Last of Her Name
Sixteen years ago, rebellion swept the galaxy known as the Belt of Jewels. Every member of the royal family was murdered--down to their youngest child, Princess Anya--and the Union government rose in its place. But Stacia doesn't think much about politics. She spends her days half-wild, rambling her father's vineyard with her closest friends, Clio and Pol.That all changes the day a Union ship appears in town, carrying the leader of the Belt himself, the Direktor Eminent. The Direktor claims that Princess Anya is alive, and that Stacia's sleepy village is a den of empire loyalists, intent on hiding her. When Stacia is identified as the lost princess, her provincial home explodes into a nightmare.Pol smuggles her away to a hidden escape ship in the chaos, leaving Clio in the hands of the Union. With everything she knows threading away into stars, Stacia sets her heart on a single mission. She will find and rescue Clio, even with the whole galaxy on her trail.

Last of Her Name Details

TitleLast of Her Name
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 26th, 2019
PublisherScholastic
ISBN-139781338243390
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Science Fiction, Retellings

Last of Her Name Review

  • Nastassja
    January 1, 1970
    DNF at about 30%. I am ready for some rant!“It’s probably just some rich Alexandrian tourist with nothing better to do than slum around the outer systems.”“Yeah.” Clio gives a wistful sigh. “Maybe a handsome, rich Alexandrian tourist, with a troubled past and a broody air and a heart yearning for love.”Basically this is what this book turned out to be: a boring cliched retelling for bookish tourists, but in this case, I felt myself a duped with a promise of space Anastacia retelling tourist. Fir DNF at about 30%. I am ready for some rant!“It’s probably just some rich Alexandrian tourist with nothing better to do than slum around the outer systems.”“Yeah.” Clio gives a wistful sigh. “Maybe a handsome, rich Alexandrian tourist, with a troubled past and a broody air and a heart yearning for love.”Basically this is what this book turned out to be: a boring cliched retelling for bookish tourists, but in this case, I felt myself a duped with a promise of space Anastacia retelling tourist. First of all, let me start from the easy stuff like special snowflake syndrome and childhood friend turned lover. Our special Stacia finds out she is the last living child of the deceased Emperor, and rebel forces want her to become their leader. And very predictably our special snowflake underlines her specialness by proclaiming she doesn't want to be special. Gasp! Multiple eyeroll follows her proclamation. Billions of people dream to be special and you say you don't? So young and already so cynical. Then the romance part is just something. There's this nice guy, who they were friends with from young age. He is almost a brother to her. And her best girlfriend has hots on him. And then our special snowflake starts having hots on him as well. Gasp! Phew, that's distasteful. He turns out so nice and cute and she catches her breath... Major eyeroll. Something warm and strange spreads through me as I look at Pol, standing there with his hair wild around his horns and his foot still pressing an unconscious knight to the ground. I realize—with a shock—that it’s a feeling of awe.However, these are not my main issues with this book: the foreshadowing of the real Russian history in the early 20th century is. You know, nobody likes demonization of their country's history. I personally find it offensive, though I don't like to throw the word 'offensive' at anyone, sometimes circumstances force my hand. But I am so tired of cliches and unchecked facts! Once more with feeling, authors: we don't have female name Ilya in Russia, it's a purely male name! It's the same as if Americans named their girls Stan or Peter or Chuck. Purely male names, that it. Why on earth do we have a girl named Ilya in this book?! *facepalm* Then, when an author creates their own world and makes an ultimate villain one-dimensional tyrant it's okay because it's a fictional world. But when an author indirectly masks real names and events by the means of putting everything under the same demonic one-dimensional villain cover - excuse me I will fight tooth and nail with them. I do not like unchecked historical facts.I hated the Union. Under your family’s rule, the aeyla were safe. We were equal. But now, we’re not allowed into universities or to take high-security jobs.As we have established before we are dealing with foreshadowing of real events, and it's obvious what time period and Union are mentioned in that quote. It's after-Revolutionary Russia in the first half of the 20th century and The Union is the Soviet Union. Now, I know that the Soviet Union is often frowned upon and looked at as something demonic, which is absolute bullshit, but who cares, right? Definitely not Jessica Khoury. The 20th century was messy for Russia: War, Revolution, Civil War - you name it. A lot of terrible things had happened. But let's look at the facts: education. How many erudite people were there in Russia during the Imperial Rule? 27% of working, body-abled people were able to read and write in 1897. It's an extremely low rate. It shows how little really Tsar and the Emperor cared about people. Aristocrats were living separate lives, not caring about the common folk. And do you know how many erudite people there were after the revolution? In 1926 - 56,6 %, and by 1979 - 99,8 %. Illiteracy was completely erased. So who the fuck is not allowed to universities, you are saying?Next, the mentioning of Red Nights or how the author calls them Vityaze. I think of all the war films I’ve seen in school, of the revolution when the Red Knights stormed cities and executed everyone who resisted. And the film we’ve all seen but never talk about: the murder of the imperial family—of Emperor Pyotr Leonov, his wife, all their little children—recorded and spread throughout the remains of the Alexandrian Empire, now the Galactic Union.First of all, vityaze - correctly vityaz in singular form - is a person similar to a Viking, and they existed in ancient Slavic culture, way back in time. They have no relation to Russia in the 20th century. That it. Then we have Red Knights, who are obviously Communists, and the murder of Emperor Nikolai II and his family. Granted, the assassination of the whole Imperial family was terrible, but all terrible things have roots. Common people didn't particularly love the Emperor (see the above reasons), and when the revolution finally struck there were many recruits who wished to kill the Emperor. Actually, it's still debatable who actually pulled the trigger, but nevertheless, this monstrous deed will be forever red stain on Russian history. To call all and everyone monsters for that is not ethical, at least, and, at the most, it's the same as calling all Americans monsters for the genocide of Native Americans. To make myself loud and clear, I am okay with authors creating new worlds and empires and tyrants (one-dimensional, mind you!), but, please, stop using unchecked facts and cliches to write your stories. People read books and then they see real references and think this is actually how it was. Poor oppressed Russian people, bring monarchy back, so they could live happily ever after! No fucking way! I can't say how far or how good/bad the story progressed as I dropped it at a pretty early stage, but, honestly, do you want to read another special snowflake book with a nice cardboard boyfriend? If you want space adventures and light funny read, better read Starflight, which also has a mechanic heroine, but a likeable one who doesn't suffer from the specialness mania. Not recommended!
