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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Storytelling and a real treat
The second novel in this cracking fantasy series is one that not only grabbed my attention with the debut but also has managed in this, the second book to not only expand upon the world but also help the character grow so much so that the series feels like its about to take on a life of its own.

Add to this some great twists, solid prose and a reluctant hero...
Published 17 months ago by Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog

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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed conclusion to a fantasy trilogy
It's several weeks after BEFORE THE FALL. Mahala is besieged by the Storad army whose giant siege engines batter the stone doors and which is helped by the former head of the Specials, Dench, in identifying the secret tunnels that run into the city. Rojan and Pasha are looking for more pain mages to help them keep the Glow going so that the factories can keep churning...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed conclusion to a fantasy trilogy, 12 July 2014
It's several weeks after BEFORE THE FALL. Mahala is besieged by the Storad army whose giant siege engines batter the stone doors and which is helped by the former head of the Specials, Dench, in identifying the secret tunnels that run into the city. Rojan and Pasha are looking for more pain mages to help them keep the Glow going so that the factories can keep churning out guns but the people are running out of food and Mahala's neighbours, the Mishans are restricting who and what can come in and out of their gate. Even worse, Perak can't control the Cardinals, who are trying to save their own skins by calling for Rojan to be handed over to the Storads. Although Lise is developing a weapon that could turn the siege in Mahala's favour, work is slow and time running out ...

The conclusion to Francis Knight's ROJAN DIZON TRILOGY is a mixed affair that offers great ideas and plot twists but doesn't close off all the strands and is let down by some loose writing and needless repetition. The book's a fitting finale for Rojan, a reluctant hero haunted by how his actions have harmed the city and teetering on the edge of the black that could destroy him and I enjoyed the resolution of his relationships with Pasha, Jake, Petak and Erlat. I also believed in the splits within the Cardinals and Ministry as they seek to make deals with the Mishans and Storads to save themselves and Perak's inability to control them. However, I didn't believe in Mahala's uncoordinated response to the siege and was frustrated by the fact that the tunnels take so long to come into play and didn't have a great pay off. There's also a heavy reliance on characters not sharing their plans in an artificial attempt to maintain tension and a lot of repetition of facts, while Rojan's narration with its heavy use of tangents can be a little irritating at times. That said, this has been a solid debut trilogy overall and I look forward to seeing what Knight writes next.

The bittersweet ending is particularly fitting given the dark themes of the trilogy and while I expected some character deaths, others were a surprise. All in all, Knight is shaping up to be an interesting fantasy writer and I look forward to her next book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Storytelling and a real treat, 22 Jan. 2014
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The second novel in this cracking fantasy series is one that not only grabbed my attention with the debut but also has managed in this, the second book to not only expand upon the world but also help the character grow so much so that the series feels like its about to take on a life of its own.

Add to this some great twists, solid prose and a reluctant hero all round makes this a cracking fantasy to purchase for any fan of the genre. The only downside, is if you haven't already read the first I'd suggest that you do so and if you have, then I'd suggest a reread, not because you'll have forgotten any of the details but it's a pleasurable way to help you relax and get the most from this book. Great stuff.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The first book is a pleasant surprise, read the ..., 21 July 2014
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This review is from: Last to Rise: Book 3 of the Rojan Dizon Novels (Kindle Edition)
The first book is a pleasant surprise, read the second and you begin to see a formula in all Rojan's interactions. By the third book, it's all getting very predictable, you know when it rains it will go down his neck, you are told this several times in each book. His interactions with all other characters, especially women, are almost templated.

It's still worth a read, but the repetitious characterisation was beginning to seriously niggle by the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great wrap-up to the trilogy, 7 Jun. 2014
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I really enjoyed this, it continues the style, originality and great bittersweet character work of the previous two. The culmination of the trilogy felt fitting to the universe and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Part of me wants Francis Knight to write more set in this world, part of me feels that this was left in just the right place.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book, 9 Jan. 2015
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I liked all 3 of these books but this one was the best
Wish there was more of them to read
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