Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Of Wisdom and Valor: The Art of War. The Path of Peace. Abridged Edition is a work of epic fantasy fiction written by author Aleksandra Layland, and forms Part Two of The Windflower Saga Trilogy. In this new abridged edition of the once-epic tale, we return to the pseudo medieval land of Kimbria where the standard of living, ethics and morality has certainly declined. Corruption is rife amongst the high born members of the Royal Council, and the people demand a monarch. The council obliges by appointing the young Duchess of Ansgar as their Queen. But an arranged marriage for the Duchess threatens her likelihood of ever seeing the throne, and as corruption continues, war brews on the horizon.
Having read the original Of Wisdom and Valor, I am delighted to see this streamlined version hitting the shelves. The original was an excellent drama but did take a truly committed reader to get through, whereas this simplified version gives the excellent core plot and character dynamics without overwhelming readers with the extended mythology of the kingdom of Kimbria. I think first time readers will enjoy the struggles that the central characters go through to try to defeat the corrupting forces of the Royal Council, and all the most exciting and dramatic scenes have been brought to the fore to increase the pace of this exciting fantasy work. Overall, I believe Of Wisdom and Valor: The Art of War. The Path of Peace. Abridged Edition stands author Aleksandra Layland in good stead with a whole new generation of fantasy fans.