Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite
The Ansgar Treasury: A Windflower Saga Collection (The Windflower Saga Book 12) by Aleksandra Layland is a stunning fantasy collection that includes the first part of the sweeping epic as well as a collection of novellas that deepen the story of an amazing family. Kimbria is a kingdom full of rich and interesting stories woven together like a tapestry, perhaps one of the most interesting is its royal family, the only family in the kingdom which is of a mixed race. Learn about the founding of this great place and go on an adventure with Brother Ansgar as he strives to find what remains of the Kimbrii people in an effort to protect and preserve them.
Aleksandra Layland has written a book that is touching, the perfect read for the times and simply enjoyable. It is hard to know where to start when talking about The Ansgar Treasury, but I will just start by saying I loved it. This is not only a sweeping, beautiful fantasy story, but something that also gives you historical points to hold onto. I am a sucker for any kind of historical fiction and this one ticked all my boxes. Be kind and tolerant seems to be the overwhelming message of this story and it is the perfect message today when there is so much hurt in the world. We, as people, can take some lessons from Brother Ansgar, who doesn't only want to find the people of the land, but wants to help keep the people and their beliefs and customs safe and preserved. I found myself being able to identify with that at a core level because I wish that people today would do the same for the smaller cultures that are getting pushed out. Aleksandra Layland has created a beautiful world and tells the story of this world in an eloquent and absorbing manner; this is a must-read.