REVIEW: First Words: Final Lesson by Shakyra Dunn


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 truly means to wield power….she is surrounded by a fascinating cast of characters who, as forces for both good and evil, war for overall power..a special mention here for Ennis, her brother, who has his own brutal path to follow…

I believe this coming of age storyline, with it’s alternative universe and the intense and intriguing characters inhabiting it, has the potential to be the start of a thrilling series however this novella felt a bit too rushed and too full of plot development without the depth that a full length novel would have provided and as such I was unable to feel completely invested in the characters and their envisioned and actual destinies …..this novella was reviewed for Summer’s Eve Reads.

~Sheena (3/5)

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