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The Last Descendant

(Sanyare Chronicles #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  771 ratings  ·  109 reviews
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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
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Published August 1st 2016 by Trabuco Ridge Press (first published February 16th 2015)
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
As some of you may know I have only recently really embraced this genre and have declared it a favorite. And while it is quickly becoming a favorite, I do still struggle with it at times and am leery of starting series and books from authors I truly know nothing about.

Which is why even though I read the prequel and enjoyed it, I went into this with no expectations and if I'm being completely honest, a little leery as well. I had no idea what to expect when I opened the pages.

I can tell you what
Sylvia Mercedes
Well, for starters . . . this author is a good writer! I mean, she knows how to really set every scene, whether it's a heart-pounding action sequence or a more thoughtful, plot-developing scene. Everything is vivid and sensory, but not in a flowery sort of way. Enticingly readable is a good way to describe it.

Rie is a fantastic lead who engages the reader from the start. The mystery of her heritage is intriguing, but her more immediate mission is even more gripping. The world(s) in which she mov
Erin Dunn
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review posted here on my blog. :)
I received Sanyare: The Last Descendant in return for an honest review from the author. I just finished the prequel Pixie Tamer which is a little story about how Rie came to be in the company of Pixies. Trained by her warden to fight she can protect herself being a just human in an elf world. Working hard has earned her a job as a High Court messenger sending her between different realms. On a routine trip to the human Realm she’s attacked on the beach by assassins with the help of her pixies an ...more
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
*Source* Amazon Kindle
*Genre* Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5-4

*MY Thoughts*

The Last Descendant is the first installment in author Megan Haskell's Sanyare Chronicles series. Protagonist Nuriel (Rie Ree-ay) Lhethannien is a changeling and High Court Messenger who lives in the Elf World known as Upper Realm. She has violet eyes, is fast with a blade, and also experiences premonitions. One of these premonitions saves her life. While delivering a message to Lord Goramen in the human realm, Rie is attacked by (2
Judi S.
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While the storyline is a fairly serious one, I had fun reading it. The characters are well defined, the heroine allowed to grow into her own. The love interests are still developing, which is fine since this seems to be more YA than true adult fantasy. I don't think sex is necessary to make a book good and I'm glad that so far she's left actual sex out of the storyline. Temptation, maybe. But no sex yet. I personally appreciate that.

The story develops through her growing, training and accepting
I enjoyed reading this e-book, but I wouldn't call it good. Good enough, just not actually good. The story telling skill could use some work. Everything fell into place too readily. You could practically see the author's outline with check marks next to each item. I seldom felt that the characters reacted in realistic ways, and many developments came too easily. I have to be moved emotionally by the experiences of the characters to call a book good. This was more of a fun romp with a band of mis ...more
Theresa Davis
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I took a chance on a new author and scored big time!! This book at it all! Action, romance, mystery, suspense and of course amazing characters all set in my favorite genre Fantasy!! It is hard to find books where you can’t see the outcome coming but I never could see where this book was going. I was hooked from the first page and surprise at every turn. I am so glad I was long for the ride.

Not only can I not wait for the next book in the series but I am putting Megan Haskell on my list of autho
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

I’d like to start this review by saying this is the best self-published book I’ve read to date. I’m crazy impressed. I hope by saying this I don’t talk the book up too much, but I want to be totally honest here – I walked away from this book thinking damn, so much time, effort, and professionalism went into this book.

Maybe it’s unfair to compare this book to other self-published novels, but I’ve read a lot of indie books and being an editor it’s part of my nature while reading to notice
Shelly Wygant
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rie is just a human who is a messenger for the High Court. On the way to deliver a message she is attacked by assassin. Join us as she steps through the portal to the Shadow Realm to find who hired the assassin's. Along the way Rie will discover many things about herself.

