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The Last Witchking ☃ [PDF / Epub] ☂ The Last Witchking By Vox Day ✑ – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk The Last Witchking consists of three stories set in the epic fantasy world of A Throne of Bones The title story concerns the hidden heir to a fallen race of magicians who learns his father's dark lore The Last Witchking consists of three stories set in the The Last PDF \ epic fantasy world of A Throne of Bones The title story concerns the hidden heir to a fallen race of magicians who learns his father's dark lore as he pursues vengeance against those who destroyed his people The second story The Hoblets of Wiccam Fensboro is a tale of survival and the triumph of simple human decency in the face of brutality and defeat The third story Opera Vita Aeterna tells the story of an elven sorcerer and a religious monk and how they discover that the transformational power of friendship can be the highest and most potent magic of all.


10 thoughts on “The Last Witchking

  1. David David says:

    This ebook consists of three short stories from the author's epic fantasy universe I found them as entertaining as the other fantasy collections by Vox Day though the writing was rather rough at timesThe title story The Last Witchking is yet another iteration of the Chosen One trope This time the main character is the son of a Witchking once fearsome sorcerers who plagued the land without mercy until they were destroyed When he learns of his true paternity and legacy the protagonist assumes the mantle of his father and proves himself uite adept at ruthless power games and sorcery growing ever powerful and egotisticalWell let's just say the path of the Chosen One is not easy especially when you let it go to your head The kid gets schooled in a big wayThe second story The Hoblets of Wiccam Fensboro was a rather heavy handed allegory obvious even before I reached the author's notes at the end A goblin village is occupied by an army of ostensibly allied orcs who have a seething hatred of hoblets hobbits who have lived peacefully if begrudgingly among the goblins for generations The orcs want to slaughter any hoblets they find; the protagonist a reluctant goblin goes about trying to keep his village from being slaughtered and his neighbors from being sent off to die with the orcs while at the same time doing his best to keep the hoblets out of their graspThis was the weakest story of the trio and the author even admits that it doesn't fit perfectly into his world's canon The behavior of fantasy races being stretched to make a point rather pulled me out of the fantasy world but it was still not a bad yarnThe last story is Opera Vita Aeterna Here religious themes become overt; the world of Selenoth apparently has a Christian Church Not just a fantasy Christian euivalent but actual ChristianityMixing real religions with fantasy worlds has been done before but not often and the author explores it a bit interestingly if not deeply with this tale of an elven sorcerer one of the greatest of his kind who was so impressed by the bravery and faith of a human monk that he comes to a monastery to learn about this dead god that the humans revere soThe philosophical debates between the abbot and the elf set a tone than showcasing any deep cleverness on the part of the author When the elf's irate peers take violent action to try to bring him back home the story pretty much ends except for a coda set centuries later letting us know that the elf was profoundly affected by his experience even if we don't know precisely what he eventually decided about the carved wooden figure on the crossThese stories were reasonably entertaining but I can't give a lot of credit to Vox Day's writing which often wallowed in shades of purple It's a testament to the pace and interest level in the stories themselves that I still finished them and liked them 4 stars for the stories 3 stars for the writing Not something I'd go out and buy in print version but I'd consider fantasy shorts from this author worth downloading


  2. Cathy Cathy says:

    I read the third story in this book Opera Vita Aeterna because it was nominated for a Hugo Award in 2014 for Best Novelette I read an epub document provided by the author on his website This was not a great story not by any stretch of the imagination I couldn't imagine how it got nominated it's just extremely derivative fantasy and heavy handed storytelling not in the least bit exceptional It starting annoying me from the first page when the uotes about the author's books told me four times how much better he was than George RR Martin including this uote If you are a fan of George RR Martin then give A THRONE OF BONES a read It is what you wished Martin had done except even better one of the best SFF novels of the past decade if not longer” Talk about setting up expectations I thought it had to be a joke no one was that obnoxious Maybe it was going to be a fun satire Nope It wasn't a joke Fine so maybe it was really good right? Nope again unfortunately it just wasn't goodIt was annoying how many derivative terms and ideas the author just threw in and jumbled up They're on another world but they have Vespers at the abbey the tall beautiful long haired elf has a green cloak and pointy ears the Abbot's father was a plebeian although a wealthy one of the euestrian class Partway through the very typical fantasy story it suddenly fishtailed into a unbelievably heavy handed dry religious debate I like my philosophy in fantasy and sci fi to be worked into the story not just laid out like religion or philosophy class Then some bad crap happens And then it abruptly jumps three hundred years with no transition Everyone suddenly has Latin names even the historical figures Their famous Philospher is Aristoteles another one has another famous Latin name just barely changed etc Here's the best one the kid in the last section is Marcus and the librarian is Aurelius of all the ridiculous things If it was satire it would have been funny but it was serious I was supposed to be moved by this part of the story And then it just ends I've read a lot of short stories lately and a lot of award nominated stories and I didn't always like some of them but at least I could see why the judges did like them I really fail to see how this got enough votes to get nominated for a Hugo Award It's really mediocre It seems pretty clear that this one was all about politics and not about the writing


