The world of man has fallen. Their armies are routed, their cities razed, their holy places desecrated. The greatest heroes of mankind have been defeated, one by one, seeking the architect of this destruction. At the top of a mountain at the end of the world, one man continues their quest.
Is he the last hero of humanity?
Or is he merely the last to die?
I really enjoyed this short story. It's a succinct, high-fantasy tale that grabs you from the very start as you follow the fate of the last hero.
Fantasy stories really should be called "tales." They have to almost have a rhythm to them like the old epic poems told by the ancient Greeks. It helps to capture that sense of heroes and deeds that are larger than life. One of the things I enjoyed the most about this short story was how adeptly this author mimics that style.
Equally impressive is that the author throws you into an exciting world of sprawling high-fantasy but does it in less than 4,000 words. With the genre's hard-earned reputation of being long-winded, this story was like a breath of fresh air.
Fantastic job and a highly recommended read.
Reviewed by Alain Gomez