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.