Author: Jeffe Kennedy
Reviewers: Gikany & Una
Lonen’s War is the debut novel in the new Sorcerous Moons series. We enjoyed this new fantasy world and with the cliffhanger ending, we are eager for more.
First and foremost we love this world. The rich fantasy mythology that Ms. Kennedy created is mesmerizing. The sorcerous Baran is at odds with the non-magical barbarian Destrye. The novel begins with the Destrye invasion of Baran. We follow Lonen, the third son of King Archimago, leading one faction of the Destrye while Oria, the only daughter of King Tav sits fretting in her tower. The story is told from these two opposing viewpoints. This allows us to understand each different kingdom; its beliefs, values, and political structure. We absolutely loved this aspect of the novel.
Though we like Lonen and Oria, the character that stood out most to us is Chuffta, Oria’s familiar. This dragon-like creature was absolutely fascinating and endearing. Chuffta is more companion and advisor than pet. Though wise, he is still considered young for his kind and a good match to the young princess. This relationship is critical to the novel, especially knowing that Chuffta accepted this role that was offered by the Queen. Unfortunately we cannot comment too much about the other characters as it would give away much of the plot. The contrast of Lonen’s relationship with his family compared to Oria’s is a distinctive and interesting dichotomy.
This is a wonderful first novel in an exciting, thrilling and rich fantasy world. We eagerly look forward to the next novel to find out what happens next. Luckily, we don’t have to wait long, as Oria’s Gambit is to be released shortly.
An Unquiet Heart
Alone in her tower, Princess Oria has spent too long studying her people’s barbarian enemies, the Destrye—and neglected the search for calm that will control her magic and release her to society. Her restlessness makes meditation hopeless and her fragility renders human companionship unbearable. Oria is near giving up. Then the Destrye attack, and her people’s lives depend on her handling of their prince…
A Fight Without Hope
When the cornered Destrye decided to strike back, Lonen never thought he’d live through the battle, let alone demand justice as a conqueror. And yet he must keep up his guard against the sorceress who speaks for the city. Oria’s people are devious, her claims of ignorance absurd. The frank honesty her eyes promise could be just one more layer of deception.
A Savage Bargain
Fighting for time and trust, Oria and Lonen have one final sacrifice to choose… before an even greater threat consumes them all.
Release Date: July 19, 2016
Series: Sorcerous Moons #1
Genre: Fantasy Romance
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