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June 12th, 2012.
"The Bastion was humanity’s last hope against the fearsome undead creatures known as the Inferi Scourge. A fortified city with a high wall, surrounded by lush land rich with all the resources needed to survive, protected by high mountain summits, and a massive gate to secure the only pass into the valley, the Bastion became the last stronghold of the living on earth. But one fateful day, the gate failed and the Inferi Scourge destroyed the human settlements outside the walls and trapped the survivors inside the city. Now decades later, the last remaining humans are struggling to survive in a dying city as resources and hope dwindle.
Vanguard Maria Martinez has lived her whole life within the towering walls of steel. She yearns for a life away from the overcrowded streets, rolling blackouts, and food shortages, but there is no hope for anyone as long as the Inferi Scourge howl outside the high walls. Her only refuge from the daily grind is in the arms of her lover, Dwayne Reichardt, an officer in the Bastion Constabulary. Both are highly-decorated veterans of the last disastrous push against the Inferi Scourge. Their secret affair is her only happiness.
Then one day Maria is summoned to meet with a mysterious representative from the Science Warfare Division and is offered the opportunity to finally destroy the Inferi Scourge in the valley and close the gate. The rewards of success are great, but she will have to sacrifice everything, possibly even her life, to accomplish the ultimate goal of securing the future of humanity and saving it from extinction."
What I thought about it...
We've been talking a lot about Rhiannon Frater and her books last month - all of that was just warm up for today: day 7 of The Last Bastion of the Living Blog Tour. You can win ebook of this novel and if you check out other blog tour stops, you'll see there are few more goodies waiting just for you - full schedule is here.
I have to say that I never liked zombies, I do not watch Walking Dead and this is the first Rhiannon Frater novel that I've read. But... I think I'm getting there. The Last Bastion of the Living is the best indie novel I've had in my hands so far. It's mix of everything - science fiction, dystopia, urban fantasy. You won't be overwhelmed with too much scientific explanations or military terms. Rhiannon used everything with measure, just enough to suck you into that world and make it look believable.
This is book for grown ups. What does that mean and why didn't I use term "adult"? Well, it seems that adult novel lot of people equals with erotica nowadays. The Last Bastion of the Living most definitely is not erotica and, thank you God, it is not pathetic romance with creatures form the dark for horny teens. There are emotions, zombies, fighting, bad and good guys, but Rhiannon Frater didn't write this book thinking: "Hey, let's put out there something with tortured hero and damsel in distress and bunch of bad guys who want to destroy the world because main characters are in luv!" No! We have world that hangs by its threads and forty people who are tricked into saving it although they'd do that even if they knew all the facts. This would be great movie!
What I liked the best? Girl power! Maria Martinez is kick-ass heroine with hers ups and downs, strong character and mind of her own. I was so hyped after reading this - my own inner bad girl wanted to kick some butt. I knew from first description that author probably used Michelle Rodrigues as inspiration and I've read here that I was right!
Rhiannon Frater is giving away signed paperback copy of the book over Bookish Brunette, but you can also win autographed bookmarks and Rhiannon Frater totebag. Just go here and follow instructions.
But that is not all. Today you can win ebook of The Last Bastion of the Living here on Ja čitam, a ti? All you have to do is fill out Refflecopter form below. It's open internationally until next Sunday, June 24th. Good luck!
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Until next time,