• A Fool's Hope

  • The Last War, Book 2
  • By: Mike Shackle
  • Narrated by: Nicola Bryant
  • Length: 22 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The sequel to the darkly fantastic We Are the Dead: with more unflinching action, A Fool's Hope sees Jia's revolutionaries dig in their heels as they learn that wars aren't won in a day.

War takes everything.

From Tinnstra, it took her family and thrust her into a conflict she wanted only to avoid. Now her queen's sole protector, she must give all she has left to keep Zorique safe.

It has taken just as much from Jia's revolutionaries. Dren and Jax - battered, tortured, once enemies themselves - must hold strong against their bruised invaders, the Egril.

For the Egril intend to wipe Jia from the map. They may have lost a battle, but they are coming back. 

If Tinnstra and her allies hope to survive, Jia's heroes will need to be ready when they do.

With more bone-crunching action, tough choices and impossible odds, fans of Joe Abercrombie, Mark Lawrence and Ed McDonald will find something to love in this series.

©2020 Mike Shackle (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"One of the best fantasy novels of the year." (Novel Notions)

"Probably my favourite book of the year." (The Chronicler)

"One of the best books I've read this year." (Starlit Book)

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Finally the tide turns..

I loved both these books, but they are dark and unrelenting. The action is constant and makes a 22 hour book seem short. Somehow the author puts his protagonists in impossible situations and gets them out again without resorting to any kind of gimmicks. I have to admit I had a slight case of literary PTSD listening to these books back to back until finally the hero rises and the tide turns. Totally worth the wait though and unlike many books a happy ending is never a foregone conclusion.