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The Last Stormlord

(Stormlord #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  6,809 ratings  ·  303 reviews
Shale is the lowest of the low-an outcast from a poor village in the heart of the desert. In the desert water is life, and currency, and Shale has none. But he has a secret. It's the one thing that keeps him alive and may save all the cities of the Quartern in the days to come. If it doesn't get him killed first. . .

Terelle is a slave fleeing a life as a courtesan. She fin
Paperback, 674 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Orbit (first published September 1st 2009)
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Mayim de Vries Yes, even two; each based on a different trope: friends to lovers and enemies to lovers.

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I was describing this book to someone as Game of Thrones, only set in a desert where magicians are responsible for bringing the rains and water is the ultimate currency. But honestly, that doesn't quite do this book justice, as it's much better written than Game of Thrones and doesn't quite wallow in the physical and sexual violence like GoT does - not to say that this isn't a brutal MF of a book; it is.

Set in the Quartern, a desert land
Feb 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Sometimes you find a fantasy novel that's not extremely original, but is so much plain fun to read that you just can't help but love it. The Last Stormlord by Glenda Larke is one of those books: despite using some recognizable fantasy templates, it's a great story and a book I found extremely hard to put down.

Whenever the main character in a fantasy novel is poor and young, you can be almost certain that they're destined for great things later in the book or series. The Last Stormlord uses this
Mayim de Vries
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
“It’s about justice. And compassion. And children dying.”

And also about water. Or rather a land without water and with a bloody power struggle. It might be wrong to write this in the times of the climate change but this was just fun to read. Just a perfect book for a hot summer.

I took “The Last Stormlord” on a whim; sometimes this happens that it is neither the author nor the title or the cover art (we have all fallen for that at least once, have we not?) but the book itself. It just jumps out,
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is good. In fact it is very, very good. On the cover it says " Glenda Larke is magical " and she is.
The world she builds in this book is certainly magical - one where water is not just the basis of life but is also daily currency, one where Storm Lords can raise clouds from the ocean and direct the rain to where it is needed and one where anyone who is water sensitive is automatically in a position of power.
Such a great story and wonderful characters. I cannot wait to find out what ha
Shari  Mulluane
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wheee! What a great read and a great tale. This story has everything I love about epic fantasy. A unique and well defined magic system. Characters I could both love and hate. A well written and fully realized world I could literally lose myself in. Fantasy just doesn’t get any better than this.
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May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 stars. What a book, what an amazing book! This was a re-read and I loved it just as much as I did the first time! This, boys and girls, is how you do unique world building! FRTC very soon!
Traci Loudin
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book rocks. It's adeptly written. The world lives and breathes, as do the characters. If I hadn't already set up the rest of my TBR list through the rest of the year, I'd be going straight onto the next book.

In many ways, this first book is a coming of age story for the waterless boy who was once known only as Shale and for the almost-courtesan Terrelle. From the beginning, I was terrified the author would track into horrifying territory with the child courtesan, yet Terrelle deftly avoids
Maria V. Snyder
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've been staying away from Epic Fantasy novels for a number of years. I look at the thick, one to two inch spines and return the book to my shelf. I just didn't have the time nor the mental dexterity to keep track of a ton of characters, the history of the world, and the political wrangling like Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin.

I recently went on a vacation to the beach and I picked up my copy of The Last Stormlord, by Glenda Larke and put it in my suitcase. I'm so glad I did!

Yes, she has
Sep 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, magic
Not sure whether I'll continue or not. Unfortunately the characters I like the most are minor characters so I'm not sure how much I'll see of the later on. (view spoiler). Of the two main characters there is one that I really can't stand. Terrell. I pretty much didn't agree with a majority of the choices she made throughout the book. Such as in the beginning. Now I understand and get why she would want to escape the life that was to be her fut
Its been so long since I've read a straight fantasy that I've almost forgotten what its like. Don't get me wrong I love my urban fantasies, my romance fantasies...but I miss my straight ones. Glenda Larke is a favorite of mine from her 'Isles of Glory' books (of which I still haven't read book 3...), I'd even put her on par with my enjoyment of the Mistborn books or Tredana books honestly.

