Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “First Words: Final Lesson” as Want to Read:
First Words: Final Lesson
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

First Words: Final Lesson

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  7 ratings  ·  7 reviews
A recently-crowned princess with a thirst for magic accidently destroys her home. A simple youthful rebellion grows into a lifelong friendship. A young woman meets reliable allies. And a young boy is dealt a harsh hand when he sets out to make his own path.

Four tales. Four parties. All intertwined to set the stage for a bigger event. The sense of adventure builds as
Kindle Edition, 174 pages
Published July 12th 2017
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about First Words, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about First Words

Community Reviews

Showing 1-14
really liked it Average rating 4.00  · 
Rating details
 ·  7 ratings  ·  7 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of First Words: Final Lesson
Shakyra Dunn has set the stage for some fascinating fantasy reading with FIRST WORDS: FINAL LESSON by brilliantly weaving four lives together with the events that will lead them to their destiny.

What a prequel! A young girl is made “princess” in a land who opposes magic, yet she is given a grimoire filled with lessons in just that. Encouraged by a mysterious stranger to try out her ability, she destroys her home, her people and in turn, destroys her mind. It is her older brother who takes her
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shakyra Dunn's First Words: Final Lesson is a short novella that, I think, sets up a longer story Final Lesson

The story is written from four perspectives (though at times dipping into other minds)- from the young princess Leilana and her brother Ennis in a land that forbids magic and is inadvertently destroyed by it, of two magic students and best friends in the magical academy, and of a young, carefree, generous prince and his mysterious friend in the royal city. The different perspectives and
Aug 24, 2017 rated it liked it

First and foremost this is an intriguing paranormal story with an original and interesting premise and a complex imagined world where magic is seen more as a curse than a blessing…..I did think that the author’s descriptive narrative was overly detailed at times and detracted both from the pace of the plot and my comprehension of the events as they unfolded …

Leilana, the heroine, commences the story as a young innocent child who learns in the most devastating way imaginable what it
Stan Faryna
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Magic is dangerous. Ten-year-old Princess Leilana burned down her kingdom. Everyone was killed by her spell-casting (if I am not mistaken) and she and her brother became the last people of Minsura. Indeed, magic is dangerous and the young author has a good intuition about this mischief.

In this children's fantasy, Shakyra Dunn begins to explore what it means to be a better her and truer her. Led by her intuitions and story to discover such virtues as love, friendship, understanding and humility,
Laila Viking
Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it
A well written story in a fantasy world. Unique characters, different story line, drama, danger, suspence all of this is included in this story. Unfortunately the story is not flowing that well as I would have liked. The characters also have a lack of emotions sometimes where they could have been described better/deeper.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Read Copy of this book.
Primrose Passage
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book would take longer but I honestly couldn't seem to put it down. I read it in just a few hours. This author did an amazing job writing this story. Ennis introduces Lielana to a book of spells which she wasn't ready for in my opinion. What grasped me the most was the whole warlock training but when Ennis weakens and falls, it upsets me. I knew that Leilana would want to be the best she could be after losing the most important person to her. I look forward to reading more from ...more
J.B. Richards
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Expectations and responsibilities are a heavy burden for 10-year-old Leilana Erovina when her elder brother, Ennis, is unable to fulfill his duties as heir to the throne after being stricken by a sudden illness. Leilana’s freedom is restricted even more when she is crowned Princess and—in her brother’s place— becomes leader of Minsura. When she takes it upon herself to follow in her brother’s footsteps and learn forbidden magic, her curiosity leads her to find her homeland destroyed. Leilana is ...more
Shakyra Dunn
Jul 13, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
marked it as to-read
Jul 28, 2017
Mackenzie Flohr
marked it as to-read
Sep 22, 2017
Jeanna Massman
marked it as to-read
Sep 19, 2018
Jennifer Bradshaw
marked it as to-read
Sep 08, 2019
Amber Kestner
marked it as to-read
Aug 08, 2018
topics  posts  views  last activity   
GOOD REVIEWS: Fantasy Novella Seeking Reviews! 3 11 Jul 19, 2017 02:56PM  
Shakyra Dunn can't stray away from the impression that there is always an adventure around every corner! When she isn’t playing the role of the Creator, she is marching through the worlds of her favorite video game characters or taking drives around her city to see the sights. Born in Chicago, Illinois, she currently resides in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, striving to experience more than the little town.