• Title: The Last Empath of Doctsland
  • Author: Leah Putz
  • Publisher: Dakstroke Books on November 30, 2020
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Pages: 239
  • Formats Available: Paperback & Digital
  • Rating: 5/5

Trigger Warnings: Graphic Violence

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The Last Empath of Doctsland Blurb

A kingdom in danger. A royal family divided by greed. A warrior combining strength with magic.

Lisalya Manyeo is the only known empath left in the small seafaring country of Doctsland, so when they are threatened by their much stronger neighbor, Prince Viktor recruits her help. On their way, he trains her to fight.

Working together despite their very obvious differences, they go behind enemy lines to stir up a rebellion against his step-brother’s tyrannical rule. After initial success in recruiting people to join them, they are captured. Lisalya is gravely injured during interrogation, but Viktor nurses her back to life.

A final battle will determine who will rule, but sacrifices have to be made to defeat the enemy.

Will Lisalya and Viktor be able to overcome the odds stacked against them to save their country from certain destruction?

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My Review

I adore novels about medieval royals that include magic. The Last Empath of Doctsland didn’t disappoint. I loved this book so much, and I am still suffering a bit of a hangover. Leah Putz did a fantastic job writing an exciting fantasy. I hope there is more to come for Lisalya and Viktor.

Putz does it right with her arrogant king-to-be. Lisalya is sweet as they come, and I couldn’t help but love her. Jion and Siofra are Viktor’s best friends who make the best guards. The diversity in these characters is wonderful too. Usually, medieval fantasy is white as snow, but this novel includes a gay guard and a black heroine. It is great to see more authors beginning to branch out.

One thing that tends to turn me off about the fantasy genre is that they are very long and a bit of a drag. But, The Last Empath of Doctsland is the perfect length, and the action moves well. I was never bored and ready to jump ahead. To be honest, I could have stood with a little more. That is why I hope there is a sequel. I want to know more!

This story deserves 5 stars, thus I am awarding it 5 out of 5 stars for the glee I felt while reading. I can wholeheartedly recommend this novel to any fantasy lovers out there. There are no dragons, but the sword fighting and the magic are outstanding.

About the Author – Leah Putz

Leah Putz has been writing for as long as she can remember. Filling notebooks in school, writing on the scrap paper stolen from her mom’s desk at work, and even producing a short story in 7th grade, distributed to family and friends. She writes almost as often as she reads.

The Last Empath of Doctsland is her first novel. She set out to create a fantasy story featuring the key character types she missed when reading stories in the genre, notably strong women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ characters.

She lives and works in Minnesota, spending her free time either hanging out with her dog Frodo, or travelling as much as possible.

Author’s Social Media Links: Twitter | Facebook | Website | Instagram

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