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  • Jessica Khoury
    January 1, 1970
    Whew! I can't believe this crazy galactic roller-coaster of a book is finally FINISHED!If I had to describe the process of writing this book in one word it would be: "FUN." I really had such fun with this one, letting my imagination run wild through the stars. It certainly challenged me in ways no project has before, and pushed me to try some big risks that I hope will thrill and surprise you as you read. There is a LOT in store for you in these pages, so strap in, fire up your warp drive, and b Whew! I can't believe this crazy galactic roller-coaster of a book is finally FINISHED!If I had to describe the process of writing this book in one word it would be: "FUN." I really had such fun with this one, letting my imagination run wild through the stars. It certainly challenged me in ways no project has before, and pushed me to try some big risks that I hope will thrill and surprise you as you read. There is a LOT in store for you in these pages, so strap in, fire up your warp drive, and be prepared for one breakneck race across a colorful galaxy known as the Belt of Jewels!Each of the characters in it, from cheerful Clio to loyal Pol to honorable Riyan to firecracker Mara and, of course, our scrappy, tough, sarcastic space princess/apprentice mechanic Stacia, became so special to me as the story went deeper and farther than I ever could have imagined. I'm immensely grateful to the Scholastic team for believing in this story, and I hope as you read it, you'll have as much fun as I had writing it. :)xoxo- Jess (less)
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  •  Amelia
    January 1, 1970
    "Worlds may burn and stars may fall, but I will never give up on her. No matter how far away she is, or how impossible to reach, as long as she is waiting at the end of it, my path is clear."Guys, the friendship. It's beautiful.This is the type of book I want to read. Why don't we have more of these? And when I say these, I am referring to 2 things: 1) it's about FRIENDSHIP, and that's way more important than romance IMO 2) it's a STANDALONE FANTASY/SCI-FI - it has action, plot twists, characte "Worlds may burn and stars may fall, but I will never give up on her. No matter how far away she is, or how impossible to reach, as long as she is waiting at the end of it, my path is clear."Guys, the friendship. It's beautiful.This is the type of book I want to read. Why don't we have more of these? And when I say these, I am referring to 2 things: 1) it's about FRIENDSHIP, and that's way more important than romance IMO 2) it's a STANDALONE FANTASY/SCI-FI - it has action, plot twists, character development and everything else and it just shows that you don't need 2 sequels to create a full story.Last of Her Name is sort of a retelling. It talks about the missing princess Anastasia, or as she is called in this book - Anya Petrovna Leonova. Even though it's set in the future, it still felt as mysterious as the original - also, there were lot's of "Russiany" terms - made up words but they sound Russian XD Anyways, the point is - it still felt like the same story, just in a different setting AND I LOVED IT. The world-building is on point. There are lots of planets, races, cultures to explore. So many details and none of the info dumps. We gradually get to meet all of the different aspects of their world so it never feels like a lecture. The writing was equally good - it flowed naturally, there were no weird metaphors and you can easily track what's going on and who's who. What I loved most about the book - beside the friendship - is that it felt like a big adventure. There was lots of traveling through space, visiting other planets. running through crowds trying to lose the bad guys, trying to find out what is really going on, etc. I just love it when I can fully get into the story and feel like I'm there with them *u* "We become the monsters so the ones we love don't have to."Another fascinating point of the book was the political intrigue. A war is going on and both sides are equally good - or bad, depends on how you look at it. They all want something and they're willing to sacrifice others to reach that goal. The author did a good job showing how every side has a different story - what they show to others and what's really going on. There's not a single person in this book that is completely and purely good - they make mistakes, they do things they are not proud of - because they are all just human. Some characters you consider good but have ulterior motives. Some characters are shown as evil, but when you find out why they are doing what they are doing, you can actually understand some of it. "I was born to inherit a legacy of madness" Stacie. Wow. That girl is seriously badass. There aren't enough words to describe how much I loved her character- She chose her friend over a boyfriend. She risked her life to save her. She did everything in her power to do the right thing even if it meant sacrificing herself. She's also an amazing engineer and mechanic, so there's that. (Am I the only one getting Raven Reyes vibes from this?) When it comes to the plot I have to say I was so surprised by the amount of twists. Seriously, the action is non-stop, something is always happening and there's always more to discover. This is officially one of the best books this year and I would definitely recommend if you're up for a space adventure full of amazing secondary characters, teamwork, #squadgoals and of course, great plot.
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  • Anja H.
    January 1, 1970
    A MAIN CHARACTER CALLED ANYA?Sign me the fuck up.
