Last Child by Terry Tyler

A few days ago I posted a review of Kings and Queens by Terry Tyler (click here if you missed it) and said I was going straight on to read the sequel, Last Child.

Which I did.

And it was great!

The story of the Lanchester property empire continues into the next generation after the death of Harry Lanchester, the charismatic protagonist of Kings and Queens.

Harry's legacy is passed on to his children. Thirteen year old Jasper views the directors of Lanchester Estates as Harry Potter characters, and finds out that teenage love affairs are no fairytale. Isabella, the eldest daughter, is lonely and looking for love and returns from a holiday in Spain with more than a  suntan. Impulsive, independent Erin dreams of the continuation of her father’s work.

Once again the narrative is passed between the main characters giving a different viewpoint in each chapter which moves the plot strongly forward. The opening pages concisely summarise events thus far which serves as a good reminder for readers who don't continue straight on from Kings and Queens or as an introduction for any readers who've decided to start reading here.

Actually, I couldn't put this book down and kept snatching quick reads every time I had to do something else. The device of using historical personalities and events as the framework for the novel works really well once again. If the reader is familiar with the era this creates dramatic irony which really enhances the plot. However anyone reading the novel who doesn't have these insights won't be short-changed as it's such a well written and engaging family saga.

The author has used the Tudor history really effectively but makes adjustments where necessary to avoid the contemporary plot becoming strained and contrived. This has been done especially well at the end of the novel where there is a surprise every few pages and the conclusion leaves the reader making their own decisions about what might happen next.

I loved the way the relationships between various characters were explored and evolved. The author has used her trademark reality style to make her characters come alive and zing. The writing is clever, original and compelling and the whole two-book saga is a totally enjoyable read. Highly recommended and I'm looking forward to the next one!

More details of Last Child and all Terry Tyler's other books on her Amazon Author Page.

4 comments:

  1. That's the sign of a great book - read one and have to move straight on to the sequel! Loved both of these and am really looking forward to the next one coming out :-)

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    1. Thanks for leaving a comment, Georgia. Summer holidays, cold winter nights - nothing better than a good family saga!

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    2. A great review that captures exactly what my response was to this book. I loved it!

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    3. Thanks for leaving a comment, Valerie. Yes, this combo of family saga and history makes for a great read.

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