Stormlord starts out rather bleakly. Terelle has a dark future ahead of her as a handmaiden in Madame Opal's
Melissa Hayden
Apr 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This book is set in a world where rain doesn't come regularly and water is a very precious item. Rains are scheduled by the Cloudmaster, or Stormlords. Water has to be separated from the sea, as a pure water vapor, then the cloud is moved up toward the moutain ranges so the water runs down toward all the cities again or to the regions to get the water. The water is released as rain and stored in cisterns to be rationed out. However, you learn there are many people who don't have water rights and ...more
3.5 stars

First of all, this book deals with a very intersting and important topic: the shortage of water. What does a society look like if water is the most precious good? Which measures are morally acceptable if the population outgrows the ressources? I really enjoyed seeing these issues (that might become more and more relevant in our real world!) being depicted in a fantasy book.
I also really liked the worldbuilding.

When it comes to the plot, I'm a little bit torn. There were two povs I reall
Sara J. (kefuwa)
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
You know it's a good book when your brain space after reading it is still filled with the images of the world inside the book and the faces of the characters you come to love and hate.

This is a great fantasy yarn with some typical fantasy elements, an interesting premise, great characters & world building. I breezed through this book and usually that indicates how good the story telling is for me. Some really great characters & relationships in this too.

Jumped straight to Book #2 after this one.
Laylah Hunter
Aug 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
Gave up on this one about 80% of the way through when I realized I wasn't enjoying it and hadn't been for a while. I get uncomfortable pretty fast with books that need to spend a lot of time on reminding you that the characters have suffered! so! much! -- not uncomfortable in a "this is disturbing" way, more in a "what, don't you trust me to sympathize with the characters?" way.

Some interesting political maneuvering, and I love the sensual attention paid to the desert itself, but the main charac
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Spoiler-FREE review of ‘The Last Stormlord’

“I shall come back. I’ll find a way. Somehow I’ll find a way. I swear it.”

4.0/5.0 The Last Stormlord, by Glenda Larke, is the first of book of the Stormlord series. The books centers around a young boy named Shale, growing up in a poor community and a young girl named Terrell trying to escape a life in an upscale brothel. It focuses on a world where water is a luxury and is used as the currency throughout the society. Where bathing and washing
Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
What does it take for a book to win 5 stars from me? Quite a bit. The Last Stormlord excels in some of my favorite areas. First, it grabs your attention from the start. I love it when a book jumps right in with the daily life of a character. This one starts out in a snuggery where our main character is working to pay off her water debt. What is a snuggery and what is a water debt you say? Well a snuggery is the nicest word I've ever seen for a brothel and a water debt is what you have to pay bac ...more
Dec 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-books, favorites
I don’t even know how long this book has been sitting on my TBR list, why do I always let the good ones sit on my shelves?

Right from the beginning The Last Stormlord had me hooked. Which considering I started it at about 11pm might not have been a good thing. For the most part I really enjoyed the characters. Each character was different, and many of them driven by different motives. Which I enjoyed learning about. The world also fascinated me, though we only got to really learn about two sectio
Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
A page turner with a premise that's oodles of fun. I could almost feel the desert sun beating down on my back as I read this in the cold dead of night. And those giant, wriggly centiped-y things? Love them!

Ryka is my heroine of the year. She's smart, capable, isn't conventionally attractive, but best of all never pulls the 'she was beautiful all along but didn't notice' trope... and STILL gets to win the sexy man at the end! That's a rare gem (the only other literary example I can think of is Di
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
Dec 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Great characters, not battle heavy, but still with a sense of danger throughout. It's the first book in the series, so there is a lot of setting the stage, getting introduced to a lot of characters, but I never felt overwhelmed or lost. It also didn't "stall" in the middle, but kept my attention the whole time. It flowed very well. I also liked that it didn't take forever for the characters to start to intersect. If you are a big fan of war driven fantasy, then you'll probably be disappointed. I ...more
Brian Taylor
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Hey, everyone. I’m back with another Fantasy book review. I just finished Glenda Larke’s The Last Stormlord and am looking forward to picking up the sequel! I think many of you will like it too.

