We here at Voyager are super excited about the release of The Last Stormlord.
The praise for Glenda Larke’s latest adventure is already rolling in. Aurealis Express said “I am in awe of the sheer virtuosity with which Larke has created her world. What a tale! Can’t wait for the next instalment. This is a GREAT book. I was so sad when I finished it; luckily it’s going to be a trilogy.” Australian Bookseller + Publisher agrees ‘The only thing I didn’t like about this book was not having the next one ready to go when I finished it.’
We wanted to let you in on the excitement so for a limited time you can read The Last Stormlord in its entirety here.
Read the book and see for yourselves why Glenda Larke is one of our most critically acclaimed Voyager stars.
We asked Glenda to tell us about her inspiration for The Last Stormlord:
Imagine a land where it never rains – unless a stormlord uses magic to bring water from a distant sea. Imagine what might happen if the stormlords are murdered one by one, leaving only a decrepit, dying Cloudmaster. The rainlords of the Quartern begin a desperate search to find a replacement, but they don’t understand the forces working against them, or believe that one of their number can be a traitor.
It’s a story that is close to my heart, because I started life on an Australian farm where the only water we had was whatever we garnered ourselves. One of my earliest memories is of my father tapping the rungs of the rainwater tank, wondering if the water would last until the first winter storms. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know that water was precious! My childhood is probably where the idea for the Watergivers trilogy was unknowingly first nurtured.
The story matured, though, in many different places: Algeria and Tunisia and the Sahara; on camping trips into the heart of Western Australia’s gibber plains and salt pans; on a plane flight over some ancient Iranian villages; in the rainforests of Borneo observing millipedes and carnivorous insects; via the discovery that sand dunes can sing and some people know how to paint on the surface of water. Magic, it seems, is everywhere, all you have to do is look …
Those are some of the influences that helped me build the background, the stage for the epic. In the foreground, though, The Last Stormlord is more personal – it’s a tale of high adventure, of war and treachery and love. It’s the story of four people, two rainlords forced into a marriage neither of them wants, and two children born into poverty yet leading vastly different lives, struggling just to survive as the world changes for the worse around them. Sometime in the future, their paths may cross – if they can stay alive long enough.
But believe me, in a thirsty world on the verge of a war where control of water will be lethal weapon, staying alive is far from certain.
You can now take a peek at the book online. Enjoy the read and feel free to tell me what you think!