The Last Stormlord Paperback
by Glenda Larke
Part of the The Stormlord Trilogy series
Shale knows of no other world than the desert. He knows that his life - and the lives of his family - depend on one thing and one thing only: water.
Water is life for all the citizens of the Quartern and it is the Stormlord who brings the rains to the desert. But the magic is disappearing. The Stormlord's heirs lack the talent to bring the water from the distant seas and young students with a certain promise tend to die, mysteriously, out in the wastes.
Shale may be the saviour of every life in the Quartern.
He can do what no mere Rainlord can, and may be the newest, and the last, Stormlord - if he can learn to control the waters of life and, of course, if he lives that long. Shale's entire civilization stands at the brink of disaster.
Water is life and the wells are going dry ...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 640 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 04/03/2010
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9781841498119
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Review by wyvernfriend
In a world wehre there is little water, water is currency, life, and the magic of this world is centered around generating and controlling water.Shale starts the story in a small village, at the bottom of the heap the power he has over water will change his life. Terelle is supposed to become a courtesan but resists that life and finds herself in the home of a painter, what she learns here could change everything too.The Stormlord is alone, surrounded by people with lesser power who want his place he is getting old and dying and without a successor he is wearing himself out trying to get water to the town. Questions are about to be asked about how come he is the last.It's interesting. Reading this while being in the middle of a strange drought myself I found a certain amount of resonance. Thinking to myself what it would be like if, instead of a water cut-off of 12 hours we had a 24 hour cut-off. The author does get into the mind of people who regard water as precious, of people who have to slog to get any and how at the end their bodies surrender their water for everyone else. There are some pretty nasty moments as the upper classes restrict more and more water due to the lack, leaving themselves with and others without. The story ends and I really did want to know what happens next.
Review by AdamBourke
This book sounds and looks exciting. It's cover emblazoned with lightning and the silhouette of what appears to be a magic-wielder standing at the forefront. Could this be the titular character that the cover proudly proclaims to be "The Last Stormlord"?I Don't Know. It's never really mentioned who the character on the cover is. Probably not either of the stormlords in the book. One is old and frail, and the other... well, it just isn't likely. But it's impressive anyway. What's not so impressive is the start of the book. It doesn't begin with Shale, the main character, but the girl Terenelle. This character is also fairly important, and my favourite character, but Shale is not introduced until what I felt was quite far into the book. Before that it seemed that each chapter was about different places and characters, to the point where I found myself a little confused.However, starting from the chapter after Shale is introduced, the whole story begins to make more sense. The plot is original and interesting. It quickly becomes a highly intriguing story of class and politics, which in many ways reflects our own world. But it is the characters that make this book difficult to put down. Shale is smart, and curious, making us look forwards to seeing what he'll discover. Terenelle on the other hand, while also clever, is strongly emotional, and incredibly easy to become attached to. These are some of the best characters I have seen in some time.It's a long book, but if you have a bit of time I'd say this would be a good book to fill it. It seems a bit confusing at first, but the storylines come together nicely, and the characterisation is superb.