by Angela Marie Caldwell
Release Date: 02/03/15
Rocket Circus Press
Summary from Goodreads:
Lana forms a secret order of women knights to fulfill her father’s final request: find the queen who was thought to be dead and return her to the throne.
Lana Crewe is a strong, fiercely driven seventeen year old living in a village ruled by fear. With their king and queen both dead, strife and division have taken hold. Ruthlessly attacked by an Order called Talons, Lana’s father is fatally stabbed. Before he dies, he imparts upon Lana a directive to save the statue of Saint Peter, and tells her that the queen yet lives. Now it is up to Lana to unravel the mystery of Saint Peter and bring an end to all of the war by finding the queen.
A medieval tale of hope and mystery, The Last Order is an action-packed story with one of the strongest female leads since Disney’s “Brave.” Not your average YA novel; The Last Order takes upper teenage angst and spins it on its head. You’ll be gripping this book as hard as it will be gripping you.
My Review!Fantasy is my favorite genre, so it initially had me interested in this book. But the synopsis really hooked me, the idea that this heroine forms a secret order of women knights. I was all like, yeah girl power go! I was also happy that this was a standalone. And I really liked The Last Order, though I wish it had focused less on the plot and more on the characters.
This was told in 3rd person POV, which actually might have hindered why I didn't connect with the main character that well. Lana Crewe is a strong heroine, fierce and determined and stubborn. A girl who grew up with a loving father who taught her how to fight and how to defend herself. A father who raised her to be independent, something that comes in handy when he dies and leaves her with a puzzle. A puzzle that takes her on a long quest that tests her spirit, heart, and courage. Lana never gave up, even when she wasn't sure what she was doing or how to find the Queen, even when she questioned whether she would be able to fulfill her father's dying wish. And it is that promise that keeps her going, that sheer will and determination. It left her a little detached from the people around her, and she wasn't very trusting. But she had great growth and grew into her own person.
The other characters added a richness to the story, though we don't learn much about them. I wish their relationships with Lana had been more developed, especially with Silas, the love interest. He is the only secondary character who wasn't that one-dimensional. He was also a charming, mysterious guy I wasn't sure I could trust, especially in the beginning. But he became a strong character to balance Lana's. Their romance was sweet, though a little on the underdeveloped side. I definitely could have used more soft scenes between the two of them and more dialogue to open up their relationship. But I did like that it wasn't overdone and that it didn't overpower the story-line.
The novel kicks off with an intense fight scene, and the momentum never loses its speed throughout. I wasn't totally sure what to expect, which left some of the story-line surprising to me. I did figure out the major twist, though that didn't take any enjoyment away from the story. The book was loaded with action, and though I would have liked more quiet scenes to develop characters and relationships, I was never bored. And I kept reading because I wanted to know how it would end.
I really liked this story, and the way it was written immediately drew me in. I'm all about those books that feature heroines, courageous women, and plots to overthrow the powerful and take back what is rightly theirs. The Last Order was a fast-moving story about one girl's journey to figuring out a puzzle that leads her to secrets she never thought possible.
3.5 Paw Prints!
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