This story starts with action right from the beginning and will draw you into the fantasy world. When Rie is attacked she manages to fend off her attackers and kill them in the process. From there the action never stops. As she
Nov 07, 2016 rated it liked it
This was an enjoyable read however, I feel it lacked the oomf factor for me. I just couldn't feel any emotional depth for any of the characters.

The story is about Rie who is a human changeling living in the high court. She's a messenger for the high court and is highly trained due to her guardians. During one of her missions she is attacked and she runs for her life. To prove her innocence she decides to go to the Shadow realm. A realm banned by the high court to visit. During her adventure she
Andy Peloquin
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
If I had to describe this book as anything, I'd say it's "Good, bordering on great".

From the opening scene, I was intrigued by the character, the world, and everything going on. I LOVED the pixies that hang around Rie—a great use of humor in a mostly dark book.

Rie was a strong, competent character overall, skilled enough to be believable and neither a Mary Sue nor an overly emotional character. There were a few slip-ups with her character and personality traits (her insecurities were an unusual
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm absolutely impressed. I liked how it sounded in the info but when I started reading it I realised how good the book is. From the first page you a diving in it and by the last page you ask for more. You should try it for yourself. I'm heading for the next book from the series
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An excellent first book; Haskell creates a complex yet fascinating universe, mixing fantasy elements well, with a solid plot and well-developed characters.
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Wonderful fantasy adventure.
Extraordinary creatures with great world building and one awesome main character. Absolutely Loved It! On to book 2.
Joy Pixley
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What fun! It's exactly what the cover promises -- a kickass heroine is put in a deadly dilemma and must risk everything to clear her name. This leads her on a mission into the Lower Realm (dark elves! blood sidhe!), which is both terrifying and not at all what the Upper Realm elves told her. She's not sure what she's doing, and yep, she makes mistakes, but she also meets allies along the way, and learns some secrets about herself, as well. What starts out as investigating a single attack leads t ...more
William Stuart
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found The Last Descendant (Sanyare Chronicles #1) on Indie Brag, a site that showcases the best of Indie Authors. After reading the blurb, I added it to the TBR list. Here’s my review!

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 loyalt
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-in-series
It's certainly lovely when a book lives up to the potential shown in the snippet and prequel. Maybe moreso as this book had characterization that felt solid.

There's Rie, or Nuriel, our main character who despite her rather Mary Sue leanings at least pairs her sudden power ups with genuine strategic thinking and analysis.

Daenor, your basic honorable sort who takes an immediate shine to Rie that's only strengthenes when she kicks his ass in combat. Also a Bastard Prince and leader of an elite, th
Eduardo Suastegui
After reading Pixie Tamer by Megan Haskell, I dove into her novel, Sanyare: The Last Descendant , with high hopes that Haskell would expand my view of the world she introduced in the shorter prequel. She does not disappoint. Inside a world of elves, pixies, portal travel, and a tentative peace between two powerful realms, Haskell drops her protagonist, Rie, into a tale of danger, exploration and self-discovery. Haskell manages to give us a fun, page turning read that also encourages us to thi ...more
Arec Rain
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

While I read the short Pixie Tamer by Megan Haskell, this is the first novel I have read from her. I wasn’t sure what to expect since Pixie Tamer captured me from the very first page. Haskell heroine is reminiscent of Tamora Pierce’s, fierce and strong without being Mary Sue. Rie has her faults and struggles, but she is resourceful and intelligent as well as hardworking.

I am thrilled the author shared her work with me as it is exa
Rie has been raised as a human in the world of the Sidhe High Court. Rie is a messenger, a position which few humans ever hold, and she guards her position with tenacity. When she is sent on a routine delivery to the Human Realm, she’s attacked by Dark Elves from the Shadow Realm. When she is declared a traitor to the High Court, she must travel to the Shadow Realm in order to find the true traitor and clear her name. SANYARE: THE LAST DESCENDANT is superb! This is a beautifully written story wi ...more
Lost in Words
Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting twist on the fae

Light fun reading with an interesting twist to the fae realms. With powers traditionally from different realms and a mysterious birth, the main heroine is much more than she seems. This book paints a skillful new twist on the history of the fae and for fun includes the trolls, vampires, imps and pixies for a ride along the way. Good entertainment, fast moving adventure, magic, combat,and budding romance make this a delightful journey into a new world.
Aug 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book, own-it
This one is a tough one to review.

