Wednesday, March 26, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: THE LAST KNIGHT by Nicola S. Dorrington

BY: Nicola S. Dorrington

PUBLISHED: June 30, 2013 by Nicola S. Dorrington
GENRES: YA, Fae, Folk Lore, Fantasy, Good vs Evil, Historical Time Periods, Time Travel, Paranormal, Mystery, Romance, Action


Seventeen-year-old Cara Page knows what mark she's going to get on her English test next week. She knows in three days her history teacher is going to be late because his car broke down. She knows she's going to give the new boy a nose bleed on his first day. 

She knows because every night she dreams of the future, and every day those dreams come true.

Now she's dreaming of a boy, and a future that can't be real. Because if it is, then everything she thought was myth and legend is actually true, and there is an evil coming that will tear the country apart.

Lance Filwer is a boy with secrets of his own, and a past full of mistakes he can't undo. Cara is his second chance, his chance to succeed where he failed before - if only she'll trust him enough to let him help her.

Cara needs to know what's happening, but the answer lies in a long forgotten past, and an ancient legend. To find it Cara will have to travel into the depths of Wales, and the heart of ancient Britain. 

With Wraiths, creatures from the darkest of myths, dogging her every move, Cara knows it's only a matter of time before they catch up with her. And myth or not, they will kill her.

Her only hope is Lance, and the birth right she must claim, if she is to prevent the future she has foreseen

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I absolutely fell madly, deeply, irreversibly in love with this book. Like… I want to marry it.

Lance Filwer is my new book boyfriend. If I could, I would probably stalk him and ask him to marry me every few minutes. 

I was completely, utterly, irrevocably blown away by this book. I have never read a book like it and it was slightly embarrassing to read in public as my responses were so, well… me. 

This was something that had a moral requirement to read in one sitting. Never mind the kids, the potty training, the taekwondo practices and school bus stop pick ups that inconveniently interrupted my reading. Sigh. Kids.. gotta love them. ;)

There were so many wonderful story lines interwoven. The plot was one of the most original ideas I have ever come across. It was paranormal, Fae fantasy, science fiction, romance, history and action all wrapped up in this awesome package.

There were some strange things happening in the beginning of the book, and Nicola manages to hold the suspense till the very end. There were a few scenes where my jaw dropped.

The ending was epic. I had to contain myself as I was sitting at taekwondo practice, surrounded by parents. My first gut reaction to cry out, "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!" but I knew the adults might restrain me somehow. It came out as more of a whimper.

There were so many issues that I can't talk about or I would spoil the book, but the ending was the mother of all cliffhangers. I immediately got online to see details for a second book. There weren't any. I started hyperventilating and decided to contact Nicola.

I told her that I might just go mad in the head if I didn't know what happened. Let's just say Shakespeare has nothing on her endings. She was happy to put me out of my misery by letting me know that there will be a sequel. I just don't know the date. So unfortunately I looked semi possessed right now.

This was powerful, imaginative and outstanding. There were so many elements woven together perfectly. Run, do not walk, and get yourself a copy today. Now to go read this again....