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The Last Child of Leif by Chris Pridmore

THE LAST CHILD OF LEIF by Chris Pridmore, Book Review by On My Kindle Book Reviews
Forced from my home, I find myself fleeing from the evil forces that killed my father. My mother and Sebastian, our protector, are by my side — but for how long?
I soon find myself travelling with a circus led by a kindly man called Konrad, but my young mind doesn’t know who to trust. Sebastian seems less at ease with every passing day. I’m struggling to cope with the tragedy that has befallen me, and the world now seems a lot more dangerous than I had ever imagined.

My name is Prince Valiant, and I am a Child of Leif.
THE LAST CHILD OF LEIF by Chris Pridmore, Reviewed by On My Kindle Book Reviews

Source: I received a free copy of this book and opted to post a review.
Genre: Fantasy, Epic
Format: eBook, Print
Publication Date: August 31, 2016


A unique and multi-faceted epic fantasy that is reminiscent of the traditional sword-and-sorcery fantasies I read when I was younger.

Pridmore wastes no time in the beginning as readers are introduced to young Prince Valiant and the Queen's guard, Sebastian, in the events leading up to the King's death and their harrowing escape from the castle. As Sebastian and Valiant make their way to safety, they find refuge in an unlikely place; a traveling circus managed by Konrad, a kind and wise man who can see the threads of Fate. The circus is filled with all sorts of interesting, well-developed characters who are willing to lay down their lives for the young Prince: a sorceress who seems nothing more than a crotchety old woman, a man who can tame the wildest of animals by sharing a piece of his soul with them, and dwarves who can perform feats of engineering unlike anything young Valiant has seen at his tender age.

The vivid setting is the perfect backdrop for the grand, epic adventure that Valiant and Sebastian have embarked upon. Rather than creating an alternate world for his unique characters to adventure in, Pridmore established the setting in Europe and Russia around the mid- to late 1800's. This historical accuracy makes the plot seem more credible, which helps readers to suspend disbelief and immerse themselves in Valiant's story.

I enjoyed the intrigue in the story as Pridmore created minor characters with motives and schemes of their own that heavily influence major plot points. This is one element that is often overlooked in contemporary fantasy works, so I was pleased that Pridmore chose to include it.

I highly recommend The Last Child of Leif to epic fantasy fans who discovered the genre by reading traditional sword-and-sorcery fantasies, and I am anxious to see what Pridmore has in store for young Valiant and his faithful guardian, Sebastian.

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