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The Last Faoii

(Faoii Chronicles #1)

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  86 ratings  ·  48 reviews
The Faoii have protected Clearwall with both magic and blade for generations. But when her monastery is attacked and her sisters slaughtered, only young Kaiya is left alive.

Forced to cope without the traditions of her Order, Kaiya travels the country on a mission to avenge her sisters and preserve her heritage. The search brings her not only to dark discoveries and ancient
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Published October 3rd 2017 by Quill
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Scott McInnes
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tahani Nelson weaves a rich tapestry depicting a world on the cusp of change.
Within a few pages I was ensnared in this story. Caught in the "one more chapter, then I'll put down the book" trap that every bibliophile knows. Now, I'm in another book lovers quandary. I've finished this book and must wait for a sequel. Thank you Tahani for a masterfully created world to immerse myself in for a while. Now hurry up with more, Preoii!
Penny S
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is both beautiful and dark, and it embodies all of the characteristics I want to teach my own daughters. The characters (especially Kaiya) are strong, determined and realistic. A good role model for all ages, Nelson's Faoii-Kaiya shows us what Fantasy should be like! ...more
Brian Fitzpatrick
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Epic fantasy! Nelson has built a rich world for us to explore and given us characters we want to take the journey with. The story is visceral, bloody, and even spiritual. And Faoii Kaiya is exactly the hero we need in the world... Tahani's and ours. I can't wait to read more of her adventures. ...more
Robert Dalrymple
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An amazing first novel from a young voice. It's apparent that Ms Nelson comes from a world that I have only glimpsed. Her characters are strong with personality; you will care about them and remember them. Her world is unique and it's apparent that we've glimpsed only a bit of the whole.

Initially, one might assume this to be a period in the world we know. It's not. There are so many small signs, indicators, beliefs that simply aren't part of what we see every day. This is a well conceived world
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was stunned by this multilayered, action-packed dark fantasy. In this story's world, the Faoii are the protectors of the common folk - warrior women, devoted to the Goddess Illindria, living in monasteries throughout the countryside. That is, until a band of Croeli men arrives to destroy them all. Our protagonist, Kaiya, is the sole survivor of the attack, and she must rise to her position as the last remaining Faoii.

This is only the beginning of Faoii-Kaiya's journey - to say more would ruin
Jacqui Castle
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Debut author Tahani Nelson is one I will be keeping an eye on. Nelson's writing is lyrical, and I often found myself stopping and rereading certain passages. The world that Nelson creates is rich and vivid, and I was carried effortlessly through the story, which I've found is not always the case with fantasy. Nelson's depiction of each battle scene was authentic and impassioned, and her characters were multilayered, demonstrating that what classifies someone as good or evil is not always explici ...more
J. Milius
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great debut! Nelson has assembled a veritable army of sympathetic - and often tragic - heroes, that readers will gladly follow into the darkness. And it does get dark! War, family, mind control, the rift between the sexes, even the gods themselves... Nelson digs deep and the result is extremely satisfying!
Amanda Garner
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book will grip you with action from the very beginning! You’re introduced to a world of magic and female warriors in an epic battle that will decide the fate of their world. The writing is rich and detailed, the characters are well defined. The plot is well fleshed out. A great fantasy read! I can’t wait for the next book! Until then I will ready my fantoii and practice my oath!
Jacqui Hencsie
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I got The Last Faoii as a pre-release. This is a nice, quick read fantasy with a diverse cast of characters and a unique world. I am looking forward to more from this author, as this was an excellent first novel!
Anniken Haga
I just couldn't get into this. The shorter chapters were OK, but the moment a chapter was longer than 10 pages, it just seemed like a chore to read, and that's not how it's supposed to be

Keeping it around, though, as I plan to try again later. May just be the timeing.
Michael Haase
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With flowing prose and vivid imagery, this story is a great read. But what sets this novel apart is the way Ms. Nelson brings you into the world she has built. Her true love for her story is evident, and you can't help but flow along, immersed in this wonderful book. Bravo! ...more
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic fast-paced fantasy read that kept me on my toes. And... For the first time in a long while, I was caught off guard by a nice little plot twist. Excellent work Mrs. Nelson!
Jill Mcknight
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic first novel from this author. Rich description and compelling characters weave strong magic throughout this story.
Chris Claus
This is an amazing work by an amazing author. She does a great job of turning fantasy on its head and showing us the struggle to be equal in a new light. It features a strong female main character that proves that women are equally capable of swinging swords and wearing real armor. Join Faoii-Kaiya as she struggles with the nearly complete destruction of her Order, and comes to realize that things weren't as idyllic as they had seemed to her. ...more
Kaye Ferguson
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun and fast paced

I really enjoyed reading this book. It kept my attention. I fell in love with the main characters! Will be recommending to friends.
Shaun Connaughton
Jan 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this first book in the series and I look forward to where this story will go from here on. For a more full in-depth review check out my youtube channel.
McKenzie Poulson
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I tend to have a difficult time getting into books... that was NOT the case with The Last Faoii! I was hooked within minutes and could not put it down. Tahani Nelson is clearly a talented author - I can't wait to read more of her work! 10/10 would recommend to any reader. ...more
Chrys Minter
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This story pulled me in from the beginning. Emotional ride that left me breathless. Author has a great gifted talent for story telling.
More people need to read this book! It is so, so, so good. Words cannot express how much I love this book! The author made such a riveting, unique world that is so much more than what it seems. The characters are interesting and you can't help but be invested even in ones you only met a page or two before.

