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Ebook Details
  • 12/2021
  • 9781734760521 B09GL5J2KG
  • 311 pages
  • $9.99
Paperback Details
  • 12/2021
  • 9781734760545 1734760540
  • 264 pages
  • $17.99
S.G. Blaise
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True Teryn
S.G. Blaise, author
Lilla must recruit the biggest and most dangerous army in the Seven Galaxies, but the Teryn emperor will not comply unless Lilla earns the blessing of the Teryn Guardian Goddess Laoise. Dealing with gods is never easy. Guardian Goddess Laoise’s condition for bestowing her blessing is for Lilla to bring her the mysterious Heart Amulet. Now Lilla is trapped in a strange place with no way out, no idea where to go or how to find the amulet. The only way for Lilla to complete her mission is to uncover the biggest secret of all Teryns. Will she survive discovering the secret of what it means to be a True Teryn?
Reviews
In the second installment of the galaxies-spanning Last Lumenian series, Blaise delivers a high-speed adventure through a wild landscape with a group of lovable misfits and a reluctant chosen one. After being forced to flee her home planet, Lilla is charged by the Goddess to raise an army for the final battle against the Archgod of Chaos and Destruction, or the DLD. The army the Goddess has in mind is that of the Teryns, a people feared for the warmongering ways, but luckily Lilla has an in, as her boyfriend Callum is Teryn royalty. Unfortunately the rest of Callum’s family is less than impressed, sending her on a dangerous quest to prove her worth—a quest that will ultimately disrupt the foundations of Teryn society.

Blaise’s storytelling and worldbuilding combines a delightful whimsy with gripping action. Lilla spends much of this adventure on the run from dangerous animals with alien names like “k’boar,” “k’mountain lion,” or “bear-wolves” (“Not k’bear-wolves?” “The k is silent”). Her motley group of friends and companions are also a joy, and despite the main quest featuring no fewer than eight party members (including two former love interests), distinct and interesting personalities make them each stand out. From the grumpy warrior lady to the softhearted yet feisty healer to the know-it-all mage, the only character that doesn’t prove especially engaging is Callum, the current boyfriend, whose chief traits here are mostly anger and jealousy. Still, Callum is not present for a large chunk of the story, which gives the ensemble a chance to shine.

The plot itself exhibits a tendency familiar from other second entries in series: it ends in about the same place it began and feels, at times, like an optional side quest chosen as an opportunity to introduce lore and develop characters, which are this installment’s selling points. Although technically not YA, True Teryn has a lot of crossover appeal for readers of romantic science fiction with comic elements.

Takeaway: Charming and witty, this science fantasy sequel will please readers with its unique world and memorable characters.

Great for fans of: Amie Kauffman, Dianne Duvall’s Aldebarian Alliance series.

Production grades
Cover: A
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: A-
Marketing copy: B

News
01/15/2022
2021 Speak Up Talk Radio Firebird Book Award Winner

True Teryn is a Winner in Science Fiction category at the Speak Up Talk Radio Firebird Book Award.

03/08/2022
2022 Independent Press Award Winner

True Teryn is a Winner in Book Cover Design-Fiction and Distinguished Favorite in the Fantasy category at the Independent Press Award.

04/10/2022
2022 Los Angeles Book Festival Winner

True Teryn is an Honorable Mention in the Science Fiction category at the Los Angeles Book Festival.

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 12/2021
  • 9781734760521 B09GL5J2KG
  • 311 pages
  • $9.99
Paperback Details
  • 12/2021
  • 9781734760545 1734760540
  • 264 pages
  • $17.99

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