The Andean Commonwealth is a land where humans use their Faith to magically shape the world around them. Warrior-priests called dahkshari keep order by serving as judge, jury, and executioner. And "heretics" strike out into the unknown frontier along Andea's borders to escape the overcrowded Great Cities and the strict Faith dogmas of the cleric lords.
Raven Byrne is a novice dahkshari about to complete his training. He discovers that a popular Andean war hero named Thallan Brael wants to use an ancient magic called the Reaping Keys to avenge the deaths of his family, who were killed during Andea's recent war with neighboring Loquath. If Brael finds all three Reaping Keys, he could "reap" the souls of every Loquathi man, woman, and child. The guilty and the innocent would pay for the lives of Brael's dead family.
With the help of Brael's niece, Seala Mesalek, Raven embarks on a journey across Andea's dangerous frontier to stop Brael from using the Reaping Keys to commit genocide. Can Raven learn to put aside his prejudice against heretics, and his doubts in himself, to become the honorable dahkshari Andea needs?
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I received an e-book copy of "The Last Key" by Rob Steiner for a review. I got it a long time ago but unfortunately could not read it until now because of some personal issues. Just like another reviewer; I too had a little trouble in the beginning keeping up with all the characters. That of course changed as I read the book because I became SO engrossed in the story. I found myself staying up late to read what would happen next. On my color Nook it has 400 pages. The story ends on page 393 and the rest is a glossary. I wished I had known about that as I was reading the story because it would have helped. I REALLY hope Mr. Steiner continues with Raven's story. I would love to read more about Raven, Seala and Diliana. Raven is training to become a dahkshari (warrior-priest). He falls in love with Seala who is of Nobel birth and feels the same for him but knows that a dahkshari is not allowed to marry. Diliana is considered a criminal by the Queen but a hero by many she helps. Diliana helps Raven and Seala save many people in the story including the Queen. Over all it is a very good book if you like Science-Fantasy.
This was a pretty good book. Although I did get confused a few times keeping all the characters and their roles straight I did enjoy this one. It was pretty full of action and it was beautifully written. The scenes were so vivid in my mind while I was reading this. I really liked the story. It was obviously a fantasy but it was believable. It wasn't way out there like some fantasy stories I've read. I didn't have trouble picturing the beasts and such that were in the story. It was written very well. I loved the characters. Raven was a great hero, even though he didn't always believe in himself and he took a risk or two, he always had everyone's best interests at heart and really believed in his mission. Raven was great but I loved Seala. She was a bit hard-headed, but she was strong and reasonable (as the story progressed). I liked the bit of a love story that was developing also. It added to the story and I think it would have been lacking without that little detail. Overall this was a pretty good story. I liked the writing and would love to read something by Steiner in the future.