Tuesday, September 25, 2018

New Review! The Final Lesson (The Final Lesson #1) by Shakyra Dunn 4.5 Cranky Stars

The Final Lesson (The Final Lesson, #1)The Final Lesson by Shakyra Dunn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 Cranky Stars

I am giving this book a 4.5 star rating because I kept getting lost in the timing of this story. I would have to keep going back a page or two to see if maybe I had misread something or if there had just been a jump in time. Mostly it was just a jump in time or location as one turned the page. The other disappointment was right in the beginning, I had conjured a picture of the main characters and then the author put a date of January 1930. The characters were no longer mythical wizards and mages but wore clothes popular in the 1930’s. They also had battery operated radios and paper/plastic products.

This is the story of four young Warlords in training. They are students at Magiten Academy. As part of their training, they must go on a quest to obtain totems representing the virtues that make up humanity. Each has their only special ability with magic and its use. Leilana, Amiria, Kindall and Lancett start out on this quest but in the first town they come too, circumstances change drastically. It is here we are introduced to Remiel and Solus. Remiel is the deposed Prince of Linmus and Solus is his best friend and guardian. All of these characters are in their teens and fighting for their lives.

I feel that this story is an allegory of World War II. War is breaking out and countries are falling to the evil Order of Helix. It is our heroes duty to save and restore the kingdom of Ardylls and place Prince Remiel on the throne. It is a lively, fast paced and action packed tale that is filled with magic. If you can get past the time warp, you’ll love this tale. I couldn’t wait to dive into Book II- The Sage’s Reign.

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