Tuesday, November 2, 2010
The Last Stormlord by Glenda Larke
Publisher: Harper Collins Australia
Pages: 764 pages
From the Publishers:
Shale is the lowest of the low-an outcast from a poor village in the heart of the desert. In the desert water is life, and currency, and Shale has none. But he has a secret. It''s the one thing that keeps him alive and may save all the cities of the Quartern in the days to come. If it doesn''t get him killed first...
Terelle is a slave fleeing a life as a courtesan. She finds shelter in the home of an elderly painter but as she learns the strange and powerful secrets of his art she fears she may have traded a life of servitude for something far more perilous...
The Stormlord is dying in his tower and there is no one, by accident or design, to take his place. He brings the rain from the distant seas to his people. Without a Stormlord, the cities of the Quartern will wither and die.
Their civilization is at the brink of disaster. If Shale and Terelle can find a way to save themselves, they may just save them all. Water is life and the wells are running dry...
I have to say I wasn't sure I would enjoy this novel when I first picked it up. I received it from my aunt for free and as a result felt that it couldn't hurt to try something new. That being said, I really enjoyed this book. It is about a land where there is no random rain and instead they have stormlords and rainlords who can actually manipulate water to form rainstorms. The story focuses on 3 different storylines which end up merging into one. My favourite character in the story is Terelle who is sold into a brothel at a very young age. She is determined not to sell her body for water and as a result runs away and makes a different path for herself. The book takes you into a magical place but at the same time much of it is very relatable to humanity. The main storyline is that the stormlord is dying and they do not have anyone to take his place. As a result their civilization may run out of water. It reminds me of our planet and what is happening right now. If we continue to treat our earth this way there may not be much of it left in the future. This book is a part of a series and I can't wait to read the next 2. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.