  3. Russell Russell says:

    Vox Day continues to flesh out his epic fantasy world of Selenoth with this collection of three short stories I really enjoy the world setting Day's writing has a larger range than I first assumed based off of A Throne of Bones His prose is solid and serviceable He won't be accused of being the Thomas Hardy of fantasy literature but he does tell stories that hold my interestThe first short story starts in a completely different manner than I had expected and even if the shape of the ending wasn't surprising the details certainly were It's a cautionary tale to be sure well executed and enjoyable to readThe second short story was as the author notes a thinly veiled reference to WWII and the Nazi's treatment of the Jews The goblins are the stand in for the Italians the Orcs are 'helped' into finding as few of the Hoblets as possible through the efforts of the Goblins Day doesn't consider this story to strictly canon having written it before he really started the epic novels Nevertheless I was entertained and found myself rooting for the GoblinsThe last short story was by far the best Day wove subtleties into the story line; the ending is tied to the beginning but transmitted from the past imperfectly an ingenious way of reflecting reality That sounded pretentious let me try that again The end of the short story is placed in the current time of A Throne of Bones with two men looking at the superbly illuminated book known as the Summa by an unknown author One of these men is Marcus Valerius a major character in Selenoth The book he and the priest are looking at a relic of many years was the result of the activities of a humble abbot in a small monastery on the outskirts of the human world where an Elf sought salvation unknowingly The abbot and Elf's story is one of forging friendship between a man of the faith and heathen Elven mage seeking to understand something that all his knowledge and training in the magic arts and body Elven knowledge cannot supply Out of that emerges a book of brilliant craftsmanship from the Elf and content concerning the nature of faith and knowledge from the abbot and the Elf The origins of this book are lost to Marcus's time We the readers can see the whole Marcus and the elder priest cannot they are seeing through a glass darkly and doing their best to piece together a puzzle without all the parts available Day packs a lot into just this short story alone referencing his own world and writings and doing so such in a way that is analogous to how history works for us tying his fictional creations to real world counterparts I found it to be a brilliant short story well worth it just by itself I thought it revealed the sharpness and depth of Day's mind and skills in a way other works of his had not uite capturedI highly recommend this collection for fans of fantasy epics


  4. Vagabond of Letters, DLitt Vagabond of Letters, DLitt says:

    Three short stories The Last Witchking provides backstory for the author's main series Interesting but nothing revelatory for an attentive reader 355 The Hoblets A goblin village harboring hoblets is occupied by an orc army while they're at war with trolls and men I see two possible interpretations the Orcs are blacks in a state given up to black rule the goblins are mulattoes andor collaborators and the Hoblets are Whites Given that interpretation 45 The second is that the orcs are Jews the goblins are the majority of people and the Hoblets are based Whites This doesn't make as much sense because the orcs rule by idiocy naked violence and intimidation not by control of intellectual discourse finance and media; nor do Jews tend to violently exterminate the based Whites preferring to convince them to do it themselves with their cultural Marxism and critical theory However the author interprets his own story in a note at the end the orcs are National Socialists the goblins are Italian resistors and the hoblets are Jews that they're hiding and love because they're abetting their own dispossession Given the author's interpretation 15 Opera Vita Aeterna An amazing story about the greatest of the elven mages Bessarias who seeks out the God of men after seeing a monk defeat an elven master mage with power that he can not see or comprehend This fills in one of the most interesting gaps in the main series at the same time Bessarias is basically Arts of Dark and Light's Tom Bombadil 55


