The Last Paladin is the last in the War of the Rose Series. You must read The Serpent and the Rose (The War of the Rose, Book 1) and The Golden Rose (The War of the Rose, Book 2) before reading this book.
I bought the first book in this series because I am a sucker for a pretty cover and I love the historical fantasy genre. I enjoyed the world building. I am also sucker for stereotypes like the beautiful Princess who is raised in a convent environment but is destined to rule her country, and falls in love with a commoner. So... after a promising start, here we are at the conclusion of this series, nearly three years later.
This book was a let down. After a lot of simmering tension, the romance ends with a whimper. The great battle between the Paladins and the Serpent also ends with a whimper. The plot is so predictable. There is a "too stupid to live" moment where Averil goes straight into the hands of her enemy and of course gets kidnapped. It was so obvious, I felt insulted. It almost felt to me that the author was fed up with this trilogy and just needed to end it to finish her commitment to the publisher.
On a plus note, no graphic sex, and so it is appropriate for all age groups. Also Kathleen Bryan is the pseudonym for Judith Tarr, so I will keep reading anything she writes because I am usually a big fan.