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The final book in an action-packed epic fantasy series set in a world with dragon-fueled magic where master con artist Ardor Benn takes a job to steal a living dragon. Ardor Benn has taken his lies to a new level, infiltrating high society so he can steal a priceless resource. But now that he's on the inside, he finds himself poring through ancient texts, searching for answ The final book in an action-packed epic fantasy series set in a world with dragon-fueled magic where master con artist Ardor Benn takes a job to steal a living dragon. Ardor Benn has taken his lies to a new level, infiltrating high society so he can steal a priceless resource. But now that he's on the inside, he finds himself poring through ancient texts, searching for answers to his deepest questions. He discovers something is coming. Something world-ending. Now, an old enemy is extorting him for one last job. Steal a live dragon. He doesn't know how, and he doesn't know why. But he's got a feeling that it's a job he has to take. Only problem is, Ard's running short on time and shorter on lies. And his personal ambitions are alienating all of his allies. With no one else to rely on, he'll have to trust the one person nobody else does: himself.


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The final book in an action-packed epic fantasy series set in a world with dragon-fueled magic where master con artist Ardor Benn takes a job to steal a living dragon. Ardor Benn has taken his lies to a new level, infiltrating high society so he can steal a priceless resource. But now that he's on the inside, he finds himself poring through ancient texts, searching for answ The final book in an action-packed epic fantasy series set in a world with dragon-fueled magic where master con artist Ardor Benn takes a job to steal a living dragon. Ardor Benn has taken his lies to a new level, infiltrating high society so he can steal a priceless resource. But now that he's on the inside, he finds himself poring through ancient texts, searching for answers to his deepest questions. He discovers something is coming. Something world-ending. Now, an old enemy is extorting him for one last job. Steal a live dragon. He doesn't know how, and he doesn't know why. But he's got a feeling that it's a job he has to take. Only problem is, Ard's running short on time and shorter on lies. And his personal ambitions are alienating all of his allies. With no one else to rely on, he'll have to trust the one person nobody else does: himself.

30 review for The Last Lies of Ardor Benn

  1. 5 out of 5

    Raksha

    A solid conclusion to an amazing heist-based fantasy series. Aaaaaaah! The Kingdom of Grit was one of the best series I discovered last year and it's bittersweet that it's finally over. Ardor Benn is one of my favourite protagonists ever and I'm sad I won't be reading about his antics anymore. The Last Lies of Ardor Benn picks up a few years after the events of The Shattered Realm of Ardor Benn and does a good job of tying up some loose ends and finishing the world-building arc that began in the A solid conclusion to an amazing heist-based fantasy series. Aaaaaaah! The Kingdom of Grit was one of the best series I discovered last year and it's bittersweet that it's finally over. Ardor Benn is one of my favourite protagonists ever and I'm sad I won't be reading about his antics anymore. The Last Lies of Ardor Benn picks up a few years after the events of The Shattered Realm of Ardor Benn and does a good job of tying up some loose ends and finishing the world-building arc that began in the first book. Though not my favourite of the three, The Last Lies still had the classic Ardor Benn moments - impossible heists and crazy plans that somehow work. My only problem with the book was more of a personal preference as to how I want my endings to be (without getting into spoiler territory). But other than a few small complaints, I loved it! The book introduced two new characters (or reintroduced a character all grown up) who ended up being my new favourite power couple (Salafan/Nemery and Mohdek have my heart!) and we also got some solid character development with the older characters. There's also a good chunk of dragon content (which is VERY important if you ask me). I devoured this 700 pg beast in just a few days and that's just how fast-paced all the books in this series is! Not a dull moment to be had. As always, I cannot leave without talking about the unique magic system which is derived from dragon poop, which I feel the need to mention over and over again. All in all, I love this series and I'm so happy I found Ardor Benn in a time I needed a good laugh the most. This is definitely a series I'll keep rereading whenever I need something hilarious and fun. Highly recommend the whole trilogy!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Peter Baran

