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The Last Bastion of the Living (The Last Bastion #1)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  917 ratings  ·  189 reviews
As long as the undead hordes of the Inferi Scourge howl outside the dying city, the last remaining humans struggle to survive inside The Bastion. Vanguard Maria Martinez has lived her entire life within the towering walls. Her only refuge from the overcrowded streets, rolling blackouts, and food shortages is in the arms of Officer Dwayne Reichardt. Then Maria is summoned t ...more
Paperback, 375 pages
Published June 12th 2012 by Rhiannon Frater (first published June 8th 2012)
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Pre-review that I will leave here because I think it's epic

Holy shit! This. Was. Incredibly. Insane. Rhiannon really outdid herself with this one. It's fascinating, definitely unique, and completely blew my mind.

I won't write a full review now. I'll wait til I read the finished product but I can promise you this is absolutely brilliant and like nothing you've read before. She takes zombies to a whole new, unimaginable level, adds in some romance, intrigue, and - as usual - excellent characters
Rhiannon Frater
Sep 17, 2014 Rhiannon Frater added it  ·  (Review from the author)
This is my second favorite book I have ever written. Love it!
Carol. [All cynic, all the time]
Jun 14, 2013 Carol. [All cynic, all the time] rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people interested in all things zombie
Recommended to Carol. [All cynic, all the time] by: Trudi

I blame it on Trudi.

I started off rather indifferently, forcing myself through the opening scene of a troop of young recruits heading into battle against the living dead, otherwise known as the Inferi Scrouge. It's a powerful visual image (which is why it is used in combat movies) but there isn't enough emotional investment, and when next scene opens a year later, it causes mental whiplash. Maria, the lead we followed into combat, is waking up in bed with one of the commanders of the assault. T
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That's right. You get The Last Bastion of the Living. Okay there are no vampires or lycans but both Kate and the book's cover model dons a spandex suit. And man is our heroine one BADASS chick. Congrats Ms Frater, you have just gained a new fan.

The Last Bastion of the Living was everything I expected and more. After reading Courtney Summers' This is Not a Test, which, by the way, was depressing as hell (but it was still good),
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
4.5 stars

I wasn’t even the least bit surprised by how much I enjoyed The Last Bastion of the Living. Rhiannon Frater is well known for being a horror writer par excellence, and she only confirmed her status with this futuristic zombie novel. Well, she did a bit more than that: she outdid herself and surpassed all my expectations by far.

Vanguard Maria Martinez is an officer of the constabulary. Although young, she’s already a decorated war hero with a very strong sense of duty. Her job is to gua
Review on my blog Ja čitam, a ti?

We've been talking a lot about Rhiannon Frater and her books last month - all of that was just warm up for today: day 7 of The Last Bastion of the Living Blog Tour. You can win ebook of this novel and if you check out other blog tour stops, you'll see there are few more goodies waiting just for you - full schedule is here.

I have to say that I never liked zombies, I do not watch Walking Dead and this is the first Rhiannon Frater novel that I've read. But... I thi
Felicia A
YAYYYYYYYYYYYYY! Another editing project is now a published book! Now available, Last Bastion of the Living, another epic tome by Rhiannon Frater. LOVED this book.

I finished this last night. I am still speachless. This book was supreme awesomesauce. When I am being judged at the pearly gates and my zombie loving god (he's my god, don't judge) asks me what my favorite zombie novel was. The Last Bastion of the Living would HAVE to be my answer. I'm not sure how I feel about that. It feels traitorous to say that. I LOVE so many other zombie novels. I feel like I am downgrading them or betraying them. It has nothing to do with that. Rhiannon Frater literally ...more
Erica Ravenclaw
Dec 29, 2013 Erica Ravenclaw rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Erica Ravenclaw by: JennyJen

3.5 stars, bitches! Lets do this.

