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The Last Warrior (Lost Colony #1)

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  181 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
As a decorated soldier, the young General Tao knows only one kind of honor - to his people. But when his own king betrays him, he discovers that his sacrifices, his successes, may not have been for the good of the country at all.

Fate - and his enemies - throw him together with Elsabeth, a red-haired beauty who has served as the royal tutor.

Her loyalties, though, remain wi

Paperback, 378 pages
Published April 19th 2011 by HQN Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Katie Michaels
May 10, 2011 Katie Michaels rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, futuristic
General Tao is a champion of his people, returning home from defeating the Gorr, a beastlike species of fighters. But while his people welcome him with open arms, his brother-in-law, King Xim, does not. The king thinks Tao wants to usurp the crown and in his paranoia, throws Tao in the dungeon to face treason charges. Tao's good friend Markam is a palace guard and part of a rebel movement that sees Xim as unfit for the throne. He helps devise an escape for Tao and sets him up to hide in the neig ...more
Jane Stewart
No depth. Nothing made me smile. I wanted it to be over.

Generations ago humans traveled to another planet. The aircraft was destroyed. They initialy split into three groups. The Tassagon rule the city and have strong warriors. The Kurel read books, value science, and use medicine including antibiotics and IV lines. The Tassagon believe the Kurel are sorcerers using magic. They fear the magic, and they force the Kurel to live in a ghetto area. Riders live on the surrounding planes. Th
SFR Reading Challenge 2011 #9


A good story with likeable characters. This was more a futuristic fantasy/romance than SF romance. The world was colonized by Earth some number of centuries in the past, but contact had been lost. Technology and science had been banned as "magic" and evil by the dominant human faction after it's misuse had caused mass destruction during a war with an alien race. While not a deep or complex tale, it was still fun with plenty of action and a sweet romance.

The book
Carolyn F.

This book was a bit of a disappointment. At first you think it's sci-fi, but it reads more as fantasy with small sci-fi mentions. The romance was slow as was the plot. I'm not giving up on this author though. This was just a blip. Elizabeth Jasicki did a wonderful job narrating this book.
Dec 08, 2010 Lizzielvr rated it really liked it
Susan Grant is quite the storyteller. She has a talent of leading you into a story with a quiet interest, to where you’re “leaning in” to hear the rest of it like its being told over a campfire. At first I thought this was more of a fantasy story than Sci-Fi, but as the story develops, it has a fascinating turn into Sci-Fi. This is a new series and I can’t wait to see how it develops.
Apr 09, 2011 Jody rated it it was amazing
Susan Grant has done it again! With her latest release she has given readers an exciting, yet highly emotional story, with a dash of sci-fi to it. Mix it all together and you have a satisfying start to her brand new series entitled The Lost Colony.

General Uhr-Tao is a Tassagon whose people eschew technology thinking it based on magic and therefore dangerous. He's just returned home triumphant from defeating the Gorr, a bloodthirsty creature reminiscent of the Wolfman. In his absence King Xim, wh
Jul 21, 2011 Kristiej rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Since I’ve loved so many of Ms. Grants books in the past, I decided to dive into the Susan Grant book pool even though the last couple weren't quite as enjoyable for me.

And I'm SO glad I did as this is the kind of Susan Grant book I adore and adore this one I did!

It has everything going for it.

A very intriguing world that is very well built - check

A great cast of secondary characters that makes me want to read more about them – check

An evil villain that you want to do away with yourself - ch
Nov 01, 2011 Miranda rated it it was amazing
For many years I had over looked Susan Grant, as an author I would enjoy to read. I was not a reader of anything classified as romance, until the past nine years or so. My greatest literary love was always the Fantasy Genre. And as such, I have dabbled in every style available in this class.

In other works that I have read in the futuristic/otherworldly style fantasy, I find myself to be lost amongst all the complicated technical descriptions of the mechanics in these novels. As a reader, I wish
Apr 01, 2011 Jenn added it
The love story in this book was beautiful. The relationship building was intricate and detailed and I loved her style when she was ignoring the world around them and simply concentrating on the feel of his hand or the look in her eyes. It's the only thing that kept me reading, and that might not be because of the book as much as because of me.