  5. Andrew Andrew says:

    The Last Witchking is comprised of three novelette length works from Vox Day’s fantasy world called Selenoth I was impressed by this volume and can see why one of the novelettes was nominated for the Hugo Award—the highest literary award in science fiction and fantasy This is my first introduction to Day’s fiction writing All three stories have astonishing depth for short fiction but can be enjoyed on a superficial level depending on the personal preferences of the reader However these tales are not for the faint of heart All the stories have some darkness in them although not to the extent of George RR Martin’s Westeros The first novelette is titled “The Last Witchking” and is easily the darkest of the three Day asks the uestion “What happens when a young man receives immense power?” We see the changes in the young man as he grows into his new strength and watch as a lack of moral guidance leads to predictable conseuences Do not let the word ‘predictable’ fool you I thought I had the ending figured out but Day had a twist waiting in the dark It was well foreshadowed and definitely encourages the reader to go back and reread the tale again “The Last Witchking” touches on a number of other topics including the danger of knowledge without experience and the perils of absolute power This was not the best of the three but it was still a strong opening Next is a story called “The Hoblets of Wiccam Fensboro” This is the only tale not told from the point of view of a human instead taking us into the point of view of a goblin facing a uasi occupation by orcs The goblins and orcs are uneasy allies and the goblins share their village with small humanoids called hoblets who the orcs see as nothing than vermin to be exterminated The goblins need to decide what to do with the hoblets while trying not to anger the much powerful orcs This novelette gives us an exploration of sacrifice duty and doing the right thing in the face of potential annihilation We also had a historically ‘evil’ race as protagonists In addition an Author’s Note gives us a real world backstory along with a history lesson about World War II Finally we get to Opera Vita Aeterna—the strongest story of the bunch and the Hugo Award Nominee Day explores an array of topics here The nature of friendship religious conversion the purpose of faith in spite of trials and the uest for knowledge are all touched upon However the strongest statement is made on the tolerance and hatred of ‘Other’ The two main characters have a warm and genuine friendship despite differences that should alienate them from one another A third character makes a decision on the basis of hatred and brings us to our emotional climax This is a powerful tale and is deserving of the honors bestowed upon it It may even be a good story to give a deep thinking or religious friend who does not yet have an interest in fantasy Overall the writing style ranged from rich to utilitarian depending on what the narrative called for By and large this is a serious book talking about serious issues that impact the human condition “The Hoblets of Wiccam Fensboro” was the only story to attempt real humor and it was modestly successful in places Day’s serious is much better than his humor but he’s not bad at either He managed to make me chuckle a few times I do have some minor issues with the book In my opinion it took some time for Day to ‘get in the groove’ in each novelette There were also a few clunky sentences and two or three editing mistakes Given the uality of the overall work I am than willing to forgive these concerns On a 10 point scale I would rank The Last Witchking a 9 overall but since Goodreads only gives us 5 stars to work with I am willing to round up This is not a perfect series but it is a very good one Serious fantasy fans should not miss it


  6. David David says:

    Full DisclosureI received a preview copy of this ebook in exchange for my fair and honest reviewI also hate short storiesSo why would I review short stories when I hate them? Well because I do like Vox Day's first novel So I decided I would give these a chance and honestly I'm glad I didThe Witch King this story is almost impossible to review without spoiling it So I'll just say this it is a creepy grim exploration of the nature of evil and it does a great job of turning a classic fantasy cliche upside down This one is definitely not for young children This novella is really dark fantasy at its finestThe Hoblets of Wiccam Fensboro this story is just good fun and it really is some much needed comic relief after the Witch King You really do end up rooting for the Goblins This story made me really wish for a full length Goblin novelOpera Vita Aeterna this one I almost didn't read it starts with something I loathe in fantasy the dreaded weather report But persevere It starts a little slowly but the climax of this story is better than either of the first two and it gives you some great background in the world if you are reading or plan to read Throne of BonesI would happily recommend this story collection to any adult who enjoys fantasy although those of a tender persuasion may wish to skip the first story; it's really grim