  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    5/25/18Title change from Firebird ---> Last of Her Name I like the change. The cover is simple but nice. Hopefully, it's shiny lol ---It just occurred to me that Empress of a Thousand Skies was also like Anastasia in space lol. But hey I liked that book enough, so this realization will not deter me lol ---Anastasia in space! =D
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  • Roobie
    January 1, 1970
    ⭐2.5 stars⭐Promising concept but (please forgive me) boring. :(
  • Sheharzad ⚘ (hiatus)
    January 1, 1970
    We have a blurb and cover now 😭😍 The title changed from Firebird to Last of Her Name! I really like this new title AND THE FONT. Woah.---- A retelling of the legend of Anastasia, set in a broken, star-spanning empire. I.Can't.Breathe.Do you know how much I love Anastasia?? Do you know?It's my second fav story, after Beauty and the Beast, and I ADORE Beauty and the Beast with all my being. So anastasia being second to that says ~something~And this is set in space. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!BYE I'm no long We have a blurb and cover now 😭😍 The title changed from Firebird to Last of Her Name! I really like this new title AND THE FONT. Woah.---- A retelling of the legend of Anastasia, set in a broken, star-spanning empire. I.Can't.Breathe.Do you know how much I love Anastasia?? Do you know?It's my second fav story, after Beauty and the Beast, and I ADORE Beauty and the Beast with all my being. So anastasia being second to that says ~something~And this is set in space. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!BYE I'm no longer able to wait 😭
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  • Marquise
    January 1, 1970
    I'd have expected better from an Anastasia retelling with Cinderella undertones, but sadly it wasn't to be. The premise of recasting the legend of the survival of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaievna from the execution squad as a space opera is attractive, and would've gained points for originality if not for the execution, which is rather straightforward and therefore predictable. You can see everything coming a mile away; there are no surprises, you know what the "secret" is all the while.The s I'd have expected better from an Anastasia retelling with Cinderella undertones, but sadly it wasn't to be. The premise of recasting the legend of the survival of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaievna from the execution squad as a space opera is attractive, and would've gained points for originality if not for the execution, which is rather straightforward and therefore predictable. You can see everything coming a mile away; there are no surprises, you know what the "secret" is all the while.The second problem I had was with the characterisation of Stasia (seriously, how more obvious and unoriginal could it be than using a barely modified version of the real princess' name?), who is a bonafide Mary Sue. No flaws, no real character, all specialness. It doesn't help that there's a romance that's rather conveniently brought into existence when the story's about to close, with little buildup. But hey, what's the use of buildup when you can say he's a childhood friend, right? Reminds one of the dozens of cliché alternative history reimaginings in romance novels in which Anastasia, or Maria, or Tatiana are saved by an infatuated guard at Villa Ipatiev. Or a diplomat. Or a Bolshevik With A Heart of Gold.And my third issue: the depiction and use of elements from the Russian Revolution is cartoonish. Yes, the Communists have a lot to answer for, but we're no longer in the Cold War and the stereotypical depiction of them as little better than more bloodthirsty and more brainless versions of the Empire's stormtroopers led by a maniacal Vader is annoying. Besides, even though this is Fantasy, if you're going to borrow Russian history and culture for your own use, then at least do the considerate thing and inform yourself better about them. Jessica Khoury doesn't seem to have done her homework in this regard, as not only is her use of Russian history shallow and full of old stereotypes but also she's not been careful with (this pet hate of mine again) the naming conventions. For example, there's a girl here called Ilya. Any of you have ever known a girl called Elijah? Eliza, sure. Elise, yes. But Elijah? That's a man's name, and so is Ilya in Russia. Russian has very characteristic naming conventions, that in this era of information overload are readily available, yet authors keep making mistakes with either the patronymic or the masculine/feminine differentiation in names and surnames. I'm deeply disappointed by all this.
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  • Tracy (Cornerfolds)
    January 1, 1970
    Read more of my reviews at Cornerfolds.com!Last of Her Name is a YA science fiction retelling of Anastasia and is so far up my alley that I HAD to get my hands on it! Luckily I did and I dived in as soon as I possibly could. This was my first ever Anastasia retelling, although there do seem to be a lot of them being published lately. I wasn't sure what to expect from this one, but I can definitely say it surprised me.Stacia has lived in a small town on a small planet for her entire life with her Read more of my reviews at Cornerfolds.com!Last of Her Name is a YA science fiction retelling of Anastasia and is so far up my alley that I HAD to get my hands on it! Luckily I did and I dived in as soon as I possibly could. This was my first ever Anastasia retelling, although there do seem to be a lot of them being published lately. I wasn't sure what to expect from this one, but I can definitely say it surprised me.Stacia has lived in a small town on a small planet for her entire life with her parents and best friends Clio and Pol. Stacia loves spaceships and she's good at fixing them. When she and her friends spot a particularly impressive ship coming toward their town, they run at the chance to see it, but quickly find themselves in a very dangerous situation. This leads to Stacia finding out she's really Anya, the princess, which prompts her and Pol to go on the run. That's when things get really wild.This book is non-stop action from the first chapter and, for maybe the first time, I don't think that's always a great thing. Last of Her Name is just a lot. There's a lot of world building, a lot of characters, and a lot of information thrown into a relatively short book. I'm not usually one for dragging things out, but I truly believe this could have worked better as a duology. Despite there being SO much going on, there's never much time to process, to get to know new characters or situations. Because of that, I never really felt able to fully connect with much in the story. New characters would be introduced and we're immediately expected to care about what happens to them without knowing them at all.When it comes to characters, they were fine, for the most part. Stacia was fine. She was a pretty typical YA heroine who learned the truth about her past and was forced to deal with it. I did enjoy her growth as she came to accept her true nature. Pol, the Dimitri character in this retelling, was just... not it. I can't really put into words what I didn't like about him, but the romance didn't work for me. Probably my favorite part of this book was Riyan, a character who's introduced fairly early on and becomes a huge part of the plot. His abilities and the world he's from were so fascinating to me! He reminded me a bit of Spock, who I also love. Honestly, I'd read a book all about him and his sister.As with Riyan's world, the rest of the world building was really fascinating! There were multiple unique planets and systems, and the prisms that powered the technology were a really interesting concept. That did get a little too weird for me as the book went on, but I can't say much more about it without spoilers. I thought the struggle between the Union and the Resistance was interesting, although the Big Bad was a little too over the top in his motivations.Overall, this book was just okay. I expected a really fun sci-fi retelling and, while I did get it, it was just too much in too little space. I think I'd have loved this story a lot more if there had been more time to get to know the world and the people in it.