I don't read much fantasy or alternate world type books, because I just can't follow, and if it isn't done explicitly well, they just really annoy me. I d
Dec 21, 2016 J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Fun Sci-Fi Romance

I was nearly thrown off by the overblown prose used at the beginning to describe the tragedy of Elsabeth's parents' deaths, but I'm glad I finished it out.

Grant has created an interesting world, clearly a settlement of people far removed from some who left Earth and have now forgotten most technology. She paints an interesting picture of how a civilization might forcefully embrace ignorance and low-tech, and others who seek to protect it. This added a very interest element to
Jess the Romanceaholic
This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.

Expected Release Date: April 26, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
Imprint: HQN
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My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Lost Colony series
Steam Level: Steamy

The Tassagon are a warrior people — superstitious and rowdy, they fear the Kurel’s sorcery, and in turn, fear the Kurel people themselves. The Kurel are a peaceful people, who live quite differently from the Tas
Laurielu Bona Fide Reflections
Feb 17, 2011 Laurielu Bona Fide Reflections rated it liked it
Recommends it for: mature audiences due to some sexual content
In The Last Warrior, author Susan Grant weaves a romantic political intrigue with a strong science fiction slant. The novel characterizes Elsabeth and Tao who come from two different worlds even though they grew up in the same city. She is a Kurel and he is a Tassogon. The Kurel are cerebral in their professions of science and technology and the Tassogonians are more barbaric in their carnality and strength. Because of the cultural differences and biases, they must come to trust each other.

The b
Mar 29, 2011 Cleffairy rated it really liked it

Reviewed at: Over A Cuppa Tea

Date reviewed: 1st March 2011

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I was getting wary of Harlequin books. You see, all these while I’ve been devotedly reading Harlequin Presents, a line in Harlequin books where the themes are rather repetitive. There’s always bosses, millionaires, mistresses, marriage of convenience and whatnot, and so when I was given the opportunity to review The Last Warrior by Susan Grant, another book from the publisher Harlequin, I wasn’t ve
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Returning from war as a the hero of his people and a threat to the throne of his King, the hero wants nothing more than to retire to an easy life without bloodshed or politics. In fact, the legionary war hero dreams of being a farmer of all things which is a great insight into his character. But instantly, he’s arrested for treason and tossed into prison to die. The heroine’s people are likened to the Jews of 1940’s Germany and are hated, feared and tossed into the ghetto if not killed outright. ...more
T.L. Schaefer
Jan 28, 2012 T.L. Schaefer rated it it was amazing
What a great book! Honestly, at first I thought this was a straight up fantasy book, but I was obviously being a smidgen dense about the clues (don't want to spoil anything for others).

I won't bother to recap the plot, since there are better synopses out there than I could write, but I will say that this novel has pitch-perfect pacing and characterization. I never once doubted that Elsabeth and Tao were meant for each other, but how they got there was fabulous. And the twist at the end with Xim
May 14, 2011 Barbara rated it it was amazing
Another great scifi romance by Susan Grant. In a world that was colonized centuries ago by humans, and then invaded by the Gorr (fierce, fur-covered, blood sucking humanoids), General Tao has just returned from a four year campaign against the Gorr. While he was gone, the new, young Tassagon King has become very unpopular and is intolerant of other peoples. General Tao's people are the Tassagons, a more primitive, warlike race who view books and science as magic. Elsabeth is Kurel, a people who ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
May 02, 2011 Jo (Mixed Book Bag) rated it it was amazing
Susan Grant’s last few books have been a mix of hit and miss for me. It was almost like she was trying write like someone else. The Last Warrior[Image] is Susan back on track and writing with her own voice.

The Last Warrior is set in an entirely new world. Humans and the Gorr arrived to colonize the same planet. The Gorr tried to exterminate the humans and all contract with Earth (Uhrth in The Last Warrior) was cut off. Humans divided into three groups who do not get along but with the Gorr a co
Edward Hoornaert
Dec 06, 2012 Edward Hoornaert rated it it was amazing
This book won the 2012 Rita Award as the best paranormal romance, so you don't need me to tell you it's good. But I will anyway. This is one of Grant's best, IMHO.

