Cassandra Fear’s fantasy epic Land of Strength and Sorrow is a book that will take you on a rollercoaster journey through a magical kingdom where everything and everyone is dangerous and no one can be fully trusted. Read along as Jovi, heir and princess of this vast kingdom, goes to amazing lengths to reverse a past that now threatens to destroy her whole future…
First off, huge thanks to Cassandra for letting me read her book! I’m not a big fantasy fan, except for A Song of Ice and Fire and the Lord of the Rings, but I’m glad I read this one. I can’t pinpoint why exactly, but a teeny tiny element of every page in this story somehow feels familiar. I think that’s what makes it special.
Regular readers of this blog know very well how I advise starting a story with a spark and ending it with a bang. Well, no spoilers, but Cassandra did exactly that! And damn, the ending was so riveting. I was literally holding my breath to see what happened next- but it’s in the next installment of the trilogy. Hmmm, now that I think about it, I’m kind of mad that I have to wait! 🙂
Now here’s the stuff that didn’t sit right with me- the characters could have been more complex. I think that in the hurry to insert multiple events into the storyline, the characters’ personalities faded out occasionally. I love twists and turns, but too many of them make for an exhaustive read. Jovi- the main character- well, I have mixed feelings about her. There were times when I really looked up to her, but there were times when i just wanted to knock some sense into her. But then I realised how accurate it was. Ultimately, despite the haphazard characters, the storyline swept me off my feet.
So, that means, a full five stars from me!
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FROM THE BACK COVER:
One cure can save them all…
Princess Jovi’s sheltered life has taught her nothing about Orendor, the kingdom she will one day rule. Longing for adventure isn’t the same as being thrust in the middle of one, which is exactly what happens when the Frost Mages attack the castle in Kingsperch.
Determined to save her kingdom, Jovi must gather an army of brave warriors to defeat the Frost Mages and protect the people she loves. She seeks help from the bravest Mammoth Rider in all of Orendor—her fearless uncle, Meical.
Jovi will endure harrowing trials she never imagined she’d face, but as a daring new enemy emerges from the darkness, Jovi will discover a startling truth about herself that might open the door to a brand new future.
Will she choose the lives of many, or the heart of one?