Bridges of Turand

Ode to the Heroes (Legends from Turand)

Fiction - Fantasy - Epic
662 Pages
Reviewed on 02/13/2023
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Bridges of Turand: Ode to the Heroes is a work of fiction in the fantasy and adventure subgenres, and it forms the third book of the Legends from Turand series. It is best suited to the adult reading audience owing to some moderate adult content and themes, and it was penned by author Sandra Valencia. In this gripping continuation of the series, the war goes on between the Turandan people and the violent Sifiq, led by the villainous King Bin-Lot. As Gregor’s rage rises over the ill-treatment of his wife by the Sifiq, he and Crown Prince Nikolai devise a solution that will bring about war but may solve their problems in a way the Sifiq will not expect.

Author Sandra Valencia has a wonderful way of contextualizing her work so that newcomers and faithful readers alike can dive straight into this tale and feel engrossed no matter how long ago they may have read the previous works in the series. I was immediately immersed in the lore, history, and culture of Turand, and very impressed by the fully-faceted worldbuilding that covers everything to make the people of this land seem as realistic as our own historical figures and places. Queen Alexa’s story was the most emotionally riveting to me, and the mystical fantasy elements at play in her part of the plot were intriguing but also realistically woven into the story to make them highly believable. Overall, I would certainly recommend Bridges of Turand to fans of the series, and the series in general for readers seeking epic fantasy with solid and engaging worldbuilding, cinematic description, and engaging, fully realized characters you can really get to know and root for.