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The Last Grand Master (Champion of the Gods #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  221 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
Champion of the Gods: Book One

In a war that shook the earth, the six gods of Nendor defeated their brother Neldin, god of evil. For three thousand years, Nendor and the Seven Kingdoms have known peace and prosperity and Neldin's evil was nearly forgotten.

But then Meglar, wizard king of Zargon, unleashes the dark magic of the underworld and creates an army of creatures to
Kindle Edition, 370 pages
Published March 29th 2015 by DSP Publications (first published January 31st 2013)
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Experiment BL626
The story began with a blast of urgency. In the first couple chapters, our hero rode a unicorn, teleported while riding a unicorn to get there faster, swung killer magic to get through an army of bad guys, kicked some asses, — *takes a deep breathe* — rescued a surrounded party of allies leading to more ass kicking, discovered his soul mate, more magic, contributed majorly to the evacuation of a doomed kingdom, accepted his soul mate, more magic, more ass kicking, and finally when they finished ...more
Pixie Mmgoodbookreviews
5 Hearts

Review written for MM Good Book Reviews

The Seven Kingdoms are being systematically conquered by the dark wizard king, Meglar, he won’t stop until he has them all under his rule, and there is nobody powerful enough to stop him. Farrell is a young Grand Master wizard and he knows that the Gods have plans for him, he will one day have to face Meglar, but first he has to help some of the Gods followers.

This story is absolutely brilliant, an action pack
Cole Riann
Review posted at The Armchair Reader.

3.75 stars

To be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect with this novel. It's the first book of a series, and a rather long one, so I hoped that we'd get quite a bit of the story. It also seemed to be high fantasy of a sort, and definitely epic fantasy. And most of all, it was those things. There were certain things I was somewhat dissatisfied with, but I found that they were mostly while I was reading, and the last 25% plus the week I've taken between finishing
5+ Stars all the way!!

This book was simply amazing. I rarely give five stars to a book but The Last Grand Master gets 5+ Stars. The Last Grand Master is one of the first books I added to my "Goodreads "To Read" shelf back in 2013 but wanted to see if a sequel was going to be written before I invested the time (and I've been burned by a series going "dead" before). When The Eye and the Arm was released I decided it was time. I started Saturday and was blown away. Transitioned directly into the se
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Okay, no rating of this book for me because I couldn't get all of the way through it.

I really liked Andrew Gordon's writing in Un masked so even though epic fantasy so isn't my thing, I decided to give it a shot. And like many great epic fantasies before it, I just couldn't get into it. I gave it a good shot but I just kept putting it down.

This is a case of "it's not you, it's me".
May 18, 2016 marked it as dnf-bitches
Shelves: fantasy, mm
In the first chapter we have a prince/wizard, a message bird avatar of one of the gods, a super-evil magician of the Sauron variety, a bitchy unicorn and the promise of fated mates. Not to mention at least seven iterations of the following dialog:

"You shouldn't go!"
"But Honorus's avatar told me to go! "

Things aren't going to end well with me and this book.
I think I'd better quit while I am ahead.
Good thing this was free.

DNF @ 7%
Review can also be found over at my blog.

I admit it. I requested this book because of the unicorns. And despite only giving it three stars, I have no regrets.

The book started really well with lots of action and with Farrell meeting Miceral, his mate, and Nerti, the queen of unicorns who he winds up being destined to bond with. Very promising start that kept me reading, eagerly awaiting what was to happen next. Then it slowed down a lot from there. And dragged. And I had a hard time keeping mysel
Ulysses Dietz
"The Last Grand Master" is at least the first in a saga...and I will surely read the next episode.

Having taken to these fantasy world-building epics, I do find that I enjoy so much about them, but often, as is the case here, can't quite let go and get caught up in the world thus created. I never embrace the fantasy, and always feel like I'm peeking in through a window, rather than actually being there.

The image of two man-loving heroes, one a mortal wizard and one a near-immortal Viking-like wa
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Something I wanted to state clearly is that it was rather a romance book with some fantasy at the side than a fantasy book with some romance. In fact I was quite overwhelmed by the amount of the story that was taken up with the romance in comparison to defeating the dark powers. Especially so since their relationship is such an uncomplicated and never questioned one.

