The Wisdom and Valor Treasury

A Windflower Saga Collection

Fiction - Fantasy - Epic
438 Pages
Reviewed on 04/21/2017
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Author Biography

Aleksandra Layland is a retired civil engineer and federal civil servant who worked primarily for the United States Air Force as a senior installation engineering manager responsible for buildings, airfields, infrastructure, fire protection, and emergency preparedness. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Western Caroline Islands where she helped build school classrooms and cafeterias, low income housing, and simple village water distribution systems.

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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

The Wisdom and Valor Treasury: A Windflower Saga Collection by Aleksandra Layland is a collection of novellas and a novel that explore the themes of innocence, hate, love, family, evil and so much more. Honestly speaking, I was a little overwhelmed at three novellas and all of them belonging to a series I am not familiar with. But this was a great surprise and I actually enjoyed it a lot.

The collection has three novellas, apart from the novel itself, namely “Bind Not the Heart,” “Leofric of Longridge,” and “Swords of Ansgar” in which we meet some pretty enigmatic characters. These novellas are set in a time of corruption and war. The novel, "Of Wisdom and Valor," Part II of the epic fantasy Windflower Saga trilogy, is about Lady Keridwen of Ansgar and Lord Leofric, Warlord of Kimbria, both of them so different, but both of them with their own responsibilities to bear. While Leofric is destined to become a warrior, Lady Keridwen is destined to seek peace in any way possible. Both of them have no idea that their decisions, and how they make these decisions, have a profound effect on the people of their land.

What I really loved about this novel is the courage of the two main protagonists. Where Leofric was heroic on the battlefield, Lady Keridwen was heroic in her own fights to find peace within. Both of the protagonists have their own inner battles and they fought them as any human would. I am a sucker for heroes and heroines who are more human than fiction, and the novel gave us this in spades. I loved the fantasy element and I loved the fact that it was an epic fantasy yet, at the same time, I could relate to the emotions and feelings of all the characters in these stories.

K.J. Simmill

The Wisdom and Valor Treasury is brought to you by Aleksandra Layland and includes Of Wisdom and Valor: The Art of War; The Path of Peace, which is part two of the Windflower Saga Trilogy, and three novellas, Bind Not the Heart, Leofric of Longridge, and Keridwen Rose, part of the Sword of Ansgar. There is a plethora of books in this saga, and placing them in a treasury was an excellent idea. A reader can easily navigate related stories, following families and timelines from the past, through generations, without being concerned about reading out of order. The addition of these novellas really serves to enhance the story and world brought to you in the Windflower Trilogy.

I have read a number of books by Aleksandra Layland, and what a ride they have been. Whilst I'll admit I've not read them in order, having foreknowledge of what is to come also has its advantages. This is definitely a series of discovery, not only for the characters but for readers. I have no doubt I could read these two or three times and still pick up on subtleties and intricate details that I missed during my first read. This is a collection you will come back to time and time again. It is deep, detailed, and expressive, with plots that hold your focus with ease. The attention to detail and world building show signs of hours spent in developing a rich and complex world, and I get the impression that, as readers, we see just the tip of the iceberg. Aleksandra Layland has a real talent, and it is for precisely this reason I find myself continuing to read her work. If you're looking for an involved read with twists, surprises, conflict, drama and suspense then look no further than The Wisdom and Valor Treasury.