The setup for the book felt reminiscent of Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern series: an Earth colony alone for so long that the past has become mere legend. Although both books present a scientific backstory, both feel more like fantasy than science fiction. And finally, each author has a group that nurtures secret knowledge essent
Tara van Beurden
Mar 19, 2011 Tara van Beurden rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, books-read-2012
This is Susie’s latest book and the last one of her’s I had to read. It’s the first in a new trilogy about two races who inhabit the same planet. One is pacifist, the other fighting a war against a third species who is threatening to take over the whole planet. It’s definitely an idea I’ve seen pop up in Star Trek a number of times. Either way, it was a good read. A little duller than Susie’s other books, probably because I prefer space based dramas, and this one has no space elements (yet; ther ...more
Jul 12, 2011 Carole-Ann rated it really liked it
As in all Susan Grant's novels, a great world-build scenario where there are humans, divided into Tassagon, Kurel, and Rider tribes; and non-human Gorr (kinda like vampiric werewolves ).

General Uhr-Tao has just returned home with his army after a final, decisive war against the Gorr, and all he wants to do is retire to his vineyard home to live in peace; but his (very disturbed) brother-in-law King Xim decides he is a threat, and together with the very malicious Colonel Uhr-Beck, plans to get ri
Feb 24, 2014 Gmc rated it it was amazing
The Last Warrior - Lost Colony, Bk 1 by Susan Grant
General Tao returns home after many years at war with the inhuman Gorr. He has broken the Gorr and they have scattered, returning as a Hero he is hated by someone he sent home and how has plotted revenge for a long time, and adviser to the king how is weak minded and unstable but also Tao's brother in law.

There are 3 groups of humans the Riders, the Kurel, and the Tassagon. They all descended from people that arrived from Uhrth.

Elsabeth is a K
Sep 08, 2011 Pamela rated it really liked it
Read the full review at The Discriminating Fangirl! 4.5 stars


I picked this book up when the Borders in my town was closing down a couple of years ago (still not over it), but for some reason I didn’t actually read it until now. I really wish I’d read it sooner because wow! What a fantastic slow-burn romance set in a beautifully built world!
Apr 29, 2011 Kimberly rated it really liked it
To me, The Last Warrior seemed to be an even greater departure from the comedic qualities I grew used to in the first books of hers I read (My Favorite Earthling, etc.) than her other more recent ones (Sure Blood, etc), but I enjoyed it none the less. I was entertained from start to end as the characters went on their adventures and learned to tolerate, and even find love, with the other social groups on their world.
Jan 24, 2016 Dahrose rated it it was ok
This was a bit of a plod to read. A lot of the story takes place in the characters heads or in them re-telling a story - which took away any impact, drama or action.
While readable - I didn't find anything new here, the premise is a familiar one and nothing gets added to improve on it or grip me as a reader.
A tad of a yawn
Jan 28, 2012 Gail rated it liked it
In a lot of ways, this book reads like a fantasy, but it's science fiction. It takes place on a planet long after settlement, where contact with Earth was not kept up and humanity broke into three factions. The hero is from one faction, the heroine from another. The story is well done, and I liked it.
Dec 07, 2012 Genevieve rated it liked it
The world-building and the setting on this are some of Grant's best. Unfortunately, the two main characters were boring as dirt and their relationship developed at a snail's pace. Dull people doing nothing interesting? *yawn*
Dawn ♥ romance
Oct 10, 2011 Dawn ♥ romance rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this sci-fi story with plenty of action that kept me interested throughout. I liked how the romance developed as two viewpoints, both with merit, came together. Returning hero General Tao crosses paths with tutor Elsabeth whose people are thought to be sorcerers.

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When NY Times/USA Today bestselling author and Air Force veteran Susan Grant isn’t driving an 18-wheeler (a 747 jumbo jet) she loves writing romantic, action-packed stories featuring gutsy woman and honorable men. Flying to exotic places and trying every kind of food imaginable helps Susan bring her sci-fi worlds alive for readers. She is a winner of the prestigious RITA award for her book Contact ...more
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