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The Last Son of Ahriman

(Ahriman #1)

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His family massacred, a boy must claim a dark inheritance and wage war against a greater evil.

Seventeen-year-old Simon Bell of San Pedro was never meant to bear the mantle of destiny, but when his parents and brother are killed and the soul of his sister stolen, the burden is forced upon him.

Across the gulfs of space and time Ahriman, the Dark Planet, spreads Its tendrils
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 16th 2014 by Hunt Press (first published January 4th 2014)
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Mana Taylor-Hall
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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The Not-Chosen Hero

Simon Bell is his family's middle child. Not the talented and well-trained brother. Not the youngest with that extra special spark. But when his parents and brother are killed at what should have been his brothers destined moment, Simon is instead chosen to bear forces and magic that were never his birthright.

Ahriman's dark magic fuses with the high-school aged Simon and he is left trying to hold the small shreds of what had been his life before while learning to use and contr
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Fredric
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Compelling story and characters, but occasionally weirdly written, sometimes even with grammatical errors. As though it wasn't proof-read. Still, an enjoyable read, and I will be picking up the next book in the series.
Fanbase Press
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The following review was originally posted on Fanboy Comics at the following link:
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'The Last Son of Ahriman:' Book Review
by Claire Thorne, Fanboy Comics Contributor



If you can survive the opening scene of The Last Son of Ahriman, you’ll be doing good. I don’t mean that in a it-takes-a-while-to-get-into-the-story kind of way. I mean it in a do-your-best-not-to-get-eaten-by-a-horrible-monster-or-sucked-into-a-terrifying-portal-to-a-hell-dimension kind of way.

T
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J. Ringo
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What can I say? I've long been a fan of Robinson's work, but I think that this might be his greatest achievement yet. Taking the framework of YA fiction and adding to it elements of such sources as Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the good seasons), Garth Nix, and Alain-Fournier, he manages to craft something wholly unique and remarkable.


Simon Bell is an ordinary teenager who finds himself thrust into a decidedly extraordinary situation after the supernatural murder of mos
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Leila
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In a sea of very similar YA novels, Robinson's stands out firmly with dark themes and interesting characters. Simon is a little hard to love, but for all of the right reasons, and it never occurred to me to abandon the book because of it. As in all of his other novels, Robinson's characters are very obviously flawed humans, with their own strengths and weaknesses that appropriately lend themselves to the narrative.

I strongly feel that there's not enough horror in this genre (the closest I tend t
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Clarissa
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you can survive the opening scene of The Last Son of Ahriman, you’ll be doing good. I don’t mean that in a it-takes-a-while-to-get-into-the-story kind of way. I mean it in a do-your-best-not-to-get-eaten-by-a-horrible-monster-or-sucked-into-a-terrifying-portal-to-a-hell-dimension kind of way.

This opening scene is worthy of being the ultimate climax of the book. Justin Robinson immediately throws his readers into the action, yet at the same time accomplishes a fair amount of exposition while w
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Clint Wolf
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Adolescence is a difficult enough time, but can you imagine adding being a living gateway to the madness and power of an alien god to the mix?

Simon Bell doesn't have to. His family is a lineage that has danced for generations on the razor's edge of insanity, embracing a dark bargain just enough to empower themselves as guardians against our world's destruction. Simon's brother was next in line, but Fate had other ideas. Now he must find a way to control and channel the darkness or we will all p
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Melissa Fry Beasley
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was my first experience with Robinson's work, but from the beginning recognized Justin as a distinctly different voice in a vast sea of sameness. Not at all what I was expecting, The Last son of Ahriman proved to be far more than your run of the mill YA novel. Genre bending at its finest, this story contained enough elements to hold the attentions of sci-fi and fantasy lovers alike, with enough action and excitement to satiate the adrenaline junkie in all of us. Garnished with more than a s ...more
Penny
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Do you ever think to yourself that you like urban fantasy, coming of age stories, and also a hefty dose of horrors from beyond space, but not enough authors are putting these great tastes together? Look no further: this is the book for you. Simon is thrust suddenly into a role he wasn't prepared for and doesn't want and must embrace magic, develop the discipline to control it, and continue to maintain a semblance of normality at high school as he and his friends have their entire lives turned in ...more
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Much like film noir, Justin Robinson was born and raised in Los Angeles. He splits his time between editing comic books, writing prose and wondering what that disgusting smell is. Degrees in Anthropology and History prepared him for unemployment, but an obsession with horror fiction and a laundry list of phobias provided a more attractive option.

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Ahriman (3 books)
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  • The New Dawn of Ahriman (Ahriman, #3)

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