True Teryn

Sci Fi Adventure of Lilla discovering the greatest secret in the Seven Galaxies (The Last Lumenian Book 2)

Fiction - Fantasy - General
311 Pages
Reviewed on 04/07/2022
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

True Teryn is a work of fiction in the fantasy and science fiction genres and serves as the second installment in The Last Lumenian series. It is suitable for the general reading audience and was penned by author S. G. Blaise. The book continues the story of Lilla as she attempts to recruit the deadliest army that the Teryn emperor can offer, but she will not be granted the boon without the blessing of the Teryn Guardian Goddess, Laoise. Laoise’s only condition is a quest for Lilla to recover the Heart Amulet but she quickly finds herself trapped and in danger, and the only way out is for her to uncover a secret at the heart of the Teryn people.

This book showcases excellent genre writing as it constantly balances action, danger, humor, and heart-warming character development. S. G. Blaise has managed to take an epic story of interstellar conflict and empires that span stars whilst also finding moments to zoom in on Lilla’s personal journey and development, always doing so with an excellent sense of pacing that keeps the story moving and interesting as it unfolds. The lore of The Last Lumenian series is rich and deep, and the author wisely included a glossary to help newcomers get up to speed with the universe in which the adventure takes place. Overall, True Teryn is a brilliant adventure story that takes readers on an exciting journey across the stars and into the heart of its lead character all whilst ensuring that series readers and newcomers alike will find something to love.

JC Minnaar

True Teryn, the second book in The Last Lumenian Series, by S.G. Blaise continues the story of Lilla in her fight to restore the balance between the Archgods. Having failed to defeat the Archgod of Chaos and Destruction while in His mortal form, Lilla is given a new task by the Archgoddess of Eternal Light and Order – to secure the Teryn armada for use in the Era War. Caderyn a’ruun, emperor of the Teryn empire, finds this a fanciful idea as his armada will never be ruled by a non-Teryn. Caderyn agrees to have Lilla recruit the Teryn army if she manages to receive the blessing of the Teryn Guardian Goddess, Laoise. Lilla must brave the threats and dangers ahead in an attempt to receive the Guardian Goddess’s blessing and fulfill her mission.

S.G. Blaise’s True Teryn is an exciting adventure set in a beautiful world. I enjoyed the cast of characters immensely from the twins’ sassy banter to Glenna’s happy healer personality that changes to homicidal killer in an instant and Ragnald walking on eggshells, attempting to calm her down. Lilla also deals with heavy and relatable topics while tackling a mission of galactic proportions. The rituals and culture of the Teryns drew me in and have amazing depth as did the unique and creative creatures that captivated my imagination. The pacing is done very well, finding a magnificent balance between continuing the current story while also building upon the Era War itself. True Teryn contains hints of Star Wars, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and many more wonderful fantasy fiction elements.

Keith Mbuya

They say great power comes with great responsibilities, and Sybill Lilla knew better than to be born as the right hand of the Arch goddess of the eternal light and order. After failing to defeat the Arch god of chaos and destruction, perhaps she had anticipated a greater challenge from the arch goddess of the eternal light and order. But she certainly did not anticipate the challenge to be as great as it apparently was. How could the arch goddess expect Lilla to take over the reputable and dangerous Teryn army? Especially when Caderyn, the arrogant Teryn emperor, had adamantly declined to accept her as his future daughter-in-law? However, after great persuasion from his son Callum and Lilla’s friends, Caderyn agrees to partner with Lilla on one condition. Will Lilla be able to meet Caderyn's condition? With the looming danger of being conquered by the arch god of chaos, what will happen to Lilla and the others? Find out in S. G. Blaise’s True Teryn.

Enthusiasts of science fiction novels will love True Teryn. S. G. Blaise wasted no time whisking me away from reality into his world of magnificent creativity. His unique writing style had me flipping through the pages of the book. He balanced his depictions of scenes and characters with amazing action scenes. The depictions were pleasantly vivid, they made me feel like I was in every scene next to the characters, helplessly watching their every move. I loved how he harnessed suspense, adventure, thrills, action, passion, and much more in the story. The character development is great. Each character’s traits are boldly and aggressively brought out. Their internal conflicts, struggles, and thoughts are well depicted. The plot of True Teryn is intriguing and perceivable. Albeit a second installment of The Last Lumenian series, True Teryn is a stand-alone book. I loved the book.

Vincent Dublado

True Teryn is the second book in The Last Lumenian by author S.G. Blaise. Continuing the story of Princess Lilla, she is now taking on a new responsibility as the Sybil to the Archgoddess of Eternal Light. With this new role, she is learning to settle into the rhythms of her new life, honing both her mind and body to wield her special abilities. On top of that, she must recruit the powerful Teryn army. In doing so, she needs to convince an emperor who will only comply unless Lilla earns the blessing of the Teryn Guardian Goddess. If there is anything we learned about gods and goddesses from reading the classics, it is that they do not yield to the whims of mortals unless they get something out of it in return. The Guardian Goddess wants Lilla to bring her the mysterious Heart Amulet. The quest for this amulet is not for the faint of heart, as it will test anyone’s commitment and endurance. Lilla has no idea how to begin her quest, but she is stuck in a situation where refusal is not an option.

As a fantasy novel, True Teryn has an inspiring narrative focus as it tells you that you don’t have to be perfect to be a hero—and perhaps this is the type of message young people need. It homes in on the anxieties that go with the responsibilities of being a ruler, and the politics that go with it. S.G. Blaise employs a surreal style that mixes an ideal blend of the ethereal and the existential in a fantasy world that’s so alive you can practically feel yourself living in it. So far, Blaise’s second installment proves that she has written a consistent series in that it has the same level of intensity and thrills as before. True Teryn draws you to follow Lilla, to discover where destiny will take her, and how she will change over the course of the series.

Rabia Tanveer

True Teryn is the second book in The Last Lumenian series by S.G. Blaise. The struggles of Lilla continue as she comes across another hurdle before she can achieve her goal of uniting the kingdoms. All Lilla needs is to gather and recruit the strongest army in the Seven Galaxies, but that is easier said than done. The biggest hurdle in her way is the Teryn emperor who refuses to work with her without the blessing of their Goddess Laoise. However, the Goddess is not easy to please, and she is only willing to give her blessing if Lilla can bring her the elusive Heart Amulet. The catch: getting the amulet might be impossible, especially because Lilla still struggles to control her new abilities. While the task may be difficult, Lilla is ready to risk it to all to get the Teryns on her side. Will she succeed in time?

Although I have not read the previous novel in the series, I had zero issues with catching up and falling in love with Lilla. She is not your typical princess, and you can be sure that she is not waiting for a hero to save the day. She is fiercely independent, determined to control her abilities and retrieve that Heart Amulet to get the blessings of Goddess Laoise. The burden of being a Lumenium is heavy, but Lilla makes do with it. I love that Callum is there to support her and not guide her toward the end goal. The chemistry between them is strong, but it never overpowers the actual plot of the story. The action is a steady presence in the story without being overbearing as well. Readers get to experience imaginative descriptions, realistic protagonists, and brilliant story building in a single package. True Teryn by S.G. Blaise is a fantastic treat!