Title: The Last Sacrifice
Author: James Moore
Publication Date: Jan 3, 2016
I received a review copy from the publisher, Angry Robot, through NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion in any way.
Since time began, the Grakhul – immortal servants of the gods – have taken human sacrifices to keep the world in balance and the gods appeased. When they choose the family of warrior Brogan McTyre, everything changes.
Brogan begins the toughest battle of his life to free his family from their terrible fate. But when you challenge the gods, you challenge the very fabric of society. Declared an outcast, Brogan and his kin are hunted like criminals – but nothing will stand in his way.
I was super stoked to receive an early copy of The Last Sacrifice because it sounded full of adventure, lore and magic, with characters both dark and bold; and it was!
The main character Brogan, has just returned home after a long trip to find his entire family taken by the Grakhul and the Undying, immortal servants of the Gods, for sacrifice, leaving behind gold coins in their stead. Even though it is common for a family member to be taken for sacrifice, it is unheard of for an entire family to be taken in one go. Brogan decides to go up against the God themselves if necessary to get his family back to take his revenge, not fully understanding or caring about the full repercussions of his actions.
I loved this book. It was a fun, fast-paced, adventurous and action-packed read with really interesting and mostly developed characters. Brogan is by far my favourite character because he acted in a way befitting the situation which humanised him in my eyes. He is also simply bad-ass! The lore and the whole system of belief and the world is interesting to say the least. The Grakhul are actually the ‘human’ servants while the Undying are the immortal creatures which are at once terrifying yet not at all what they seem. Their devotion to the Gods and their willingness to do whatever it takes to ensure the sacrifices are made is awe-inspiring and delivers a lot of the darker elements to this story.
The strength of this book is the plot itself; It is well-thought out and brilliantly executed and even though there is plenty of action and intrigue, it never suffered from being pushed to the background because of all this. Instead all the other stuff such as the magic, the lore, the action, complimented the plot instead of outshining it which sometimes happens in fantasy.
My only problem would be all the different POVs. I felt like there were too many for the length of the novel. With the constant switching of POVs, some of the characters didn’t really have a chance to make an impression on me and were easily forgotten since I felt less of a connection to them.
Overall, I found The Last Sacrifice to be highly engaging, magical with a distinct grimdark feel and the world herein is richly imagined and cleverly wrought and brought to life. I can’t wait to read the sequel and I am now also eager to check out the other works by this author. I highly recommend this book to all lovers of fantasy.
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