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The Last Warrior

(The Lost Colony #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  318 ratings  ·  44 reviews
As a decorated soldier, the young General Tao knows only one kind of honor - to his people. But when his own king betrays him, he discovers that his sacrifices, his successes, may not have been for the good of the country at all.

Fate - and his enemies - throw him together with Elsabeth, a red-haired beauty who has served as the royal tutor.

Her loyalties, though, remain wi

Paperback, 378 pages
Published April 19th 2011 by HQN Books
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Jen Davis
May 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, futuristic
General Tao is a champion of his people, returning home from defeating the Gorr, a beastlike species of fighters. But while his people welcome him with open arms, his brother-in-law, King Xim, does not. The king thinks Tao wants to usurp the crown and in his paranoia, throws Tao in the dungeon to face treason charges. Tao's good friend Markam is a palace guard and part of a rebel movement that sees Xim as unfit for the throne. He helps devise an escape for Tao and sets him up to hide in the neig ...more
Cara Bristol
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, 2020
Fantastic SFR. Amazing world-building. Loved the build-up from enemies to lovers. Can't wait to read book 2! ...more
Jane Stewart
No depth. Nothing made me smile. I wanted it to be over.

Generations ago humans traveled to another planet. The aircraft was destroyed. They initialy split into three groups. The Tassagon rule the city and have strong warriors. The Kurel read books, value science, and use medicine including antibiotics and IV lines. The Tassagon believe the Kurel are sorcerers using magic. They fear the magic, and they force the Kurel to live in a ghetto area. Riders live on the surrounding planes. Th
Apr 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed it.

That beautiful cover is what caught my eye about this one and screamed I had to read it. I was lucky enough to win a copy form the author and started reading it as soon as I could. It took me a while to adjust my expectations as I thought this would be a civilization and rebellion in space, but the whole story actually takes place on one planet. A planet that people from earth colonized a long time ago and now they are stuck ther
SFR Reading Challenge 2011 #9


A good story with likeable characters. This was more a futuristic fantasy/romance than SF romance. The world was colonized by Earth some number of centuries in the past, but contact had been lost. Technology and science had been banned as "magic" and evil by the dominant human faction after it's misuse had caused mass destruction during a war with an alien race. While not a deep or complex tale, it was still fun with plenty of action and a sweet romance.

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Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderfully romantic adventure. General Uhr-Tal is on the run from a jealous, vengeful king and Elsabeth, a rebel raised as a pacifist, becomes his protector. Or is it the other way around? Adventure, excitement, romance, and a good solid plot with great characters make this stand-alone book terrific! Can hardly wait for the next in series.
Apr 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Susan Grant has done it again! With her latest release she has given readers an exciting, yet highly emotional story, with a dash of sci-fi to it. Mix it all together and you have a satisfying start to her brand new series entitled The Lost Colony.

General Uhr-Tao is a Tassagon whose people eschew technology thinking it based on magic and therefore dangerous. He's just returned home triumphant from defeating the Gorr, a bloodthirsty creature reminiscent of the Wolfman. In his absence King Xim, wh
Jul 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Since I’ve loved so many of Ms. Grants books in the past, I decided to dive into the Susan Grant book pool even though the last couple weren't quite as enjoyable for me.

And I'm SO glad I did as this is the kind of Susan Grant book I adore and adore this one I did!

It has everything going for it.

A very intriguing world that is very well built - check

A great cast of secondary characters that makes me want to read more about them – check

An evil villain that you want to do away with yourself - ch
Laurielu Bona Fide Reflections
Feb 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: mature audiences due to some sexual content
In The Last Warrior, author Susan Grant weaves a romantic political intrigue with a strong science fiction slant. The novel characterizes Elsabeth and Tao who come from two different worlds even though they grew up in the same city. She is a Kurel and he is a Tassogon. The Kurel are cerebral in their professions of science and technology and the Tassogonians are more barbaric in their carnality and strength. Because of the cultural differences and biases, they must come to trust each other.

The b
Carolyn F.

This book was a bit of a disappointment. At first you think it's sci-fi, but it reads more as fantasy with small sci-fi mentions. The romance was slow as was the plot. I'm not giving up on this author though. This was just a blip. Elizabeth Jasicki did a wonderful job narrating this book.
Dec 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Susan Grant is quite the storyteller. She has a talent of leading you into a story with a quiet interest, to where you’re “leaning in” to hear the rest of it like its being told over a campfire. At first I thought this was more of a fantasy story than Sci-Fi, but as the story develops, it has a fascinating turn into Sci-Fi. This is a new series and I can’t wait to see how it develops.
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: keeper, series, arc
The Last Warrior is Book 1 of the Colony Series. The hero Tal, is also a hero in the plot of the book. He’s a military general betrayed by a weak, paranoid king and vengeful military leader. Elsabeth is from a Kurel race despised by his Tarragon race. Although from different sides both are committed to saving all humanity from planet’s natives determined to kill all humans.

