Sanyare: The Last Descendant (The Sanyare Chronicles, #1)

Sanyare: The Last Descendant (The Sanyare Chronicles, #1)

by Megan Haskell

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Readers' Favorite Bronze, 2017 IAN Finalist, and BRAG Medallion Winner!

Rie is only human. The elves have made that very clear. But when she's attacked by assassins from the enemy Shadow Realm, things become less certain.

Framed for treason, Rie must flee into enemy lands to prove her innocence. Her only allies are the fierce carnivorous pixies who travel by her side. Together, they uncover the truth of the past, and a horrifying future...for war is looming in the nine faerie realms.

Sanyare: The Last Descendant is the first book in The Sanyare Chronicles, a fast-paced fantasy adventure. If you like kick-ass heroines and action-packed fantasy filled with mythological creatures, then you'll love the first novel in Megan Haskell's debut series.

Start your journey across the nine faerie realms today!

Product Details

BN ID: 2940156318254
Publisher: Trabuco Ridge Press
Publication date: 02/16/2015
Series: The Sanyare Chronicles
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,725
File size: 396 KB

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Sanyare: The Last Descendant 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous 13 days ago
great+read
Anonymous 21 days ago
Enjoyed the settings and characters. The ending contained a good explanation for many of the events in the story. Well written.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Liked+the+characters.++
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this+was+a+great+book.++
sparks389 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful! Pulled me in from the vrry bdginning. Love a strong female main character.
AngelLeya More than 1 year ago
Rie is a changeling - a human adopted by elven parents, though she enjoys little of the culture she's a part of. That's because humans are lower than low in the Upper Realm. So when her courier duty is interrupted by an assassination, it seems her only option is to travel to the Shadow Realm to find out who is behind the attempt on her life if she has any hope of saving it. The action in this is great. Rie is strong and powerful, but thinks little of herself (though not so little as to be annoying, most of the time). She makes friends with a vampire (blood sidhe) and the half-blood dark prince along the way, and they help her navigate the shadow realm. I do, however, have one complaint. The vampire is a compelling character until the dark prince takes over, and suddenly the vampire's role is a little less secure, and ultimately a bit baffling. And though promising to help her fit in, you never see him teach her how to accomplish that (and really, besides her wardrobe, there's little that changes about how she behaves in order to fit in). But overall, a thoroughly enjoyable tale, and one I hope to follow through the series as time and means allow me.
rokinrev More than 1 year ago
“If what Lord Garamaen said was true, then Rie was stronger than she had ever realized. She could fight this, change her thread in the tapestry of life, garner respect and power amongst the fae courts. She could bring justice to the oppressed and denigrated, watch over the balance in the realms.” Nuriel (Rie) Lhethannien is a changeling and High Court Messenger who lives in the Elf World known as Upper Realm. But she knows she is destined for much greater. With the help of her pixies she fights off those who would stop her from finding out exactly why and who she is. In a story reminiscent of Brandon Draga’s “Summerlark Elf”, this is a great start to what might become a favorite series. Highly recommended.
indiebrag More than 1 year ago
We are proud to announce that SANYARE: THE LAST DESCENDANT by Megan Haskell is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
ArecRain More than 1 year ago
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. While I read the short Pixie Tamer by Megan Haskell, this is the first novel I have read from her. I wasn’t sure what to expect since Pixie Tamer captured me from the very first page. Haskell heroine is reminiscent of Tamora Pierce’s, fierce and strong without being Mary Sue. Rie has her faults and struggles, but she is resourceful and intelligent as well as hardworking. I am thrilled the author shared her work with me as it is exactly my tastes. I love fantasy novels with creative fantastical worlds and creatures. Not only that but the author knows how to tell a story. Haskell has an easy style that is simple to understand and flows easily but is engaging. I found myself so wrapped up the story that I didn’t even realize how much I read. If you enjoy Tamora Pierce and Maria Snyder’s Study Series, this series is perfect for you.
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
This is the full length story that takes place about fifty years or so after Pixie Tamer. Rie has made as best with her life as she can, and has got herself a job as a Messenger. On what should be a 'simple job', she is attacked and injured. This leaves her in a quandary as if she follows protocol, she will be executed. If she doesn't, and goes out alone, then there is a chance she may survive. With the help of friends and family, she makes her decision and lives with the consequences. This book was absolutely fantastic! The story was gripping from the start and I loved all of the characters, even the supporting cast (if you can call them that). I loved the pixies that were mentioned in Pixie Tamer are still with Rie, and help her where they can, as well as getting into major mischief too. The themes of magic in this story are intriguing and interesting and I can't wait to see where Rie goes next. Well written, with a fast but smooth pace, and no editing or grammatical errors that I could see, this is one fantasy that I want to return to. I can't wait for the next book along, I need more of Daenor and Rie! Absolutely recommended! * Verified Purchase on Amazon * Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