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  • Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received in exchange for an honest review - thank you! Having LOVED Khoury’s last YA offering, The Forbidden Wish, I was super excited to get my hands on this ARC. Last of Her Name is an amazing book – I’m stingy with my five stars, so it’s not quite that, but it certainly comes close.Sixteen-year-old Stacia Androva has grown up on a minor, out-of-the-way planet with her best friends Pol and Clio. Her life to date has been utterly normal. She loves hanging out with her friends, exploring th ARC received in exchange for an honest review - thank you! Having LOVED Khoury’s last YA offering, The Forbidden Wish, I was super excited to get my hands on this ARC. Last of Her Name is an amazing book – I’m stingy with my five stars, so it’s not quite that, but it certainly comes close.Sixteen-year-old Stacia Androva has grown up on a minor, out-of-the-way planet with her best friends Pol and Clio. Her life to date has been utterly normal. She loves hanging out with her friends, exploring the forest, and messing with anything remotely mechanical.But that all changes when Alexei Volkov arrives. He’s the Direktor Eminent of the Union, the government which he set up sixteen years ago after he killed the imperial Leonov dynasty. They were becoming cruel, autocratic… and it doesn’t help that they were all mad, too. (I did get slight Targaryen vibes off this, in case you were wondering). There are sometimes rumours that the youngest child, Princess Anya Leonova, escaped the massacre. But this has never been something Stacia was worried about.Until Volkov announces that he’s looking for Anya on her planet, and it’s quickly revealed that Stacia is none other than Anya.Obviously, Stacia doesn’t believe it. There’s no way her staid existence has anything in common with a violent, glittering past of power. But the DNA doesn’t lie, and very quickly she finds herself fleeing across the galaxy from those who want to use her as their figurehead. They also want her power: Leonovs are the only people who have power over prisms, the mysterious objects which fuel space travel. She isn’t just in danger from Volkov. Even the Leonov Loyalists can’t be trusted.In fact, the only people she can trust are Pol and Clio – until Clio is taken by Volkov, making retrieving her a top priority for Stacia. In the process she needs to avoid falling for Pol, whom Clio claimed a long time ago.Allow me to allay your fears now: there is no love triangle.Nor is there anything offensive in the detangling of emotions between Clio, Pol, and Stacia. No spoilers! All I’m going to say is that you’ll find in this book a beautiful, adorable romance with absolutely nothing to worry about, angst-wise.So this book is, obviously, an Anastasia retelling. I’ve always been fascinated by the fall of the Romanovs. It’s so tragic, yet it has a weirdly captivating effect on the imagination – the way the gems sewn into their clothes deflected the initial bullets, the fact that their bank vault in Switzerland will now remain full until the end of time… Judging from the number of Anastasia stories out there, I’m clearly not the only one fascinated by this unlucky dynasty. While Last of Her Name has a couple of obvious homages to them (the Russian names, the murdered imperial family) the space setting puts an intriguing new spin onto the story.The pacing was good, events suitably dramatic. The characters were nice and solid. I have no issues with Khoury’s writing; it was tight and engaging, matching the type of story she was telling, instead of the slow, decadent style she used in The Forbidden Wish.I’m slightly doubtful about the ending: it seemed a bit too easy somehow, and fell slightly short of the dramatic climax which had been building in all the preceding chapters. That’s just me being picky, though. As a whole the story was great. [Blog] - [Bookstagram]
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  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    January 1, 1970
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight Gosh this was an adventure and a half! I have been sadly bummed by some of the other Anastasia-themed books I have read in the past, but this one finally hit the mark! So let us talk about it, yeah? The Things I Liked: •Well, obviously the Anastasia bit! The other didn't really drag out the "reveal" of that part either, which I was so thankful for. In most of the retellings I have read You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight Gosh this was an adventure and a half! I have been sadly bummed by some of the other Anastasia-themed books I have read in the past, but this one finally hit the mark! So let us talk about it, yeah? The Things I Liked: •Well, obviously the Anastasia bit! The other didn't really drag out the "reveal" of that part either, which I was so thankful for. In most of the retellings I have read, it's this big dramatic build up but... if you've told me it's an Anastasia retelling, I know she's the royal, somehow miraculously alive? That's the whole point! This one gets that out of the way almost immediately so we can move on with the story. Also, the other did a great job of building on that story, and pulling at the ol' heartstrings. •Space adventures! I came for the adventures in space, and I was absolutely not disappointed! There's a ton of high stakes action, and a huge system in which to explore. That said, it didn't feel too overwhelming or convoluted; it was a good blend. •I adored the friendships/relationships. There are a lot of really tight friendships in this book. I wasn't sure how they'd all work out at the end of the day, but it was a good journey finding out! Plus, Stacia had to grapple with her new identity, which obviously changed the way she saw her relationships with basically everyone. Good stuff. •This is hard to navigate because of spoilers but let me try. So the story makes some choices up front that I found... questionable. And had me trying to wrap my head around the "why" behind a lot of stuff. BUT. The author ties every last thing together so flawlessly, that you'll be so glad that you stuck with it. Everything will make sense, I promise! The Things I Didn't:  •It did take some time for me to fully get into.  Look, this is a very minor gripe because like I said, the payoff was really worth it! But it's worth mentioning! •The ending was a little underwhelming? I am not going to get into it, but I would have liked a bit more? But it was still a legitimate ending, so fear not! Bottom Line: A super fun adventure in space that blends Anastasia and sci-fi together in a fabulous way!
