A Fool's Hope
War takes everything.
From Tinnstra, it took her family and thrust her into a conflict she wanted only to avoid. Now her queen's sole protector, she must give everything she has left to keep Zorique safe.
It has taken just as much from Jia's revolutionaries. Dren and Jax - battered, tortured, once enemies themselves - now must hold strong against their bruised in...more
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ARC provided by the publisher—Gollancz—in exchange for an honest review.
A Fool’s Hope wonderfully surprised me; it is one of the finest middle installment I’ve ever read.
Alright, it is frankly unbelievable and ridiculous that many fantasy readers haven’t started reading this trilogy yet. I finished reading We Are the Dead earlier this year, and I was amazed by it already. A Fool’s Hope, the second book in The Last Wa ...more
A Fool's Hope picks up events about a minute after the conclusion of We Are the Dead. Tinnstra and four-year-old Queen Zorique are on the deck of a ship in the Golden Channel seeking to escape to the shores of Meigore. Having been wracked with fear, with death and destruction seeming to follow the pair, they are at last hoping to receive refuge with Zorique's uncle - the King of Me ...more
Good Afternoon Bookish Folk!
It is Monday, and thankfully I am not in work until tomorrow so I can write up my review of Mike Shackle’s second book to The Last War series: A Fool’s Hope!
I am absolutely thrilled to be able To read and review this book, it is a dark and sensational follow up to the first book: We Are The Dead!
Here are a few things you can expect from :
Epic battles filled with bloody desperation;
An excellently written ...more
Many People say that the second book is often the weakest and the hardest to write book in a trilogy. I completely disagree with that statement. Some of my most favorite books of trilogies are the second tomes. My two most favorite examples are The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers and the Nevernight Chronicles, Darkdawn. And like those two I have to admit I enjoyed reading A Fool’s Hope even more than its predecess ...more
Read on for my review! There are spoilers for We Are the Dead, but I think I manage to avoid spoilers for A Fool's Hope.
I’ll start by saying We Are the Dead, book one in the series, was one of my favourite books of the year and, in a time of pandemi ...more
“War’s orchestra played its merry tune in the distance: explosions, screams, steel beating steel and the Gods only knew what else. Yas barely noticed it. Death and destruction had become as commonplace as birdsong.”
It’s not much of a secret that I first got interested in The Last War series by Mike Shackle, when I saw Jen’s updates while reading We Are the Dead and Shackle’s reactions to it. Then I got a copy myself thanks to Shackle’s ...more
My expectations for Mike Shackle were set sky high upon the completion of We are the Dead. I was left wondering, how on earth could he possible top this and where would the story go. These questions were answered in spades as I have come to learn that Mike Shackle is not one to shy away from curveballs, blood, and betrayals. The story ended up going in a completely different direction than I thought entering book 2 and upon finishing the novel, I am ready ...more
Both Fool's Hope and We Are The Dead, are a tale of War. However, this is not epic fantasy battles where everyone puffs out their chest and prepares for combat. This is war in its most brutal and basest form. And guess what, it ain't pretty!
If you have read the first book in Mike Shakle's 'The Last War' series you know what to expect, right? Wrong!
Yep, you got it f ...more
We are the dead was easily in my top five reads of 2019 which considering the wealth of amazing fantasy content being released is no mean feat. A Fools Hope had been top of my TBR list ever since so when I was able to get my hands on an early release ARC I was extremely excited but also very nervous.
I find many second books in trilogies often suffer from fatigue and often meander on, not quite living up to the buzz of the first but not quite moving ...more
This is such a strong second book. Oftentimes, sequels fall short, but if anything, this book is more exciting than its predecessor.
Immediately Tinnstra puts to good use her character development from book one and shows us what a badass she's become, whilst still maintaining her very real, very human fears of death.
Same goes for Dren. Boy's g ...more
A Fool’s Hope is a resounding success and tops what was created on the base foundation of We are the Dead. It surpasses We are the Dead, and I am pleasantly pleased to see more hope and less grimdark! Wars, intrigues, plots surround character arcs like a never-ending destiny of fate that spins the fates of women and men’s lives. Many characters evolve during the seeming mass of bloodshed and c ...more
The second, "a fools hope" was my most anticipated book for 2020 and oh boy did it live up to its expectations and then some!
The book kicks off right where the first started. It continues with the element of no hero is safe and you are continuously worried for the main characters knowing that none are safe.
Shackle has worked out the book perfectly. Introducing new places and characters without over burdening an ...more
A Fool’s Hope by Mike Shackle is the superb sequel to We Are The Dead. It takes all that was great about that opening book of The Last War trilogy and runs with it in a story that, as the name kind of suggests, is themed around hope. The hope gets a bit of kicking though as the book lives up to its place in the ‘Grimdark’ genre.
The plot picks up almost immediately where We Are The Dead left off. The Eg ...more
This is the second installment in an exciting and well written fantasy series.
It's gritty, fast paced, action packed and highly entertaining.
The author is an excellent story teller, the world building is amazing and the characters are fascinating.
The tightly knitted plot kept me hooked and it's full of twists and turns.
I can't wait to read the next book, this one is highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all o ...more
Last year Mike Shackle burst onto the scene with the dark and exciting first entry in his The Last War fantasy series, We are the Dead, an outstanding read which followed a group of resistance fighters in a feudal Japan inspired fantasy nation that had been brutally conquered by its neighbours. I did not get a chance t ...more