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The Last Motley

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Motleys. Candy-colored creatures with dark powers to drain the souls of men. That’s what Roderick always thought. Until he met one. Now he’s not so sure. But with seemingly everyone in the province hunting the motley down, he must quickly decide which side he’s on.

Is the motley the living nightmare the legends say? Or just a child cursed by magic? Should Roderick save him
Kindle Edition, 422 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by Giraffix Media
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I’ve never read anything from D.J. Edwardson before, but The Last Motley has cemented him as one of my favorite indie authors. This book was captivating from beginning to end, and an excellent example of Christian fantasy done right. While I don’t complain about the many fantasy novels built around romantic relationships, I did find it refreshing that the central dynamic in this story was between a father and a child he essentially adopts as his son early in the book. The main protagonist, Roder ...more
Deborah O'Carroll
(Originally posted on my book blog:

Well, here’s one for the favorite books list! Absolutely delightful fantasy, one of the best I’ve read! I loved it so much! ^_^

Here are 10 (ish) things I love about The Last Motley.

1. It’s familiar and new all at once. It feels like a classic sort of fantasy tale, while at the same time being quite unique and not at all what you’d think! There are a few plot twists near the end which kept me on my toes (one of them I’m
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DNF @ p62 because books that start out interesting and then quickly fall into bland, boring tropes are something I generally avoid.
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
eldom do I come to the end of a book with such a strong desire to flip back to the front and re-read the entire thing, just so that I can hang out with the characters some more, but The Last Motley was one where I was sorely tempted to do just that. However, I have other reading commitments at the moment, so re-reading this delightful adventure will have to wait. But I can relive it a little bit by telling you about it. I shall attempt to avoid spoilers…

Slide over, Tolkien, Lewis, and MacDonald
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-keepers
4.5 stars for one of the most interesting and beautifully written fantasy quests I've ever read. I had no idea what to expect from the story by the intriguing cover (I read it before reading the back blurb), but the story sucked me in from the first page. I love the MC, Roderick the humble tailor. He has become my favorite book Dad, ever! Such a compassionate and God-fearing husband and father, he makes the perfect reluctant hero and guardian for the frightened young orphan, Jacob (the "motley") ...more
Elizabeth Rawls
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful fantasy adventure for the whole family.
J.L. Mbewe
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Edwardson is an amazing storyteller. Tight, clean prose. Descriptions are well done. The setting and the characters all came alive for me. The way the characters, storyline, descriptions, and all came together is well done as well. The story had a nice pacing, not fast, sometimes a bit slow when I wanted to skip ahead to see what would happen next. Ha! BUT I didn't. The bumbling main character with the heart of gold steals your own. It's not exactly your typical fantasy adventure quest. The hero ...more
Stargazer R. L.
The Last Motley is a journey across a multi-landscaped world, with a colorful cast of unique and interesting characters, on a quest which is highly original, with many twists upon the way.

Roderick is an extremely lovable, honest, up-standing tailor. He's not a great larger-than-life hero who can do anything at all—he's Roderick, a simple tailor who can love and pray. And in a way that sort of almost makes him the above. As the story is seen through his eyes, it was fun to see how he saw the worl
Savannah Jezowski
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I saw the cover for this book, I knew I had to read it. It spoke to me in a way most covers don’t. The story was no less compelling. I loved it. The unique story, the rich world and colorful characters, the Tolkienesque feel…brilliantly done.

A few things I liked:

1. The premise
The whole idea of the story really intrigued and held my attention. A little boy is cursed with a terrible magic and our unlikely hero must set out to try to save him. Along the way he meets colorful characters, imposs
Lucy Rollins
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Now that is how you write a story. The tale of Roderick and Jacob on a journey to free Jacob of a magical curse is the best I have read in a while. Reading about the author and how he was inspired by JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis, you can see how they influenced this novel. Unlike another book I have read recently where they also undertook a big journey which was way too short and not detailed enough, this journey was full of adventure, trials, triumphs, twists and turns, and also incorporated good v ...more
C.J. Milbrandt
Roderick the tailor discovers a boy who seems lost and alone, only to recoil at the vivid pattern of diamonds decorating his skin. He grew up hearing terrible tales of these motleys, yet more and more, Roderick sees a frightened boy in desperate need of help ... and of a home. To break the curse that threatens young Jacob's life, they must undertake a perilous journey.

Merchants and farmers. Alchemy and music. Honorable scholars and greedy magicians. Quaint cottages and bleak castles. Cheerful pi
Nicole Moses
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Just wow!

This book was excellent! I loved every bit of it! Couldn't put it down! Totally clean, well written, exciting, unique. The book was surprisingly emotional, but not in a cheesy, weepy way. The characters felt very real, especially Roderick. Good, honest, and average, he's very relatable while still managing to be a hero. I loved it and definitely recommend! If this is just the first in a trilogy, I can't wait for the rest! (It is NOT a cliffhanger. The story is very well resolved by
Brian Lewis
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh buttons, what a great book! I read about 1 chapter each night and enjoyed every one. Fighting, spirits, magic, love and adventure, the Last Motley weaves them all together in an enjoyable book with surprises around each corner. First book I have read by the author, but will not be the last. Excellent!
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
I really enjoyed this story. Everything about it was so great, from the creative descriptions, to the plot twists and turns, and each of the totally lovable characters. Really good Christian fantasies are difficult to find, but D. J. Edwardson did an amazing job! I highly recommend this book!
C. McIntosh
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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J.M. Stengl
This is a simply told yet surprisingly complex fantasy about an epic journey to save the world from evil magic. It is also the story of one ordinary man's unselfish fatherly love for an orphan boy.