    The previous two were my new fantasy find of the year, and it was nice to be able to finish the sequence with the others fresh in my mind. And whilst it continues the previous two will, developing and playing with the big themes, I am not sure it wholly sticks the landing. Oddly it has a similar problem to another trilogy I have recently read, where the stakes are huge, you have to be seen to be able to kill off major characters. But the reader and writer are invested, and so sometimes they come The previous two were my new fantasy find of the year, and it was nice to be able to finish the sequence with the others fresh in my mind. And whilst it continues the previous two will, developing and playing with the big themes, I am not sure it wholly sticks the landing. Oddly it has a similar problem to another trilogy I have recently read, where the stakes are huge, you have to be seen to be able to kill off major characters. But the reader and writer are invested, and so sometimes they come back. Whitesides, like his lead character, is full of tricks and so tries to have his cake and eat it. In the process he almost undermines the point of some of the narrative development, and leaves us with a happy ending which in both micro and macro terms would be seen as a disaster in any other terms. This of course, makes it actually quite interesting, and beyond the Mission Impossible formulation, something that has been most interesting about the trilogy is the big swings it has continually gone for. Its fantasy that plays with big sci-fi ideas, which is great - except for every really good idea there is also something that is there for plot convenience and contingency. Some of the quirks of the world building are answered, but merely lead to more quirks. At the heart our criminal lead is torn between his spiritual and religious desires and his desire to be the smartest man in the room. This means that the other two leads, who shouldn't be slotted into the roles of his sidekick and his love interest, end up in that position. All that said however, it only left me with qualms after I finished it, and yet again I devoured its seven hundred pages in a couple of days. I still think the world building is great, I think the risks it takes are really admirable, and whilst I don't think the ending quite works, it doesn't demean the rest and has definately been the most enjoyable trip I took in 2020.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Traveling Cloak

    This is the fabulous finale in the KINGDOM OF GRIT series, and I have to say I loved it all the way through. It is fantasy that is very non-standard, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants, and very smartly written. The KINGDOM OF GRIT books are a lot of fun to read, if you are willing to suspend believe for 2,000 pages or so.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dieter

    This series delivers everything it advertises, and there's so much more that's not even mentioned in the blurbs. This series delivers everything it advertises, and there's so much more that's not even mentioned in the blurbs.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    A little devil on my shoulder wants me to give this book 1 star - just because it's the last in the series, and that's really disappointing. However, it's a fantastic book and a fitting conclusion to the "Kingdom of Grit" series. I've thoroughly enjoyed all 3 books. The story, characters, writing, and world-building are all first class. I hope there will be more adult fantasy from Tyler Whitesides in the future. My thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley. This review was written voluntaril A little devil on my shoulder wants me to give this book 1 star - just because it's the last in the series, and that's really disappointing. However, it's a fantastic book and a fitting conclusion to the "Kingdom of Grit" series. I've thoroughly enjoyed all 3 books. The story, characters, writing, and world-building are all first class. I hope there will be more adult fantasy from Tyler Whitesides in the future. My thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley. This review was written voluntarily and is entirely my own, unbiased, opinion.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ashwini Abhyankar

    I absolutely forgot to update my reading progress here. Oh well. In any case, with this one, another trilogy is done this year so yay! I will admit that this is perhaps the lowest rated book in the trilogy at possibly 3.75. Which, on its own, is not bad at all and the overall the series is pretty awesome, it's just I had a few problems with the book but not enough to bother me too much. I absolutely forgot to update my reading progress here. Oh well. In any case, with this one, another trilogy is done this year so yay! I will admit that this is perhaps the lowest rated book in the trilogy at possibly 3.75. Which, on its own, is not bad at all and the overall the series is pretty awesome, it's just I had a few problems with the book but not enough to bother me too much.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ian Clark

    YOU need to read this novel! Amazing finale to the trilogy. The factions go to war and a seemingly hopeless outcome intrigues Ardor - who then dreams up a solution to resolve and repair the discord.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alexandru Ilie

    a beautiful ending to an amazing series. I really loved this book and all it had to offer.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jackson Porter

    I have never read anything quite like this. Perfect.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Cairnes

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rob

  12. 4 out of 5

    Anthony Cordova

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

  14. 5 out of 5

    Oman

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gareth Marchant

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rose Marie

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tom

  18. 4 out of 5

    Zachary Frieling

  19. 5 out of 5

    Celeste

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sasha Pachev

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jason

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brad

  23. 5 out of 5

    Toby

  24. 5 out of 5

    Binswangers

  25. 4 out of 5

    Serinis

  26. 5 out of 5

    Grace

  27. 5 out of 5

    Godplays

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lily

  29. 4 out of 5

    Zach

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nicole E.

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