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Last of the Exalted


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An action-packed epic fantasy with phenomenal characters and dialogue that is off the chart!

Last of the Exalted by Derek Prior is an action-packed epic fantasy with phenomenal characters and dialogue that is off the chart! This book is actually a continuation of The Nameless Dwarf Chronicles by the same author, but even without having read any of the prior stories featuring Nameless, I didn’t feel left behind or confused. The author allows the reader to jump into this world smoothly and efficiently.

The world-building in this book was great, but that wasn’t the main aspect that blew me away. The characters did that. The way they interacted with others and their dialogue did that. Additionally, this book was filled to the brim with epic battles and action scenes and while some authors can make even this seem tedious and long winded, those particular scenes in this book kept me on the edge of my seat and simultaneously yearning for more. I was never bored for one second of this book. In fact, I found myself really sad when it was over because I just could not get enough of this story.

I know this might be going off the rails for a moment, but I also want to mention just how freaking fantastic that cover is. I know we as readers are not supposed to judge books by their covers, but you know we all do it anyway. Or at least I know that I do. In any case the cover was what grabbed me right off the hop. It is very reminiscent of lots of other fantasy series that I know and love, and it was impossible for me to scroll past without taking a further look. If it did that for me, I guarantee it will do the same for bookstore wanderers.

I would highly recommend this to readers are looking for their fantasy stories to be intense, fast, and character driven. The world-building is excellent but honestly this book really shines the brightest when it comes to their characters, their interactions, and dialogue, so any fantasy fan who loves the work of John Gwynne, R.A. Salvatore, and Mark Lawrence is absolutely bound to also love this book as well. I would venture to say that this might be one of the best fantasy novels I have read so far this year. 

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I am a librarian and a voracious reader with a never ending appetite for books! I read a variety of different genres, though my favorites are fantasy, LGBT fiction, science fiction, and YA. Last year I read over 350 books and there is nothing I love more than reading books and talking about them!


About the author

Derek Prior excels in fast-paced, high stakes epic fantasy adventure stories in which good ultimately triumphs, but always at a cost. view profile

Published on May 14, 2020

Published by Homunculus

140000 words

Genre: Epic Fantasy

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