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Reviewed by Stephanie Chapman for Readers' Favorite
Sandra Valencia opens Song Of Turand: Opening Aria (Legends from Turand) with a brief history of the Turandans and their sacred god, Val. The last high priestess perished, and the Sifiq invaded the country. The Sifiq eradicates the followers of Val, and the sacred temple is closed. Despite the threat of death for being a Valiria, Alexa travels to Toraval to rescue her betrothed, Victor, from King Gregor’s Zenox prison. Alexa offers to take Victor’s place, but Gregor will only release Victor if Alexa will marry him. Victor swore an oath to return to Garogan. Alexa is married two days later and Gregor consummates the wedding. She is going to take her vows seriously and win over the king’s heart. The two feel a genuine connection after Alexa plans a birthday party for the king’s trusted advisor, Stefan. Unfortunately, Alexa feels lonely because Gregor can never be an ideal husband.
Sandra Valencia’s mastery of vivid detail is exceptional. The emotional turmoil I went through rivals Alexa’s. It shocked me she agreed to imprison herself by marrying the king. Victor may be free, but they are not in a better position than before. I kept hoping that Victor would save Alexa. Stefan appears to be fascinated with Alexa’s devotion to her faith. I found the interaction between Alexa and Sifiq was one of genuine compassion and showed how you can only judge each person instead of a collective group. The brief history of Turand and Val helped me understand the motivation for each of the characters. The end of the book made me sad, but that was only because it ended. I feel that an interesting sequel will follow this first book in the series. Song of Turand will appeal to readers who enjoy series with a solid foundation.