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- Print Length: 307 pages
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- Publisher: Trabuco Ridge Press; 1 edition (February 16, 2015)
- Publication Date: February 16, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ROBHMFY
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #513,062 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Synopsis (from the author):
Raised in a realm where humans are no better than slaves, Rie Lhethannien has struggled for decades to earn a meager post in the High Court messenger service. Even training as an elite fighter isn’t enough to earn the respect she craves. Scorned by the high elves who rely on her loyalty, Rie’s closest allies are the fierce carnivorous pixies who travel by her side.
When she’s attacked on a routine delivery by assassins from the enemy Shadow Realm, Rie’s martial prowess keeps her alive…and frames her as a traitor. Facing execution at the hand of an unmerciful high elf king, Rie must forsake her oaths and flee into enemy lands to prove her innocence. The secrets she uncovers may threaten more than her honor or even her life...for war is looming in the nine faerie realms.
What I liked:
The Last Descendant has all the great fantasy elements. Rie, a human coming into unknown powers, intrigue, battles, magic, elves, a forbidden realm, and a quest to uncover the truth. What more can a fantasy reader ask for? In addition, it’s a well-written and well-paced book. Fantasy lovers a series to keep them occupied. Well done, Megan Haskell!
What I didn’t like:
I’m not asking for an info dump, but more background on the Shadow Realm would help. I’m sure it comes out in the subsequent books, though, so I’ll have to wait.
As with all the books I’ve read with Indie Brag Medallions, The Last Descendant (Sanyare Chronicles #1) is well-written and entertaining! Good characters, nice battles scenes, intrigue, and a touch of romance make it a book worth reading! I recommend this one to anyone who likes fantasy!
The book is called "dark fantasy" but it's clear that people vary in their definitions of that. The story didn't have the disturbing, morally questionable, psychologically damaged, or horror elements that I associate with dark fantasy. Sure, the bad guys are evil, and the good guys make poor choices sometimes, but they stay good guys, and evil exists to be conquered, not embraced. Just the way I like it!
I rate books within their "weight class," as it were, rather than comparing every book to Hugo winners. This is one of those indie books that will defy any of your lowered expectations of independent publishing. The writing is fast, clean, and engaging, and the book (I bought the paperback) is beautiful inside and out; it's 100% professional, through and through. It's especially impressive for a new novelist. I can't wait to see what Haskell does when her style refines and matures even further.
I'd recommend this book for anyone who likes a good, solid fantasy adventure. Having read ahead to the later books already, I can say that yes, it's worth diving into the whole series, and the quality keeps up all the way through!
Editing is professional, and the pacing is well done with the understanding that this is the first in a series (only way for a new author to become successful now) and thus the author must set the stage not only for the novel but for the entire series. I never found myself skipping ahead or wishing she’d get on with it. All in all, the book seems to well balance the need to stand on its own as well as serve as the first chapter in a larger story. The conclusion is satisfying, dealing with an immediate villain while developing several juicy story arcs.
I probably won’t be buying the next as it’s not quite my cup of tea. But for readers who like their elves complex yet easily recognizable, perhaps more into romance than I (having been with my wife more than thirty years I have no need for or room for external romance in my life), with a love of strong and basically good female leads and a hankering for long and presumably deep fantasy tales, this may be your next adventure.
Bought the series on a hunch but gave up at end of first book.
Top international reviews
Whilst I have previously read futuristic dystopian novels, vampire and werewolf books, and some science fiction, I have always shied away from anything involving dragons, "faes" and "fairies" as being to "out there" for me. I therefore consider this my first proper "fantasy" novel.
Actually, from page one and the first mention of fairies, faes, weapons I did not understand and people with odd names, I thought I would not like this book and should just stop reading now, and yet, somehow, I could not make myself stop and kept turning the pages and was completely involved with the characters and storyline before I even knew it.
Loved it! The way the worlds, storyline and characters are built is brilliant, very complex and engaging.