The Last Stormlord (Watergivers, #1)
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The Last Stormlord (Watergivers #1)

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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...more
Mass Market Paperback, 627 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Harper Voyager
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Sometimes you find a fantasy novel that's not extremely original, but is so much plain fun to read that you just can't help but love it. The Last Stormlord by Glenda Larke is one of those books: despite using some recognizable fantasy templates, it's a great story and a book I found extremely hard to put down.

Whenever the main character in a fantasy novel is poor and young, you can be almost certain that they're destined for great things later in the book or series. The Last Stormlord uses this...more
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Its been so long since I've read a straight fantasy that I've almost forgotten what its like. Don't get me wrong I love my urban fantasies, my romance fantasies...but I miss my straight ones. Glenda Larke is a favorite of mine from her 'Isles of Glory' books (of which I still haven't read book 3...), I'd even put her on par with my enjoyment of the Mistborn books or Tredana books honestly.

Stormlord starts out rather bleakly. Terelle has a dark future ahead of her as a handmaiden in Madame Opal's...more
Melissa Hayden
This book is set in a world where rain doesn't come regularly and water is a very precious item. Rains are scheduled by the Cloudmaster, or Stormlords. Water has to be separated from the sea, as a pure water vapor, then the cloud is moved up toward the moutain ranges so the water runs down toward all the cities again or to the regions to get the water. The water is released as rain and stored in cisterns to be rationed out. However, you learn there are many people who don't have water rights and...more
Gave up on this one about 80% of the way through when I realized I wasn't enjoying it and hadn't been for a while. I get uncomfortable pretty fast with books that need to spend a lot of time on reminding you that the characters have suffered! so! much! -- not uncomfortable in a "this is disturbing" way, more in a "what, don't you trust me to sympathize with the characters?" way.

Some interesting political maneuvering, and I love the sensual attention paid to the desert itself, but the main charac...more
A great read can show up unexpectedly. Browsing shelves of a used book store this review took a chance on a book by an author he had never heard of. 1/3 in, a new love is discovered.

Something of a Dune vibe, water is king and everything revolves around it. The only water available is the undrinkable sea, moved and purified to the cities on the loam by Stormlords. At the time of the book, the world is down to one man with this power, and his time is running short.

Though never gratuitous with the...more
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Shari  Mulluane
Wheee! What a great read and a great tale. This story has everything I love about epic fantasy. A unique and well defined magic system. Characters I could both love and hate. A well written and fully realized world I could literally lose myself in. Fantasy just doesn’t get any better then this.
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I like when I try thing on a whim and they work out. What I always loved about fantasy books are the great worlds that are created. Fantasy writers not only have to create great stories and characters, but they also create whole worlds from scratch. They create gods and religions, great and small societies, vast takes a lot of imaginations and creativity. And in this was what I loved the most. Very interesting world.

In this world water is scarce and very valuable. Most p...more
What does it take for a book to win 5 stars from me? Quite a bit. The Last Stormlord excels in some of my favorite areas. First, it grabs your attention from the start. I love it when a book jumps right in with the daily life of a character. This one starts out in a snuggery where our main character is working to pay off her water debt. What is a snuggery and what is a water debt you say? Well a snuggery is the nicest word I've ever seen for a brothel and a water debt is what you have to pay bac...more
If I could give 3.5 stars, I would.

Larke has provided an imaginative world, one deprived of water, where water has become so precious that even the currency is based off of it. The stormlord rules the country, and is able to bring in water from the sea, in the form of rain. The current stormlord is dying. The story centers around young Shale, who potentially has the ability to replace the stormlord.

I loved the characters, even the villians of the story are interesting and worth exploring. Lark...more
Beaulah Pragg
When I read the pitch for this book, I wasn't entirely sure whether it was something I wanted to read or not, but within the first page, I was hooked. Terelle is living in a 'Snuggery', a polite word for a brothel, and desperately doesn't want to grow up to be one of Madam Opal's girls - but the clock is ticking and her fate is fast approaching.
I immediately wanted to know how she would escape. Through her eyes, I came to know the world of the Quarten, desperately dry and entirely dependant on t...more
I'm half way through Stormlord Rising, so am a bit confused about which incidents occurred in which book. The Last Stormlord started off slow, as is common with most first fantasy novels considering they all require world building. Albeit slow, the world building was very smooth; Glenda neither threw random facts at us nor did she obscure anything leaving us clueless. I enjoyed getting to know the Quartern's inhabitants, we were mainly introduced to the Scarpen and the Gibber, while The Red Quar...more
Brian Taylor
Hey, everyone. I’m back with another Fantasy book review. I just finished Glenda Larke’s The Last Stormlord and am looking forward to picking up the sequel! I think many of you will like it too.

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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 do...more
Overall, this kept my interest enough that I'll probably read the second book, though it's mostly due to the fact that this ends with absolutely no resolution (grumble, grumble). There were interesting ideas and world building, and for the most part I liked the main characters. Egads, though, the author should have stuck with just alternating between Terelle and Shale with maybe a few mini chapters here and there just to get the broader strokes. It took way too long for the story to get past the...more
I only really picked this book up because I liked the cover but it has turned out to be one of my favourite reads of the year so far. The world built is detailed and it's structure well explained. The idea of a world where the water supply and distribution is entirelty controlled by man is really interesting and the issues it throws up are believable despite the fantastical nature of the story. The characters are fantastic too; they are complex and their opinions and motives are not always black...more
Jenny Delandro
This book started quite slow for me.
But everything begins to suck you in...
there are little introductions to major characters and unexpected encounters
just when you think that a character is one of the good guys... it turns out to be wrong.
two main sets of hero/heroine and their characters are fully developed and slightly flawed but trying their best

Some years pass and the bad guys fall out with each other and then all hell breaks loose... the safe city is over run and good guys fall.

