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The Final Lesson

(The Final Lesson #1)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  17 reviews
"Trust none but yourself."

Leilana Erovina's got a bid for power as she takes the final test to become one of her realm's Warlords. As such, she sets out to travel the lands of Adrylis and log magical totems from respectful folk with only one hitch—no ancestral help. The quest is a pilgrimage to learn the basics of human nature. Some would call concepts like gentleness and
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Published June 13th 2018
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After learning the basics of their magic, it is the time for the final examination, a test that prove the worth of several students to become one their realm’s Warlords. Not all will pass the final test, a quest to learn the truths of human nature, its strengths and weaknesses. Along this journey, Leilana must identify unique magical totems held within the hearts of humans. Now far from the safety of their academy, four young magic users will begin their journey together, but who will succeed? W ...more
Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 w
Tonja Drecker
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Magic and kingdoms collide in an epic fantasy where personal growth, friendship and trust are key.

Leilana is studying to become a Warlord; all that's missing is the final lesson. Heading out into the world on her own, she is to collect totems. But the journey isn't only about totems, it's about learning more about human emotions, compassion and control. Meanwhile, Prince Remiel has snuck out of the castle...again...with his attendant. While out, the castle is attacked. He and his attendant vow t
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a good book with potential. It's an indie book and like a lot of indie books it probably needed another round of edits before being published. There are times when the wrong word is used or even a word that isn't actually a word. It also has some pacing issues, especially in the beginning. It goes way too fast and leaves you kind of confused about what is going on. There was one part in the first half where something traumatic happens and I found I didn't care because there wa ...more
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a really good read. I’ve been really surprised how much I’ve enjoyed this read. Although, on occasions I’ve found myself a little lost and had to recap. This is definitely a read to concentrate on.
This is definitely a well written story with likeable characters. Although this sways away from my preferred genres, I have thoroughly enjoyed getting lost in this book.
This is a complex and dynamic read which I have enjoyed. I’ve loved the action filled moments they have definitely kept me eng
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this book as a beta reader prior to the release of the book. Shakyra does a very good job of pulling you in to this book. I stayed up all night reading it in one sitting (or laying if you want to get technical). It is marketed as a young adult book and I think it fits well in the genre, but I also believe it is a good read for adults. It is well rounded with mystery and twists and has a good cliffhanger at the end as well. The book is a must read for anyone that likes magic and fantasy. I ...more
Jessica Traver cashen
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-s
Good story, well written with a great plot and characters. This is a unique story, the characters had to find totems that represent certain people. I enjoyed this read. I think both teens and adults will like this story. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
Amber Marie
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The concept of the book where the characters had to find totems that are represented by certain people was an interesting topic to think about, and I really enjoyed how it was portrayed! It's hard to choose one trait that someone expresses the most of! I loved the characters and was able to connect to them easily! Some of the language in the book took a little time to learn but reading further in everything was eventually explained! I can't wait to continue the journey with these amazing charact ...more
Erhi Divina
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I have some things that I like about this book and some things that I don't.

Let's start with the things I like. I appreciate that the author put in great moral messages to readers. The story is about the journeys of different characters, intertwined by fate. And through their entanglements, each learned more about who they are and what they can be. The main character, Leilana, especially had more to learn about humanity and morality. Even though the author used 3rd perspective, it was fun to get
J.B. Richards
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As Leilana Erovina continues to travel the lands of Adrylis and collect magical totems in order to follow in her late brother’s footsteps and become one of her realm's greatest Warlords, the exiled Prince Remiel of Linmus and his attendant Solus are planning on restoring their kingdom against all odds. When Fate draws these two parties together, they learn a tough lesson—Magic always has a price.

Growing up is hard enough, and for the protagonists in Dunn’s fantasy novel, this coming-of-age saga
Maria Vermisoglou
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I will admit I didn't expect much of this book but it came with flying colors.

The story travels us through unknown lands and mainly we follow Leilana - a young Mage as she sets course to find totems, hidden in people and complete her pilgrimage. While she and her companions, leave the safety of the Magical Academy to discover themselves as well as the dangers of the world, war has began.

Leilana crosses paths with Prince Rem and his servant who are trying to survive and take the throne back.

Emily Quinn
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A magical, awe-inspiring book like this one should be read by as many people as possible! The Final Lesson really sparked up my ever growing love for fantasy, and reading the author's unique style of writing from start to finish is especially motivating for me. The book teaches about forgiveness, teamwork and working hard to get what you want, and is filled with lovable characters and a fantasy world that will be difficult to erase from your memory. I'd definitely recommend that fans of fantasy ...more
Nunuv Yurbiznes
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic tale with ominous undertones and more twists and turns than your average roundabout, The Final Lesson is a dive into a magical world like no other.

With a pilgrimage across the land, Leilana and her friends are brought to life through brilliant uses of emotive language and personality quirks, which makes for one of the most well-written and excellently paired characters I've seen in quite a while. Not one of the characters feel underdetailed, they all have their own emotional struggle
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not my genre

This isn't a book I would normally read, not my genre, I prefer historical, realistic settings, not fantasy or magic, except for some good old fashioned Voodoo.
The story was good, sometimes a little too wordy, I wanted the action to move a little faster. I would have given it 5 stars if she could have chopped it down 25 pages or so, but s good story.
Katlyn Webb
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
A complex and dynamic novel and not just because of it’s unique magic system. It is full of action, drama, suspense, and strong themes of love, friendship, and self discovery. It left me wanting more!
Amber Kestner
I have finally finished this book almost a year later but it is so worth knowing the characters and see what they are about. Learning about magic and so much more. I would recommend this book to anyone whose looking for an excellent read.
InD'tale Magazine
A story about friendship and fighting for what one believes, “The Final Lesson” brings readers along on an epic journey.

Read full review in the 2018 holiday issue of InD'tale Magazine.
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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. ...more

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