Title: Once We Were Kings
Author: Ian Alexander
Publisher: Dawn Treader Press
Publication Date: May 2011
Rating: 5 Stars
Once We Were Kings, is an epic fantasy tale of pure delight as we follow the story of two young people from warring kingdoms. When they first meet, it’s as mortal enemies but they find that there’s an even greater evil threatening both realms and that to defeat it, they must join together. But how can a slave and a peasant bring sworn enemies of half a millennium together?
Joshua Graham transitions from writing suspense and thrillers to the fantasy realm as Ian Alexander with flying colors. Once We Were Kings invokes awe in the reader that I’ve only felt with J.R.R. Tolkien, David Eddings and before them both, C.S. Lewis. The story is a page turner with a very driven plot and the Christian overtones feel like they’re there to spark religious conversation, much like Philip Pullman did with his His Dark Materials trilogy.
What doesn’t this book have? Magic, shapeshifters, powerful deities and characters that you love and love to hate, all of this will stay with you long after you’ve gotten to the end and leave you wanting more. This is one of those books that you cannot miss in 2011 if you’re a fantasy lover.
Thank you to Ian Alexander for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review.
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