  7. J. J. says:

    Update 04272014 Man I must have been in a crappy mood when I uit reading this book last year After returning to it and finishing the final two stories I'm raising the rating to 35 stars This sort of dark fantasy still isn't my favorite but it certainly deserves better than it received from meI read these stories in the order 1 3 2 because I had a difficult time getting into the second one The first title story is truly dark and it left me with the feeling I'd missed something in the reading; the third story has a lighter touch with a thread of hope in the ending Interestingly despite the original difficulty the second story The Hoblets of Wiccam Fensboro is easily my favorite and the author's note at the story's conclusion helped pull it togetherMy apologies to the author and his fans for the original two star reviewOriginal review 08232013 Finished the first story started the second But this dark and dreary sort of fantasy just isn't for me In the book's favor it's well written decently plotted with mostly believable characterization But the story I read was rather ugly and I saw nothing in the first few pages of the second to hold me Certainly there are readers who will enjoy it feel free to consider me sueamish or prudish and I wish the author well


  8. Deep Thought Deep Thought says:

    From my Review I purchased the Last Witchking after reading A Throne of Bones I consider my first book from Vox Day to be one of the best fantasy books written in recent timesThe Last Witchking contains three novellas Each could be and should be expanded into a novel I found this book true to past stories written by legends such as Tolkien or LewisThere are uality reviews of each novella so I will not bore readers with my versions but if you are looking for exciting and thought provoking stores and books you could not go wrong by purchasing any of Vox Day's booksI would like to ask a uestion to the few negative reviewsespecially on blogs I Googled Have any of you actually read these novellas or is your hatred based on ideology blinded you?


  9. Morgon Morgon says:

    I would rate the first story The Last Witchking three stars Enjoyable well written but a little typical The Hoblets of Wiccam Fensboro is four stars; I especially liked that it focused on Goblins and so took the typical villains and made them the heroes Hugo nominated Opera Vita Aeterna is a great little short story that I thoroughly enjoyed and I rate it five stars The favorable portrayal of the monks was a breath of fresh air and despite it being a short story I was impressed with the world building I meant to get around to reading Vox Day's longer works anyway but this short story made me even interested in them


  10. Paige Paige says:

    The book was a free down load and I had a long boring fight ahead of me My expectations were low and I had little idea that Vox Day was soon to be called Satan himself He is being called pure evil by the sort of progressive whiners who I admit I simply hate I may be over rating it because all the stores came through for me on a long flight with noting else to read They were fun reads I will be reading from Vox Day One last thing I do not care what an authors politics are Those who do are not recommending books based on the uality of the book Their recommendations are totally useless


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10 thoughts on “The Last Witchking

  1. David David says:

    This ebook consists of three short stories from the author's epic fantasy universe I found them as entertaining as the other fantasy collections by Vox Day though the writing was rather rough at timesThe title story The Last Witchking is yet another iteration of the Chosen One trope This time the main character is the son of a Witchking once fearsome sorcerers who plagued the land without mercy until they were destroyed When he learns of his true paternity and legacy the protagonist assumes the mantle of his father and proves himself uite adept at ruthless power games and sorcery growing ever powerful and egotisticalWell let's just say the path of the Chosen One is not easy especially when you let it go to your head The kid gets schooled in a big wayThe second story The Hoblets of Wiccam Fensboro was a rather heavy handed allegory obvious even before I reached the author's notes at the end A goblin village is occupied by an army of ostensibly allied orcs who have a seething hatred of hoblets hobbits who have lived peacefully if begrudgingly among the goblins for generations The orcs want to slaughter any hoblets they find; the protagonist a reluctant goblin goes about trying to keep his village from being slaughtered and his neighbors from being sent off to die with the orcs while at the same time doing his best to keep the hoblets out of their graspThis was the weakest story of the trio and the author even admits that it doesn't fit perfectly into his world's canon The behavior of fantasy races being stretched to make a point rather pulled me out of the fantasy world but it was still not a bad yarnThe last story is Opera Vita Aeterna Here religious themes become overt; the world of Selenoth apparently has a Christian Church Not just a fantasy Christian euivalent but actual ChristianityMixing real religions with fantasy worlds has been done before but not often and the author explores it a bit interestingly if not deeply with this tale of an elven sorcerer one of the greatest of his kind who was so impressed by the bravery and faith of a human monk that he comes to a monastery to learn about this dead god that the humans revere soThe philosophical debates between the abbot and the elf set a tone than showcasing any deep cleverness on the part of the author When the elf's irate peers take violent action to try to bring him back home the story pretty much ends except for a coda set centuries later letting us know that the elf was profoundly affected by his experience even if we don't know precisely what he eventually decided about the carved wooden figure on the crossThese stories were reasonably entertaining but I can't give a lot of credit to Vox Day's writing which often wallowed in shades of purple It's a testament to the pace and interest level in the stories themselves that I still finished them and liked them 4 stars for the stories 3 stars for the writing Not something I'd go out and buy in print version but I'd consider fantasy shorts from this author worth downloading

