You’ve probably clicked on this post wondering what on earth ‘Ultima’ is. Well I’m going to tell you, but the difficulty is, how do I review a book without telling you what happens? Well, objectively that is and taking a trip down memory lane…
2016 was the year that launched L.S. Hilton as a household name with headlines including ‘Is this ‘geeky’ Oxford graduate the new EL James?’, ‘It’s time to be grown up about female desire’ and Lisa herself was called ‘Publishing Viagra’. Maestra went on to become the biggest selling debut of 2016 and she’s since been published in 48 countries and has sold in excess of 450,000 copies of the first two books in her trilogy (Maestraand Domina).
I remember reading Maestra back in 2016 and I was absolutely hooked. It’s very rare I find a book so captivating and gripping. It spoke to me in a way no other book did? In ways I identified with the protagonist and pitied her all at the same time. I closed the book thinking ‘I want to be her’. Judith Rashleigh was always one step ahead and that’s exactly how you should be in life.
“Domina picks up exactly where the end of Maestra ends and without wanting to spoilt it for you and protagonist, Judith Rashleigh, is on the run yet again. L.S Hilton’s writing style is intelligent, thought-provoking and keeps you on the edge of your seats. Maestra was my favourite read of 2016 and I had never fallen in love with a book so quickly. It was relatable, educational, thrilling and exciting. If you love art too, this book is for you.”
Love it. Hate it. Read it.
This is where a work of art comes to an end. Judith Rashleigh will be missed. Ultima is much less violent than its predecessors but it doesn’t mean it isn’t just as good.
Even if you think you know what Judith is going to do next, every sentence surprises you from beginning to end. Infused the world of art, it’s either kill or be killed… L.S Hilton is seriously underrated in the literary world and I’m intrigued to see what she will do next. Ultima is the perfect end to a gripping, brutal and mysterious series and the slick plot will have you re-reading for clues you may have missed.
Have you read the Maestra series yet?
Ultima is available to purchase here.
Please note, Ultima was sent to me for my review by Bonnie Zaffre Publishing, but all opinions are my own.