It's set in a fantasy realm though, with the main characters being the
Len Evans Jr
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is epic fantasy at its best with some epic gay romance as well. Just a note if you are expecting erotica from this series you will not be getting it. Honestly it is the last thing this story needs. It feels just perfect the way it is. Having read this back in 2013 when it was published and then forgotten about it I read it for a second time so I could start book 2 with alll of book 1 fresh in my memory. Reading it the 2nd time was not just as good at the first; I actually got more out ...more
Hmm, everybody else has loved this, so it must be me. There were things that didn't do it for me. I found some of the dialogue repetitious. We would hear Farrell tell the same story a couple of times. Paradoxically, there were other things that weren't explained at all. Names of people, Gods, places and sovereigns were dropped all over the place and readers just had to keep up. Normally I hate too much exposition, but in this case, I didn't think we got enough, especially in the introductory cha ...more
Damian Brzeszczyński
Okay, I don't think I'm gonna keep this one short.

Good things:
+ First of all, I liked most of the characters; they were nicely fleshed out and interesting.
+ Secondly, I loved the magic system created in the book; it was truly fascinating and, to my honest surprise, rather complicated.
+ Also, most fight scenes were very well described. To be honest, it is both a good and a bad thing, because it made some of them reeealy long :)

Things I didn't really enjoy:
- I have to say that, when I was half
This book lost me about half way through. The beginning was action packed and fast moving and then it slowed down to a crawl and... I kinda just stopped caring what happened because it just seemed to be taking forever. Normally, I adore long books, but only if they keep a good pace. It just seemed like the book hit a period of filler. That went on and on and... I stopped reading.
Lillian Francis
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
First part of a trilogy. This ends at a suitable point in the proceedings but the main threat is still to be dealt with. Therefore this book can't really be read on it's own.

The relationship isn't the main focus of the book and there is little to no conflict there. Farrell and Miceral are fated mates (although we know Farrell is attracted to Miceral when he first sees him) and they fall for each other quickly, moving in together within days. The heat factor here is very low with most scenes mere
First, the horribly truncated summary: An awesome god-chosen wizard and his warrior lover ride their unicorns to… umm… well, there is an evil wizard.

Typical unicorn mythology does not apply here. It makes me thankful because I would like to ride one myself. And, as established by friends/colleagues, I have no virtue left.

Well, I might have some, but the parts of me requiring the virtue for a unicorn moving right along…

*deep breath* I will try to rein in my snark on this one. I received this book
Love Bytes Reviews
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 Heart Review by Dan

This is my first Andrew Q. Gordon book and it definitely will not be my last! I picked this book up on a whim when another reviewer had to give up this book and the second one in the series. I am sooooo happy that I did!

First I would like to say that some of the stuff in the blurb above occurs before the actual beginning of this book. It is great background to have. I didn’t really pick up the six gods and didn’t know much about the 7th, Neldin, although Neldin’s name popped
Annette Gisby
4.5 stars rounded up to 5

This was a wonderful, romantic adventure tale. This is epic fantasy at its best. The reader is thrust straight into the action, as one of the first scenes is Farrell going to help at the request of the unicorns and during the battle he meets his mate, the one who the gods have chosen for him. Miceral is one of the Muchari, immortal warriors - I suppose something like elves, but there are no pointy ears here.

Farrell is surprised that Miceral is his mate, he is very insecu
Tali Spencer
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f-sf, m-m
This book is high fantasy on a grand scale, taking place in a richly realized alternate world populated by both familiar fantasy tropes like wizards and unicorns and a great swaths of vivid imagination. I absolutely love the vigorous world building and the broad scope of the world Gordon has created. In the very first chapter we meet Farrell, the prince of Haven, and learn he is far more than a prince: though young, he is the most powerful wizard of his generation. He’s also charged by the world ...more
Anne Barwell
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, m-m
'The Last Grand Master' reminds me of why I love reading fantasy series. This book, which is book 1 in the 'Champion of the Gods' series takes the time to set up a realistic world populated by intriguing characters, but doesn’t slow the story down in doing so. It’s not just the two leads—Farrell and Miceral—who are three dimensional but the supporting characters who are interesting in their own right. I loved the unicorns, and their society and relationships with other characters. Very imaginati ...more
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bought-and-kept
This book was a recommendation from a Goodreads Author (Rob Colton) and I found it to be an excellent recommendation. I recommend it to others because it is well crafted and in my opinion still unique.

