The Last Falcon by Colleen Ruttan
Book 1 of the Cael Stone

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Erynn Taylor was fourteen when she witnessed the brutal murder of her father. She should be dead, too, she knew that. But a reclusive golden dragon swooped down upon the scene--scattering her attackers and sparing her life, but ultimately denying her justice.

Two years later, Erynn's attackers ride boldy into her kingdom for a visit with her king. But her elation at the nearness of justice turns to anger and then fear as she learns there is more to this visit than meets the eye--a conspiracy that threatens the entire kingdom--and that it just might bring her the death she so narrowly avoided. Erynn wants justice…but does she want it badly enough to die?

When the mystery of her own past makes her a target, Erynn flees the castle where she has lived since her father's murder--setting off a manhunt that can only end in bloodshed. The question is, whose blood will be spilled?

PRAISE FOR THE LAST FALCON:

“Ruttan blends the medieval and supernatural effortlessly, ably setting up a sequel to this fun fantasy novel."
— Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW)

“A riveting, vividly described adventure story with a familiar yet satisfying trope." 
— Kirkus Reviews

“Moves quickly with clever and satisfying twists…”
— Clarion Reviews

“A well plotted, fast moving narrative...a plucky heroine...an entertaining tale…” 
— IndieReader

“A fast-paced fantasy novel of intrigue and adventure...this novel is expert entertainment…”
— Jen (Goodreads Giveaway Winner)
 
“Excellent read. Very engaging and entertaining from the get go…”
— Jeanne (Goodreads Giveaway Winner)

“Reads likes ‘The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe’ with a cast from Tolkien…captivating from the very beginning…”
— Michel (Amazon Reviewer)

“Keeps the reader In suspense. Just when you think you know whats going to happen next...Boom! An absolute page turner! Loved it!”
— Elisabeth (Amazon Reviewer)

“Kept me intrigued through out the whole book. I could have read it in one day if I didn't have other things to do.”
— Amy (Amazon Reviewer)

“Very entertaining, with action and suspense from the very beginning. Fantasy and mystery combined to keep me up half the night.”
— Jo Anna (Amazon Reviewer)

“Keeps you jumping, not knowing who the good guy is and who the bad guy is…”
— Gail (Amazon Reviewer)

“I was looking for a book to kill some time. Never dreamed I would find a book that I couldn't put down…”
— Marsha (Amazon Reviewer)

“Great intro to new fantasy saga. Magic, dragons, mystery, intrigue. Will keep you glued to your reading chair…”
— Silverbill (Amazon Reviewer)
 
Almost 80,000 words in length, THE LAST FALCON is the first volume in a new traditional fantasy adventure story.

THE LAST FALCON is currently listed on the Kirkus Reviews website as a similar book to GAME OF THRONES.

Note from the Author: THE CAEL STONE is a single fantasy-quest story being told over the course of multiple books. Each book does NOT stand alone.
 

About Colleen Ruttan

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Colleen Ruttan lives in Chilliwack, BC. She has a degree in physics and formerly worked as a criminal intelligence analyst for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. For more information, visit colleenruttan.com.
 
Published June 24, 2012 by Colleen Ruttan. 292 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Though clearly influenced by fantasy-adventure tales like the Lord of the Rings and A Song of Ice and Fire (elves, dwarves, dragons and Anglo-Saxon names abound), author Ruttan puts a refreshing spin on the tradition, creating a strong female protagonist whose resourcefulness and wit will inspire...

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Publishers Weekly

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This kickoff to a traditional fantasy series starring feisty and independent teen heroine Erynn is both well paced and engaging.

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ForeWord Reviews

Two years after witnessing the murder of her father at the hand of horse thieves, sixteen-year-old Erynn has found a place for herself as a servant in King Wryden’s palace.

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