Thursday, January 31, 2019

4.5 Wine #Review for WARRIOR OF THE WORLD by Jeffe Kennedy!

Title: Warrior of the World
Series: The Chronicles of Dasnaria #3
Author: Jeffe Kennedy
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Format: kindle 168 pages
Published: January 8th, 2019 by Rebel Base Books
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: NetGalley
Reviewer: Lexi
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Wine Glasses
Just beyond the reach of the Twelve Kingdoms, avarice, violence, strategy, and revenge clash around a survivor who could upset the balance of power all across the map . . .
Once Ivariel thought elephants were fairy tales to amuse children. But her ice-encased childhood in Dasnaria’s imperial seraglio was lacking in freedom and justice.. With a new name and an assumed identity as a warrior priestess of Danu, the woman once called Princess Jenna is now a fraud and a fugitive. But as she learns the ways of the beasts and hones new uses for her dancer’s strength, she moves one day further from the memory of her brutal husband. Safe in hot, healing Nyambura, Ivariel holds a good man at arm’s length and trains for the day she’ll be hunted again.

She knows it’s coming. She’s not truly safe, not when her mind clouds with killing rage at unpredictable moments. Not when patient Ochieng’s dreams of a family frighten her to her bones. But it still comes as a shock to Ivariel when long-peaceful Nyambura comes under attack. Until her new people look to their warrior priestess and her elephants to lead them . . .

Lexi’s Thoughts:
WARRIOR OF THE WORLD is a wonderful closure to the Chronicles of Dasnaria series as it brings healing and love for Ivariel/Jenna. 

Ivariel’s story has been a long one, not in actual time but in the length of her journey. It is easy to forget how young she truly is, her actions and attitude match those of someone well beyond her years. But it is the life lessons she has survived and experienced that give her this. And she finally finds love and forgiveness. 

Book two, EXILE OF THE SEAS, was a powerful read because Ivariel went through some tough internal transformation. Now, in WARRIOR OF THE WORLD, Ivariel must complete her transformation with Ochieng. 

He’s been patient, he coaxes her, he offers her understanding, and he listens. Ochieng is one amazing man. And he becomes a very tender lover. 

There isn’t a lot of action in this final installment. There are some attacks from down the river and there is a great tie-in to an event in the Twelve Kingdoms series. But the majority of the book is in Ivariel’s head as she is healing, communicating and commiserating with the elephants, and learning what it means to be in a loving relationship with Ochieng. 

A great read for those who have followed the series. And thankfully we aren’t done entirely with this world because we know Kennedy will bring us a little more of the Twelve Kingdoms!

Suggested Reading Order:
Book #1 Prisoner of the Crown

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