By Glenda Larke
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| ISBN-10: 0316069159
| ISBN-13: 978-0316069151
| Publisher: Hachette Orbit; 1 edition (March 1, 2010)
| Mass Market Paperback: 704 pages
| Cover Illustration: Larry Rostant
| Source: Personal copy
| Rating: 5 Stars
Wheee! What a great read and a great tale. This story has everything I love about epic fantasy. A unique and well defined magic system. Characters I could both love and hate. A well written and fully realized world I could literally lose myself in. Fantasy just doesn’t get any better then this.
I read somewhere once that all great stories are born when an author says “what if.” In this case the "what if" is a country where there is no rain. That is no rain that is not controlled by Stormlords. Now lets take that premise one step further and have all of the stormlords and potential stormlords vanish or mysteriously die off leaving only one, and he is old, sick and dying. Picture if you can, a place where water is everything. Strictly controlled, ruthlessly enforced and the sole means of determining the difference between poverty and wealth, life or death. There is no money, only water tokens and those tokens are the ONLY way to get water. And the water is running low.
There is so much more to this story of course but that sets the stage for you. A whole slew of what ifs and they just keep coming. Even better, Glenda Larke is such a talented storyteller, you are going to do more then imagine this scenario, you are going to live it. You are going to find yourself thinking about the story and the characters long after you put the book down. It is even possible that you will come to new appreciation of some of the things you take for granted every day. I can think of no higher compliment anyone could give an author. This is a book that will make you think, and feel, and ponder, and question, what if....
Aside from a deep and compelling storyline, there are equally great characters. I love character driven fantasy and this book is full of great characters. Often flawed, occasionally endearing, but always determined to do the best that they can under horrible circumstances. And that is just the protagonists. The antagonists are as well written, easy to loathe, and loathe with a passion. I'll warn you now. Before you start this series, run out, buy a timer and set it for things like, oh, eating and sleeping cause if you don't, you'll forget to do both. I got so deep into this story I barely even noticed the fact that I had a bout of the flu. It is just that good.
Pacing is smooth but intense. Content is, at times, not for the faint of heart. Along with unique worldbuilding and magic systems comes a few new horrible ways to die. All a natural part of the story but they will definitely make you cringe. Well they did me anyway. Not complaining mind you, a good shudder every now and then just makes things more exciting and gives you new ways to feel sympathy for the inhabitants of this world.
I am done gushing now. Book two is staring at me and I have got to go read it. This book ends with a bit of a cliffhanger. More like the end of a chapter in history and now I just have to know what the future holds for my new best friends and despised enemies.
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Epic Fantasy Book Review of The Last Stormlord (Watergivers: Book 1) by Glenda Larke - Reviewed by Mulluane - on August 05 2013 - Rating: of 5 Stars