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Last to Rise (A Rojan Dizon Novel) Paperback – November 26, 2013
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The sequel to Fade to Black and Before the Fall (both 2013) finds the towering city-state of Mahala under imminent siege by their powerful enemy, the Storad. This is bad news to Mahalans, of course, but it’s particularly bad news to Rojan Dizan, whom the Storad want dead. Another enemy, the Mishans, has offered to help some of the Mahalan higher-ups to safety, but they want something in exchange—two things, actually: Rojan and his sister, Lise, whose expertise in weaponry and magic would come in handy. But is this a good deal for Rojan, or a deadly deal? If none of the foregoing made a grain of sense, then you probably need to read the first two books in this series before tackling this one. If, on the other hand, you understood all that, then proceed with all haste to this book and devour it immediately. It’s powerfully written, with a beautifully realized dystopian world and some thoroughly engaging characters. --David Pitt
"The series, which has grown in complexity since the beginning, reaches a profoundly moving conclusion that is both unexpected and entirely satisfying."―Publishers Weekly
"It's powerfully written, with a beautifully realized dystopian world and some thoroughly engaging characters."―Booklist
"Intensely realized and gripping."―Kirkus Reviews
"The world building is crazy interesting... I'm very excited to read the second in the series!"―Felicia Day on Fade to Black
"Full of fierce energy, fast-paced and inventive."―Adrian Tchaikovsky on Fade to Black
"A savage stab at organised religion and social control... emotionally powerful."―Sun (UK) on Fade to Black
"A great fantasy debut... The beginning of something really quite brilliant... very highly recommended."―Civilian Reader (UK) on Fade to Black
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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.”
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.
“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.”
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.
There is a great deal about this novel that just works. It is a great last novel. The second novel was one of those typical build-up novels where nothing too much happens but it builds up in tension to this novel. So from the start we have a ‘situation’ and a lot of tension. In the last novel Rojan was betrayed by Dench, who now works for the army waiting outside of the city and has some rather hateful feelings towards Rojan now. Speaking in general terms though this novel has love found, friends lost and sacrifices made. All powerful concepts to include into a novel. So it is fast paced and powerful. The ending is perfect for the trilogy.
Worth getting to. Great read.
Mild spoiler alert-
The worst thing I can say about this book is that it was predictable. But that's to be expected as the events have been building up for the past 2 books, and for Pasha, Jake, and Rojan, they're just too broken for redemption or salvation. The ending is sad but powerful, and Rojan finally gets the rest he wants and deserves.