Thursday 30 April 2015

Book Review: The Last Quarrel (Complete Edition) by Duncan Lay

Title: The Last Quarrel (Complete Edition)
Author: Duncan Lay
Publisher: Momentum Books

Publication Date: 23 April 2015
Pages: 530
Format: E-Book - EPUB
Genre: Fantasy
Source: ARC via NetGalley

Gaelland is a nation gripped by fear.

In the country, fishing boats return with their crews mysteriously vanished, while farms are left empty, their owners gone into the night, meals still on the table. In the cities, children disappear from the streets or even out of their own beds. The King tells his people that it is the work of selkies – mythical creatures who can turn from seals into men and back again – and witches. But no matter how many women he burns at the stake, the children are still being taken.

Fallon is a man who has always dreamed of being a hero. His wife Bridgit just wants to live in peace and quiet, and to escape the tragedies that have filled her life. His greatest wish and her worst nightmare are about to collide.

When an empty ship sails into their village, he begins to follow the trail towards the truth behind the evil stalking their land. But it is a journey that will take them both into a dark, dark place and nobody can tell them where it might end …
(Goodreads Synopsis)

The Last Quarrel is an engaging fantasy tale with a nicely-paced plot and likeable, interesting characters. As I read, I was really expecting to give a four star review, but then I reached the end. This is being advertised as a complete edition; however, that is hugely misleading as it ends on a major cliff-hanger with no plot lines resolved. Clearly there is at least one more novella-length episode to come, so why release a 'complete edition' before that is ready? Because of that, I have had to amend my review to three stars. Good story, great characters, but the lack of completion of the tale may leave readers feeling frustrated.

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