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“The Last Pendragon” by Sarah Woodbury

Being a long time fan of everything related to the King Arthur legend, I was anxious to read this story, which promised to be about the “heir to the throne of Arthur”. I was very pleased to see that this was more than just a retelling of the old King Arthur stories and instead featured a whole new set of characters. The two primary characters are Cade, the grandson of the legendary Arthur, and Rhiann, a woman who would love him, even if the fates would not allow it.

One of the most interesting aspects of this book for me was the way the author alternated each chapter from the perspectives of these two star-crossed lovers. It was something completely different to be allowed to get so deep into the thoughts of the two main characters, even as they related to one another. The author did an excellent job of giving each of them their own, unique voice and made it easy for the reader to relate to the different emotions that each experienced.

Of course, there were a number of other characters in this story as well, and the author did a great job of weaving them into the story along with Cade and Rhiann. There were different chapters where each of these two primary characters interacted with the same supporting players at different times, and it helped to give this reader a more well-rounded view of the supporting characters, certainly more so than usual in most books.

Naturally, this tale would not be complete without a sizeable portion of magic, demons, and swordplay. “The Last Pendragon” delivered nicely on all counts. I would have liked to have seen perhaps a little more magic from the wizard, but the little he did was instrumental to the story. I thought his character overall could have used a little more development, but the rest were very well done.

Perhaps the biggest drawback of the book was the difficulty in pronouncing some of the names and locations. While the book does contain a guide, I’m not certain that most readers would bother with it. By the time I got to the third or fourth chapter, I quite trying to figure out the proper pronunciation and just satisfied myself with acknowledging who or what the author was speaking about, and from then on I never gave it a second thought.

I would give this book 4.5 stars out of 5, and I would strongly recommend it to anyone who is fond of historical fiction or fantasy novels.

© 2011, Steven R. Drennon. All rights reserved.

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