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.
BlossomK More than 1 year ago
I’d like to start this review by saying this is the best self-published book I’ve read to date. I’m crazy impressed. I hope by saying this I don’t talk the book up too much, but I want to be totally honest here – I walked away from this book thinking damn, so much time, effort, and professionalism went into this book. Maybe it’s unfair to compare this book to other self-published novels, but I’ve read a lot of indie books and being an editor it’s part of my nature while reading to notice things that could have been done a little stronger. Sometimes in indie books (and some traditionally published ones as well) I’ll notice typos or punctuation errors, or a character is inconsistent, or there’s too much exposition too soon, a plot line flats flat, etc. But I couldn’t find a single thing in this book I thought needed to be improved upon. Other readers may think differently, but from my point of view I think Megan Haskell did everything right. She did not cut any corners with this novel and she clearly made sure she put the best piece of work out there, nothing less. Sanyare: The Last Descendent is a dark fantasy novel, book one in the Sanyare Universe series. I would say the best audience for this book is from age 16 and up. It’s not a YA book, but because the protagonist, Rie, is in a 20-30’s sort of age range (well, technically she is 75 but who’s counting) I felt like I was the perfect audience (25 year old female). The main character is female, but I think men would really enjoy this book as well. Rie is a strong, well-written protagonist. Haskell does a great job of staying in her POV the entire time, and when things take place outside of Rie’s POV Haskell does not show us those moments, but instead gives us enough to feel like we didn’t miss anything. This is Rie’s story after all so that’s who we want to follow. Immediately the story begins in the heat of the action. Rie arrives through a portal to the Human Realm (I take this to be Earth) to make a delivery, as she is a High Court messenger – a good job for a mere human that lives in the Upper Realm. The moment she arrives to make the delivery assassins from the Shadow Realm attack her. Part of the current law upheld by her King is that anyone who makes contact with someone from the Shadow Realm - even if she didn’t initiate contact – must be executed. She is now in a tough place because either A) she goes back home to be executed just because other beings from the Shadow Realm tried to kill her, or B) she tries to find out who made the order to kill her and why, to prove her innocence. Option B still likely means death, because by going to the Shadow Realm she is breaking the law. So Rie is screwed. And this all happens in the first few pages of the book, which is awesome. THIS is how a story should begin. Action, goal, conflict. Now we know Rie’s goal (staying alive) and the clear conflicts that will stand in her way (death, or getting caught, and then death). She does decide option B (well, duh, may as well put up a fight before being executed) and the journey she takes as she tries to provide her innocence and the beings she meets along the way is really entertaining. In Rie’s world she has tiny pixie friends who hide in her hair and clothes and help her when she is in danger – they are adorable, witty, devious, and fierce - then there are High Elves and Dark Elves, Sidhe (which are basically vampires), gremlins, trolls, and much more. Haskell does such a great job at just placing us in the midst of the action and this world without taking the time to explain where we are, and how it came to be, and what this world is and what all these creatures are. We don’t need the explanation –readers are smart – and Haskell is great at including the small details to quickly pull us in and make us feel like this is suddenly our world too and so it makes perfect sense to us. Every character is well developed in this book. The interactions between different characters is interesting and meaningful – each conversation adds to the story - the tension is palpable, the pixies are interesting as heck…it’s just a very tight well-written manuscript with strong characters and a forward moving plot. There is action of course, and some of it can get a little gruesome, but it’s there because it needs to be. Rie not only takes this journey to prove her innocence and find out why she’s been targeted, but she also learns more and more about herself as time goes on. She begins this story by seeing herself as a mere human who is lucky to be in the position she is, but technically she is basically a servant to the king. She believes she is unimportant and replaceable. As the book goes on Rie discovers new talents and magic awakening within her, but that must mean she is more than just human, which she has trouble believing. She doesn't actually know who her real parents are. By the end of the story Rie learns a lot about whom she is, what she can do, and her importance in this world. We get to witness her confidence build throughout the novel and that is a fun journey to take with her, on top of the literal journey/adventure she takes in the Shadow Realm and more. Oh and hey, there’s some romantic stuff in here too, so that’s awesome. I highly recommend this book. Fantasy, Action, Magic, Sexy Elves, Sexy Vamps – it really has it all. If you love fantasy, you’ll enjoy this! *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.