Last Iteration, The (Book One of The Spartan Labyrinth) - (OOP)
The only way to learn about your enemy
is to die with your enemy.
Seven people, stolen from a Civil War, dropped into a sterile, featureless maze must learn to trust each other and fight off packs of bizarre monsters if they're going to survive. But when the labyrinth resets itself again and again, they realize someone is watching them. Someone with an agenda. Is this some trap from the oppressive ruling Sayal regime, or is it a weapon of the freedom fighters, and what does the monstrous Grey - a creature inside the maze - want with them? Hanian Tris, not even a real general, hasn't seen much battle, but he'll learn from two highly skilled women, Ciege and Elise, freedom fighters in the Resistance. Working together, they might have a chance to escape the battles that bring them to the brink of Death... and back.
About the Author:
Mel Arthur lives in Atlantic Canada and writes adjacent to three cats, a husband, and a small boy. She studied both English Literature and Library Science, paints and draws with middling ability, and mostly reads books about long dead kings and queens.
Mel has been telling herself stories in her head since she was a little girl, but didn't get around to writing them down until recently. The Last Iteration is the first novel to make it out of her head and onto the page. [MORE]
Books in The trilogy:
- The Last Iteration (Book One)
- The Cost of Loyalty (Book Two) - Forthcoming
- A Pivotal Flaw (Book Three) - Forthcoming
"The Last Iteration is a mystery, a love story, an adventure tale, and sits somewhere on the line between Science Fiction and Fantasy. It is written for a more mature audience than the Maze Runner and deals heavily with the internal motivation and personalities of the characters." - Mel Arthur
"There is so much about this book I love. I am a big fan of the romance aspects of this book and how different relationships develop between the characters as they find each other. I enjoyed watching the characters change as they progressed through the maze..." - Ashley Levy
"The Last Iteration is well-told through its richly-strewn characters that range from pitiful, to seductive, to amusing. The plot is enticing, spawning a dream-like mystery that is one of Mel Arthur ‘s greatest achievements in crafting this novel. It lures that reader in such a way that they feel like one the characters —pushed unwittingly through a maze like mouse trying to find the cheese. It leaves the reader at the mercy of the author, yearning to find what or who is pulling the strings." - Conor Tripp
"This story jumps right in and keeps the reader puzzling out the landscape right along with the characters. The characters are real and the concept is fresh. Readers looking for something a little different will not be disappointed!" - Sarah Digdon
"A taut opener hooks the reader into this suspenseful novel—not for the claustrophobic—in a mesmeric story that keeps the reader on the edge, start to finish. ... Suspense carries the novel. Dialogue moves the story along; engaging banter between the pairs as each set unravels itself to the other unsuspecting pairs. ... Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars" - Eugen Bacon, Andromeda Spaceways Magazine
"Arthur has done a magnificent job of writing a novel very much worth reading." - Nicole BrownThis is a truly special read full of imagination, unpredictable twists, and sympathetic characters that you find yourself rooting for as the book heats up. When the book's climax is reached, you will find yourself holding your breath and possibly gaping at your screen as a shattering truth is revealed." - tamwhy
"Overall, reading this book was enjoyable because the action flowed smoothly. I would recommend it to anyone in need of an entertaining afternoon page turner." - Robin Bonneau
"The Last Iteration is one of those little gems that you stumble upon, not expecting such a great novel. ... a group of seemingly disconnected and opposing people are somehow plopped out of their lives and dropped into an endless labyrinth with no rhyme or reason. They don’t even know what they are supposed to do or even if they are all alone. And, fearsome elements beat down upon them and monsters that multiply every time they appear. Will they retain their old grudges from the outside world? Will they come to trust each other? To sacrifice for each other?
"The writing style is easy to follow and a reader quickly becomes enveloped in this strange bizarro world they these people find themselves in. Well done." - Dave Wilde - Library Thing
"The Last Iteration is an excellent first novel. The story is unique and intriguing as the characters make their way through totally unknown territory towards an unknown destination which allows the reader to focus more on the characters and their interactions." - Richard B Pook