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Reviewed by J. Aislynn d'Merricksson for Readers' Favorite
Sanyare: The Last Descendant by Megan Haskell is a bright, refreshing read. Haskell has opened the door to some rather unique fae realms and introduced us to beings such as the blood sidhe, who share many characteristics with vampires, but they are vibrant, living beings rather than undead ones. Rie is a human changeling, serving in the messenger corps of the Upper Realm’s High Court. She is accompanied by a posse of tiny yet lethal pixies, who are both friends and guards. Due to a series of unfortunate events and hidden ploys, Rie ends up on the run, framed as a traitor. In an effort to clear her name, Rie finds herself in the forbidden Shadow Realm. Here ‘help’ finds her in the form of Braegan, a blood sidhe, and Daenor, a prince of the Shadow Court. In the Shadow Realm, Rie finds a bit more than she bargained for, including information about her ancestry.
Haskell has done a marvellous job of bringing scenes to life. I found myself quickly immersed in the story, as if there with Rie, Braegan, and Daenor. Exquisite detail to setting added to the immersion, making for a wonderful experience. I particularly liked that you get to meet all kinds of fae, from the pixies, to gremlins, to fire elves, and more. I am looking forward to reading more in this series. Haskell’s Sanyare is a great read, full of unexpected turns and complicated relationships. If you enjoy forays into the realms of D & D, and the Forgotten Realms, á la Wiess/Hickman and RA Salvatore, you are sure to find this to your liking.