With plenty of interesting characters, a well-defined story world, and a unique premise, this story kept me coming back for more. It is a slow yet steady build of action, adding characters to the mix along the way, and the climax is a "boom" of action and thrills!

Rather than reveal any spoilers, I will
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Last Motley is an excellent fantasy read. I love that the hero is the seemingly least likely of all the characters. He's unlearned, untrained, naive, entirely too trusting, and one of the best characters I've experienced in a very long time. The story has some very action-y moments, but the writer is talented enough not to have to rely on action to carry his story forward. There is a heavy religious tone, but it never crosses the line to preachiness. I would definitely read more fantasy by t ...more
Jacob Stock
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a great trip through Arrin! I enjoyed the story and found it to be full of positive loving characters. It is a great read and a great story for all ages. I think the story ends with a bit of a Charles Williams twist, but I enjoyed it. Good authorship and great morals. I think the story deserves a look. I hope this independent author really makes it!
Beth Wangler
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
A story with an interesting premise and heartwarming characters. I enjoyed the perspective of the main character, a tailor in way over his head on this dangerous quest, and loved that the main relationship was a father-and-adopted-son. I had a bit of a hard time getting into the story, but I think that was related to my own life circumstances.
Kendra Ardnek
Sep 07, 2019 marked it as dnf
DNF at 24% Nothing personal with the book, just not a story that appeals to me right now. May come back to it later.
Absolutely FANTASTIC story!! Roderick and Jacob's journey to the tower pulled me in from page one and didn't let go at the end. Every character was craftily described and I loved them all! It is a book all ages will enjoy for years to come.

I was gifted an ARC in return of an honest review. 5 stars is not even close to enough!
Joseph Leskey
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anybody
Ah ha! This is a very fine book, ladies and gentlemen, very fine indeed, and one that's very much worth one's valuable time, or else the Earth is cubical. And, don't you know, I do believe that as I write this review the book is available for $0.99, which is an interesting thought.

Ah, but I see you're possibly not having any of this nonsense. "Why don't you prove it?" you might be wailing. This betrays distrust in my potentially baseless claims, and it's a good thing I'm not too sensitive about
May 07, 2020 rated it liked it
DNF — it’s just too clunky

I just couldn’t finish it. Saintly Roderick the tailor and Bethany his wife with their abiding faith in Adonai seemed too cardboard, and at 30% in, I’ve learned nothing about the other characters. I have nothing at all against faith, in fact the opposite, but I really think fantasy authors should come up with their own belief systems, not insert poorly disguised Christianity into alien worlds. IMO, using ‘Adonai’ as the name for God is lazy and too obviously references
Kim  Gregory
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a strange story for me. I was interested in it off and on. I think that that was partially because it was so full of hard times that there was no real break from the tension the group of travelers was under.
Jacob is a young boy who is a motley, a rare cursed race that brings darkness into the world - or so it is believed.
Roderick is a believer in Adonai, he and his wife and little adopted daughter. Roderick finds Jacob at his market stall and at first is afraid of him because of the t
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When Roderick encounters a little boy outside his stall in the market, he sees only a thin woebegone boy. Or does he? Could this child really be a motley, a harbinger of nightmares? Roderick isn't sure but after strange visitors and ruffians, Roderick must decide for himself. Is this a child cursed by magic or a living nightmare? Should, he, a poor tailor help this motley or let those searching for him have him?

At first I was not sure about this book. It was good, don't get me wrong, but I wasn'
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Last Motley is a whimsical, patchwork fantasy with plenty of twists and turns and a good-hearted tailor as the hero.

Colorful landscapes and atmospheric locations are part of the story's charm, though the worldbuilding could have been tighter. The gypsy stereotype gave me pause and was a shame since the supporting characters drawn from that camp were deftly sketched personalities who could have played their parts without the added baggage.

The ending is nicely foreshadowed; enough so that by
C.O. Bonham
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Last Motley by DJ Edwardson is a fantasy adventure about family, faith, and purpose.

I loved the main character Rodrick a simple tailor who stumbles onto a legendary creature know as a Motley. He soon discovers the creature is no more than a young human boy under a horrible curse. Rodrick decides to risk it all to help Jacob lift the curse and make the young orphan part of his family.

The last Motley is full of adventure, danger, magic and heart.
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very Good and Original story

I do wonder where the rest of the trilogy will go, because this book was pretty well wrapped up at the end story wise. It was a interesting book, and the magic system is novel . Good father son relationship depicted. The book is appropriate for all ages, no swearing, etc. I am going to be sharing it with my 11 year old, but for all that, it is not a childish book.
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A man and wife find a boy called a motley and decide to keep him as one of their own.
They already have children.
Men tell them have to get to a certain place to get rid of the magic in th motley before it destroys the world.

A wonderful story about magic and a little boy gets a family

"I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book."
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed the book. It was an easy read that kept my attention throughout the story. Lots of action with interesting fantasy. Often when I thought I had characters figured out, something happened and I wasn't sure what to think. ...more
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DJ Edwardson traveled a lot when he was younger. These days he’s busy crafting exotic destinations of his own. Although he has written both Science Fiction and Fantasy novels, he likes to say he writes in the “genre of imagination”.

He has a degree in English from Cornell College where his emphasis was on the works of Shakespeare. He’s tried his hand at both acting and directing in the theater, but

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