There’s a lot of epic fantasy out there that feels dark, depressing, and populated by unpleasant characters who backstab one another for fun. The Last Champion is not that kind of epic fantasy.
The titular Champion character is heroic. The world he populates is under threat, the people he’s charged to protect are under threat, and he does his best to protect them. Korr is a warrior who does what he does because he’s very, very good at it. He’s a man who sticks to his customs and ways because that is all he has left, all he has to him, in an almost ronin-esque fashion that provides a gripping story.
There is plenty of action, plenty of character growth. The characters are vivid, the scenery is epic in scale, and there’s so much potential in the setting that as a reader, I was always hoping for more looks at the greater world. This really is epic fantasy, there’s a scope to the world that makes it feel big, feel populated, even though we only see a small part of the larger world.
It’s really rare that I can’t put a book down, but the story caught me and I read it in just a few hours. My only complaint about the book is that it ended and I’ll have to wait on a sequel. I highly recommend it.
Here’s a link to it on Amazon: https://amzn.to/39Ar4ia