The wilds of 14th century Ireland is no place for a boy alone.
When Kellan mac Couhlan’s father dies, he loses the only person he has ever believed in. Grief consumes him. But then, he hears the story of Bowen Blair. She is courageous, strong, good and true. She is the last of Ireland’s legendary warriors, the Fianna. Her existence proves that myths he had thought long dead are real. Young Kellan has found his heroine.
As time passes, Kellan’s obsession with Bowen Blair grows until news of her latest adventure – a grisly murder – tests the very foundations of his trust. He embarks on a quest to understand this enigmatic woman who is a savior, a fighter, and a killer. Who is Bowen Blair? Are the stories true? What is fiction and what is fact? And, most importantly, is Kellan ready for the truth?
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By Crista Rowe
Jan 16, 2012
The Last Legend explores the themes of fear and truth and much of that revolves around Bowen Blair. As a character, Bowen is very much a mystery. The reader almost always sees her through the eyes of others and even when she is actively involved in a scene, Bowen herself reveals nothing of her past. On the other hand, the guide for much of the journey, Kellan mac Couhlan, is the type of character that is easy to connect with. He has a tragic past but he's personable and is fascinated with the legend of the Fianna, or more specifically, the last one Bowen Blair. Kellan takes the reader on a journey of steady revelations (of Bowen and others) and does a good job of keeping the reader interested. Many of these truths are revealed in flashbacks, which I found myself eagerly anticipating. I'm also not ashamed to admit that I occasionally peaked ahead to look for the italicized print denoting a flashback so I'd know when some new revelation was coming. I'd have to say that my only criticism... More > is that some of the character internalization is too descriptive and in places I think it's a bit too dramatic. Overall, the plot is original, the characters are unique (seriously diggin' Don Guapo) and, with the exception of Bowen who always maintains a certain amount of mystique, wholly believable. I highly encourage you all to buy a copy and discover The Last Legend for yourself!< Less
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