Review: The Last Hour by Harry Sidebottom

The Last Hour

Author: Harry Sidebottom
Publisher: Zaffre Publishing
Release: March 8th 2018
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 3.5

I received a copy of The Last Hour from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

While The Last Hour is listed as the first in a new series, it is all actually still connected to Ballista and the previous books he’s been in. While one can easily read this novel without having read the series (like I did) I do think a fan of the earlier series would probably enjoy it more, as I likely missed a lot of references and details. Not to mention I didn’t get to see Ballista’s character develop to the point he is at now, which is a shame, really.

Spoiler Warning

I’m sure that by not reading the previous trilogy I’ve missed a lot of the finesse and backstory that goes with Ballista’s character. I regret that. Nowhere in the description of the novel did it indicate that this was branching off of another series; a fact I went back and double checked. Had I been aware of the other series, I likely would have taken the time to read them first. In theory I would have had a lot more context for the world around, as well as previous plots and character development.

Despite all of this, I actually really enjoyed Ballista’s character. He’s devoted and determined and stubborn as heck, and I loved that. It actually really makes me wish I had read the earlier novels first (I’m sort of picturing the latest James Bond movies for that – where he’s younger and is still gaining the skill set he’s so famous for).

From what I’ve learned about Ballista, he’s a barbarian (in the most romanticized fashion, of course) that’s been forced to take up sword and shield for Rome. There’s a lot more to it than that, I’m sure. For example, while it’s clear that he didn’t choose to be in Rome, he still made some friends and acquaintances during his stay. I should have liked to learn more about how that all came out, which means I’m going to have to add a certain trilogy to my reading list (the horror).

I don’t read a lot of historical fiction, but I really enjoyed the break from my more typical choices. Harry Sidebottom is an excellent writer – I greatly enjoyed his writing style and tone of voice. Along with being descriptive (but not overly so, thank goodness), Sidebottom does an excellent job of pacing. The whole story starts out with an action scene full of danger, immediately griping the reader, and it continues to wax and wane and overall keep the pace steady.

 

Advertisements

About Liz

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, graphic designer, and much more. I love to create art, and am willing to try and artistic technique at least once. I am particularly fond of artworks involving a lot of emotion and color. The purpose of my blog is for me to be open and honest with myself and the world about my attempts to grow as an artist. The facts: My favorite color is constantly changing, so don’t worry about trying to keep up with that! I’m in my 20’s, married, and looking to find the perfect job for me (ideally something that can involve my creativity or my love of animals). I have 6 cats (If we’re being technical, I have 2 cats and my parents have 4), a bearded dragon, a parakeet, and two betas. I adore all of them, and they frequently are my photography models. My blog will primarily be consisting of my 365 (366) photography project, updated daily (hopefully). I’m also working on a 52 weeks project, where I try a new type of photography style or technique each week. That will be updated as the photos are processed.
This entry was posted in Historical Fiction, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s