  2. Cathy Cathy says:

    I read the third story in this book Opera Vita Aeterna because it was nominated for a Hugo Award in 2014 for Best Novelette I read an epub document provided by the author on his website This was not a great story not by any stretch of the imagination I couldn't imagine how it got nominated it's just extremely derivative fantasy and heavy handed storytelling not in the least bit exceptional It starting annoying me from the first page when the uotes about the author's books told me four times how much better he was than George RR Martin including this uote If you are a fan of George RR Martin then give A THRONE OF BONES a read It is what you wished Martin had done except even better one of the best SFF novels of the past decade if not longer” Talk about setting up expectations I thought it had to be a joke no one was that obnoxious Maybe it was going to be a fun satire Nope It wasn't a joke Fine so maybe it was really good right? Nope again unfortunately it just wasn't goodIt was annoying how many derivative terms and ideas the author just threw in and jumbled up They're on another world but they have Vespers at the abbey the tall beautiful long haired elf has a green cloak and pointy ears the Abbot's father was a plebeian although a wealthy one of the euestrian class Partway through the very typical fantasy story it suddenly fishtailed into a unbelievably heavy handed dry religious debate I like my philosophy in fantasy and sci fi to be worked into the story not just laid out like religion or philosophy class Then some bad crap happens And then it abruptly jumps three hundred years with no transition Everyone suddenly has Latin names even the historical figures Their famous Philospher is Aristoteles another one has another famous Latin name just barely changed etc Here's the best one the kid in the last section is Marcus and the librarian is Aurelius of all the ridiculous things If it was satire it would have been funny but it was serious I was supposed to be moved by this part of the story And then it just ends I've read a lot of short stories lately and a lot of award nominated stories and I didn't always like some of them but at least I could see why the judges did like them I really fail to see how this got enough votes to get nominated for a Hugo Award It's really mediocre It seems pretty clear that this one was all about politics and not about the writing

  3. Russell Russell says:

    Vox Day continues to flesh out his epic fantasy world of Selenoth with this collection of three short stories I really enjoy the world setting Day's writing has a larger range than I first assumed based off of A Throne of Bones His prose is solid and serviceable He won't be accused of being the Thomas Hardy of fantasy literature but he does tell stories that hold my interestThe first short story starts in a completely different manner than I had expected and even if the shape of the ending wasn't surprising the details certainly were It's a cautionary tale to be sure well executed and enjoyable to readThe second short story was as the author notes a thinly veiled reference to WWII and the Nazi's treatment of the Jews The goblins are the stand in for the Italians the Orcs are 'helped' into finding as few of the Hoblets as possible through the efforts of the Goblins Day doesn't consider this story to strictly canon having written it before he really started the epic novels Nevertheless I was entertained and found myself rooting for the GoblinsThe last short story was by far the best Day wove subtleties into the story line; the ending is tied to the beginning but transmitted from the past imperfectly an ingenious way of reflecting reality That sounded pretentious let me try that again The end of the short story is placed in the current time of A Throne of Bones with two men looking at the superbly illuminated book known as the Summa by an unknown author One of these men is Marcus Valerius a major character in Selenoth The book he and the priest are looking at a relic of many years was the result of the activities of a humble abbot in a small monastery on the outskirts of the human world where an Elf sought salvation unknowingly The abbot and Elf's story is one of forging friendship between a man of the faith and heathen Elven mage seeking to understand something that all his knowledge and training in the magic arts and body Elven knowledge cannot supply Out of that emerges a book of brilliant craftsmanship from the Elf and content concerning the nature of faith and knowledge from the abbot and the Elf The origins of this book are lost to Marcus's time We the readers can see the whole Marcus and the elder priest cannot they are seeing through a glass darkly and doing their best to piece together a puzzle without all the parts available Day packs a lot into just this short story alone referencing his own world and writings and doing so such in a way that is analogous to how history works for us tying his fictional creations to real world counterparts I found it to be a brilliant short story well worth it just by itself I thought it revealed the sharpness and depth of Day's mind and skills in a way other works of his had not uite capturedI highly recommend this collection for fans of fantasy epics

