Friday, June 30, 2017
REVIEW Megan Haskell SANYARE THE LAST DESCENDANT
Title: The Last Descendent
Series: Sanyare Chronicles
Author: Megan Haskell
Genre: YA Fantasy/Romance
Publication Date: August 1, 2016
BRAG Medallion Winner
A woman torn between honor and survival…
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 king, Rie must forsake her oaths and flee into enemy lands to prove her innocence. With surprising help from a bastard prince and an ambitious blood sidhe, Rie searches for the truth behind the attack. The secrets she uncovers may threaten more than her honor or even her life…for war is looming in the nine faerie realms.
Sanyare: The Last Descendant is the first book in the Sanyare Chronicles, a fast-paced dark fantasy adventure. If you like kick-butt heroines and action-packed fantasy filled with mythological creatures, then you’ll love the first novel in Megan Haskell’s debut series. Start your journey across the nine faerie realms today!
Amazon/Goodreads Rating: 4/5
In Patti's Imagination: 9/10
This is the first book I have read from this author and look forward to reading the next book in this series. I loved the strong, smart herion, Rie. She must choose between honoring the traditions in her world and her own survival. Like many people she must decide if she will blindly follow society or create her own path. She is well trained with knives and she seems to be able to have premonitions, which help her survive in a world full of very dangerous characters. The Pixies are the scene stealers in this book. They are snarky, protective and mischievous. They are also dangerous flesh eaters. Not exactly the cute, tiny fairy like creatures as portrayed in some other stories.
The main character, Rie is a changeling and a messenger, who is attacked in the course of her duties and now must try to figure out who and why to save her own life. She meets up with a cast of characters, who are as dangerous as the pixies that travel with her every where she goes. Can she solve this mystery without getting herself killed by those she is searching for or those who are traveling with her on this quest.
The author does an excellent job of describing the different worlds and characters in this fantasy quest story. The background for these characters is laid out with just enough to make you want to know more. The author states her influence is J. R. R. Tolkien and I can see that in this book. I would recommend this story to reluctant reader who love mythical creatures, adventure, lot of fighting and a strong heroin. It is about on a 12 year old reading level. I really would recommend this story as a great escape into another world so plausible that it could be society today.
Legend has it, I was born with a book in my hands. When I was a kid, my mom would ground me from reading in order to get me to do my chores. To this day, I can readily ignore the real world in favor of the imaginary one lurking between the pages of my current addiction. My dad — also an avid reader — introduced me to Tolkien in my late elementary years, and I never looked back. I love escaping to worlds where magic and monsters are real, especially stories with kick-butt heroines and dangerously attractive heroes.
Despite my voracious book appetite, I didn’t start creative writing until I was working as a number cruncher in a big accounting firm. With an hour plus commute by train every day, and a demanding left-brain occupation, I needed a mobile creative outlet. A pen and paper are about as mobile as it gets! As the pages began to fill, I quickly moved onto a tiny laptop, and a writer was born. Now I get to create my own fantasies!
I currently live in Southern California with my wonderfully supportive husband, two daughters, and a ridiculously energetic dog.