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The Last Stormlord (Stormlord #1)

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  5,926 Ratings  ·  260 Reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 704 pages
Published (first published September 1st 2009)
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Feb 11, 2010 Stefan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Oct 08, 2016 Phrynne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is good. In fact it is very, very good. On the cover it says " Glenda Larke is magical " and she is.
The world she builds in this book is certainly magical - one where water is not just the basis of life but is also daily currency, one where Storm Lords can raise clouds from the ocean and direct the rain to where it is needed and one where anyone who is water sensitive is automatically in a position of power.
Such a great story and wonderful characters. I cannot wait to find out what ha
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 than this.
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Traci Loudin
This book rocks. It's adeptly written. The world lives and breathes, as do the characters. If I hadn't already set up the rest of my TBR list through the rest of the year, I'd be going straight onto the next book.

In many ways, this first book is a coming of age story for the waterless boy who was once known only as Shale and for the almost-courtesan Terrelle. From the beginning, I was terrified the author would track into horrifying territory with the child courtesan, yet Terrelle deftly avoids
Maria V. Snyder
Jul 06, 2014 Maria V. Snyder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been staying away from Epic Fantasy novels for a number of years. I look at the thick, one to two inch spines and return the book to my shelf. I just didn't have the time nor the mental dexterity to keep track of a ton of characters, the history of the world, and the political wrangling like Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin.

I recently went on a vacation to the beach and I picked up my copy of The Last Stormlord, by Glenda Larke and put it in my suitcase. I'm so glad I did!

Yes, she has
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
May 16, 2010 Jon added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jon by: Beyond Reality July 2010 Selection
Melissa Hayden
Apr 20, 2010 Melissa Hayden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Aug 19, 2010 Laylah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
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
Dec 31, 2011 Jessie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books, favorites
I don’t even know how long this book has been sitting on my TBR list, why do I always let the good ones sit on my shelves?

Right from the beginning The Last Stormlord had me hooked. Which considering I started it at about 11pm might not have been a good thing. For the most part I really enjoyed the characters. Each character was different, and many of them driven by different motives. Which I enjoyed learning about. The world also fascinated me, though we only got to really learn about two sectio
Sara J.
Apr 15, 2015 Sara J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know it's a good book when your brain space after reading it is still filled with the images of the world inside the book and the faces of the characters you come to love and hate.

This is a great fantasy yarn with some typical fantasy elements, an interesting premise, great characters & world building. I breezed through this book and usually that indicates how good the story telling is for me. Some really great characters & relationships in this too.

Jumped straight to Book #2 after t
Jan 12, 2011 Ithlilian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
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
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
Beaulah Pragg
Apr 19, 2012 Beaulah Pragg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Madeleine (papertigermaddy)
A page turner with a premise that's oodles of fun. I could almost feel the desert sun beating down on my back as I read this in the cold dead of night. And those giant, wriggly centiped-y things? Love them!

Ryka is my heroine of the year. She's smart, capable, isn't conventionally attractive, but best of all never pulls the 'she was beautiful all along but didn't notice' trope... and STILL gets to win the sexy man at the end! That's a rare gem (the only other literary example I can think of is Di
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
Aug 22, 2010 Jenny Delandro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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,
Feb 27, 2010 Sandra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ebook
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Sep 18, 2011 Candace Drabøl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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May 12, 2010 Gemski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite
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
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
Dec 04, 2010 Kathy (Kindle-aholic) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Feb 06, 2014 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Brian Taylor
May 17, 2013 Brian Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

From the publisher:

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
May 14, 2010 Errolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
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
Mar 06, 2011 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Dec 29, 2014 Kivrin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. The world is wonderfully imaginative--a land where water is rare and precious; every interaction revolves around obtaining and keeping water; for hundreds of years there have been stormlords who could bring in clouds and enough rain to keep people alive; but the last stormlord is dying and the world will die with him unless something is done.

The characters are richly developed. The heroes are flawed--I found myself arguing with my favorite characters not because they were being
Jan 27, 2014 James rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Nov 04, 2015 Maddalena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
3.5 stars

Water is indeed the element at the core of this book: the Quartern, the hot and arid part of the world where the story unfolds, suffers from a chronic lack of water that is supplied only through the action of stormlords, who are able to gather water vapor from the sea and channel it into rains that are stored in vast cisterns. When the novel starts, only one stormlord survives and he’s old and ailing, aware that the rainlords’ lesser ability to manipulate water will not be enough to ens
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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.
Author of The Isles of Glory trilogy
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