From the publisher:

Shale is the lowest of the low-an outcast from a poor village in the heart of the desert. In the desert water is life, and currency, and Shale has none. But he has a secret. It’s the one thing that keeps him alive and may save all the cities of the Quartern in the days to come. If it do
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: high-fantasy
Rating: 8/10

You can read my full length review of this book at Another World. Below is an overview of my thoughts about it.

This first instalment of The Stormlord Trilogy is the book that finally made me consciously realise why fictional bad guys always lose/fail: they are idiots whose hair-brained schemes invariably seem calculated to ensure defeat. Needless to say, the character revealed to be “the bad guy” of the story is most definitely from this school of villainy. But leaving aside
A great read can show up unexpectedly. Browsing shelves of a used book store this review took a chance on a book by an author he had never heard of. 1/3 in, a new love is discovered.

Something of a Dune vibe, water is king and everything revolves around it. The only water available is the undrinkable sea, moved and purified to the cities on the loam by Stormlords. At the time of the book, the world is down to one man with this power, and his time is running short.

Though never gratuitous with the
Beaulah Pragg
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When I read the pitch for this book, I wasn't entirely sure whether it was something I wanted to read or not, but within the first page, I was hooked. Terelle is living in a 'Snuggery', a polite word for a brothel, and desperately doesn't want to grow up to be one of Madam Opal's girls - but the clock is ticking and her fate is fast approaching.
I immediately wanted to know how she would escape. Through her eyes, I came to know the world of the Quarten, desperately dry and entirely dependant on t
I'm half way through Stormlord Rising, so am a bit confused about which incidents occurred in which book. The Last Stormlord started off slow, as is common with most first fantasy novels considering they all require world building. Albeit slow, the world building was very smooth; Glenda neither threw random facts at us nor did she obscure anything leaving us clueless. I enjoyed getting to know the Quartern's inhabitants, we were mainly introduced to the Scarpen and the Gibber, while The Red Quar ...more
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. The world is wonderfully imaginative--a land where water is rare and precious; every interaction revolves around obtaining and keeping water; for hundreds of years there have been stormlords who could bring in clouds and enough rain to keep people alive; but the last stormlord is dying and the world will die with him unless something is done.

The characters are richly developed. The heroes are flawed--I found myself arguing with my favorite characters not because they were being
I only really picked this book up because I liked the cover but it has turned out to be one of my favourite reads of the year so far. The world built is detailed and it's structure well explained. The idea of a world where the water supply and distribution is entirelty controlled by man is really interesting and the issues it throws up are believable despite the fantastical nature of the story. The characters are fantastic too; they are complex and their opinions and motives are not always black ...more
Jenny Delandro
Aug 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This book started quite slow for me.
But everything begins to suck you in...
there are little introductions to major characters and unexpected encounters
just when you think that a character is one of the good guys... it turns out to be wrong.
two main sets of hero/heroine and their characters are fully developed and slightly flawed but trying their best

Some years pass and the bad guys fall out with each other and then all hell breaks loose... the safe city is over run and good guys fall.

At the end,
Feb 27, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, ebook
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May 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite
After reading 100 pages into this book I still wasn't getting a real feel for it and began to become a little discouraged. Larke was setting up her world with such vividity - but nothing yet had really happened. Hindsight is such a wonderful thing and ultimately I felt relieved that I stuck at it and read on. This book was gripping, especially around about page 200 - the characters came alive on the page and the reality of The Quatern was amazing! Glenda Larke writes on the dark and gritty side ...more
Candace Drabøl
Sep 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Glenda was born in Western Australia, the daughter of a farmer. She was educated at government state schools and the University of Western Australia, where she obtained a degree in history and a diploma in education. Married to a Malaysian scientist, she has grown-up children, and now lives in Malaysia, where she is actively involved in rainforest conservation.
Author of The Isles of Glory trilogy

Other books in the series

Stormlord (3 books)
  • Stormlord Rising (Watergivers, #2)
  • Stormlord's Exile (Watergivers #3)

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