Rating: 3.5 stars
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Length: Novel

 

Kel is adrift. As a servant of Death, his job is to dig graves and say prayers for the dead. The job is an essential one, but given to those have been cast out or who fallen from grace. Kel has done both. He once served Love and after losing his heart to a man he could not have, he found himself banished to serve Death. And then the impossible happens; not only does Kel find his lost love, he becomes the conduit for War. 

Long silent and seemingly lost, War finds in Kel a reluctant but brave mouthpiece. Yet there are those who would stop Kel before he can spread the word of his god. And in the midst of this upheaval is Iscar, a general for Sky and the love of Kel’s life. Despite the years that have separated them, Iscar still loves Kel and is willing to risk his reputation and his life to make sure Kel survives the ordeal set before him. Trapped between the will of the gods and the whims of man, Kel and Iscar must fight for what matters most. 

The Last God is the first in what appears to be a new series involving a pair of ex lovers, a host of gods and goddess, and more than a bit of plot confusion. The premise is interesting, but a lot of what The Last God offers gets lost along the way. 

Kel and Iscar are an interesting couple, but they are ultimately hampered by a lack of character development. They work well together and when they share the page, they have a measure of chemistry. But both characters often read as blank slates in terms of their history as individuals and as a couple. We’re given drips and drabs of information about them and it’s so limiting that I found it hard to imagine them even being in a past relationship. Neither have the depth necessary to read as vibrant or fully dimensional. 

The same issue with the characters applies to the plot of The Last God. I’ve used this phrase before, but I felt as though I was dropped into a story already in progress. There is so much world building and general information we aren’t given, the story reads as perpetually chaotic. Any tidbits we get are just that — tidbits. They are dropped along the way in an almost haphazard fashion and never quite build the framework needed to make the plot work smoothly. There was a kernel of something fun and unique here, but it was lost along the wayside. 

I think The Last God could have been much more than it was. The idea of it was certainly intriguing and, as a general rule, I enjoy the lovers reunited trope. Unfortunately, the plot stumbled due to a lack of information and the characters never materialized beyond basic constructs. This one just didn’t work for me on multiple levels, which was a shame because I think it had real potential. 

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