Published by Rachel E. Carter on February 7th 2017
He’s the Black Mage and she’s the traitor to the Crown.
Ryiah’s world was shattered the night she discovered King Blayne’s nefarious plans. Now, she has to betray the one she loves most in order to save the realm from war. Torn between love and duty, Ry finds herself on a perilous mission to help the rebels and convince the kingdom of Pythus not to honor its pact with the corrupt king of Jerar—all the while deceiving the most powerful mage in the realm, the very man sworn to protect the Crown and hunt the rebels at all costs: her husband.
She’s one step ahead, but sooner or later the curtain will fall.
Sooner or later, she’ll have to fight.
Witness the epic conclusion of The Black Mage series, and see just how far one girl will go to save her kingdom and the boy she loves—even when that boy has become the enemy.
“I let the dark prince pull me into the crook of his arms, and as he fell asleep – for the first time in days – I spent the hours counting cracks in the walls and the lies drowning my heart.”
I am 98% sure that Carter missed the memo that READING IS SUPPOSED TO BE RELAXING AND NOT GIVE YOU 65 ULCERS.
Holy potatoes, Last Stand was one hell of an epic finale. It really pulls you through the wringer, and then some. As heavy and action-packed as the whole series was, this couldn’t have had a more perfect ending, but wow did she make you work for it.
The thing I immediately noticed is the improvement of the writing. I honestly loved Carter’s writing from the start, but I can see it getting stronger and more powerful with every instalment. It was just what this novel needed to really pack that punch. The first half of the book is strongly centred around the impending war and Ryiah’s role in it. She’s become a traitor to the Crown and to her husband, and this really takes a toll on her emotions.
“She couldn’t pick the boy in this story, and she couldn’t pick herself.
She had to pick the rest of the world, because she was the only one who could.”
While the political part of a series isn’t necessarily my favourite and my brain cells couldn’t always handle all the different notions, I thought this was done really well.
Then comes the second half of the book, and this is where you need to be – this is where STUFF HITS THE FAN. (I would use other, more creative words, but Amazon doesn’t allow swearing, so. STUFF. LOTS OF STUFF. ALL INTO THE FAN. HEAD ON.) This is where you can enjoy some really good fighting scenes, where the characters are pushed to their very limits. This is the part where Ryiah and Darren face off in that ultimate battle – if you thought their combat for the title of the Black Mage was delicious, you are in for a treat.
There was honestly not one dull moment – this one keeps you on your toes up until the very end. This is one to grab onto in the darkest hours and devour until the early hours of the morning.
The story of Ryiah and Darren is one that will stay with me for a long time to come. Read this series. You will not regret it.
I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.