Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Final Lesson by Shakyra Dunn (The Final Lesson, #1)

The Final Lesson
by Shakyra Dunn

My rating: 5 stars

Series: The Final Lesson - Book 1
Publication Date: June 13, 2018
Publisher: Shakyra Dunn
Genre: YA Fantasy
Available from: Amazon
"Trust none but yourself."

Leilana Erovina's got a bid for power as she takes the final test to become one of her realm's Warlords. As such, she sets out to travel the lands of Adrylis and log magical totems from respectful folk with only one hitch—no ancestral help. The quest is a pilgrimage to learn the basics of human nature. Some would call concepts like gentleness and passion fables of the heart.

In another perspective, war brews in the kingdom of Linmus, throwing Adrylis into chaos. Prince Remiel Vesarus finds himself in exile, vengeance on his mind for those who tore his life asunder. His attendant Solus Brenner at his side, they plan on restoring their kingdom against all odds.

Fate has drawn these two parties together. Conjoined at the hip, the traveler, prince and right-hand will learn the old saying of magic: "It always comes with a price."

The Final Lesson by Shakyra Dunn (The Final Lesson, #1)

After learning the basics of their magic, it is the time for the final examination, a test that prove the worth of several students to become one their realm’s Warlords. Not all will pass the final test, a quest to learn the truths of human nature, its strengths and weaknesses. Along this journey, Leilana must identify unique magical totems held within the hearts of humans. Now far from the safety of their academy, four young magic users will begin their journey together, but who will succeed? Who will fall to their dark side?...Then, there was one...

Meanwhile, in the kingdom of Linmus, its Prince Remiel’s birthday celebration at the castle. It was only his penchant for youthful rebellion that saved his life as his home was attacked, his parents murdered. Alone with only his best friend and guard, Solus, he has become a fugitive, a king without his kingdom and he vows to avenge their death and take back what is rightfully his.

When Leilana, Solus and Rem meet, they make a tentative pact to travel together, each with their own quest, but strength comes in numbers and understanding comes in getting to know strangers. In a land where magic means power, their journey will take them through lands filled with both friends and foes and danger could lurk in every shadow.

Shakyra Dunn’s THE FINAL LESSON is a tale of discovery of self, of learning to trust and knowing when to temper one’s powers for good. It is a coming of age for teens alone and the awakenings of young love in an often dark world. There will be heartbreaking losses, mistakes made, lessons learned and bonds formed as these young adults learn independence, compassion and loyalty.

For lovers of epic fantasy, incredible new worlds and watching characters grow, Shakyra Dunn’s writing is magnetic, and the rich details she adds to her world will have readers walking the same paths as the characters, feeling their youthful emotions and witnessing the turmoil and rewards of their journey!

An amazing journey into both adulthood and self-awareness wrapped in a cloak of magic!

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Shakyra Dunn!

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