The Sage's Reign
by Shakyra Dunn
My rating: 5 stars
Series: The Final Lesson - Book 2
Publication Date: September 13, 2018
Publisher: Shakyra Dunn
Genre: YA Fantasy
Print Length: 349 pages
Eternal night looms over Adrylis.
After her Grimoire is lost to the Order of Helix, Leilana is left to prepare herself in a newfound way before her return to the crown city of Linmus to help reclaim Prince Remiel's throne. One by one, countries lay burning at their feet. Magic is on its last legs, but the Orb of Concord is within their reach.
From the opposite spectrum, the mastermind awaits, playing puppet-master as they march to their doom. Time is against them as the final moonless night looms above. The final test from the Warlords of Old has finally come into play.
The Sage's Reign by Shakyra Dunn (The Final Lesson, #2)
What started as the final examination for Leilana in her quest to become a Warlord has become a quest to find her true purpose in life, the life Fate has planned, and it will be nothing like she had envisioned.
The journey of self-discovery has become a journey of trust, comradery, and even romance as Leilana, Solus and Remiel traverse a world where magic can destroy as easily as it can heal. Will their differences become more real, more of a wedge between them as opposed to a strength?
Leilana has not found her grimoire, so what is her power to give to the world? Remiel will struggle with his guilt over leaving his kingdom behind in ruins as he runs for safety, promising to return one day. Will it drive him to recklessness or to doubt himself?
Solus will face the greatest trials of all as he learns his true heritage and the darkness that lay within it. Will he be strong enough to overcome the evil he was born to or will the world rightfully fear his dark powers?
Friends will be separated, disasters will befall them and time will be stolen from them. Will Fate allow them to join as allies and friends again or will the closeness of their youth be nothing but a bittersweet memory? Will Leilana find her true calling? Has the teen who went naively off into the world to prove herself find as a young woman that what she needed was within her the whole time?
Time waits for no man or woman, it marches on and changes the world, but truths in life are constants and the heart will always find its way back to what it calls home.
Shakyra Dunn’s second book in the Final Lesson Duology is a powerful and breathtaking journey through lands filled with magic, fear, hatred and mistrust. It is also a rite of passage into a world where magic can be a power used for good or evil, and the strength of the user lay in their own belief in themselves.
THE SAGE’S REIGN is truly an epic fantasy, designed to draw readers into a world of wonder, war and awe as we become witnesses to a coming of age, hearts broken and hearts filled to brim. Shakyra Dunn’s world is unforgettable as she brings her characters alive, flawed and innocent then places trial after trial in front of them until their innocence is taken, but is replaced with wisdom and the determination to make their world a better place.
Savor this young adult tale, feel what the characters feel, cringe at the evils of the world and learn the final lesson alongside these marvelous characters as Fate deals the final hand preparing them for what comes next.
I absolutely loved this duology! Ms. Dunn has put a wrap on this final book that will leave readers looking to the future for some and mourning the pasts they have all endured!
I received a complimentary ARC edition for Shakyra Dunn!