• We Are the Dead

  • The Last War Trilogy
  • By: Mike Shackle
  • Narrated by: Nicola Bryant
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The first book in The Last War series: a debut epic fantasy full of crunching revolutionary action, twisted magic, and hard choices in dark times.

The war is over. The enemy won.

Jia's people learned the hard way that there are no second chances. The Egril, their ancient enemy, struck with magic so devastating that Jia's armies were wiped out. Now terror reigns in the streets, and friend turns on friend just to live another day.

Somehow Tinnstra - a deserter, a failure, nothing but a coward - survived. She wants no more than to hide from the chaos.

But dragged into a desperate plot to retake Jia, surrounded by people willing to do anything to win the fight, this time Tinnstra will need to do more than hide.

If Jia is to get a second chance after all, this time she will need to be a hero.

With all the grit of Joe Abercrombie, Mark Lawrence and Ed McDonald, this is fantasy with the sharpest of edges.

©2019 Mike Shackle (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"The next Game of Thrones." (Glen Cook, author of The Black Company)

"Tarantino crossed with David Gemmell." (Peter McLean, author of Priest of Bones)

"A powerful debut." (Gavin Smith, author of The Bastard Legion)

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A rising star in dark fantasy

Shackle is a master of putting his characters in difficult situations. And, since I was with them in every dilemma, every tough choice and every sub-optimal decision, I was constantly on the edge of my seat. The war setting really intensifies the suspense and ads to the hopelessness. However, I was never close to giving up on the characters; I kept rooting for them and hoping they would get out of trouble in something close to one piece. The characters are realistic and well rounded, or actually, more antiheroes than heroes. Not that they are evil, most of them are not…, but they have their good and bad sides. Things they do well and things they do… not so well.

I highly recommend it if you like your books dark and gritty.

I am really looking forward to the next book in the series (A Fool’s Hope).

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  • Elaine Brien
  • 07-28-22

Epic read

Book 1 of a 3 book series that is a absolute gem, grimdark, funny, entertaining and goes in directions you least expect. Download and enjoy you won't be disappointed. An author that is at the top of his craft - brilliant

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  • Benny Brown
  • 09-10-19

Fantastic

If the man in the high castle had dark fantasy magic and awesome sword fights. A brutal and oppressive world so thick with tension you could cut it with a skull scimitar.

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  • Steve
  • 08-23-19

Favourite book of the year...

My favourite book of the year.
Gripping, intense and grim. Characters I rooted for right from the start (bar one little urchin).
It's Rogue One meets Game of Thrones. What would you do for those you love? To aid the resistance?
I only wish the narrator was better.
So looking forward to the next book.

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  • Renato Vozzo
  • 08-01-22

Hard going

I struggled with this. it's a very violent and depressing story for much of the runtime.

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  • Timothy Gow
  • 10-11-19

If you like grim / dark fantasy, this is essential

Mike Shackle starts us off with a fantasy setting that may seem like any other, but just as the blurb promises, you're soon thrust into something far darker. It weaves the plot and builds tension over time brilliantly, with an interesting cast of perspective characters. We see genuine character development in all of them as they go on their journeys, and you will catch yourself cheering for people at key moments in their lives.

At times Inglourious Basterds, at times First Law trilogy, but always standing out as its own story. The world-building is a particular strength of this book - it is a land that is in spiritual, cultural and military turmoil. It is as familiar to students of history as it is fantastical.

With an 18 hour length you will get excellent value for your credit.

If you enjoy Abercrombie, Lawrence, or anything else on the grim side of fantasy this is for you.

Nicola Bryant delivers the narrative well, is clear in pronunciation and appropriate in tone/emotion. She was a fine choice for narrator.