• A Final Sacrifice

  • Sentinels of Creation, Book 7
  • By: Robert W. Ross
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 19 hrs and 18 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (162 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to the thrilling conclusion of Robert W. Ross' award-winning Sentinels of Creation series.

For the past seven years, Kellan Caufield Thorne has been caught up in a celestial power play of epic proportions. The final act began in an Atlanta alley by forever removing the scales from Kellan’s eyes to reveal a world of Creation, Destruction, gods, angels, demons, and Mantles. Now the last scene begins to unfold as God’s unchecked hand on the world must traverse a perilous and narrow path if he has any hope of saving our universe from Perditor, the very incarnation of destruction.

Join Kellan, Shannon, and their allies as the Sentinel and his Soulborn wife cross oceans of time to meet five Mantles of immense power. Duty, War, Honor, Sacrifice, and Justice each have a gift to bestow, but only if Kellan can complete the trials they will set before him. At the beginning of time, these five were entrusted with a fragment of God’s one true name.

If Kellan can prove himself worthy, each fragment will be inscribed deep within the Sentinel’s heart. Should he complete all five of the Mantles’ trials, Kellan’s heart will contain unimaginable power, but such power can only be used at an equally unimaginable cost.

Old loyalties and covenants begin to shift or shatter as Perditor extends his influence into our world, corrupting some, and enticing others. The Sentinel of Order has been transformed by by trials, tribulations, friendships, and love. He has been honed by the whetstone of adversity, tempered by a burden of chaos, and quenched in the love of a Soulborn.

As the end of all things approaches, the universe holds its breath, waiting to see if Kellan Thorne is prepared to offer a final sacrifice.

©2021 Robert W. Ross (P)2022 Robert W. Ross

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Take Note: THIS is how to end a series

It seems we live in a time where series finales are underwhelming and anticlimactic, if not downright infuriating. (Looking at you, GOT.) What other series have gotten wrong, Ross gets absolutely right. 'A Final Sacrifice' is not only the best book of the series, but also exactly the ending 'Sentinels of Creation' and fans of the series deserve. 

I won't touch on the plot for fear of giving away any part of the wonderful and surprising ride, other than to say it is thoughtfully creative, with a truly original story that had me laughing louder, crying harder, and panic-reading faster than any book in recent memory. 

Given this is the last of the series, Ross gives the reader almost a victory lap of revisiting favorite characters from previous books. Thankfully, this is always done within the forward progress of the plot itself, leaving a book full of heart and sentiment, without ever being overly sentimental. At its conclusion, ‘A Final Sacrifice’ leaves open no plot holes, resolves in a way to leave the reader fully sated, and, most importantly, ends in a way that truly honors the characters readers have grown to know and love. 

As for narration, for someone who has been at the top of their game for years, how Nick Podehl manages to keep busting through his own ceiling and get even better is beyond me. In the author's notes of previous books, Ross has discussed how closely he and Podehl work together, and this book really shows off how perfect their pairing is. Ross beautifully writes to Podehl's voice and Podehl reads Ross's words with the heart and invested love of a friend. The result is one of, if not the, very best book I've ever heard Podehl perform.

Lastly, I'd like to give fair warning to any reader...this book is a one-two punch. Punch one: the book is absolutely fantastic. Punch two: all the foreshadowy breadcrumbs you thought you picked up in books 1-6? You missed TONS. My first thought upon completing this book was "I can't believe Ross is making me read the whole series again." No joke, once you know how the saga ends, you'll be left with an immediate need to revisit the entire series with an eye (or an ear) prepped to find all the hidden clues and winks you missed the first time around. You've been warned. 

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excellent

simply excellent, Mr Ross and podehl have helped make a permanent memory for me and many others that I will always enjoy thank you

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Whoah

I love this series. It's beautifully written and Nick Podehl did an amazing job as always. I can say as a 37 yr old athiest.. this series, and especially this book itself, made me cry over and over. Sometimes in triumph with the characters or in sorrow. The magic is real and I will be re reading this series again and again. Thank You to the author for letting me in on your world.

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Amazing books!!!!!

What can be said that has an already been said by me or many others Nick Podehl one of the best narrators did an amazing job and Robert W. Ross has officially certified himself in my top 10 authors my favorite authors of all time. Thank you for an amazing story over these last years.

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Finally!!

Sentinels are back. It took some time but the wait was well worth it!
Storyline is amazing, the ending is satisfactory and Nick Pohdel is awesome. Thank you.

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Robert W. Ross did it again!!

This author is a total auto-buy for me. You can never go wrong with his books. They are always funny, extremely engaging, and always take you away from your reality and into the story completely. The narrator is absolutely amazing. I'd listen to any story he wanted to tel me. Well worth the credits.

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Now THAT is how you end a series!!

Sentinels of Creation is my favorite series. Nothing else even comes close, and this ending is like the final note on a classical masterpiece.

You might be asking, "Sara aren't you being a little over the top?" To that I would answer, "No I am not."

I started listening to SoC in 2020. For me, it was a fun escape amidst the unpleasantness that was 2020. I binged the first two books then forced myself to slow down a little because Robert promised the seventh, and last, book of the series would come out in 2022. I didn't want to run out of story too early.

What started out as escapism became an intellectual tour de force. These characters are so real to me now. They have opened my mind to new possibilities, and isn’t that what most authors can only dream of doing? Well, Mr. Ross, kudos, sir. You have done it.

This book made me laugh out loud, cheer, and weep uncontrollably—twice. I imagine most people who read this review are already true fans of SoC, but if you just happened upon it, stop right now and get the first book. I promise, you won’t be sorry.

Finally, Robert Ross, I know from your author’s notes that you sometimes read these reviews. If you read mine, please know that your books have touched my heart and that of many family and friends. Thank you so much. One request, please promise to write the book of short stories so we can take another ride with Kellan, Shannon, and the rest of the gang. I miss them already.

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O.M.G!!

Superlative series! Looking forward to your newest endeavor. I'm already into Paradigm and love the characters as much as those from the Sentinel series.

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A series you won't regret

Wow good way to cap a great series. The author is right ends do give meaning.

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Awesome Ending

This was a great way to end a series. I started the series over from book 1 right after I finished this book

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  • Daniel Steel
  • 08-30-22

Couldn’t ask for a better end to a series

Where do I start?! What a journey we have been on with these characters! Robert W Ross has done an incredible job at creating such an expansive and well tied together universe that it leaves me wishing only 1 thing. Why is this not reality?! I don’t over exaggerate when I say that there has not been a single story that I have read or listened to where I have been so emotionally invested in the characters story and their well being. I won’t spoil anything for anyone but there is 1 chapter in particular where I was brought to the verge of tears. A feat never accomplished before and one that has still left me rocked at the realisation of just how much these characters have come to mean to me. I have grown to care and love so much for the characters and story that Robert W Ross has created and just want to thank him for allowing me to share this journey with him. I think I will be extremely hard pressed to find another series that has me so invested! 5 stars isn’t enough for this book and this series. I can’t wait for everything else Robert is yet to create and I hope to be there with him on every step!

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