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My Rating - 3 out of 5 stars

Publisher - Dragon Moon Press
Genre - Fantasy
Publishing year - 2022
Language - English
ISBN - 978-1-77400-041-0
Pages - 430

The Last Keeper by J.V. Hilliard

Book Review - 

The Last Keeper is the first book in the Warminster series penned by J.V. Hilliard. This fantasy story revolves around a boy with the knack to see the future and an Elven princess who also sees someone, which is considered a bad omen.

Daemus Alaric stays in a place for the keepers of Warminster and learns how to interpret his sights. He was seeing something for a month and, with the help of the great keeper, realizes that he needs to reach Castleshire to share his visions with the concerned person. But he met many difficulties and lost loved ones along the way. 

While princess Addilyn Elspeth tries to find the meaning of her sights, many consider her vision a mere fiction. She meets a trollborn named Ritter in the court of King Godwin, and they both feel a connection which is a rare thing for these two. 

In the chateau, they face many challenges and are compelled to leave the palace, not to mention the political drama, which will soon become a civil war. Like Daemus, they were also hunted by people who wanted the royal to be dead and would do everything in their power so they would not reach Castleshire. 

But who are the villains? What's their motive? Why they don't want them to reach Castleshire? What are the meanings of eclectic sights and foretelling? 

There are many questions, right? I will answer the first one. The villain is Graytorris, the first keeper of the Cathedral who violated the rules and became the fallen one. Now, he wants vengeance and blood. 

But unfortunately, all the keepers lose sight, and only Daemus can receive gifts from Erud, which makes a low keeper to the last keeper and a substantial threat to Graytorris' nefarious plans. 

J.V. Hilliard builds a whole new world from scratch, and I appreciate his efforts. But the narration could be better, there are many characters and unique things, and without a glossary, it was tough to keep track of them. 

The book was a mixture of fast and slow-paced reading for me. It was fast-paced when I read about Daemus and the action sequences; it was slow and dragging while reading about the princess and court dealings. However, the author's writing is pleasant, and I enjoyed the vivid descriptions. 

I look forward to reading the next book, as my interest is piqued, and the ending shows signs of a fantastic sequel. So, if you're looking to read about a new fantasy world with a primary focus on character building, then this book is for you. 

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