Elsabeth is reservedly thrust into sheltering Tal after betrayal. During escape Elsabeth witnesses another action which pla
Linda C
General Tao returns with his army from 4 years fighting and decimating the Gorr to a hero's welcome. But King Xim feels threatened by his popularity. When Tao makes an unloyal comment within the King's hearing he is arrested for treason. Second class citizens, the Kurel, live in a ghetto and are feared for their alleged sorcery. Elsabeth, a learned Kurel, is tutor to the king's children but is also part of a plot brewing to have the King removed. Her group frees Tao and hides him in the ghetto w ...more
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This KU library selection is the standalone opener for a new series about a lost colony from Urth. General Tal has returned home to Tassagonia a hero after battling and defeating the Gor, an animal like species that has fought against humans since the Gor's arrival on planet. After his initial welcome, however, Tal is charged with treason by the king, arrested and imprisoned in the castle's dungeon. Tal had been warned that things had changed while he was away, but he's unwilling to be
Cayti Burch
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve enjoyed Susan Grant’s space romances and checked this out from KU - I will be purchasing this to keep! I don’t really do book reports, so look to the summary or others for that, k? It reminded me a little of Mercedes Lackey’s fairy Tale series and then some of G.A. Aiken’s dragon books. Maybe a little of Robert Apsirin as well. Not quite as much irreverence as Aiken and Aspirin, but there were moments. It did NOT go the way I thought it would, there was definitely a ‘Holy crap! I did NOT se ...more
Kathleen Reed
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent story of love and the human struggle

People never seem to be able to embrace their differences. This story is full and rich describing a world of bitter resentment and intolerance of those who are different. All fueled by ignorance until a couple fall in love, lead a rebellion and restore a peace. This book was thrilling.
V Shore
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another really good story from Susan Grant

Thoughtful story of a war hero who returns home to find his retirement is forbidden by his king , a fearful leader afraid his crown would be lost to the returning conqueror.
Shana Pare
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent story

This book could well be a great standalone story with a HEA ending, but, fortunately, it is the first in a new series. It has an excellent plot and characters you can like, or hate as the case may be. I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it to you.
Apr 03, 2020 added it

I'll pass thanks.
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was ok was just toooooooo long
Apr 11, 2020 rated it liked it
I usually love this authors books but this just didn’t do anything for me.
Though well written and different this just wasn’t my cup of tea.
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Nov 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
For many years I had over looked Susan Grant, as an author I would enjoy to read. I was not a reader of anything classified as romance, until the past nine years or so. My greatest literary love was always the Fantasy Genre. And as such, I have dabbled in every style available in this class.

In other works that I have read in the futuristic/otherworldly style fantasy, I find myself to be lost amongst all the complicated technical descriptions of the mechanics in these novels. As a reader, I wish
Apr 01, 2011 added it
The love story in this book was beautiful. The relationship building was intricate and detailed and I loved her style when she was ignoring the world around them and simply concentrating on the feel of his hand or the look in her eyes. It's the only thing that kept me reading, and that might not be because of the book as much as because of me.

I don't read much fantasy or alternate world type books, because I just can't follow, and if it isn't done explicitly well, they just really annoy me. I d
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: April 26, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
Imprint: HQN
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Lost Colony series
Steam Level: Steamy

The Tassagon are a warrior people — superstitious and rowdy, they fear the Kurel’s sorcery, and in turn, fear the Kurel people themselves. The Kurel are a peaceful people, who live quite differently from the Tas
Cleffairy Cleffairy
Mar 29, 2011 rated it really liked it

Reviewed at: Over A Cuppa Tea

Date reviewed: 1st March 2011

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I was getting wary of Harlequin books. You see, all these while I’ve been devotedly reading Harlequin Presents, a line in Harlequin books where the themes are rather repetitive. There’s always bosses, millionaires, mistresses, marriage of convenience and whatnot, and so when I was given the opportunity to review The Last Warrior by Susan Grant, another book from the publisher Harlequin, I wasn’t ve
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Returning from war as a the hero of his people and a threat to the throne of his King, the hero wants nothing more than to retire to an easy life without bloodshed or politics. In fact, the legionary war hero dreams of being a farmer of all things which is a great insight into his character. But instantly, he’s arrested for treason and tossed into prison to die. The heroine’s people are likened to the Jews of 1940’s Germany and are hated, feared and tossed into the ghetto if not killed outright. ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
May 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Susan Grant’s last few books have been a mix of hit and miss for me. It was almost like she was trying write like someone else. The Last Warrior[Image] is Susan back on track and writing with her own voice.

The Last Warrior is set in an entirely new world. Humans and the Gorr arrived to colonize the same planet. The Gorr tried to exterminate the humans and all contract with Earth (Uhrth in The Last Warrior) was cut off. Humans divided into three groups who do not get along but with the Gorr a co
May 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Another great scifi romance by Susan Grant. In a world that was colonized centuries ago by humans, and then invaded by the Gorr (fierce, fur-covered, blood sucking humanoids), General Tao has just returned from a four year campaign against the Gorr. While he was gone, the new, young Tassagon King has become very unpopular and is intolerant of other peoples. General Tao's people are the Tassagons, a more primitive, warlike race who view books and science as magic. Elsabeth is Kurel, a people who ...more
T.L. Schaefer
Jan 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What a great book! Honestly, at first I thought this was a straight up fantasy book, but I was obviously being a smidgen dense about the clues (don't want to spoil anything for others).

I won't bother to recap the plot, since there are better synopses out there than I could write, but I will say that this novel has pitch-perfect pacing and characterization. I never once doubted that Elsabeth and Tao were meant for each other, but how they got there was fabulous. And the twist at the end with Xim
Edward Hoornaert
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book won the 2012 Rita Award as the best paranormal romance, so you don't need me to tell you it's good. But I will anyway. This is one of Grant's best, IMHO.

The setup for the book felt reminiscent of Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern series: an Earth colony alone for so long that the past has become mere legend. Although both books present a scientific backstory, both feel more like fantasy than science fiction. And finally, each author has a group that nurtures secret knowledge essent
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