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  • Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Last of Her Name hits the ground running. Khoury's takes us on an adventure through the Belt of Jewels when the Direktor and the Union shows up on Stacia's planet and she is accused of being Princess Anya Leonova, a member of the royal family supposedly killed years ago by the Direktor. With the help of Pol, Stacia escapes from the home plan I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Last of Her Name hits the ground running. Khoury's takes us on an adventure through the Belt of Jewels when the Direktor and the Union shows up on Stacia's planet and she is accused of being Princess Anya Leonova, a member of the royal family supposedly killed years ago by the Direktor. With the help of Pol, Stacia escapes from the home planet she's known throughout her life, leaving Clio behind with the others to be taken away. Friendships! I love the childhood friendship between Pol, Clio and Stacia told throughout the book with various memories as Stacia makes it her one mission to rescue Clio from the Direktor no matter what it takes among the chaos her life becomes. I enjoyed the backstory and learning more about them, and felt the memories were a great balance with the fast-paced action of the book in addition to being a driving force for Stacia.While Last of Her Name primarily focuses on the strong friendship already developed in Stacia's childhood, Stacia and Pol create new friendships on the run as well. The two cross paths with Riyan shortly after escaping, a tensor from a distant planet who is also searching for someone he cares about. Although the three of them have a rough start, they develop a bond throughout the book. Identity! Stacia goes about her life normally until the Direktor shows up, forcing her to run away from all she knows. As she and Pol get chased across the galaxy, Stacia is trying to figure out who she really is as a person: is she Anya or is she Stacia? How can she accept a new part of herself without losing the self that she has always known about? In addition to figuring out who she is, Stacia is also battling her growing feelings for Pol, and those two are simply adorable as they circle around their feelings.This is why I have a soft spot for friends to lovers tropes I'm just saying. Family and Community! There's not much I can say about family and community without giving spoilers away (can't have that!), but I really appreciated some of the gestures from Stacia's family and community. But there is so much different family drama, I would have had one too many popcorns if I could just watching the whole story unfold and come together. SO. MUCH. TEA. 🍵 Everything seemed a little too easy. The only issue I had with this one is how everything seems a little too easy for Stacia and her companions. While there is a lot of tension throughout and much action, they get out of trouble with few hiccups. But overall, I enjoyed Last of Her Name. We've got royalty, family, friendship - all set in space with a rebellion.This review was originally posted on Bookwyrming Thoughts
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  • Misty
    January 1, 1970
    I had no idea what to expect going into this, really, but I enjoyed it! Review to come
  • rachael ♡
    January 1, 1970
    Sci-fi... Anastasia.... MY TWO FAVORITE THINGS... Help. I need it.
  • Amber
    January 1, 1970
    Last of Her Name might have resonated more with me if it were a series. As a standalone, there was a lot of pack into this book and as a result some important details were left out. I felt indifferent to the characters and romance and wanted more from the story overall. I liked the struggle for power and how our main character, Stacia, couldn't trust who had her best interest at heart. In the end, this just left me saying "okay, next."
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  • Ally Watkins
    January 1, 1970
    Y'all. You guys. I have to shout this from the rooftops. I. LOVE. RETELLINGS. IN. SPACE. LAST OF HER NAME is based on the story of the Romanovs and the mystery surrounding Princess Anastasia, whose body wasn't found for many years after the rest of her family, and, for a while there, there were legends saying she'd survived. In this story, she did survive. And she's more powerful than she realizes. Ordinarily, what draws me into a story are its characters. I'm not going to tell you that I formed Y'all. You guys. I have to shout this from the rooftops. I. LOVE. RETELLINGS. IN. SPACE. LAST OF HER NAME is based on the story of the Romanovs and the mystery surrounding Princess Anastasia, whose body wasn't found for many years after the rest of her family, and, for a while there, there were legends saying she'd survived. In this story, she did survive. And she's more powerful than she realizes. Ordinarily, what draws me into a story are its characters. I'm not going to tell you that I formed everlasting bonds with any of these characters, because I didn't, not really. There were a few that I really liked (looking at you, Riyan) but nothing like what usually gets me all riled up about a story. But y'all. THIS WORLD. THIS PLOT. This story is set in a solar system that's based on gemstones, and it's aesthetic as heck. And the plot is so full of twists and turns, I can't even. Read this book, y'all.
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  • ضحى الحداد
    January 1, 1970
    Ehhh.. I tried to like this book since it is a retelling of one of my favorite stories, Anastasia, sadly it didn't deliver for me the story is about a girl named Stacia who discovers that she is a lost princess and she is the only key to the center of the universe and what will happen to her I don't like space much and the writing style was annoying to me .. I hoped for better so I didn't enjoy it
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  • Kristie
    January 1, 1970
    Retelling Anastázie? Ve vesmíru? No sem s tím! :D
  • Vicky Who Reads
    January 1, 1970
    wow ok 1. DAT COVER2. I heard star system, royalty, and rebellion (also, a fantastic twist, I am told) and I am just sold. 2019 just got a whole lot cooler.
  • Kaitlyn
    January 1, 1970
