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The Last Cleric (The Blackwood Saga) (Volume 3)

by Layton Green

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Trapped in a world where wizards rule, the Blackwood brothers from New Orleans have become entangled in events that threaten to upend the Realm. Oldest brother Val, sentenced to die in wizard prison, is forced to undertake a quest for the Congregation to try to win his freedom-but which might cost him his soul. Reunited with an old companion, Caleb must overcome his personal demons as he braves the dangers of the Barrier Coast to warn his ancestors of the coming invasion.And in a distant unexplored jungle, Will must find his warrior spirit as he and Mala lead a party of adventurers in search of the Coffer of Devla, a fabled artifact thought to reside in the lost pyramid of Yiknoom Ukab K'ahk-the most powerful sorcerer king who has ever lived. Used to annihilate the enemies of its possessor, the coffer might be the only hope for the struggling revolution.Yet even if Will's expedition is a success, prophecy holds that the coffer can only be used by a cleric of Devla. And no true cleric has walked the Realm for centuries . . .… (more)

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The Last Cleric picks up shortly after the ending of the previous book, The Spirit Mage. Val has been incarcerated in a prison that he cannot escape from, at least not in the conventional sense. He does manage to find a way out of the prison but it was extremely difficult and very dangerous. Once he was free though, he realized that he really wasn’t. The prison was more of a test to see if he was capable of more, which he proved. Now he has been tasked with a nearly impossible task and the part he was to play was not as transparent as he was led to believe. Although, it wouldn’t have mattered, Val was willing to do whatever it took in order to find his brothers and save them from the land of Urfe.

While Val was dealing with the hand he was dealt, Will and Caleb were in a situation as well, just that theirs was not so dire. Will and Caleb had fallen in with revolutionists and everyone was regrouping and trying to decide their next move. Mala though was not trying to decide her next move, she already had a plan. She brought forth information to the group that was just too good to pass up and Will soon found himself volunteering to take part of a journey to retrieve an ancient artifact that, if rumor was to be believed, could give an enormous advantage to the revolutionists and turn the tide. Even though Will was eager to start on a new adventure, Caleb was not. Caleb was not thrilled about his brother’s quest and tried unsuccessfully to talk him out of it but in the end, they parted ways with Caleb staying behind to continue in his alcoholic downward spiral.

Caleb was more of a lover than a fighter and he liked for everything to be easy. Going on another adventure with his brother was not his idea of a good time. It was lucky that Caleb did not go with Will because by staying behind he ran into a person from his past. A person that had never strayed far from his thoughts. His recently returned companion was glad to see Caleb again, but she was not thrilled that he continued to drown himself in alcohol. She decided to take matters into her own hands by volunteering them to ride to the Blackwood Forest in an effort to try and recruit others to join the revolution. Although he wasn’t thrilled about having to go it was the best thing for both Caleb and the Revolutionists because Caleb was able to heal his heart and they were able to gather intel that would save countless lives if they could only reach someone in time to deliver the message.

What a fabulous addition to The Blackwood Saga series! The Last Cleric was a thrilling adventure right from the start. I enjoyed that this book alternated between each brother’s story, slowly building up to major conflicts for each of them that would spin the outcome to an entirely new direction. I will admit that by the end of this story I was shocked by how the story played out and was left in complete disbelief. It was not what I was expecting but I am excited to see how this story continues. I am hoping that what occurred in the final scenes is not it for Caleb and that maybe there can somehow be a different outcome. There is after all a ton of magic in that world, so here’s hoping! The Last Cleric was a fun adventure that has it all! Magic, betrayal, love, lust, battles, and friendship are just a few of the elements you have to look forward to in this story and I highly recommend reading The Last Cleric.

This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Layton Green. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating. ( )
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