Erynn Taylor was fourteen when she witnessed the brutal murder of her father. She should be dead, too, she knew that. But a reclusive golden dragon swooped down upon the scene—scattering her attackers and sparing her life, but ultimately denying her justice.
Two years later, Erynn’s attackers ride boldly into her kingdom for a visit with her king. But her elation at the nearness of justice turns to anger and then fear as she learns there is more to this visit than meets the eye—a conspiracy that threatens the entire kingdom—and that it just might bring her the death she so narrowly avoided. Erynn wants justice…but does she want it badly enough to die?
When the mystery of her own past makes her a target, Erynn flees the castle where she has lived since her father’s murder—setting off a manhunt that can only end in bloodshed. The question is, whose blood will be spilled?
About the Author
Colleen Ruttan grew up in North Vancouver, BC, and currently lives in Chilliwack, BC. She is the author of THE CAEL STONE, a traditional fantasy adventure story being told over the course of several books, and is currently hard at work on the third volume of the story (THE RING & THE CROWN). The first volume, THE LAST FALCON, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and was listed on the Kirkus Reviews website as a "similar book" to GAME OF THRONES. For more information about Colleen and her books, visit her website at colleenruttan.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ruttan is a skilled writer. The Last Falcon is a bit on the grim side, but I wouldn't go so far as to call it dark fantasy or compare it to George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. It's an adventure about two girls who are friends pursuing two separate goals. One wants to find her brother and possibly her parents, and the other wants to understand her heritage and why that heritage has people out to capture her. I was quite impressed that this book mostly involved the two girls NOT using violence. I may be misremembering, especially since I read both the books, but I can't remember a single incident in the first novel where either of the girls attempted to harm anyone else. There's a promise of vengeance/justice, but that violence is for the future. One minor complaint I have is that perhaps the "bad guys" are a bit too one-dimensional; even when you know the motives of one of them, he seems a bit shallow. I am hopeful that they become more complex as the series progresses and their motivations become more clear. They do get more development in the next novel, but it still isn't to a level I'd prefer. There's a really great theme here of friendship, and sticking with your friends even if you disagree with them or don't entirely understand why they're doing what they're doing. I love that the girls rely more on their minds and observational skills than on brute force. I also love that they rely on each other. The fact that there isn't a romance involved helps this out--they get to be friends without being distracted by a love triangle or rescued by a Convenient Love Interest. There are some cliche moments, but nothing I can complain about too much because the book is well edited and written in a way that everything makes sense. This is a much better read than a lot of the YA-geared novels out there now in terms of characterization and general writing quality. I'd prefer a novel more geared toward adults, but I went looking for an adventure starring a female protagonist, and I am glad that I found this one. The biggest issue I have is a lack of research--people unfamiliar with horseback riding should be sore after half a day and maybe unable to ride for a full day. And, although I know she's both for plot reasons, Mari probably shouldn't be both a scribe and a kitchen maid. Either of those jobs should occupy her for the entire day--scribes would do more than just write letters. They'd transcribe speeches and declarations, copy proclamations and other texts, note down laws, keep records, etc. There's another issue regarding weapons, but I believe that doesn't come up until the next novel. Maybe the horseback riding doesn't either... I can't quite remember. If you're looking at the reviews, go ahead and read this. You're not going to find deep reading here, but it's good if you want entertainment.
My name is Colleen so i decitd to look under my name and found this book:)