    This review can also be found on my blog. If you know me at all, you’d know that I’m completely obsessed with Anastasia. The animated movie was—and still is—my favorite animated movie of all time (Tangled is right next to it!), the musical is the closest one to my heart. I’ve gone above and beyond for that production, and I was heartbroken to see it leave Broadway. I went to see it more than five times and met Christy Altomare (the Anya) and the rest of the cast every single time at the stage do This review can also be found on my blog. If you know me at all, you’d know that I’m completely obsessed with Anastasia. The animated movie was—and still is—my favorite animated movie of all time (Tangled is right next to it!), the musical is the closest one to my heart. I’ve gone above and beyond for that production, and I was heartbroken to see it leave Broadway. I went to see it more than five times and met Christy Altomare (the Anya) and the rest of the cast every single time at the stage door. Last Thursday, I also saw Derek Klena (Dmitri in the production) at his show at 54 Below (That was life-changing I have a whole thread of the videos I took on my Twitter) and met Christy again. TLDR: I love Anastasia with my whole heart.SO when I heard there was a retelling set in space, I was nothing else but excited. I dropped the book I was reading and went to get Last of Her Name by Jessica Khoury. I loved her previous work with The Forbidden Wish (though looking back now, I’m a little iffy since it’s a novel about Arabian culture that’s written by someone who’s white). Nevertheless, I gave Last of Her Name a shot and found myself disappointed.Last of Her Name follows a young girl named Stacia who is accused of being the presumed-dead Princess Anya Leonova. She’s lived a rather normal and peaceful life on a minor planet with her best friends Pol and Clio, but that all changes when the Direktor of the Union—the government that killed the imperial family—announces that he’s looking for none other than Stacia herself. She finds herself fleeing her home with Pol until it’s revealed that Clio has been taken hostage.Like I mentioned earlier, I’ve really been looking forward to reading this and devouring it in all its glory. I love the idea of Anastasia as a space opera, but I felt duped with this book. Not only is the character the most Mary Sue to ever Mary Sue, but she’s also whiny, entitled and has zero personality and zero flaws. Her romance—DON’T GET ME WRONG I LOVE ME SOME CHILDHOOD LOVERS TO LOVERS—had the blandest build-up ever and really served no purpose. It’s like Khoury forgot to write all the build-up and instead added a “childhood friend” bit to seem like they are soooo good together.There’s also the issue wherein almost all Russians have given this a low rating. There’s a stereotypical depiction of the villains as no more than bloodthirsty and brainless characters with no complexity or interesting characteristics. The names of the characters in this novel have also been heavily rooted in stereotypes, even as so far as to name a female character Ilya when that’s supposedly a purely male name. Russian reviewers have pointed out that it’s the equivalent of naming a girl Peter.To add to all this, the climax/plot twist was the dumbest thing I’ve ever come across. I really don’t want to add spoilers to this review since I have successfully avoided doing that in all of the ones I’ve posted so far….but I can’t help myself. (view spoiler)[Stacia literally only gives herself up to save Clio (her other best friend)……ONLY TO FIND OUT SHE ISN’T EVEN REAL. SHE’S JUST A FIGMENT OF HER IMAGINATION. AND NO ONE TOLD HER THAT BECAUSE THEY FEARED SHE WOULD TURN MAD?! (hide spoiler)]I’m genuinely surprised that I made it through the book though. When I hit the 20% mark, I was so sure I was going to end up dropping it, but to my surprise, I made it! I feel like I just ran a marathon, but now it’s time to pick up one of my most anticipated releases this year….The Bride Test by Helen Hoang! 😉As an endnote, I really just want to say: if you’re looking for a decent Anastasia retelling, you can pre-order Romanov by Nadine Brandes, which comes out this May. It has slow pacing and some muddled prose, but it’s overall a good book!
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  • Barbara Senteney
    January 1, 1970
    Imust start off by saying I don't read much science fiction, it's by far my favorite genre. This feels familiar like an old forgotten friend, very much in the tone of the Star Wars era, with a bloody massacre very reminiscent of the murder of the Royal Russian family, sory tho no droids in this one. Stacia ( Princess Anya )is my favorite character, a strong female figure without so much self doubt as most silly female characters tend to have. Anya has to flee her world for her life once it is fo Imust start off by saying I don't read much science fiction, it's by far my favorite genre. This feels familiar like an old forgotten friend, very much in the tone of the Star Wars era, with a bloody massacre very reminiscent of the murder of the Royal Russian family, sory tho no droids in this one. Stacia ( Princess Anya )is my favorite character, a strong female figure without so much self doubt as most silly female characters tend to have. Anya has to flee her world for her life once it is found out that she ia a member of the royal family who has been hidden away for years cared for by those loyal to the crown. Her friend Pol and her dart off to escape and are joined along the way by Riyan on not so great terms.I also loved the fact the author included small history stories explaining the how and why the Empire came to be.There are bloody scenes and altered space which you will discover along this epic journey. Anya is the true heroine of the tale, but as with any good story there are pitfalls along the way, and she need her friends to see her save the Empire from utter destruction, or maybe cause it. She seems to have a dark cloud that rains on her at every turn. Who do you turn to when both sides have their own agendas and vengeance seems to be their driving force. I guess you have to go on gut instinct like Anya.
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  • Hayden
    January 1, 1970
    Man, y'all. This book made me SO MAD.Now, books tend to elicit anger in two ways. One: through the fault of bad writing and/or problematic messages, or two: the characters are put through such an ordeal of injustice and torture that you just want to reach your hand in there and strangle a couple bad guys yourself. Last of Her Name was in the latter category. In fact, it's honestly a little difficult for me to say whether or not I liked the book because I was so angry about what the characters we Man, y'all. This book made me SO MAD.Now, books tend to elicit anger in two ways. One: through the fault of bad writing and/or problematic messages, or two: the characters are put through such an ordeal of injustice and torture that you just want to reach your hand in there and strangle a couple bad guys yourself. Last of Her Name was in the latter category. In fact, it's honestly a little difficult for me to say whether or not I liked the book because I was so angry about what the characters were going through the whole time. So take from that what you will.Anyway, if you haven't guessed by the blurb, this is a science fiction tale inspired by the legend of Anastasia (but with some "Firebird" references as well!!!). As such, it works really well. The whole science-y angle was actually my favorite part of the story. Also, there were some really fabulous plot twists. It's really hard to talk much about this book without spoilers, so my main (non-spoilery) thoughts are that I wasn't a huge fan of the romance (I just didn't "ship it" much, I guess?) but I liked Stacia and most of all I really liked the plot. It killed me, ya know, but I liked it.3.5 stars*I received an ARC of this novel during YALLFest, but I was not obligated to write a review, positive or otherwise.
