It’s almost 2am as I write this review. I’ve just finished The Last Lies of Ardor Benn, the final book in the Kingdom of Grit Trilogy. What an absolute wonderful journey was and an even more wonderful conclusion to now one of my favourite series ever. I instantly fell in love with Ardor Benn, Raek, and Quarrah. I guess you could say their “ruse” stole my heart 😂. I’m blabbering so let me get back on track and share my overall thoughts.
The Last Lies of Ardor Benn takes place a few years after the events of the second book, The Shattered Realm of Ardor Benn. Ardor Benn is now somewhat reformed and is attempting to put his past cons behind him. Having been pardoned by Queen Abeth Agaul, it’s basically a fresh start for Ardor. He decides to become a Holy isle which makes him even more popular among the people. Becoming a holy isle also gives Ardor access to vast amount of information regarding the worlds religion, Wayfirsm.
As we all know, a leopard can’t change its spots and that’s exactly how things go down for Ardor Benn. Ardor is coerced into completing his final ruse and probably the most difficult one he’s ever done. Ardor and his trusted associates Qurrah and best friend Raek are tasked with stealing a dragon for a man called Hedge Marsool. The gag is, Hedge knows what Ardor has planned before Ardor even knows. Can he travel through time? Can he read Ardor’s thoughts? Well I can’t tell you obviously but sure enough this makes things a lot more harder for Ardor and the gang.
It’s difficult because honestly it’ll end up spoiling everything for everyone. That’s something I don’t want to do. What I will tell you however is that I absolutely loved loved loved the series and the final book overall. The world and characters Tyler Whitesides has created and developed is nothing short of a masterpiece. Although Ard is a pain in the arse, he was spectacular at being a pain in the arse. I don’t know how Qurrah and Raek were able to put up with his shit 🤣🤣.
I loved all of the characters and god I’m going to miss them so much. I’ve not been this emotional at finishing a series in so long. It was so easy to become attached to Ardor, Quarrah and, Raek. They were just brilliant in every single way. Ardor Benn was the main showpiece obviously. Not to take away anything from the other characters such as Raek and Quarrah, but think Pirates of the Caribbean. Let’s be honest the only reason we loved those movies were for Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow. That goes for Ardor Benn as he was able to steal the show with his intelligence, witty humour, and ability to pull a rabbit out the hat when things looked like they were about to blow up in everyone’s face.
However, one thing that Tyler Whitesides switches up this time around is the fact that Ardor is definitely up against it a lot more. Usually it’s Ardor Benn who is one step ahead, but this time around the main villains in this book, Hedge Marsool and Garifus who have the upper hand at every moment. This was something I’ve never seen before as it’s always Ardor Benn who somehow is able to plan the unthinkable.
I genuinely had a lot of hate for the main villains. Yes King Petherdote from book one and the Realm and King Termain from book two had their vices, but Garifus and Hedge Marsool crossed further boundaries when it comes to villainy. Again I’m sorry I can’t go into too much detail as to who that is because I don’t want to spoil your experience.
I also really enjoyed the edition of the story being told from the POV of Nemery Baggish from the first book. She added a lot more depth when it came to the dragons and Pekal. We learn a lot about what she’s been up to since the first book. She’s now sort a guide who leads people to the summit of Pekal.
The writing and world-building again amazing as ever. I loved how new forms of Grit magic were added such as Transformation Grit and Ignition Grit. The lore of the world was also expanded further as we learn about the true nature of Wayfirsm, The Homelander, Glass Minds, Moonsickness, and much more The icing on the cake was that we have fricking time travel too! There’s just so much depth that it begs the question, why aren’t more people reading this series!
That’s how I’m going to end my review. Read this series people! Yes each book may be almost 600+ words but you’ll devour them quickly. You’re in for one of the best adventures you’ve ever had. Ardor Benn, Qurrah, Raek are all unforgettable and I’ll miss them so much🥲.
Thank you again to the lovely, phenomenal, and wonderful Angela and Orbit for sending me this series. I’m as always grateful to you for giving me these opportunities 😊.