A painted mage. An unfaithful queen. A stolen throne. Three lords in disguise. Escaping Atalantyx’s destruction, Prince Othrun has forged alliances with Eltnish kings: former enemy Hert and King Wely, who has promised Othrun a kingdom of his own.
When Wely’s realm was stolen by Wely’s wife, a powerful mage, and Wely’s brother, a feared warlord, Othrun hatched a daring plan to restore the rightful king. The bold scheme involved Othrun entering Lynchun in disguise, risking his life and the life of those with him, to topple the usurpers. But for Othrun’s plot to succeed, he must entrust his Atalanteans into the uncertain hands of Hert—on the cusp of confronting his own political challenges to kingship, while tasked with protecting Othrun’s followers—even as Wely, a captive where he should be king, gambles both crown and the head upon which it sat on Othrun’s survival.
Othrun’s abilities, faith, and trust in his mysterious guardian spirit are soon to be tested. The mage Lysi continues to entangle herself in Othrun’s affairs, tempting him, challenging his beliefs, and threatening to bring his plans to ruin. But Othrun, Lord of the Last of the Atalanteans, does not intend to fail. He will be a king. Or die trying. Othrun will go to battle, and he will triumph against the odds. If not, all will be burned to ashes, consumed in the fires of his ambition. And so, the ancient war banner of Atalantean kings will fly. One last time. A kingdom has fallen. A legend will rise.
The Last of the Atalanteans picks up right where A Drowned Kingdom left off and takes off at a break neck pace from there. P.L. Stuart excellently continues with what was promised at the end of A Drowned Kingdom, while introducing a plethora of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing.
The Last of the Atalanteans continues to grow both Stuart’s world and characters. We see more of the world and its mechanics, politically and religiously. The council and conversation scenes hold as much tension as the biggest battles and were my favorite parts of the novel.
Othrun, our POV into this story, is developed magnificently. He began this tale incredibly prejudice and stuck in his ways. While he has definitely grown, there are still many areas he remains stuck in his ways. Watching him slowly come around is both satisfying and frustrating, much like a real person would be to deal with like this. For me, this adds an extra dimension of reality that makes this novel work so well.
The Last of the Atalanteans surpasses it’s predecessor in every respect, which is saying something since I fucking loved A Drowned Kingdom. Full of suspense, action, magic and political intrigue, this series is perfect for fans of A Song of Ice and Fire, especially the new House of the Dragon show.
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