This book also has fantastic representation for women and people of color. There's only two male characters aside from the antagonist, but it doesn't feel forced or unrealistic. It's such a re
Benjamin Stone
Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great characterization, Unique world (with enough left open to explore and theorize about), Solid Plot, and a very strong voice. This book is fantastic and needs to be read.
Evan Graham
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The merits of this book cannot be overstated.
The Last Faoii is a phenomenal story of tense action, deep emotion, engaging mystery, and raw inspiration. The world is intricately crafted and wholly original, unlike anything else even the most avid of fantasy readers has seen before. It captures your attention and holds you rapt from chapter to chapter. The plot is intricate and multifaceted, enough to keep delivering new surprises at every turn, but never so much that it becomes difficult to follo
Kaytalin Platt
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bounced back and forth between the ebook and the audiobook, thanks to Kindle's seamless transition between apps. Nelson creates a rich world that sucks you in from the very first few pages. The world-building is top-notch and the character growth from start to finish pulls you into the story in such a way that you almost feel like you are on the journey with Kaiya the whole time.

The narrator for the audiobook was a perfect choice. I'm super picky about my audiobook narrators because some voic
David Gulotta
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Last Faoii is a poetic march through a tale of myth and legend. It may not be classical myth that we are speaking of, but it is legend nonetheless. The background world of this tale is rich, and one gets a sense of deep history right from the first two chapters. There is a sense of discovery throughout the book, which is supported by the main character, who is young and inexperienced, thus we get to learn about this world as she does in her adventures. I found myself wishing the novel was a ...more
Aly Welch
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantasy is one of those genres I sometimes struggle to get into because the world building can bog down the storytelling, but Nelson excels at unveiling her world through the action and characters. No excessive exposition to plod through. She drops you right into a fully realized world unlike any other.

The story never lags. The action, and there's a lot of it, is well-paced and easy to visualize. The characters and relationships are rich and textured. The plot is distinct with surprising twists
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun night's read.

Could have used a little bit more meat on it, plot points flashed by with a fair stretching of credulity. The advertising boasted of strong female characters, etc cetera, there is some preachiness in that regard, and it leads to some predictability in the story arc. The conclusion is straight out of 21st century pablum, but no one's perfect. Would have appreciated a more nuance, or insightful path, but then it wouldn't have been the light read i was looking for. Overall, thou
Vicky Peplow
Dec 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An Amazing Book

This had me gripped from beginning, middle, and to the end. The storyline based around a group of Faoii (warrior) women would be a great read for young girls to read today, to give them a sense of pride and women can be heroes too. This book deserves all the accolades that it gets and I can't wait to read book 2. Well done.
Robert von Garrett
This has got to be one of the more original works of fantasy I’ve had the pleasure of reading. The author has managed to avoid most of the old fantasy tropes while still creating a satisfying fantasy tale.

Her take on magic is fascinating and unique with a lot of variety, but ultimately divine in nature. It is one of those rare works of fantasy that explores religion, and rarer still that manages do it so well.

The action was fast paced and gritty.

The only minor critique I had was some pacing i
Kathie Waters
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

As an acquaintance of the author I sort of felt obligated to read her book. I bought the Kindle version on a Sunday morning and sat reading it ALL day because it grabbed my attention and wouldn't let go! The story line is engaging, although there are a few more battles and gory details than I normally prefer. Overall I really enjoyed the story, and the end managed to surprise me somewhat. This is a book I won't hesitate to recommend to friends!
Dawn Napier
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fierce and powerful

An epic adventure with familiar elements and brand new tropes. You get a Chosen One vibe through parts of the book, but then it takes a sharp turn and turns that tired cliche right on its head. We should all be able to choose our own destinies.
I bought this one bc someone was giving the author a hard time on social media, saying that it's not realistic to have an entire class of woman warriors. So it was a spite purchase, and I have no regrets.
P.G.R. G. R.  Wright

This is simply a fantastic new fantasy novel. I really enjoyed reading about such a strong character like Kaiya, she has so many obstacles to over come in this book I didn't know how it would end for her. I think the author is quite brilliant at putting a scene together, I was totally engaged. She has put together a world of warriors, that wouldn't look out of place on screen. Superb first book and I am looking forward to more.
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