coeldoetta of Jueln. But the Tragedy has eluded all seekers for nearly fifteen hundred years. Can Jake and Noxie succeed where so many others have failed? And can they do so while outpacing a bloody-minded cult that seems to have undone the two most powerful figures in their lives?

The Last Tragedy is a sweeping work of adventurous fantasy, set in a world of skyships and floating continents, brimming with magic and full of peril. It pits heroes of wit and skill against villains whose striking depravity will not soon leave the reader's mind.

About the Author: Herb Mallette has been writing fantasy novels for over a decade, after writing and editing dozens of comic book titles in the 1990s. Four books are complete in his Warbler Family Chronicles. The Last Tragedy is followed by a trilogy, The Aveliad, consisting of: The Sharp Edge of Memory, The Ingressionist, and The Identity of Evil.

Book length: 175,000 words, about the equivalent of a 400-page hardback or 700-page paperback


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  • Print Length: 502 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006HUQWT0
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive December 8, 2011
By JTR
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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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and Imaginative December 9, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read January 4, 2012
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I will be purchasing the others shortly June 22, 2012
By bumac
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and adventurous read! September 25, 2013
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Fantastic story! Very original concepts and world-not just a reboot of every other fantasy novel. Characters are complex, interesting, and the entire story comes together in a fast paced and exciting way. Enjoyed it so much I have read ALL of his other books--definitely check it out!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Adventure-filled March 29, 2013
By Megan
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful fantasy December 18, 2012
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Crafted, Solid Characters and World Building
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 more
Published 21 days ago by John Farrier
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, epic tale
Herb Mallette is an excellent writer, so refreshing! The Last Tragedy was enjoyable throughout: fast paced, engaging characters, and an epic tale. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Oh Goodness!
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
book was dry in parts. however overall i would give 4 stars
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars the story is a bit slow at first, but ...
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 more
Published 1 month ago by Family - mechanic, authors and editor
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure, Treasure, Humor, and Blood-Thirsty Villains!
This is a witty, imaginative, and well-crafted fantasy novel! I enjoyed the characterizations, multiple themes, action, and (of course) the story. Read more
Published 8 months ago by K Boyd
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great story!
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. Read more
Published on June 5, 2012 by SirFatty
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Story!
I loved this story! Very imaginative and engaging. I hated to put it down, even for a short time. The author cares about his craft, and it shows. Read more
Published on February 10, 2012 by Benwah
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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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