Book & Author Details:
The Last Cleric by Layton Green
Publication date: March 20th 2018
Genres: New Adult, Fantasy
Trapped in a world where wizards rule, the Blackwood brothers from New Orleans have become entangled in events that threaten to upend the Realm.
Oldest brother Val, sentenced to die in wizard prison, is forced to undertake a quest for the Congregation to try to win his freedom–but which might cost him his soul.
Reunited with an old companion, Caleb must overcome his personal demons as he braves the dangers of the Barrier Coast to warn his ancestors of the coming invasion.
And in a distant unexplored jungle, Will must find his warrior spirit as he and Mala lead a party of adventurers in search of the Coffer of Devla, a fabled artifact thought to reside in the lost pyramid of Yiknoom Ukab K’ahk, the most powerful sorcerer king who has ever lived. Used to annihilate the enemies of its possessor, the coffer might be the only hope for the struggling revolution.
Yet even if Will’s expedition is a success, prophecy holds that the coffer can only be used by a cleric of Devla. And no true cleric has walked the Realm for centuries . . .
Let me start by saying that I like this series, I really do. The world building, the character development, the story arcs have all combined to make this an entertaining read thus far.
This volume is again told from multiple points of view (4 in total I think), but I felt this was starting to become unwieldy. Not because of the switching in POV, but because each brother is involved in a multi-character, fully fleshed out quest that could probably have been books in their own right. And for me at least, it became a bit of a challenge to keep it all straight in my mind.
The pacing of the narrative was, for the most part, ok, though it felt like a longer story than the page count suggested. Not because the book was badly written, but because of the sheer amount of detail packed into it.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Layton Green writes in multiple genres and is the author of the bestselling Dominic Grey series, as well as other works of fiction. His novels have been nominated for multiple awards (including a finalist for a prestigious International Thriller Writers award), optioned for film, and have reached #1 on numerous genre lists in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany. The fourth Dominic Grey novel, The Shadow Cartel was a #2 overall bestseller on Amazon UK.
In addition to writing, Layton attended law school in New Orleans and was a practicing attorney for ten very long years. He has also been an intern for the United Nations, an ESL teacher in Central America, a bartender in London, a seller of cheap knives on the streets of Brixton, a door to door phone book deliverer in Florida, and the list goes downhill from there.
Layton lives with his wife and children in North Carolina. You can visit him on Facebook, Goodreads, or on his website (www.laytongreen.com)