Three Brothers of Ansgar (Large Print Edition)

A Windflower Saga Novella

Fiction - Short Story/Novela
149 Pages
Reviewed on 12/10/2018
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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. Retired now, she lives in Florida.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

Three Brothers of Ansgar by Aleksandra Layland is A Windflower Saga Novella about three brothers – Bogumil, Kapa’a, and Koritane. Their father died when they were young, leaving them with their mother and the monks to bring them up. When they came of age they each went a different way. Kapa’a left the homeland and joined a band of traveling monks. Bogumil wanted to stay in Kimbria and become a lawyer but he was sent away and had to marry a complete stranger. Koritane left Kimbria to study veterinary science in another kingdom. Each brother searches for happiness while trying to honor their father’s life, and love, sadness, and adventure await them all.

Three Brothers of Ansgar: A Windflower Saga Novella by Aleksandra Layland is a standalone book from the Windflower Saga, telling the stories of three brothers, the last of Ansgar’s sons. Anyone who has read the Windflower Saga will know these characters and this is a glimpse into their lives. It’s a nice story, lending more depth to the full novels and I found it very easy to read. Each chapter tells a story for one brother before moving to another but they do all tie in nicely in the end. There’s action, romance, angst, and humor in this story, along with a few life lessons that we could all do well to remember. It may be set in a medieval-type world but there are many parallels with this world and, indeed, this era. Although this is a standalone novel and can be read on its own, I would recommend reading it together with the entire saga.