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The Last Order

(The Last Order #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  91 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Lana forms a secret order of women knights to fulfill her father’s final request: find the queen who was thought to be dead and return her to the throne.

Lana Crewe is a strong, fiercely driven seventeen year old living in a village ruled by fear. With their king and queen both dead, strife and division have taken hold. Ruthlessly attacked by an Order called Talons, Lana’s
Published February 3rd 2015 by Rocket Circus Press
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Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oooh, I really enjoyed this book! The synopsis just captured my interest, and the book kept it!
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
As her father lies dying, he sets Lana a task. To find the queen and free the kingdom from the tyranny of orders of knights who are little more than bandits and brigands. As her quest begins she is joined by a motley group of women who have escaped the fighting and are living in the ruins of an old castle.

The Last Order is something of a cross between Robin Hood and Conan the Barbarian. It actually works well for the most part though there are few clunky moments. As a debut novel I'm more than
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Lana Crewe is a strong, fiercely driven seventeen year old living in a village ruled by fear. Ruthlessly attacked by an Order called Talons, Lana’s father is fatally stabbed. With his dying breath, he tells Lana to save the statue of Saint Peter, and tells her that the queen yet lives. Now it is up to Lana to unravel the mystery of Saint Peter and bring an end to all of the bloodshed by finding the queen. Silas appears at her side but is he an ally or an enemy in disguise?

This is not your averag
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, blog-tour
My Review :

It has been a while since I have read a stand alone Fantasy book, and Angela's The Last Order did not disappoint ! The story itself is absolutely thrilling and I was hooked from the very first few pages.

Although I was able to guess what was the ending of the story,I never expected it to happen it that way. This is one of those books in which it is not about how the story ends, but more of how to reach the end.

I think the dialogue is something that could have been written better. It wa
Patrick Hodges
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Action-packed and with memorable, resounding characters, Angela Caldwell triumphs with her debut novel, The Last Order.

Young Lana Crewe's humble existence is turned upside down when a corrupt army known as The Talon attacks her village, murdering her adopted father. However, before he dies, he gives Lana cryptic clues that send her questing for answers. Along the way she will encounter allies and traitors, all while rallying a group of female orphans and gypsies to bring down Luther, the tyranni
Stacey Carpenter
I am not much of a review writer, but couldn't prevent myself from writing one for this book. MAN, I really enjoyed it! It was gripping, constantly full of excitement, and I couldn't put it down. When I had to put it down, I couldn't wait to pick up where I left off!

I felt like the characters had the right amount of depth and the author was a natural at using her words so efficiently. I love that she didn't need to be too wordy, instead choosing to propell the story further.

And what a story! I l
Badly written

While the story line was good the telling of it was very disjointed. It was hard to follow. The reader had to imagine what the story line was at times. Also, word usage was faulty. It's hard to imagine the author even has a high school education.
Signe Berg
Jul 21, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I honestly don't know how I got through this book. No originality, no plot twists, and the story wasn't even coherent. Also, I don't think anyone has read over this book after it was written. SO MANY spelling mistakes, and half finished sentences. Jesus.
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got a very early ARC, and I can assure you that this will be an amazing book!
Also- cover coming soon!!! (!!!!!!)
*I received a copy of this from YA Bound Book Tours as part of the blog tour.
*Review can be found on The Fox's Hideaway.

My Review!
Fantasy is my favorite genre, so it initially had me interested in this book. But the synopsis really hooked me, the idea that this heroine forms a secret order of women knights. I was all like, yeah girl power go! I was also happy that this was a standalone. And I really liked The Last Order, though I wish it had focused less on the plot and more on the characters.

Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-and-reviews, ya
To say I loved this book would be an understatement. I'm a sucker for stories about the realms of queens and kings and their quests for power. The stories that take you in a completely new and exciting world. This is the kind of book that can transport you from your own life and make you forget about all of your problems for a few hours. You ARE these characters. The normal things that stress you don't matter because you're in another place fighting for your life and quite possibly the lives of ...more
Donna Hicks
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Angela Caldwell's, The Last Order, is a action packed non-stop adventure with a hint of romance. Lana Crewe is a young woman driven by the desire to become a knight. Trained by her father to defend, protect and provide for herself, Lana must put all her training to use when here kingdom comes under attack. She must help protect the kingdom and find the Queen, whom they thought dead, and restore her to the throne. She will help train other women who want to be a part of this Order and help restor ...more
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
I received this book from YA Bound Book Tours in return for a fair and honest review.