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I finished this book somewhere around 2 am last night, and as always I had brilliant points that I planned on mentioning in my review mulling around in my mind. Typically, I would then get up and maybe jot a few notes but instead I obnoxiously tossed and turned and sighed heavily. I did this to casually wake my husband so I could get some snuggles cause I was freaked the fuck out. I don't remember any of my brilliant ideas.

I went into this book entirely blind
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

After thoroughly enjoying the author’s ‘As the World Dies’ trilogy which was full of super awesome and terribly gruesome zombies, I was all on board for more. The Last Bastion of the Living completely knocked it out of the park for me. Set in a future completely changed and desolate, the zombies have destroyed any chance of survival for the last known group of people on Earth. Grasping at straws, the government makes one last desperate attempt to reclaim the surrounding
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Blog Tour- Badass Book Reviews- June 16th

Really enjoyed it!
Jun 13, 2012 Damali rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: military and scifi fans
The last surviving city of the zombie apocalypse is running out of resources, and is very close to being infiltrated by the zombies that wait outside their walls day and night. Maria is selected to go on a secret mission that, if it works, will give them more access to vital resources. But the government doesn't tell her everything, and she soons finds herself dealing with more than she bargained for.

I did like the gadgets and the setting and, in theory, I should like this type of dystopia. I lo
This book is ridonkulous and I don't mean that in a good way.

I was hoping I'd enjoy The Last Bastion of the Living because I've found Frater's other zombie work to be highly entertaining. But whereas those books were entertaining enough to overcome their flaws, the flaws in The Last Bastion of the Living are its undoing. Any issues I had with As the World Dies were turned up to 11 here. It's not that it wasn't entertaining at all, and had it been a movie I might have been able to turn my brain
Win an ebook copy of this book here:

I am reluctant to say anything about this book lest I spoil it for future readers. Ms. Frater has written an amazing story here and the building blocks of the story are so important, I just don't want to ruin it for anyone. Each little place slides in place as a new piece of knowledge for the reader -- you gotta learn it as you go. The Last Bastion is a zombie story and a dystopia story unlike any I have read. Because i

I have to start by saying that I don’t like committing to do reviews for blog tours, because there’s been too many times where I didn’t care for the book and had to back out of the tour. However, when Rhiannon announced this tour for The Last Bastion of the Living, I had no qualms about doing a review since I’m so confident in her writing. The description of the book sounded badass, but admittedly, I knew there was the potential to go completely south with this type of story. After I read it, I
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Hold on to your hats, ladies and gents. Humanity is rearing up for one hell of a bumpy ride!

Interest in the book: Rhiannon Frater invited me to be part of the blog tour, and being a major fangirl, I could not say no. After the cover reveal, I was even more excited to read the book. Isn't that cover ridiculously awesome? At first, I thought it was a series, but then she corrected me. I am actually glad it's a standalone. The ending works. It felt right.

First Impressi
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Genre* Dystopian
*Rating* 5.0


It has been one hundred years since the outbreak of a virus that turned humans into the Inferi Scourge (zombies). The survivors now live in what’s called the Bastion which was supposed to be humanities new Garden of Eden. It hasn’t lived up to that billing. Time after time attempts have been made to push the Inferi back so that they can close the gates and residents of the Bastion can claim land that was supposed to be fertile for their crops. Residents are n
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Awesome. Amazing. Thrilling. Original. Unexpected.

The end.

What, you want more? Well, let’s see. I fell in love with Rhiannon’s As the World Dies trilogy. Like, seriously, In. Love. (I blame this all on Giselle from Xpressoreads by the way). I was so addicted to this series that, once I finished it, I immediately forced it down all of my friend’s throats.