  4. Vagabond of Letters, DLitt Vagabond of Letters, DLitt says:

    Three short stories The Last Witchking provides backstory for the author's main series Interesting but nothing revelatory for an attentive reader 355 The Hoblets A goblin village harboring hoblets is occupied by an orc army while they're at war with trolls and men I see two possible interpretations the Orcs are blacks in a state given up to black rule the goblins are mulattoes andor collaborators and the Hoblets are Whites Given that interpretation 45 The second is that the orcs are Jews the goblins are the majority of people and the Hoblets are based Whites This doesn't make as much sense because the orcs rule by idiocy naked violence and intimidation not by control of intellectual discourse finance and media; nor do Jews tend to violently exterminate the based Whites preferring to convince them to do it themselves with their cultural Marxism and critical theory However the author interprets his own story in a note at the end the orcs are National Socialists the goblins are Italian resistors and the hoblets are Jews that they're hiding and love because they're abetting their own dispossession Given the author's interpretation 15 Opera Vita Aeterna An amazing story about the greatest of the elven mages Bessarias who seeks out the God of men after seeing a monk defeat an elven master mage with power that he can not see or comprehend This fills in one of the most interesting gaps in the main series at the same time Bessarias is basically Arts of Dark and Light's Tom Bombadil 55

  5. Andrew Andrew says:

    The Last Witchking is comprised of three novelette length works from Vox Day’s fantasy world called Selenoth I was impressed by this volume and can see why one of the novelettes was nominated for the Hugo Award—the highest literary award in science fiction and fantasy This is my first introduction to Day’s fiction writing All three stories have astonishing depth for short fiction but can be enjoyed on a superficial level depending on the personal preferences of the reader However these tales are not for the faint of heart All the stories have some darkness in them although not to the extent of George RR Martin’s Westeros The first novelette is titled “The Last Witchking” and is easily the darkest of the three Day asks the uestion “What happens when a young man receives immense power?” We see the changes in the young man as he grows into his new strength and watch as a lack of moral guidance leads to predictable conseuences Do not let the word ‘predictable’ fool you I thought I had the ending figured out but Day had a twist waiting in the dark It was well foreshadowed and definitely encourages the reader to go back and reread the tale again “The Last Witchking” touches on a number of other topics including the danger of knowledge without experience and the perils of absolute power This was not the best of the three but it was still a strong opening Next is a story called “The Hoblets of Wiccam Fensboro” This is the only tale not told from the point of view of a human instead taking us into the point of view of a goblin facing a uasi occupation by orcs The goblins and orcs are uneasy allies and the goblins share their village with small humanoids called hoblets who the orcs see as nothing than vermin to be exterminated The goblins need to decide what to do with the hoblets while trying not to anger the much powerful orcs This novelette gives us an exploration of sacrifice duty and doing the right thing in the face of potential annihilation We also had a historically ‘evil’ race as protagonists In addition an Author’s Note gives us a real world backstory along with a history lesson about World War II Finally we get to Opera Vita Aeterna—the strongest story of the bunch and the Hugo Award Nominee Day explores an array of topics here The nature of friendship religious conversion the purpose of faith in spite of trials and the uest for knowledge are all touched upon However the strongest statement is made on the tolerance and hatred of ‘Other’ The two main characters have a warm and genuine friendship despite differences that should alienate them from one another A third character makes a decision on the basis of hatred and brings us to our emotional climax This is a powerful tale and is deserving of the honors bestowed upon it It may even be a good story to give a deep thinking or religious friend who does not yet have an interest in fantasy Overall the writing style ranged from rich to utilitarian depending on what the narrative called for By and large this is a serious book talking about serious issues that impact the human condition “The Hoblets of Wiccam Fensboro” was the only story to attempt real humor and it was modestly successful in places Day’s serious is much better than his humor but he’s not bad at either He managed to make me chuckle a few times I do have some minor issues with the book In my opinion it took some time for Day to ‘get in the groove’ in each novelette There were also a few clunky sentences and two or three editing mistakes Given the uality of the overall work I am than willing to forgive these concerns On a 10 point scale I would rank The Last Witchking a 9 overall but since Goodreads only gives us 5 stars to work with I am willing to round up This is not a perfect series but it is a very good one Serious fantasy fans should not miss it

