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Last Memoria – Book Review

Title: Last Memoria

Author: Rachel Emma Shaw

Genre: Urban fantasy/Dystopian

Rating: Five stars

** I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **

“Sarilla has learnt one thing from stealing memories. Everybody lies.

There’s nothing Sarilla hates more than stealing memories. It robs the victim of their life as surely as if she killed them, leaving behind only the husk of who they once were. Since few have the ability, she is highly prized by the king. He makes her take them from his people to keep them in line. All she wants is to escape to where nobody knows what she is or what she can do, but her plans go awry when she runs into Falon, Cedral and Havric while on route to freedom.

Falon’s memories have been stolen. He has a six-month void in his past that he’s desperate to restore. He doesn’t know why his memories were taken or what they contained, nor does he know why Cedral – the man he’s loved for years – is acting so cagily about what happened during the time he’s lost. He hopes to use a memoria to get back his stolen memories, he just isn’t expecting to bump into one so soon into his journey. He doesn’t care about what Sarilla wants or why she’s desperate to reach the city he’s dragging her further from each day. She’s a means to an end and she will help him get back what he’s lost, whether she wants to or not.”

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My Review

Books like this are hard to find. They get under your skin with truths and feelings that are both uncomfortable and enlightening. Rachel Emma Shaw has a gift for creating characters with depth and despair without the unattractive sulky-broodiness that so many characters develop.

The fantastical world in Last Memoria is a truly terrifying place for anyone who doesn’t fit the mould and Sarilla, one of the last living Memoria, is one such person. She, her brother and sister possess the ability to give and take memories from people, a skill that drove her mother to madness.

Shunned by society and deemed a monster, Sarilla has been suffered to live only because her abilities are useful to the king. When she and her brother escape the king, they are forced to conceal their identities to survive but after they are separated when the king pursues them, Sarilla crosses the path of a man she once loved who no longer remembers her.

This book is a great example of how society’s demonisation of a group can cause that group to believe this viewpoint themselves. Sarilla truly believes she is a monster by the end of the book despite having been used for much of her life and all the actions she has taken to protect people, whether she cares for them or not.

It was the depth of the story and the characters, plus the intriguing story itself that notched this book up to five stars. I was a bit concerned a little ways into Last Memoria that the plot didn’t have much direction and I was unsure as to what the main objective was for the characters. But the end of this book blew all my concerns out of the water, it was spectacular – but I’m not going to spoil it for you here!

Last Memoria was so good it’s earned The Secret Library Recommended Reads seal!

If you want to check out Last Memoria for yourself, here’s the Amazon link and right now, this book is seriously under-priced for what you get so grab yourself a copy ASAP.

Thanks for reading!

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