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  • Carina Olsen
    January 1, 1970
    I have been a fan of Jessica for years. I adore her and her books have been amazing to me. I knew I must read Last of Her Name as soon as I possibly could. I have waited so long for it, and I am so thrilled that I can say the wait was worth it. Because this book was all kinds of amazing. Loved it so. It was pretty much perfect.Giving it four stars, though, because of some small issues that I had. Will be sharing all about it, but it was not anything big. And for the most part I loved this book. I have been a fan of Jessica for years. I adore her and her books have been amazing to me. I knew I must read Last of Her Name as soon as I possibly could. I have waited so long for it, and I am so thrilled that I can say the wait was worth it. Because this book was all kinds of amazing. Loved it so. It was pretty much perfect.Giving it four stars, though, because of some small issues that I had. Will be sharing all about it, but it was not anything big. And for the most part I loved this book. And I'm so glad that I read it. Because it was adorable and pretty special and unique. Writing was great, which I loved. The story and world was so well done.I loved that this book is an Anastasia retelling. Not that much like the animated movie that I love, haha, but I didn't mind. This book was still precious. And loved the ways I found it to be connected to the Anastasia story. As it was different. It's set far in the future and in space. Which was all kinds of awesome. I loved learning about this world, as there were new things to learn at all times. There are nine worlds in this story. All different, all with humans and humans that have adapted into something else. And I enjoyed that a whole lot, as it was interesting and I always wanted to know more about it. So very much wanted to see all of the nine places too, haha. They all seemed awesome. And I loved all of the space travel in this one. It was great and written so well.This book is told from the point of view of seventeen year old Stacia. She's spent her whole life with her parents on their vineyard, spending time with her best friends. She has had a quiet and fun and normal life. Until now, when a spaceship arrives in her town. They are searching for her. And she doesn't know anything about it. Turns out she is the lost princess Anya, whom everyone thought was dead. She ends up escaping from those who wants to hurt her, but her best friend is not so lucky. She get captured. Ack.And this book is about Stacia trying her very best to rescue her best friend, Clio. And also learning more about her past, though she is not ready to believe it. It is a book about Stacia growing closer to her other best friend, Pol. Learning about the past of all three of them, and of their friendship. I adored them tons. I loved that they were such great friends and I loved reading about it too. But oh gosh. The secret that Clio has. It pretty much killed me. So different. So rude. So very good. Such a surprise and so heartbreaking.There is much going on in this book. I will not mention most of it. Only some things that I loved and one thing that I was a little disappointed about. But mostly I adored this book. I loved that Pol rescued Stacia and that they are on the run together. Though she is not very happy about that, ha. I loved all the places they went to, as all of them were so interesting. This book is filled with other characters too, and I liked getting to know them. There are also the prisms, small diamonds. Which had the very best story. Loved.The reason for why this book is a four star for me is the romance. It was my favorite part of the book, and I felt like maybe it was done a little bit wrong. Because these two characters were obviously meant to be together. And they are the cutest together. But they spend pretty much the entire book not being a couple. Ugh. And they are being a bit silly about it. A bit jealousy, but no love triangle at all. I wanted them to talk about it. To finally get together. It happens, but it took some time, and that ruined my heart a bit, honestly.Though the romance hurt me, it was also my most favorite. Because Pol was beyond adorable. And him and Stacia together was the very best thing. I loved learning new things about their past, as they spent their whole lives growing up together. I loved learning about when Pol fell in love with her. And I did love learning about how she felt for him, because that whole thing was beyond complicated. But also so good. But my gosh. I shipped them so. And I wish there had been more heat between them. More kisses. Sigh. But despite that, I did love this book. And I did love the romance. I simply wish it had been a little more of it. That made me dislike parts of this book, which is why it's a four star for me. But pretty much everything else was awesome. Enjoyed reading about the villains in the story. And all the twists and surprises. Gosh. There were a lot of those, haha. I had peeked, aaack, but that did not make me love this book less, so I'm thankful for that. This book was rude. But so very good. I liked it so very much. You must all read this one.The ending was good, but I wish it had been even longer too. It was bittersweet when it came to certain plot things. But was also so very good and I enjoyed it lots. Last of Her Name was such a stunning story. Filled with thrilling adventures and amazing characters. With such a lovely romance too. I found the story to be so good and I always wanted to know more. Now I wish that Jessica will write another book about all these characters, haha. As I want more of all of them. I so cannot wait to read more books by Jessica.---This review was first posted on my blog, Carina's Books, here: https://carinabooks.blogspot.com/2019...
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  • ❄Elsa Frost❄
    January 1, 1970
    September 14, 2017OH MY WORD I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS BOOK YOU HAVE NO IDEA!!!! I absolutely love Jessica Khoury's books and was wondering what happened that I couldn't find any of her books in stores. So excited about this one--a science-fiction retelling of Anastasia? That sounds amazing. Can't wait!August 7, 2018OMG IT HAS A COVER, Y'ALL. IT HAS A COVER. <3
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    “If there’s one thing you need to know about me, it’s that I always press the red button.” 4 Stars Thank you to Edelweiss for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Trigger Warnings: Abuse, Murder, Imprisonment If you had asked me in the first 100 pages what I was going to rate this book I was sure I was going to rate it a 2 star. The writing style is fast paced and simple. Which is fine, but I tend to prefer more descriptive writing. For me, what rea “If there’s one thing you need to know about me, it’s that I always press the red button.” 4 Stars Thank you to Edelweiss for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Trigger Warnings: Abuse, Murder, Imprisonment If you had asked me in the first 100 pages what I was going to rate this book I was sure I was going to rate it a 2 star. The writing style is fast paced and simple. Which is fine, but I tend to prefer more descriptive writing. For me, what really had me convinced in the beginning that I was not going to like this book was the cliche writing. There is a scene where the MC is running away from knights, and then she stops and turns to a character she just met and asks “why are you helping me?” There were so many of these moments that were just cliche and overdone that I found myself rolling my eyes more than once. What made this book improve my opinion of it was the creative and unique plot. I loved how the ending wrapped up everything nicely. This book was frustrating because the rationale behind the MC’s decisions makes her seem juvenile. I enjoyed watching her and the other characters grow through difficult and trying situations. It's a pretty quick read. If you want to try it I suggest giving it to at least 150 pages if you're unsure in the beginning like I was.
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  • Makenna Fournier
    January 1, 1970
    It was SO hard for me to get into this book . I did not understand the world at all and was confused be so many things that I ended up having to put the book down, and honestly I was almost not going to pick it back up. I am so glad I did though because I ended up really loving what I was reading after I picked it back up. Once I had learned more background on this world I found it very, very interesting and unique, and being able to understand it also let me be able to get to know the charact It was SO hard for me to get into this book . I did not understand the world at all and was confused be so many things that I ended up having to put the book down, and honestly I was almost not going to pick it back up. I am so glad I did though because I ended up really loving what I was reading after I picked it back up. Once I had learned more background on this world I found it very, very interesting and unique, and being able to understand it also let me be able to get to know the characters more and I fell in love with them too. I love the fact that this is a standalone because I prefer them and think this story was perfect as a standalone and don't need more, I also wouldn't hate companion novels to this because I felt like we didn't get quite enough of some of the side characters and more could be developed there. Going back to the beginning, my one big problem was that it took so long, in fact it took 100 pages before we got the explanation about what the world was like so that I could understand. So big take away? Try push past if you can't get into it until you get to that part because I do think it gets really good, but if you still can't at, like, page 150, then maybe give up.
