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The Last Priestess

(The Songmaker #1)

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3.58  ·  Rating details ·  209 ratings  ·  37 reviews
There is a name that is uttered only in whispers. The Songmaker. A ruthless rebel mage, he is bringing civil war to the once-peaceful kingdom of Amaury, enveloping all in a tide of violence. For Maegwin, a tormented priestess, the path forward lies in forgiving her temple's enemies—but she dreams only of revenge. For Rovann, a loyal mage haunted by his failures, salvation ...more
Kindle Edition, 339 pages
Published February 2nd 2013
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Madhulika Liddle
Elizabeth Baxter’s fantasy novel The Last Priestess begins with its protagonist, the eponymous ‘last priestess’, Maegwin, in prison. A devotee of the peace-loving goddess Sho-La, Maegwin has been tried (summarily) for the killing of several men, including a nobleman named Hounsey. She is sentenced to be hanged, and gasps her last on the gallows—when a fair-haired, blue-eyed stranger named Rovann arrives, racing into town. He is a messenger from the King, and he comes bearing orders for Maegwin’s ...more
Christian
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
"The Last Priestess" is an interesting tale about two characters, Maegwin and Rovann, from another time, meet during a dire event which forces their destiny to collide and take another direction leading them to fight side by side, one for venegence, the other for redemption using sometimes sorcery, sometimes brute force.

Plenty of other reviews will give more story line details but I would like to share that I really enjoyed this book because it was a page turner, it was simple to follow, the pac
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Ted Tayler
"The never ending battle between good and evil"

An epic fantasy. If you can suspend belief in everything you know and understand, then this is going to be a book you will relish. I can appreciate the fact that it has been well-written with a tightly constructed plot. As for the story line itself; well, it's unbelievable, which prevented me from rating it any higher.
Valery
Apr 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable read. Good versus evil, but also a twisting of good doing bad when trying to do good.

Spoiler* Major cliff-hangar ending made me hesitant to move on. There was no wrap up, just a sudden drop during a major conflict. Not sure I'll read second in series.

For my clean readers: A bit of language, some bawdy humor, but nothing too bad, and abundant violence.
Lexie
And I think I'm being exceedingly polite to even offer 3 stars when this felt more like 2.5. For a brief time (like...70-84%) this book held my attention and I was like "Lex you really misjudged this book" and then it all went downhill and I realized no I didn't and why did I think I did.

I don't know if you guys remember the "Griffin's Daughter" trilogy by Leslie Ann Moore I reviewed like 2 years or so ago, but yeah. This is giving me shades of that (in terms of up and down consistency of intere
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Johanna Haas
Aug 29, 2017 rated it liked it
The book is a good adventure story, well-written with interesting characters. However, it doesn't go any deeper than that and could use meaning and purpose. Additionally, the love-story tacked on at the end is completely unnecessary.
Margo James
May 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Fast paced action and magic.

About to die for defending her sisters of the Temple of Sho-La, Meagwin is suddenly rescued by one of the King's men. But a quiet ride to the capital to see the king is not in store for our two heros. They fight the usual rabble, but also encounter a powerful mage, along the way. Lots of court intrigue, lots of fighting and lots of running. The start of an epic series.
Emma
Dec 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: r4r-and-arc
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review via Netgalley.

General Overview (No Spoilers)

A nice book full of magic, war and even a little bit of love and loyalty. It reminded me of Maria V. Snyder’s stories, well written and exciting. I loved the characters, they had different sides and unwilling friendships were formed. The storyline is amazing. It kept me guessing all the way through. Maegwin was smart and strong, fights her own battles (literally), which I really admir
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Maria
Mar 19, 2013 rated it liked it
The Last Priestess is a fantasy novel that takes the reader on an adventure with Maegwin and Rovann. An evil mage is threatening the lands, and together they must try to stop him.

