On the unforgiving streets of Karad, Veron grows up hungry, inexperienced, and stealing just to survive. After tragedy strikes, he is forced to decide what path his life will take.
An opportunity arises when he discovers the last survivor of a secret organization called the Shadow Knights. Apprenticed to learn their ways, Veron begins to develop abilities he never dreamed he could have.
–from the blurb for The Last Shadow Knight
Meanwhile, an enemy from across the mountains comes to destroy their kingdom’s way of life, and the Shadow Knights are the only ones able to stop him. As Veron fights to survive the city, he prepares to face his destiny.
I’m sure I’ve already said it too many times, but I love epic fantasy stories. So, I was thrilled to be part of the book tour for The Last Shadow Knight by Michael Webb! Plus, when I saw that this book had vibes that reminded me of Six of Crows and included a secret organization? Yeah, I knew I was going to love it.
And I’m happy to say that this book lived up to my expectations and didn’t disappoint me. But keep reading to find out more about what, exactly, I enjoyed about it.
This book started out strong. To be honest, I had to reorient myself, since when the story begins, the main characters are still pretty young. That’s not a bad thing, of course, and it was actually refreshing to see younger characters in an epic fantasy story. Plus, it was interesting to see how these characters changed and matured as they got older. It was also interesting to see how the choices they made as children impacted their lives as young adults and the plot in general.
Of course, I also just simply liked the characters. Veron was certainly interesting; he changes a lot throughout the story, and I enjoyed seeing different aspects of his personality as events unfolded. But as much as I liked Veron, Chelci was definitely my favorite character. I admired her determination and dedication to her dreams and goals. Honestly, I wish more of the book had focused on her perspective. But this is only the first book, so hopefully we’ll get to see more of Chelci in future installments!
As for the general plot, it was honestly different from what I expected, but in a good way. Obviously, I won’t go into detail so as to avoid spoiling anything, but this definitely wasn’t just another epic fantasy story. It had a lot of unique elements and plotlines that captured my interest. But it also had plenty of the usual fantasy elements that I love! Webb did an excellent job balancing the two.
Frankly, the only flaw I found in this book was that, occasionally, there certain emotions or characteristics would be too bluntly explained rather than shown through actions or dialogue. Still, that hardly took away from my overall enjoyment of the book, and other than that, Webb’s writing was excellent.
All in all, I recommend giving The Last Shadow Knight a try. It was thoroughly enjoyable, with great characters, a captivating plot, and plenty of common fantasy tropes blended with Webb’s own unique ideas. So, I can confidently say that fans of the epic fantasy genre will most likely enjoy this book.
If you do choose to read it, leave a comment below to let me know your thoughts! I always love to talk about and connect through books. Also, if you enjoyed this tour stop for The Last Shadow Knight, feel free to use the Book Tours tab under the Extras section to see all the tours I’ve participated in. There are some seriously amazing books that I’ve had the honor of helping promote!
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