The Legend of Oescienne - The Ascending

Young Adult - Fantasy - General
679 Pages
Reviewed on 10/11/2016
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Author Biography

Jenna Elizabeth Johnson is a best-selling, multi-award winning author of Fantasy and Young Adult Paranormal Romance. Jenna grew up and still resides on the Central Coast of California, a place she finds as magical and enchanting as the worlds she creates.

Jenna received a BA in Art Practice with a minor in Celtic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. It was during her time in college that she decided to begin her first novel, The Legend of Oescienne - The Finding. Reading such works as Beowulf, The Mabinogi and The Second Battle of Maige Tuired in her Scandinavian and Celtic Studies courses finally inspired her to start writing down her own tales of adventure and fantasy.

Besides writing and drawing, Jenna is often found reading, gardening, camping, hiking, bird watching, and practicing long sword fighting and archery with a traditional long bow. She also loves getting feedback from readers, so feel free to send her a message any time.

Jenna is currently working on the fifth book of her Oescienne series, as well as more novels and novellas in the Otherworld series, and any other book ideas that might come to her along the way. For more on the author and her books, and for contact information and to sign up for the author's newsletter, visit: or send an email to:

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

The Legend of Oescienne continues with The Ascending by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson. Book 4 starts in the Hrunahn Mountains of the west, where Boriahs, servant of the Crimson King, reluctantly has to report to his Master about his failure to capture Jahrra and her dragon guardian once again. The Crimson King is losing patience, but Boriahs’ life is spared as he’s too valuable to him. Jahrra and her companions are never out of danger as they do their best to stay ahead of the enemies. There’s more action in Book 4 when the young ward’s fighting skill is greatly tested.

The pace of the plot is moderate, similar to its predecessors. Jahrra is now eighteen years old and a bit more prudent on what it is expected of her. I favor Dervit the limbit, who’s a great addition to the traveling group. He’s small and shy but brave, intuitive and kind, and successfully earned respect from Jaax and the others as a valuable member. Another favorite character of mine, Denaeh, never fails to amaze me with her tenacity, and she’s a crucial element in the ending of Book 4.

Johnson does a solid job with this latest installment in the series. I’m pleased to follow Jaax and Jahrra’s journey again and meet new characters. The Ascending is not a standalone, so reading its predecessors will give a much better perspective on the plot, the protagonists, and the world building for readers who are new to this dragon-themed fantasy series. All in all, a good read.