The Last of the Atalanteans
March 30, 2022
Blurb: A painted mage. An unfaithful queen. A stolen throne. Three lords in disguise. Escaping Atalantyx’s destruction, Prince Othrun has forged alliances with Eltnish kings: former enemy Hert and King Wely, who has promised Othrun a kingdom of his own.
When Wely’s realm was stolen by Wely’s wife, a powerful mage, and Wely’s brother, a feared warlord, Othrun hatched a daring plan to restore the rightful king. The bold scheme involved Othrun entering Lynchun in disguise, risking his life and the life of those with him, to topple the usurpers. But for Othrun’s plot to succeed, he must entrust his Atalanteans into the uncertain hands of Hert—on the cusp of confronting his own political challenges to kingship, while tasked with protecting Othrun’s followers—even as Wely, a captive where he should be king, gambles both crown and the head upon which it sat on Othrun’s survival.
Othrun’s abilities, faith, and trust in his mysterious guardian spirit are soon to be tested. The mage Lysi continues to entangle herself in Othrun’s affairs, tempting him, challenging his beliefs, and threatening to bring his plans to ruin. But Othrun, Lord of the Last of the Atalanteans, does not intend to fail. He will be a king. Or die trying. Othrun will go to battle, and he will triumph against the odds. If not, all will be burned to ashes, consumed in the fires of his ambition. And so, the ancient war banner of Atalantean kings will fly. One last time. A kingdom has fallen. A legend will rise.
The Last of the Atalanteans, P.L Stuart’s sequel to A Drowned Kingdom, did not disappoint. I found it well written and easy to visualise the story as it unfolded. I quickly slipped back into the life of Othrun and his companions, assisted along by subtle reminders from P.L Stuart of what had transpired previously.
The promise of a new realm for the remaining Atalanteans, where Othrun will be crowned King, motivates Othrun to continue his trip.
The journey is not an easy one. The unrequited love of the alluring Mage Lysi throws temptation in Othrun’s path along with bloody battles and difficult decisions.
Othrun is a force to be reckoned with in battle, but I found him to be immature in his reasoning.
I am excited to see how the final book in this series will unfold. I would like to see Othrun in a love connection with Lysi but I doubt he would betray his wife, which I commend. Their match would be a powerful one. I am looking forward to seeing Othrun grow, as a great ruler-–-but who knows maybe he will fail and lose everything he fought for.
Thank you, P.L Stuart for writing this entertaining book. I give The Last of the Atalanteans 5 stars.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.