I finished it, and willingly, so that's a big point in its favour. No DNF, here.

I even found myself carving out any time I could spare to read it at times. There were times I was ready to gush over it.

And yet...

Early on, I wanted to know amore about how these portals opened up. What did they look like. Were they doors? Holes in the ground? Did they float in mid-air? How was security monitored? Were there keypads? Or guards? Rie was able to use someone else's "co
Tracy  Robinson
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sanyare: The Last Descendant is the first book in Megan Haskell’s debut series, The Sanyare Chronicles. Wasting no time, the author takes the reader on an action-packed ride from the first page. Not only does the story take off immediately, but also the pacing is excellent to the end of the novel, and the main characters are complex and likable.

Rie was raised in the Upper Realm, one of nine faerie realms where humans are little better than slaves. An uneasy truce exists among the realms since th
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure if 3.5* or 4*

I’m not to sure where I stand with this book and whether I enjoyed it more than I think I did, or less than I think I did.

I’ll start with what I liked first.
1. She has pixies! Well she doesn’t have them, but they’re her friends and they follow her where she goes. Who doesn’t want a little pixie friend?!
2. She’s a strong fighter and doesn’t require the males in this book to save her. There is. NOTHING more irritating to me than when there is an incredible female lead, who t
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Overall this book was just meh. Seems like the author definitely started with a clear concept in mind and applied some background/worldbuilding, but the actual execution of the story left much to be desired. The writing is wandery, there is no real tension, the pacing is choppy (claims to be fast-paced but is predictable and slow). Characters are difficult to distinguish from one another and insufficiently fleshed out, failing to inspire any kind of engagement. Villains are your typical 2D flat ...more
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
The story follows Nuriel, a human who works as a messenger for the high elves, orphaned and raised by a high elf couple. She has been trained in the martial arts and was led to believe that she was human. After a failed attempt at her life, she found herself following the trail of the assassins which led her to land of the dark elves. As she set out to find the the truth, she met the Blood Sidhe Braegan and the Shadow Prince Daenor. She set out to find out who hired the assassins, but she got mo ...more
Christi M
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, teen-ya
A quick, fun YA fantasy read.
3.5 stars

In Sanyare: The Last Descendant, Rie, a human messenger for the elven High Court is on a routine delivery job when she is attacked by two Shadow Realm assassins. Since contact with blood sidhe is forbidden, she finds that she must travel to the Shadow Realm to discover the identity of the traitor who sent the assassins and clear her name.

I'll call this one a guilty pleasure read. I feel like I almost shouldn't like it, and yet I really did. In fact, I was s
kartik narayanan
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
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The “Sanyare Chronicles”, authored by Megan Haskell, is an ongoing fantasy series. This review will focus on the four books written so far. These are – ‘Pixie Tamer’ (a novella prequel), ‘The Last Descendant’, ‘The Heir Apparent’ and ‘The Last Apprentice’. The ‘Sanyare Chroncles’ is the story of ‘Rie’, a human, who grows up with the fae. Rie, a changling, grows up with the High Elves where she has to struggle to be respected and
Feb 23, 2019 rated it liked it
This was an adequate story but somewhat obscure. It's obvious this the beginning of a longer story with unanswered and unresolved problems. Rie is a lowly messenger for the Upper Fairly realm when on a task she runs into trouble. Due to a moronic rule she is forced into the Dark realm to "clear" her name in order to return to her former life and guardians. From there its a "follow the breadcrumbs" for answers to questions she didn't even know to ask. Throw in a double cross and some royal power ...more
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