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  • Kibby
    January 1, 1970
    Full review is up at somethingofthebook.com!FYI: This book was sent to me by the publisher at my request. All opinions are completely my own. Thank you to the publishers for sending me this book!Last of Her Name follows Stacia Androva as she finds out the truth of her heritage and runs away from the revelation across her galaxy (wonderfully named the Belt of Jewels) with Pol, one of her best friends. But when Stacia realizes Clio, her other best friend, has been taken by the Union and its violen Full review is up at somethingofthebook.com!FYI: This book was sent to me by the publisher at my request. All opinions are completely my own. Thank you to the publishers for sending me this book!Last of Her Name follows Stacia Androva as she finds out the truth of her heritage and runs away from the revelation across her galaxy (wonderfully named the Belt of Jewels) with Pol, one of her best friends. But when Stacia realizes Clio, her other best friend, has been taken by the Union and its violent leader, Alexi Volkov, her only thought is to save Clio, no matter the cost.I liked this book, but as you’ll notice in my full review there are a lot of “but”s. I could never quite step over the line to loving this book. There was action, a bit of snark, revolution, young love, and a dazzling sci fi would that I would love to explore…but nothing ever truly sank it’s claws into me. This is one of those books that I know a lot of people will enjoy, but it just didn’t connect with me. All that being said, I’d still recommend this book if you are looking for a lighter sci fi read. Some books demand your soul, but Last of Her Name asks you to just relax and come along for the ride.
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  • Teresa Mary Rose
    January 1, 1970
    More Reviews Here: Readers Live A Thousand LivesThis book was so so good and was the perfect Teresa read. I am such a big fan of Anastasia and then throw in a sci fi twist and it makes for a great read. The book has a real addictive quality to it and the action keeps the reader turning pages. I never wanted to put this book down and I just had to keep reading. Stacia “I always push the red button” Androva is great and I loved her. She is fierce and spunky and devoted to those she loves. She neve More Reviews Here: Readers Live A Thousand LivesThis book was so so good and was the perfect Teresa read. I am such a big fan of Anastasia and then throw in a sci fi twist and it makes for a great read. The book has a real addictive quality to it and the action keeps the reader turning pages. I never wanted to put this book down and I just had to keep reading. Stacia “I always push the red button” Androva is great and I loved her. She is fierce and spunky and devoted to those she loves. She never set out to be special or save the world, but she steps up when she has to. She is brave and flawed and doesn’t always think before she acts and it makes her a really great and dynamic heroine. My other favorite character was Pol. I just adored him to bits and pieces. He and Stacia have grown up together and always been close and I just loved them together and how they were always there for one another. My favorite thing about this book though was the way it handled a rebellion, because I’m not sure I’ve ever read a book that handled a rebellion this way. In this book there is no good side. Everyone is in it for their own ends and neither is better than the other and innocent people are getting caught up in their crossfire. It was a very interesting take and it really showed that the people who want power are probably not the same people who should have power. We get so used to being on one side of a rebellion, fighting for freedom and sometimes justifying not so great things they do, so this was a really interesting perspective on it and I enjoyed it a lot. All in all, Last Of Her Name is a great sci fi twist on the Anastasia tale. This is a truly addictive read and its one I recommend for sci fi fans.
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  • Jess-Marie
    January 1, 1970
    I'm grateful to have received an ARC of this book through the author's Twitter giveaway. I've been excited about this book since it was first announced almost two years ago and it was definitely worth the wait. Khoury hasn't just changed the location of the Anastasia story to Space, she's completely made it her own tale! The research that went into this creating this book also showed through and tied the story to the original "The Rumor, the Legend, the Mystery." (I had to do it.)The characters I'm grateful to have received an ARC of this book through the author's Twitter giveaway. I've been excited about this book since it was first announced almost two years ago and it was definitely worth the wait. Khoury hasn't just changed the location of the Anastasia story to Space, she's completely made it her own tale! The research that went into this creating this book also showed through and tied the story to the original "The Rumor, the Legend, the Mystery." (I had to do it.)The characters were so much fun to read about and well thought out with unique strengths and flaws that helped to move the story along. While some did have their annoying moments (Stacia), they were still overall wonderfully written because they served a purpose of making the plot even better. I lost count of how many plot twists this story has, which made it such an exciting read. The world building - okay, universe building - was incredible and my only slight wish is that we could have gotten more description of some of the lesser mentioned of the nine planets in the Belt of Jewels. In short: Stars, this was a great book!
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  • Monique
    January 1, 1970
    First, I want to point out this is a perfect book for fantasy lovers that aren’t too fond of SF (like me). I was grumbling when the MC was a mechanic and I expected sciency space ships and granted, there were space ships, but the different cultures are awesome and the prisms feel very magicky. I love the world building and the overall theme. It took very very long for me to like the MC, she is your typical very extraverted rush into danger type (there are a few jokes around needing to push red b First, I want to point out this is a perfect book for fantasy lovers that aren’t too fond of SF (like me). I was grumbling when the MC was a mechanic and I expected sciency space ships and granted, there were space ships, but the different cultures are awesome and the prisms feel very magicky. I love the world building and the overall theme. It took very very long for me to like the MC, she is your typical very extraverted rush into danger type (there are a few jokes around needing to push red buttons lol) and honestly 3/4th I thought it would be a typical 3 star YA. I grew to love her and I loooved her friends Pol and especially Clio. However, all the other characters felt more one dimensional to me. I didn’t mind much because where the story went was awesome! I love the author subtly reminded us that love is stronger than hate, and I love the way it was handled at the end, for me it felt like Christian faith was explained but that was probably just my personal interpretation. Highly recommend!
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