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In a war that shook the earth, the six gods of Nendor defeated their brother Neldin, God of Evil. For 3,000 years, Nendor and the Seven Kingdoms have known peace and prosperity and Neldin's evil was nearly forgotten.

But then Meglar, wizard-king of Zargon, unleashes the dark magic of the underworld and creates an army of creatures to carry out his master's will. One by one, the sovereign realms fall as a new war between the gods threatens to engulf Nendor.

Leading the opposition to Meglar is Grand Master Farrell. Young and untried, Farrell carries a secret that could hold the key to defeating Meglar - or it could destroy the world.

Farrell is joined by Nerti, queen of the unicorns, and Miceral, an immortal muchari warrior the Six have chosen as Farrell's mate. As Farrell and his new allies make plans to counter Neldin's evil, Meglar forces their hand when he invades a neighboring kingdom. Rushing to help their ally, Farrell and Miceral find themselves in the middle of the battle. Cut off from help, Farrell attempts an untried spell that will either turn the tide or cost him and Miceral their lives.

©2015 Andrew Q. Gordon (P)2017 DSP Publications

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This review is for the audiobook.

I can't believe I never reviewed this. Andrew Q. Gordon is a new author to me but I have always been a sucker for high fantasy and the reviews were positive. The clincher for me though was the person performing it. Joel Leslie is easily one of the best audiobook performers out there. It really does his talent a disservice to simply call him a narrator. His ability to bring a story and it's characters to life is absolutely fantastic.
The Last Grandmaster is no exception. the story itself starts off with a bang, and is instantly captivating. Even if I had read this rather than getting the audiobook I'd be highly satisfied. Add in Joel however, and it turns a great story into an epic one.

I'm dieing to get my hands on the sequels. I haven't heard if the rest of the series will be released in audio format but I'm keeping my fingers crossed and ears perked because I can't wait.

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Excellent story great performance

I really loved this fantasy mm book. To me it seemed like a combination of The Belgariad meets the Star Wars mythology; only with gay characters. It is one of those books where the romance is there, but the saga has equal billing. Farrell and Miceral are a solid romance, complete with OTT sappiness; which I loved. Sometimes that can be annoying, but I was so invested in this couple that it just came off as sweet. There is some wonderful world building with unicorns, giant falcons, good and evil gods and humans. Farrell's destiny is front and center of the story; the romance almost a subplot. I loved the courting, although it is kind of an insta love/destined lovers thing. But their banter and shyness comes off really sweet. However, this is not just a sweet romance. There is action at the beginning and the end of the story, with the middle primarily around the romance and setting up the relationships that I am sure we will see in the subsequent books. As a result, it tends to drag a little in the middle as we get to know all the characters.

That said, there is conflict, death and destruction throughout the story and Farrell comes off sort of blood thirsty at times; he is more Belgarath in that way. He has his eye on the "long game" and if people have to die to achieve it, so be it. I really look forward to the next book, especially in audio format. Joel Leslie is a master performer of these type of characters. His range of voices and accents lends itself very well to the fantasy genre.

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Epic story and Stellar performance

So original; Joel Leslie is a master storyteller. I await the next installment eagerly. Mr. Gordon's world building skill is unmatched.

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A favorite story of mine.. <br />

I appreciated the character development - - the soul of a selfless hero whom gives whatever he must for the safety of all. If you enjoy fantasy/action adventure /Gay Character development was focused more on relationship development verse explicit sex acts (I thought it was well done) .. I have read all the books in this series and look forward to their Audible presentations!

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Wonderfully Written, Wonderfully Told!

What a fabulous story!

Romance, adventure and truly round characters (even the minor ones are so vividly drawn!) make this one of the finest books I've listened to in a long time. There was humor and pathos too; on a number of occasions I laughed aloud, at other times tears welled up. These are characters you can't help root for. Farrell, for instance, has such a giving, selfless heart, yet despite his being a prince and one of the most powerful wizards of his age, he thinks of his own failures and doesn't realize the depth of his courage or the true nobility of his soul.

The plot drips with intrigue and suspense and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. Absolutely riveting from start to finish. I just couldn't stop listening.

It's so refreshing to find a book driven by a thrilling plot and rich wonderful characters, and isn't just another collection of graphic sex scenes cobbled together and masquerading as a story.

Happily, the excellent writing by Mr. Gordon is accompanied by an equally stellar performance by Mr. Leslie, who breathes life into every character. Together, writer and reader make for a work that's just plain superb in every way. I'm so glad I stumbled on this book! Already it's one of my favorites.

When oh when are the sequels coming out??

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  • Brax
  • Atlanta, GA
  • 11-15-18

Can't stop listening to this again and again.

This is an amazing series. The voice narration of this epic saga is spot on with what you would expect and really brings the characters to life.

I have found myself re-reading the series and hearing the voices in my head in the way the narrator portrays. The accents and different voices are clear, well thought out, and truly get you into the life and action of the series.

The entire series will soon be on Audible and I can't wait!

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  • Jay E
  • Dallas, TX
  • 11-04-18

Loved this story.

I found it extremely refreshing that the story not only had gay characters at the center of the story but that those characters did not get twisted into some erotic fantasy porn novel that I have seen from other authors. The characters were normal just like everyone else. Thank you author.

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Different Fantasy

I honestly did not know what to expect with this story. I don't know if I would have enjoyed reading this (odd names and some mind numbing explanations ) but listening to Joel Leslie and his voice acting made the story really enjoyable. Once I got past giggling at the weird names It was really engaging. I hope Joel Leslie gets to narrate the others