Characters:
The book is written in third person narrative following Maegwin and Rovann. Maegwin is the last priestess after an attack on her temple, leaving all her sisters dead. Maegwin is out for revenge. Her mind is in conflict between good and evil (mercy and revenge.) Rovann, the First Mage, takes Maegwin to the ca
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SARIT
Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
The two main characters (Maegwin de Romily & Rovann de Lacey) are well written, but from the start, the title character of this novel - Maegwin, is the stronger one, and this doesn't change over the course of book. After she killed Lord Hounsey's son who was responsible for burning all her sister priestesses , she was condemned to the gallows . At the last moment she had been saved by Rovann the First Mage of the king and since then their way join together. She is driven only by her desire f ...more
MartyAnne
Aug 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
TITLE: THE LAST PRIESTESS
SERIES: THE SONGMAKER, Book #1
AUTHOR: Elizabeth Baxter

REVIEW: Maegwin faces the gallows for killing three men -- three men who killed her 20 sisters in the priestess-hood of Sho-La, by burning them alive. She is sentenced to hang. She is saved from the In-Between by a strange man nearing the King's letter. He is Rovann. Maegwin only knows he is the King's man.

Not too far into their journey, she learns that Rovann is in fact, the King's First -- the King's Mage Advisor,
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Aimee
Jun 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Maegwyn de Romily is the last priestess of Sho-La. Her sister priestesses were all killed by Lord Hounsey, who is in league with much more powerful forces. Saved from the gallows by the mysterious Rovann, she is driven only by her desire for vengeance. Treachery abounds as the powerful mage known as the Songmaker gathers his forces to take over the kingdom. The King's mages are the best hope for saving the kingdom, but how can they fight an enemy that they can't even see? And what role does Maeg ...more
Kathryn
Apr 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I got this book for free on Amazon. I think it starts very promising but as the story develops you realise there isn't really much to it. The relationship with rovann is very predictable and a bit too fast to be convincing. I feel like there were some questions I had about maegwin that weren't answered at all. The priestess part confused me in that usually priests/ priestesses in fantasy novels abstain from sex. This seems not to be the case here but then it seems strange that there are only sis ...more
Jamie Marchant
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
A priestess whose entire sisterhood was burned to death in a deliberately set fire teams up with the king’s mage (a man tormented by his wife’s suicide) to stop a dangerous rebel mage, known only as The Songmaker. While Rovann seeks to protect his king, Maegwin’s only goal is revenge against those who murdered her sisters. Both Maegwin and Rovann are complex, compelling characters who you want to win despite their character flaws. The plot is fast paced and will keep you turning the pages and up ...more
Charles Ray
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Songmaker, a name only whispered. A ruthless rebel, he’s bringing civil war to the peaceful kingdom of Amaury. The only saviors capable of defeating the Songmaker are Madgwin, tormented by the desire for revenge and Rovann, a loyal mage haunted by his many failures. In order to prevail over their foe, they must ally, and Rovann must defy the king he’s sworn to protect. First, though, they must learn to trust each other.
The Last Priestess by Elizabeth Baxter is a compelling fantasy that looks
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Jen
Jul 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The Last Priestess: The Songmaker #1

Maegwin is a Sho La priestess who returns from a retreat to find her temple on fire and her sister priestesses being burned alive. She kills the son of Lord Hounsey before being taken prisoner. Sentenced to death...well, here it gets interesting. Maegwin survives her hanging with a little help from the dark side of her goddess and swears vengeance on those responsible for the deaths of her sisters.

The kingdom is set for civil war. The Songmaker and his mages
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Lady Mockingbird
Old School style swords and sorcery. features traditional spiritual concepts of order/light vs Chaos/darkness. Predictable lead characters struggling with their own internal battles while outwardly fighting against disorder. It's a classic storyline with few surprises and a pleasant enough read. I found that even the parts of the story where the protagonists acted with urgeny dind have the narratice feel of urgency. The e pacing throughout was a bit off tempo. I also found myself emotionally uni ...more
Karen Jonas
The flow of the first book needs some attention. I had a really hard time liking any of the characters the chopping and changing from one place to the next, left me feeling discordant and certain things needed a lot more elaboration. I soldiered on hoping things would improve they did eventually by the second and third book but I had to wait till then to get answers leaving me confused and lost and not really enjoying the first book. The second was a bigger improvement and the third definitely f ...more
James Latimer
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women, indies, freebies, spfbo
An action-packed adventure that defied more than a few of my expectations, with two compelling characters at the centre and plenty of powerful magic. A lot darker, grittier and more complex than I anticipated, once it gets going there's barely pause for breath, leaving you ready for book 2. Well written, with only a couple typos that I found and confident style, though it did fall for one of my favourite anachronisms - the use of the command "fire" for pre-gunpowder weapons. ;)
Crystal High
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful storyline and characters!

