The Last Blade Priest
by W P Wiles
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Pub Date 12 Jul 2022 | Archive Date 28 Jun 2022
An absorbing and original epic fantasy with rich world-building and a wry take on genre conventions from a Betty Trask Award-winning author
Three between the old and the new.
Three below the mountain.
The Priest. Trained to kill for God; now fighting for survival in a religion tearing itself apart.
The Builder. Son to a traitor, now ordered to spy on those who overthrew his land.
The Child. Protected, lied to, now learning the truth.
In a harsh, high land the plans of rulers and ruled, conquerors and conquered, Tzans and zealots play out beneath the spread wings of the Custodians and the shifting light and dark of Craithe, the God Mountain.
Three people carry hope in their hands. And an ancient, teeming evil senses its chance to return.
W. P. Wiles was born in 1978 and is the author of three previous novels: The Way Inn, Care of Wooden Floors and Plume. He is also a freelance journalist and has written on architecture and design for a wide variety of magazines and publications.
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"This gripping novel demonstrates the value of thoughtful, well-planned worldbuilding."
- Publishers Weekly
"A novel of marvellous scope and inventiveness: fantasy is rarely as smart, immersive or scintillant as this."
- Adam Roberts, author of The Thing Itself
"Embraces and transforms the archetypes of epic fantasy with impressive ingenuity. Vivid, vital, humane and deftly told"
- Paul McAuley, author of War of the Maps
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I have read (I think) previous works by this author (care of wooden floors and plume) and if this is the same author then I can only say what a huge development in writing style and story telling, I enjoyed the other books, they have a unique flavour but being a life long fan of all sci-fi & fantasy books this book was a pleasure to read, i am not going to be a bore like some semi professional reviewers and rehash the synopsis I will just say it’s a book worthy of your money and time
This book is imaginative, rich in detail, with great world building and twists that grab you, because you haven't seen them coming.
W.P. Wiles, creates a fascinating world, where dying gods, cults, and astounding powers help shape the story to a wild climax.
Inar, the master builder turned spy against the legion by his king, and Anton, the bladed priest, who is relieved that for a time, human sacrifice to the mountain is no longer needed find themselves in a life story that will be be out of their cotrol.
a great read, by an author who knows how to create an epic story.
Read it, and read it now.
t's got recognizable elements from a variety of real cultures, but employs them in subtle and respectful ways. The character-building is slow but progressive, and each character has been thoughtfully given good arcs.This is clearly the first book in a series, but even with the quasi-cliffhanger at the end, it was a satisfying read.
I liked the character work the author did on this one . Folks who like high fantasy will like this novel; I'm looking forward to the sequel.
I enjoyed the world-building of this novel. It's got recognizable elements from a variety of real cultures, but employs them in subtle and respectful ways. The character-building is slow but progressive, and each character has been thoughtfully given good arcs.This is clearly the first book in a series, but even with the quasi-cliffhanger at the end, it was a satisfying read. Folks who like high fantasy will like this novel; I'm looking forward to the sequel.
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