Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Leofric of Longridge: A Windflower Saga Novella by Aleksandra Layland is the back story of the beloved Lord Leofric, who marries Lady Keridwen, the rightful Queen of Ansgar. Set in a time long before we meet him as a feared ruthless warlord, Leofric Longsword is just a 14-year-old young boy who aspires to be a teacher and hopes to be a monk. He has no idea what the future has planned for him, he only knows the comfort and peace of the Longridge Monastery. Orphaned and very intelligent, Leofric is looking for that inner peace that Brother Ermen and everyone else in the monastery has.
Lonely and with no one to call his own, Leofric is living his life one day at a time, along with his adopted family at this monastery. However, his respite from the dangers and the sorrows of the world is short lived and he is snatched away from peace. How will he fight the outside forces, the unknown? How will he become Lord Leofric, the most feared warlord in Ansgar if he is destined to be a monk?
I have become a fan of Aleksandra Layland. She has a way with words that just draws you right into the story and makes you one with the characters. I was breathing the same air with each breath that Leofric took and saw everything that he did. I felt his pain and his confusion. It was really entertaining reading Leofric's back story of how he became a warrior and what he was before he married Keridwen. I loved Leofric when I first met him in Of Wisdom and Valor, and I love him even more now. Brilliant! Another job well done!