At the end,...more
After reading 100 pages into this book I still wasn't getting a real feel for it and began to become a little discouraged. Larke was setting up her world with such vividity - but nothing yet had really happened. Hindsight is such a wonderful thing and ultimately I felt relieved that I stuck at it and read on. This book was gripping, especially around about page 200 - the characters came alive on the page and the reality of The Quatern was amazing! Glenda Larke writes on the dark and gritty side...more
I have to say that as a reader this book brought the feeling as if I was being tested. Disappointed and disheartened I put this novel down more times then I picked it up though I got through it. The scenes feel stapled together though the writing definitely shows promise. Shale, a great character pulls the reader along while Terelle just beats them with a stick. The redeeming qualities of this novel are personified by Shale who jumps from the dregs of society into the elite. Make it through the...more
Candace Drabøl
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Great characters, not battle heavy, but still with a sense of danger throughout. It's the first book in the series, so there is a lot of setting the stage, getting introduced to a lot of characters, but I never felt overwhelmed or lost. It also didn't "stall" in the middle, but kept my attention the whole time. It flowed very well. I also liked that it didn't take forever for the characters to start to intersect. If you are a big fan of war driven fantasy, then you'll probably be disappointed. I...more
Doc Opp
Woohoo! I've found another author I really like. Darker than Sanderson, lighter than George R.R. Martin, Larke takes standard fantasy themes, moves them into a compelling desert world, and puts her own unique style and twist on the genre. I was particularly keen on how she took the idea of an arid world, and created an economy, societal structure, and even linguistic patterns that made sense in that context. I went out and bought the next two in the series, and am looking forward to seeing if sh...more
Karen Azinger
A very enjoyable fantasy read! Excellent world building, with faint echoes of Dune, but instead of Spice, Water is king. I enjoyed the way the author designed the dominant culture around the need for water. The main characters are interesting and likable, especially Shale and Terrelle, Ryka and Kannath, but at times I found the plot to be a little too predictable and straightforward, hence only 4 stars, but otherwise a very fun read.
This book was an interesting read. The character and story were well written, no doubt about that, and the world building and story elements were well done as well. However, even though the characters struggled, nothing really happened. The end sort of just randomly arrived and again, even though there were thematic elements and a main character died, not much actually occurred. It was very anti-climactic. I also thought that there were very few characters who were actually likeable. I just didn...more
I actually thought that this novel was quite original, and I loved how it focused around a real-life issue like water scarcity. It's also a fast paced and fun read, and I thought it was well structured. It's a good start to a trilogy that's definitely worth reading.
Elena Linville
Stars: 2.5 out of 5

I have very mixed feelings about this book. On one hand I loved the world Glenda Larke created, but on the other hand, the characters left me absolutely indifferent.

So let’s talk about the world first. This is a continent on which water is a precious commodity that is cherished and strictly regulated. In fact, the whole continent depends on the Stormlord to take water out of the distant sea, put it into clouds and guide those clouds towards the mountain range in the middle if...more
Blodeuedd Finland
We all know fantasy books are long so that should not scare anyone looking for a good book, and good it was. I was swept away by a strange new world where water was precious and I did not want to stop reading.

The book takes places in a land where men and women use magic to make it rain, but they are fewer and not as good as before. The rains do not fall as often as they did before and the country is not united either. There are the cityfolk, fair and stuck in cities. Nomadic tribes crossing the...more
THE LAST STORMLORD by Glenda Larke reminds me of the epic fantasies of 20-odd years ago because the pacing is similar in its devotion to world-building without a visible purpose. There's the standard young boy being trained whose abilities will change the world. A girl on the verge of womanhood, trapped in a life not of her choosing. I probably wouldn't have minded STORMLORD if I haven't already read it, like, one thousand times before in its various incarnations.

The Quartern is a land where wa...more
This is one of those interesting books. The plot is predictable; yes, there are a few twists, but overly the plot is clear cut.

Yet, it is engrossing book. I didn't think it would be, especially since it had a blurb from Karen Miller on the cover, and I couldn't make it to the end of her book.

Part of the charm is due to the conflicts in the minor supporting characters. A large portion is due to Larke's wonderful world building. She doesn't ruin this by giving the reader lecture about how things w...more
Chrissy Wissler
What do you do when you run out of water? How do you hold a nation together let alone four? How do you decide who receives water and who doesn't?

These are just a few of the questions "The Last Stormlord" throws at its readers, and as the story progresses those questions only get harder to answer. These questions must be made by a few rainlords and their decisions affect the lives of thousands. Unlike many fantasy books where you must let go of reality to enter the author's world, this isn't the...more
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Glenda was born in Western Australia, the daughter of a farmer. She was educated at government state schools and the University of Western Australia, where she obtained a degree in history and a diploma in education. Married to a Malaysian scientist, she has grown-up children, and now lives in Malaysia, where she is actively involved in rainforest conservation.
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