Title: Champion of the Gods, Book One: The Last Grand Master
Author: Andrew Q. Gordon
Publisher: DSP Publications
Characters: Grand Master Farrell and Prince Miceral
Sub-Genre: High Fantasy
In a war that shook the earth, the Six gods of Nendor defeated their brother Neldin, god of evil. For the three thousand years since, Nendor and the Seven Kingdoms have known peace and prosperity.
But then a new wizard unleashes the power of Neldin. Meglar, wizard king of Zargon, uses dark magic to create an army of creatures to carry out his master’s will.
One by one, the sovereign realms fall. Soon the only wizard who can stop Meglar is Grand Master Farrell, the Prince of Haven, the hidden home of refugees. An untried wizard, Farrell carries a secret that could hold the key to defeating Meglar—or it could destroy the world.
While helping Nerti, queen of the unicorns, Farrell saves Miceral, an immortal muchari warrior the Six have chosen to be Farrell’s mate. But Farrell approaches love with caution, and before he can decide how to proceed, Meglar invades a neighboring kingdom. Farrell and Miceral find themselves in the middle of the battle. Farrell pushes himself to the limit as he and Miceral fight not only to stop Meglar but for their very survival.
The Last Grand Master is an epic High Fantasy story with wizards, gods, strange races and great evil. Just reading the blurb, I wasn’t sure if I’d like it but I would’ve hated to hated to miss this one.
The story has an extremely strong plot and story line and although sex does come up once or twice, it is definitely not the main focus of the story, which I loved. There is a little of the “fated mates” thing happening but I think it is done well and the concerns Farrell and Miceral have are made known to the reader and then addressed without going overboard on the angst.
Farrell, trained from a young age in the arts of being a Grand Master Wizard, may know a great deal about magic and be able do things people don’t think should be possible but he is still just a man in his mid-twenties with very limited life experience. I love that he is not invincible and doesn’t know everything.
A prince of his kingdom, with his experience in the field Miceral is the perfect partner for Farrell.
I think my favourite secondary character was Queen Nerti and my favourite part of the book is when someone does something Farrell protests against strongly that ends up having the end result Farrell wanted without bringing pressures to bear that Farrell’s plan would. It shows that although he might know a lot about magic, he still has a lot to learn.
If you like fantasy, High Fantasy, myths, or action/adventure stories then you have to read this book. I couldn’t put it down. Although you might need the tissues once or twice.
Mr Gordon participated in the Goodreads MM Group’s Love’s Landscapes event this year and his free story was so good I bought this novel. I am eagerly awaiting the next book and this author is now on my “worth checking new releases out” list.
Reviewed by Alison
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