I’m excited to be sharing my review of the first three books in the Kingdom of Joir series by Wendy L. Anderson! Let me know if these sound like books that you would read.
Special thanks to R&R Book Tours for the opportunity to review in exchange of an honest review!
Publication Date: November 14th, 2016
Publisher: Infinity Publishing
Prince Lorn of Jior is what’s left of an evil empire. King Kullorn was the epitome of evil. Together they led demon hordes reaping death and destruction. Kullorn is killed, leaving Lorn alone to wallow in the desolation of defeat. Years later, Lorn is accused of following in his father’s footsteps and kidnapping Princess Lililaira. Risking capture, imprisonment and death Lorn attempts to learn who is using his name to start another war. During a rescue of the Princess, Lorn is badly wounded and they must fight to remain together as he is healed by her, body, heart and soul.
When the opportunity to review Of Demon Kind came up, I jumped at the opportunity. The blurb had me hooked, and it sounded like it would be right up my alley. My instincts were right! This is set in medieval times, with themes of war, love, loyalty and betrayal.
Wendy L. Anderson’s writing is everything. She creates her characters slowly, building their arcs and giving each an individual personality and back story. The characterization in this novel is strong, and what’s awesome, is that this is only the start of the series. I am sure there is so much more to know. I love when characters are deep, and Wendy L. Anderson has achieved that. They were realistic. It is always wonderful when realism is found in the mix of magic and witchcraft.
Twist after twist, the intensity of this novel builds until the clever resolution. The pacing is perfect. There is a ton of suspense, the descriptions are written beautifully, and the events that bring the conclusion of the story also set anticipation for the next in the series. Fantastic and highly recommended!
Publication Date: April 17th, 2018
Publisher: Infinity Publishing
Five years have passed since Lorn liberated himself from Lan-Loe, his evil father’s Sorcerer. Legends were born from tales of the great battle between Lorn and a black-winged demon, of Lan-Loe’s death, and the defeat of demon-kind. Ever since that time, people have been flocking to Jior to make their homes there, and the Kingdom of Jior is revived. Lorn is crowned King of Jior, Lililaira is Queen and they rule peacefully side by side.
Now a new war threatens everything they have built and everyone they love. One hundred miles away from the City of Jior, the combined armies of Vedt march toward Jior intent on slaying everyone in the kingdom and taking revenge for Lorn’s past evil deeds. With the forces of the whole country coming against them, Lorn and Lililaira have little hope of defeating their enemies.
In the midst of impending war, strange dreams plague Lorn’s sleep at night. He feels that something is waiting, something he needs very badly, something is calling him!
When he answers the call, he learns that he is a descendant of a race of winged people that profess to be from the Heavens. He also learns more about his past and is given hope for the future, but that hope comes with a high price. Lorn is given a choice: he can save his family or watch them die.
Lililaira and their daughter are taken prisoner by her father, the King of Skoria, Lorn must call on all his resources to rescue them. Forced out of the protective walls of Jior, he must face his many enemies who use his wife and daughter as bait. King Lorn must deal with old enemies and new friends, but will he be able to tell the difference?
My favorite part of reading a series is when the second book doesn’t just act as a bridge between the first and the last, but adds more depth to the story and has purpose. Redemption of the Fallen is one of those second books! The characters, the plot, the setting – everything is enhanced and continues to grow in this novel.
Wendy L. Anderson’s writing continues to blow my mind. Like book one, the characters continue to develop. This is a very character driven novel with a wonderful plot surrounding it. The best kind of writing in my opinion, which is why I am already obsessed with this series.
Fantasy, romance intermingled with brilliant characters and a fast-paced, suspenseful and intriguing plot, Redemption of the Fallen is a journey that leaves you wanting more. Luckily, there’s a third book! Highly recommended.
Publication Date: February 27th, 2019
Publisher: Infinity Publishing
This set of adventures starts out with Princess Lyra Song, young and beautiful, stepping into maturity. She and her family attend the funeral of a dear friend. During this sad time, she pursues her hopes and dreams endeavoring to explore a betrothal with the Heir of Krickgold. However, when she is mistaken for a witch by a Lord from a neighboring country, her dreams are dangerously interrupted. Waylaid, taken prisoner and thrown into an iron cage, the delicate Princess of Jior is charged with a crime she didn’t commit and she must do whatever it takes to escape or be wrongfully executed.
Prince Vannier of Jior, known to the Ny-Failen as Little Wing, has been devastated by what happened to his sister Lyra Song, but life must go on and he goes forward with his plan to marry his childhood love. The day of the wedding ceremony he finds his betrothed with another man and now he must face devastating reality and some difficult choices. When his younger brother Dark Star goes missing, Vannier must set aside his own problems to go into the Violent Mountains and find who has taken his little brother. Amidst the turmoil of the hunt, Vannier must face danger, loss, and possible heartbreak.
Dark Star, the youngest Prince of Jior, has been changed forever by the events of his capture and he remains troubled and unable to find peace. A mysterious compelling draws him away from the safety of his home and family. He sets off on his own to investigate and finds a black castle and a beautiful sorceress in dire need of his help. Dark Star must face a demon from the Hells to free them both.
This series just keeps getting better. Wendy L. Anderson’s ability to continue to captivate me with her writing is amazing. Heirs of Jior continues the impressive epic fantasy series and I am so excited to see what happens next.
The characters just keep getting better! They are extraordinary. I feel like I know them inside and out. They feel like real people and I honestly think that’s one of the best parts of this series. There was no slacking in the character development side, and it shows.
The suspense continues to build. I found myself holding my breath through this novel as I watched the journey of the three heirs. This is such a page turner and I cannot wait to read more from Wendy L. Anderson. Highly recommended!!
Wendy L. Anderson is a Colorado native and mother of two boys. She has an English Degree from Regis University and writes books, short stories and poetry. Wendy is a devout reader of the classics, fantasy, sci-fi and historical fiction. She has decided it is time to write down the fantasies from her own mind. Writing about everything from fantastical worlds to the stuff of her dreams she takes her stories along interesting paths while portraying characters and worlds she sees in her mind’s eye. Her goal is to deviate from common themes, write in original directions and transport her reader to the worlds of her creation.
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