- File Size: 1417 KB
- Print Length: 174 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1548809373
- Publication Date: July 12, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073WXMCC5
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,457,668 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
First Words: Final Lesson Kindle Edition
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The novella gives a nice prologue to her upcoming novel. The characters are introduced quite nicely and it gives you a feel for their personalities and a look into their relationships with others in their lives. The novella also gives you a small glimpse into what the world Shakyra Dunn has created and so far it is beautiful.
Reading this novella made me so hyped for The Final Lesson. I can't wait to read their adventures and see the rest of the world!
At first, Dunn’s story seems vague and fragmented in spots, and it’s not clear who the main villain is—or even if there is one—as well as why there is such a grave danger to the characters and their kingdoms. Aside from a few structural issues with the author’s writing, such as fragmented sentences, unfinished statements, and even a hanging paragraph, Dunn’s telling is well-paced. As we follow Ennis’ journey to become a warlord, the complexity if the tale improves vastly.
Dunn elicits strong feelings of support and empathy for her characters, and it is the grand sense of purpose—of fighting for a cause—that becomes the driving force behind this fantasy tale. She easily draws the reader into the plight of her characters as they fight to restore the fallen kingdoms and prevent further damages from occurring. The length of Dunn’s novel is perfect for a pleasant weekend read, and I would recommend this story to fantasy and young adult readers alike. Those who enjoy this story will be pleased to know that the author has left the tale open to a sequel.
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Leilana, the heroine, commences the story as a young innocent child who learns in the most devastating way imaginable what it truly means to wield power….she is surrounded by a fascinating cast of characters who, as forces for both good and evil, war for overall power..a special mention here for Ennis, her brother, who has his own brutal path to follow…
I believe this coming of age storyline, with it’s alternative universe and the intense and intriguing characters inhabiting it, has the potential to be the start of a thrilling series however this novella felt a bit too rushed and too full of plot development without the depth that a full length novel would have provided and as such I was unable to feel completely invested in the characters and their envisioned and actual destinies …..this novella was reviewed for Summer's Eve Reads.
Unfortunately the book has several pacing problems that plague it. The first two acts are devoid of tension or drama, as if they're just an extended introduction. Then there's a brief bit where one of them has to deliver a series of magic totems to a location which is over in a flash after which normalcy is introduced. The brief intertwining between the characters in the stories flew by before I could get invested in them and the climax had little weight to me personally.
If you want character driven drama where the bulk is spent getting to know and enjoy the characters, First Words does that very well and I heartily recommend . If you, like me, prefer more plot driven stories, I may advise a different avenue than first words.