Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Of Wisdom and Valor: The Art of War, The Path of Peace (The Windflower Saga Book 13) by Aleksandra Layland is the thirteenth novel in the series, but I had no issue reading it and getting familiar with the characters. The novel follows Lady Keridwen, the daughter of King Ansgar. Orphaned and alone in the world, the princess lived a lonely life in Kimbria. However, her life took a different turn when she heard the news that she had been chosen by the council to ascend to the throne. She has been elected as queen and they expect her to marry Lord Leofric Longsword, a mercenary.
He is the man sent to fetch her and take her to her rightful place in the palace. However, she soon realizes that the council has no intentions of making her queen. They just want her out of the way and, to ensure that, they have hired Lord Longsword to keep her away for good. As time passes, the two become closer and their marriage vows are not something that either of them can ignore. What will they do now? Will Lady Keridwen relinquish the throne and her birthright? Or will Lord Leofric Longsword stand up for her and fight the council?
Sharp and delicately epic, Of Wisdom and Valor offers a smooth narrative that just speaks to readers and sparks their interest. The narrative is descriptive and brings everything to life. I liked Lady Keridwen and her tenacity. Lord Leofric Longsword is exactly how his name sounds. Tough, sharp and very intelligent, he was a strong character that owned the pages and scenes he appeared in. I am in love with the writing style and how Aleksandra Layland brought the characters to life. Wonderful read.