Lana Crewe has been raised in a quiet village, well away from the troubles that stir in the kingdom. Her adopted father has raised her to think for herself and to be able to look after herself, including teaching her how to hunt and fight with weapons. He has also spent time developing her mind by teaching her strategy, disguised as chess. When their village is attacked, Lana's father is sadly killed but has eno
May 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Last Order was a gripping book that kept me on the edge of my seat as I read through this thriller. The main character is Lana and she is only 17 years old. Lana's kingdom is in chaos as the king and queen are both dead. Lana's father is fatally stabbed and he tells her some important information before he dies. He tells her that the queen is still alive, so Lana sets out on a mission to see what is true and what is not. She knows that she must do whatever it takes to save her kingdom. I lov ...more
Ryan Guy
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fast-paced, but not rushed, this novel pulled me in from the beginning. Lana, our heroine, was tough, clever, and relentless in her pursuit to fulfill her father's last request to find the queen. Chess was a reoccurring theme of the book, and Caldwell's plotting of the novel reminded me of a well-played chess match. Characters and elements of the story were brought in at the right times and, as this book was a tale of medieval battles, there were quite a few pawns sacrificed while protecting the ...more
Megan Besing
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Adventure to find one’s true worth.

Lana, not your average girly-girl, wants-or rather needs-to set things right, for her father, for her town. But soon finds herself way over her head. She has to learn to trust, read between lies, and release the regret she holds.

My favorite part…the band of gypsies!!! But it’s the simple subplots: the game of chess, family, friendships, and the possibility of love that tie the story up wonderfully.

If you’re a fan of Jennifer A. Nielsen’s "The False Prince"…La
Isabella Redwood
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
From the moment I heard the book was about female knights, I had to read it and boy was I not disappointed. Catapulted into the action from the start, you are wrapped into Lana's world, rooting for her, commiserating for her and just willing her on all the way through. I adored her relationship with the other main character Silas, and was immersed into their world effortlessly. Angela's unique skill of storytelling left me gripped to the very end with a twist I never expected. A must read for al ...more
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
The character voices added charm and personality, but the whispered narration of the entire book didn't work for me, mainly during the action scenes. The whispering works great for the drama scenes though.

The story is a bit predictable in some parts, but it has a lot of action that makes it flow better. Lana is the kind of girl who doesn’t wait for help or for a boy to solve her problems. Sometimes we need to be a little patient with her personality. I didn’t connect much with her, because my fa
Daniel Smith
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking to dive head first into a world of strong, independent, and driven characters look no further. The Last Order has everything you could want and a mystery that will have you on the edge of your seat until it's reveal. Angela's passion and gift for writing flows through the pages. You won't be disappointed!
Katie Sholty
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Last Order takes "I'm not just a little girl to a new level." At seventeen, Lana, bucks gender roles and sets off upon a quest to save the kingdom. It's a wild ride, that is full of adventure, endearing friendships, as Lana races to unlock a mystery that will change the course of the war.
Tricia Jenkins
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was so intriguing, gripping and and fast paced. from the very beginning it grips your attention and doesn't stop. the characters also make you want to keep reading. I found myself rooting for the characters as I read the book. this is a great book. I highly recommend it! !!!
Carrie Dalby
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great, adventurous read.
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ms. Caldwell's YA novel, The Last Order, is a solid story. She describes scene well and has deep, developed characters. I really enjoyed the fast paced story.
Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Was drawn to the premise of an order of women warriors - good story complete with great costuming and setting descriptions.
John Spraker
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A strong debut from an exciting storyteller.
Debra Barstad
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was a good book. Normally I don't like these type of books but this one was good. I would recommend this book. I may continue on the series to see what happens.
Feb 06, 2015 rated it liked it
*I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.*

I love books with strong heroines. That’s something that anyone who reads my reviews would know. Therefore, it’s obvious that when I saw that this book was about a group of women knights, I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to see what it was all about. What I got was a pretty interesting story, with a good group of characters.

The heroine of this novel was Lana. She went through so much, but she never lost her determination to fight. Yes,
Keith Willis
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Angela M. Caldwell’s debut The Last Order is something very different, at least to me. It’s a YA fantasy in which the protagonist is a 17-year-old girl, Lana Crewe. And Lana is no in-tune-with-the-sprites, talks-to-the-animals girl. She’ the embodiment of a warrior spirit, a take-no-prisoners, full-out hard-charging gal who’s much more at home in leather and armor than she is in frilly frocks. And she kicks some serious butt.

The Last Order starts with a bang—or at least a clash of swords—and do
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Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Overall i thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love the imagination and how she made the impossible possible for the time era. An era where women where supposed to be meek here they were strong and had saved a nation. I loved Silas. He was secretive but amazing. Always steadfast and there no matter what. His tricks were so much fun to see and how he supported Lana was great. Bowden i am on the fence about. At times you just loved him and in the end you just felt for him and wished for a better outcom ...more
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
What I liked: I really liked the story because of the world building and the way the writing works with the story. It flows brilliantly, and the scenes are never too slow to drag, but nor are they ever too fast-paced to keep up with what is happening. It’s not all battle scenes and big action moments, there are plenty of more mundane moments as well with the characters. Lana is a character who is stubborn and wants to do what she thinks is right, do what her father asked her to do. So she goes o ...more
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Angela M Caldwell is an author, photographer, and digital filmmaker. She studied video production and photography at Radford University then relocated to Los Angeles for an adventure. After seven years of city life, she moved back to Virginia. Angela loves a good story and she has a broad range of likes when it comes to reading. Just give her characters she can root for and take her on an adventur ...more

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