Review of Last Memoria (Memoria Duology #1) by Rachel Emma Shaw
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
I listened to the audiobook on Spotify and had an ebook version provided by the author in exchange for an honest review!
A heartbreaking dark fantasy thriller about flawed people making flawed decisions. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind meets Joe Abercrombie.
Sarilla has learnt one thing from stealing memories. Everybody lies.
There’s nothing Sarilla hates more than stealing memories, but the king forces her to take them to keep his subjects in line. She wants to escape to where nobody knows what she is or what she can do, but her plans go awry when she runs into Falon.
Falon has a six month void in his memories that he’s desperate to restore. He doesn’t know why they were taken or what they contained, nor why the man he loves is acting so cagily about what happened during that time. He hopes to use Sarilla to get back his stolen memories and doesn’t care what she wants or why she’s desperate to escape. She will help him get them back, whether she wants to or not.
I thoroughly enjoyed Last Memoria! High praise for this one. I’m absolutely looking forward to the next book. I feel like it’s a fantastic start to this duology.
It follows a Memoria named Sarilla who has been forced by the crown to take people’s memories. Whether to make them forget, for information, for punishment – she’s been made to do it and she wants out. The more memories she takes, the closer to madness she falls and the more she’s burdened by the guilt of what she’s done.
In her travels she comes across Falon, a man from her past whose memories have been taken. He doesn’t remember Sarilla but realizes she is a Memoria and seeks her help in regaining what he’s lost. He doesn’t understand why the man he loves has been acting strangely and knows it must be tied to those lost memories. He’ll do whatever it takes to get those pieces of his life back.
But Sarilla has secrets of her own and just wants to be free from the king’s hold.
I loved the mystery of this story, as well as the unique magic system around the Memoria. There is also a fascinating mythology to go with it and the romance is … tantalizing, to say the least! 😉 It definitely had me on the EDGE of my seat multiple times and the action just kept going and going. If you like stories with characters forced on a journey together, slow burn romance, fantasy worlds with mysteries to solve, bisexual characters, broodiness and angst … this is one for you.
It’s also available in audio format on Spotify! I read and listened to the audio of this one and highly recommend both formats! Thank you to the author for sending me a ebook version to read, I promptly went out and bought the paperback after I finished it!
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