"A timely fantasy about castaways fleeing their dying land to seek refuge on a cryptic island, The Last Families by Carla Doria is an epic tale about first contact with brutal worlds and rivalrous clans..." SPR
"An entertaining, thoughtful, and hauntingly thrilling dystopian fantasy read, author Carla Doria's "The Last Families" is a must-read fantasy novel of 2021." Anthony Avina
Escaping their land's destruction, four remaining families reach the island of Gambir. In spite of each family having talents like mind-reading, extraordinary force, heating objects with their hands, and flying, they are not sure if they will find refuge in this place.
Will Yarisha, the only mind-reader in the Verbaren family, be able to control her feelings for Malakay, the most arrogant sibling in the Ninfire family? The young man's mother and matriarch of the Ninfires, Mandely, will never consent to this relationship since she considers the girl's family inferior to them. At the same time, the Gambirian leader, Ian, has also set eyes on Yarisha and plans to take wives by force in possible exchange for refuge.
None of the members of the families expect to find a land full of secrets and traps where those with the darkest-looking skin seem to have better chances to survive.