Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite
Shadow of the Last Men (The Next Man Saga) (Volume 1) by J.M. Salyards takes you to the bleak outlands in the shadow of the third city. This is a place where one soul emerges to deliver his people from the technocratic overlords known as the last men. This man, Harrow, will do anything and go to all lengths to exact vengeance, even if it means he will only be able to hold onto his humanity by thin threads. However, his quest of havoc and vengeance puts him in the path of allies; as unlikely as that may be, they will change his life forever.
This is a gripping and engaging story and a fantastic start to a series that I cannot wait to dig deeper into. J.M. Salyards has created a host of likable characters that make for the perfect ensemble in this book. I have spent a lot of time wondering if Harrow or Alouine was my favorite and in the end I decided they both were, because the character development is really that solid. The pacing is perfect as well, I never felt as if the story was going too fast, nor did I feel as if it was dragging in parts. This is a refreshing take on the post-apocalyptic story lines that are so popular right now. If you are into a good solid adventure read and the post apocalyptic genre I highly recommend this read.