The book is written with a comfortable blend of the genres of science fiction and gay romance. We have to be honest, science fiction can be dry at times with unending details, descriptions and back stories, while gay romance is often fluffy, wonderfully predictable and at times depends much too muc
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love to read, but I am also very selective in what I do read. If the book does not hold my attention, motivate my senses, and present a well developed intelligent story, I lose interest very quickly. Science fiction and fantasy were rarely something that I read as a youth, and it was not until law school that my roommate introduced me to a variety of fiction and fantasy works popular in the day. The door was opened; my mind absorbed the creativity and wonder of the authors’ minds and imaginati ...more
Mar 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
I had several problems with this one that affected my experience reading it.
First of all: the writing, more specifically, the dialogs.
They were so damn long and wordy that they felt like monologues. Unnecessary long explanations about everything that was going on, very long sentences where a simple “thank you”, “yes” or “no” would have suffice. It really bored me.
Second: The insta love
Sometimes insta love works for me or, at least, it doesn’t bother me, but sometimes it really does. I wish autho
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How did I miss reading Andrew Q. Gordon’s The Last Great Master before now? As a huge fan of high fantasy, I routinely scan my favorite publishers’ websites for new books in the genre. Regardless, I’m now hooked on this series! Too bad I have to wait for the next volume to arrive. The first book introduces us to the damaged but powerful Farrell, the last grand master of the title. He meets his soul mate in the first thrilling battle we see against his foe, the evil wizard Meglar. The novel has a ...more
Cate Ashwood
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Normally, I am not a fantasy type girl, and so honestly this is not the type of book that I would normally choose, but the first thing that intrigued me about this book was the cover (I know, I know), but it just draws you in.
And then I read it.
And I loved it.
Andrew Q Gordon may have converted me.
First of all, the characters were beautifully created. I liked Farrell immediately and Miceral was just so charismatic. More than that, I loved their relationship.
What I loved even more than the ch
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a solid four stars. The characters were likable, the plot was interesting, and the magic was very well thought out.

That being said, there were many instances where there was an opportunity presented for the characters to be greatly challenged, when instead everything is just made hunky dory by magic. There's a bit of suspension of disbelief that they get off scot-free. Near deadly wounds? 100% fixed with magic. Insurmountable odds? Come out completely unscathed due to magic. It jus
Anyta Sunday
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Last Grand Master promises to take you to a fantastical place with high adventure in an unknown world filled with magic, Gods, and hot warrior men.

I loved the action in this novel, the clear lines between good and evil, and I cheered on Farrell as he fought against Meglar’s minions. To sweeten the pot, there is a sweet and interesting love story between Farrell and Miceral. These two men captured my heart and I was sighing something chronic when they finally had their marriage ceremony.

Read before buying! And don't be deceived by the first chapter.
It feels like something a thirteen year old would write. Childish dialogues , too much forced focus and emphasis on romance which gives the relationship between two main characters a fake and sham feeling. Lacks artistic unity.
I highly regret that I bought this book and its two following volumes based on high ratings and good reviews and can only suggest to any one interested in reading this book to borrow a copy or at least read the
Traci Kurtz
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book & am looking forward to the next one. That is all I care about when I rate a book. I have read the reviews that stated what they saw as flaws and I see their points. But this is what is important to me in a book. Did I like the characters in the book? Did they have flaws that made them less than perfect & stay true to how they were portrayed throughout the book? Was the setting interesting to me? Did the plot hold my attention? Yes to all of these. This a serie ...more
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.75 stars

I have no words to describe how much this book has impressed me. Coming from the author who has co-penned “Unmasked”, I knew this would be a great read. But, to be honest, it wasn’t just great – it was outstanding! Andrew Q. Gordon has proved it with this book that he is the likes of ”Rick Riordan” or “Stephen King” in the making. Yes, TLG is that good! It is excellent.

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After a minor in creative writing in college, Andrew Q. Gordon decided to become old and stodgy and went to law school. At the urging of his partner, he returned to creative writing almost two decades later . Still working as a lawyer, he and his husband of seventeen years and their dogs live in the DC area. In 2011 they welcomed their daughter into their family. Andrew still manages to write afte ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Champion of the Gods (4 books)
  • The Eye and the Arm (Champion of the Gods, #2)
  • Kings of Lore and Legend (Champion of the Gods, #3)
  • Child of Night and Day (Champion of the Gods, #4)

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