Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
The Far Haven Treasury: A Windflower Saga Collection by Aleksandra Layland is an absolute and delightful treat for fans of fantasy, comprising of the novel Far Haven and the novellas Courage of Ansgar, Swords of Ansgar, and Albina. These are stories that feature ordinary people with extraordinary skills. Readers are introduced to the Ansgar family in the Kimbria, a fascinating world with a unique culture that will entice readers who love to read about new ways of life, cultures, and places. The author presents a mixed race and masterfully showcases themes of racism, injustice, and indifference, while exploring the values that keep the Kimbrii together.
Aleksandra Layland is a gifted writer and readers will love the worlds she creates. I was transported, lost in the exciting setting as I explored the Kimbria with its mores. From the first story, the reader is immediately absorbed into the ordinary life of the people, wonderfully captured in the beautiful descriptions. There are beautiful dialogues too, and they are designed to enhance and embellish the plot. Each story is unique and exciting, driven by a powerful conflict. The author has also created characters that readers will fall for. I enjoyed the portraits of Brother Ansgar and Chief Keholani, characters who will immediately draw the reader’s sympathy. The themes of family and community are well-woven into the story. The Far Haven Treasury: A Windflower Saga Collection is a book for keeps, a collection of stories that will delight both young and adult readers, stories containing values that can enrich the lives of readers. They are entertaining and filled with adventure.