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ARC Review: Scars of Cereba by Rachel Emma Shaw


Sometimes I loved her. Sometimes I hated her. Sometimes I was her and wanted to die.

Falon’s mind is broken. Sarilla returned his memories to him, but in doing so, she fractured him into the man he was before she took them and the man he became after they were stolen. He’s fighting to rejoin his two halves, but locked up in the prison below the palace with his neck already fitted for the hangman’s noose, time is quickly running out. 

But it’s more than just Falon’s memories that are fighting for control of his mind. So are those of the memory thief who caused all his problems in the first place. Sarilla. The woman half of him loves, but the other half hates. 

Her memories have stained his eyes black, causing everyone to fear what Falon has become. He needs to find a way out of this mess, but it’s not going to be easy. Especially since all three of the people in his head have very different plans for how to go about it.


Scars of Cereba is the final book in the Memoria duology.  This is a dark and twisty fantasy with a unique and interesting magic system.  We follow Sari, who is the new version Sarilla, now deprived of her memories.  Without these memories Sari is not quite in control of her powers and does not realise the effects of taking in too many memories.  Her experimentations with these powers are quite morally wrong and we learn how important memories can be. 

At the end of the last book Sarilla transfers her memories into Falon and he is now trapped inside the minds of two other people; the imposter and Sarilla.  The author showed great skill in writing the inner turmoil of these three characters and their warring against each other.  However for the first half of the book the three different narratives were really confusing and I struggled to engage with the storyline.  I had great difficulty deciphering whose voice was who, which slowed the pacing considerably.

In the second half the pacing definitely picked up and the story piqued my interest, but what I really missed in this novel was the action-packed adventure and the little hints of romance present in the first book.  Sadly some of my favourite characters in Last Memoria didn’t play a huge part here either and I did miss that quirky group of bandits and their repartee and interactions.  However, we do learn a lot more about the Memori in this novel, a race of memory stealers, and explore their history and the extent of a their powers.  

There’s no doubt this author can write an amazing fantasy story, the book is beautifully written and although I found the start of the book confusing the author portrayed the characters’ thought processes and inner conflicts with great skill.  The ending is a bit of a shocker and took me completely by surprise, however it is a good strong finish.  An enjoyable and hugely entertaining read, this is certainly a unique series with some marvellous fantasy elements.  I really enjoy this author’s writing style and I do hope she continues to write more fantasy novels in the future. 

Publisher:  Independent
Publication Date (UK): 10 May 2021
Series:  Memoria Duology. #2
Format:  eArc/eBook
Page Count: 302
Genre:  Dark Fantasy
Rating:  ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you to the author for the gifted eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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