When I found out Rhiannon had another zombie book coming out, I immediately jumped at the chance to participate in the tour. I was excited to s
Being a fan of Rhiannon Frater for some time, one would think I could never be shocked or surprised...and boy was I WRONG!!! Bastion is simply a Phenom. This book brings forth Rhiannon's amazing ability to bring her characters to life, along with a startling new twist to the zombie genre. If anyone is looking for a heart pounding ride, combined with a sci-fi/zombie apocalyptic story then please read this book. And all you As the World Dies fans you will not be disappointed one bit. I am so proud ...more
There will be a full review to come later, but I just finished this book and it was so freaking amazing! I was totally caught up in this story! It was so creative and packed full of action. The characters are awesome and the love story is to die for!! Read this book!!
The best zombie novel I have ever read
Amy Fournier
I'm going to start this review by saying I have some major friggin love for Rhiannon!! She is seriously awesome. So you all know that I totally love the As The World Dies series so I was super excited to read yet another zombie novel written by her. This book was incredibly amazing!! I was instantly hooked. By the end of the Prologue I knew I was going to devour it and love it!! I loved the characters, I loved the setting, and I loved how invested I became. This book is full of action, surprises ...more
Vanessa theJeepDiva
I absolutely loved everything about this book. Maria is amazing! She is tough, she is a born leader, and she has some serious heart. She is the soldier that you want fighting beside you. She is willing to sacrifice so much to help the survivors in the Bastion. Maria is kind, caring, and loving, most of all she is loyal to what she believes in. She is one of the best heroines that I have read in a long time.

I was shocked at all the revelations made. There were so many lies, cover ups, intentiona
Review posted here:

100 years ago everything changed. The Inferi Scourge [Zombies] has forced everyone to live inside the Bastion. But the one thing that they need to do, to continue to survive life within the Bastion is close the gates. Which seems like is never going to happen. Every attempt has failed. This step is crucial for the people in the Bastion because, the food is running low, everything is falling apart, and eventually if something does not hap
Melissa Caldwell
I was very VERY very excited when I was offered a chance to review this book. I loved Rhiannon Frater's As the World Dies series, so of course I wanted to read more of her work! First things first, this is NOT like AtWD. There are zombies, but they aren't the same. This is an entirely different species of zombie books. Okay? Got that? :) Good.

Now onto the good stuffs! I thought the concept of this book was fresh and interesting. The Inferi (zombies) are the main driving force behind most of the
A little bit predictable but overall I really enjoyed the book. A very creative approach to a zombie book. I was impressed with the imaginative concept to dealing with a zombie problem so much so that I am more than willing to overlook the minor flaws in the story.

Nice character development too. I could really start picturing faces of actors that I thought would really bring the story to life on the screen.

This is my first read of a Rhiannon Frater book and it definately makes me want to check
Heavy handed plot devices thrown in for the sake of directing the story in manners which should have been best left untried. This story of a "futuristic" world torn by zombies is a struggle at best. The action scenes are so devoid of any real emotion & descriptive tone that it sets a bland and boring environment. The true purpose shows through with the relationship of the main character and her boyfriend. Sad to say this is simply a zombie theme hammered into what is an attempt at a romance ...more
Brodie James
When I was given this book in exchange for an honest review I was thrilled as I just love Rhiannon Frater's As The World Die's series.
The Last Bastion Of The Living is very different from every other zombie book I have ever read and in a good way.

The Bastion is pretty much dead. Food is running low and the power keeps going out. Ever since the inferi scourge broke through the gate and destroyed everything in the valley the city has been overcrowded, with no way to grow food. If it wasn't for Dw
Kristin (Blood,Sweat and Books)

I was given a copy of this book to review from the Author. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any way for it.


Wow this Book was so, so good. When I was given the opportunity to read this book of course I jumped at that chance.Rhiannon Frater's The Last Bastion of The Living did not disappoint at all(not that I doubted it would). Maria the main protagonist is best described as a cross between Alice from Resident Evil mixed with a dash of Lara Croft ie she's one bad ass ch
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Rhiannon Frater was born and raised a Texan. Though she has lived in various towns all over the state, she finally settled in Austin, Texas where she met her husband and worked as a governmental consultant.
During her travels for her job, she was inspired to write the story of two women fleeing into the Texas Hill Country in an attempt to survive the zombie apocalypse. Originally published as a se
More about Rhiannon Frater...
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