Book Review: The Last Keeper by J.V. Hilliard

There’s something about epic fantasy that just tugs on all the right strings of heart and mind, creating a fascinating tapestry of a story…when done properly of course. JV Hilliard’s The Last Keeper is an example of such a story.

1. Thoughts on the plot

The book primarily follows Daemus Alaric, a Keeper—one who can see the future as sent by Erud—as he travels from his cloister to the city of Castleshire on a journey that is far more perilous than it seems. 

That is a very, very basic understanding of this plot. I would try to describe more, as there are several other characters in focus and magical creatures and plots to unravel, but I don’t want to get into spoiler territory. Just know that there are many pieces to fit into the puzzle of this plot, which makes it a fascinating read. I appreciate how each major character got an appropriate story and was not just a pawn for the overarching plot. This means, though, taht there are numerous details to follow, and each one could be potentially significant. Perfect for an epic fantasy.

2. Thoughts on the characters

While Daemus is the primary main character, there are several others as well. Normally in books with multiple POVs, one character dominates the screen time, as it were, or the other stories are not as developed. This does not do any of that. The characters each have enough of the book to delve into their individual adventures, their wants and dreams, fears and goals. And I appreciate that very much. 

I think Daemus is a great main character. He’s got a sort of quiet, gentle sort of personality with enough of a kick to make you think twice. I really like him and his adventures with the others. I also like Ritter, because he is the one most likely to keep his cool head. Also because of Storm, because it’s pretty cool.

3. Favourite part

The ending, where everything came together in such a way that it felt entirely natural, even though it required a great many pieces to fall exactly into place. Very well crafted and it ended on exactly the right note to make me want more.

Also, and this isn’t necessarily relevant to the story, but that About the Author section was pretty cool.

4. Critique

I wish there were a little more indication of Greytorris’ motive for his actions. I get most of why he’s doing what he’s doing, but I would like a little more definitive reason for why he did what he did. I know that doesn’t make much sense, but spoilers. 

Overall, i would say that The Last Keeper is a truly excellent example of how threads of story can be woven together to create something complex and intriguing and really very good. More please!