  6. David David says:

    Full DisclosureI received a preview copy of this ebook in exchange for my fair and honest reviewI also hate short storiesSo why would I review short stories when I hate them? Well because I do like Vox Day's first novel So I decided I would give these a chance and honestly I'm glad I didThe Witch King this story is almost impossible to review without spoiling it So I'll just say this it is a creepy grim exploration of the nature of evil and it does a great job of turning a classic fantasy cliche upside down This one is definitely not for young children This novella is really dark fantasy at its finestThe Hoblets of Wiccam Fensboro this story is just good fun and it really is some much needed comic relief after the Witch King You really do end up rooting for the Goblins This story made me really wish for a full length Goblin novelOpera Vita Aeterna this one I almost didn't read it starts with something I loathe in fantasy the dreaded weather report But persevere It starts a little slowly but the climax of this story is better than either of the first two and it gives you some great background in the world if you are reading or plan to read Throne of BonesI would happily recommend this story collection to any adult who enjoys fantasy although those of a tender persuasion may wish to skip the first story; it's really grim

  7. J. J. says:

    Update 04272014 Man I must have been in a crappy mood when I uit reading this book last year After returning to it and finishing the final two stories I'm raising the rating to 35 stars This sort of dark fantasy still isn't my favorite but it certainly deserves better than it received from meI read these stories in the order 1 3 2 because I had a difficult time getting into the second one The first title story is truly dark and it left me with the feeling I'd missed something in the reading; the third story has a lighter touch with a thread of hope in the ending Interestingly despite the original difficulty the second story The Hoblets of Wiccam Fensboro is easily my favorite and the author's note at the story's conclusion helped pull it togetherMy apologies to the author and his fans for the original two star reviewOriginal review 08232013 Finished the first story started the second But this dark and dreary sort of fantasy just isn't for me In the book's favor it's well written decently plotted with mostly believable characterization But the story I read was rather ugly and I saw nothing in the first few pages of the second to hold me Certainly there are readers who will enjoy it feel free to consider me sueamish or prudish and I wish the author well

  8. Deep Thought Deep Thought says:

    From my Review I purchased the Last Witchking after reading A Throne of Bones I consider my first book from Vox Day to be one of the best fantasy books written in recent timesThe Last Witchking contains three novellas Each could be and should be expanded into a novel I found this book true to past stories written by legends such as Tolkien or LewisThere are uality reviews of each novella so I will not bore readers with my versions but if you are looking for exciting and thought provoking stores and books you could not go wrong by purchasing any of Vox Day's booksI would like to ask a uestion to the few negative reviewsespecially on blogs I Googled Have any of you actually read these novellas or is your hatred based on ideology blinded you?

  9. Morgon Morgon says:

    I would rate the first story The Last Witchking three stars Enjoyable well written but a little typical The Hoblets of Wiccam Fensboro is four stars; I especially liked that it focused on Goblins and so took the typical villains and made them the heroes Hugo nominated Opera Vita Aeterna is a great little short story that I thoroughly enjoyed and I rate it five stars The favorable portrayal of the monks was a breath of fresh air and despite it being a short story I was impressed with the world building I meant to get around to reading Vox Day's longer works anyway but this short story made me even interested in them

  10. Paige Paige says:

    The book was a free down load and I had a long boring fight ahead of me My expectations were low and I had little idea that Vox Day was soon to be called Satan himself He is being called pure evil by the sort of progressive whiners who I admit I simply hate I may be over rating it because all the stores came through for me on a long flight with noting else to read They were fun reads I will be reading from Vox Day One last thing I do not care what an authors politics are Those who do are not recommending books based on the uality of the book Their recommendations are totally useless

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