I have read many fantasy books in my life. Many of those books are by renowned writes known around the world. This book and author is right there with the best of them in my opinion! I have added her to my 'favorite authors' list and will be eagerly looking for other books by her. If you love fantasy and enjoy characters with depth, read this book! You will not be disappointed!!
Belynda Reidda
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know the standard format is to write what the book is about and the state my opinion of it but I don't feel I could do it justice. I was surprised by how much I liked this book. I got the e-book for free on Amazon and as soon as I can afford it cannot wait to continue the trilogy. Elizabeth Baxter has created a complex magical world which I enjoyed immensely. The only reason I didn't give it five stars was because I felt it started very slowly, but I enjoyed it and highly recommend it.
April
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fantasy
(I won my copy from LibraryThing.)

This book was fast-paced, full of adventure and action-packed! It was also a great introduction to our two main characters, the heroes of this series. I get the feeling we haven't scratched the surface as far as Maegwin and Rovann are concerned. Both characters are so complex, I don't know what to make of them. Just when I thought I had them figured it out, BOOM! It was over.

Looking forward to the sequel.
Stephanie Morrow
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
A pleasant surprise, I actually enjoyed this book quite a bit more than I thought I would. The characters were robust and while the story may have had a hole here and there it was a nice relaxing read. I'm looking forward to reading the second book to the series and would certainly recommend to anyone looking for a relaxing fantasy book with memorable characters.
LJ Waguespack
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great story, action packed, great pace, can't wait to follow series!

Really glad I began this series. Strong, action driven writing, well paced, believable characters with even stronger guiding principles and drive. Well done, Elizabeth Baxter, well done! Great start on a series, I cannot wait to read more of.
Gayle
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Intriguing characters, wonderful plot, exciting, action packed.....I could keep going. I loved this book! I'm not convinced one, or more, of the characters is exactly what/how they are portrayed thus far. And the cliff-hanger.....definitely keeps the reader wanting a lot more. I very much look forward to the next installment of this book.
Kasey Cocoa
Jul 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: review-requested
Nicely done and well written book. The plot never sags or pauses which makes this a real page turner. The reading was quite easy so anyone could pick this one up and enjoy it. The characters are well done and well developed. The only complaint I have is how the book ended. A bit of work on the flow to a book ending would help considerably and earn this one four stars instead of three.
Denise
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Tale of Good Versus Evil.
Maegwin has witnessed the murder of fellow sisters at the hand of madman.
She must fight her own guilt for living as well as her want for revenge. Who will make what decision and what will become of the people she has come to know.
Cassie
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is one big adventure you will never forget. Elizabeth did a fantastic job. I look forward to reading more books written by her.
Sonia
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was interesting, but I didn't like the unanswered questions left at the end.
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Elizabeth Baxter was born and raised in England. In her spare time she enjoys reading, hiking, traveling the world and watching England play cricket. She’s been writing since she was six years old and plans to continue for as long as she’s able to hold a pen (or a keyboard).

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“Maegwin de Romily woke with a headache on the morning of her execution. As she roused from frightening dreams she became aware of smells first: damp stone, rotting straw, an undercurrent of urine.” 0 likes
“The old man's face became stern. “Now, don’t go talking like that. We aren’t beaten yet! Something will turn up, you’ll see. The Songmaker will save us.” Maegwin sighed. She was tired of hearing him prattle on about this Songmaker of his.  “How many times, old man? I’m not one of you.” 0 likes
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