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ONCE WE WERE KINGS [Kindle Edition]

Ian Alexander , Joshua Graham
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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(For fans of Narnia, C.S. Lewis, Rick Riordan, Terry Brooks, Terry Goodkind, Brandon Sanderson, Harry Potter, Eragon, Christopher Paolini, Robert Jordan, Tolkien, Lord of the Rings)

WINNER OF THE 2012 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARD

Once We Were Kings is the first book in Ian Alexander's Sojourner Saga, a new YA Epic Fantasy series.

From the Back Cover
In a world where the Sojourners, a nearly extinct race with preternatural abilities struggle to preserve their faith and heritage, destiny thrusts two youths from opposing nations into the heart of a centuries-old conflict.

Render, an orphan from the outskirts of the culturally enlightened Kingdom of Valdshire Tor, escapes slavery and seeks the truth about his true identity only to discover a web of conspiracies. This quest leads to the revelation of his uncanny ability to wield the destructive forces of nature.

Ahndien, sole survivor of a heinous raid on her peaceful village in the Eastern Kingdom of Tian Kuo, embarks on a journey to find her father, now a captive of Torian troops. What she uncovers surpasses anything she can imagine as she masters the ability to manipulate fire.

Guided by shape-shifting spirits, Render and Ahndien's fates collide when first they meet as mortal enemies. However, to save their people from annihilation, they must unite both kingdoms against a terrifying enemy that threatens to destroy both realms.
But how can a young slave and a peasant bring sworn enemies of half a millennium together?

ONCE WE WERE KINGS: The first book in a saga of destiny and redemption, in a world of dying hope.

"This novel will quickly take it's deserved place alongside such classics as "The Chronicles of Narnia" and George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones" --K. Price, Amazon Reviewer

About the Author:
Winner of the 2011 International Book Awards, Joshua Graham writing as Ian Alexander, wrote this book at the request of his then 6-year old son who is a fan of The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, and Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind. The request yielded not only the first book ONCE WE WERE KINGS, but a series, the sequels of which will soon be released.

ONCE WE WERE KINGS is a Young Adult Fantasy novel, but has been enjoyed by thousands of readers world wide from young adult to senior. It has been a #1 bestseller on two Religious Science Fiction & Fantasy lists on Amazon and is available in Kindle Edition and Hardcover Edition as well.


Visit the official Ian Alexander Website at: ianalex.com
On Facebook: on.fb.me/IanAlex
Twitter: @IanAlex77


Editorial Reviews

Review

"Joshua Graham transitions from suspense to epic fantasy as Ian Alexander with flying colors."
"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 Top Shelf 

"...right out of the Golden Age of fantasy..."
"...page-turning epic fantasy..."
"...elements of Tolkien..the Belgariad, the 'Adept' trilogy by Piers Anthony, and C.S. Lewis." 
--Michael Bellomo, Amazon Bestselling Author 

About the Author

About the Author:
Winner of the 2011 International Book Awards, Joshua Graham writing as Ian Alexander, wrote this book at the request of his then 6-year old son who is a fan of The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, and Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind.  The request yielded not only the first book ONCE WE WERE KINGS, but a series, the sequels of which will soon be released.
 
ONCE WE WERE KINGS is a Young Adult Fantasy novel, but has been enjoyed by thousands of readers world wide from young adult to senior.  It has been a #1 bestseller on two Religious Science Fiction & Fantasy lists on Amazon and is available in Kindle Edition and Hardcover Edition as well. 
 
 
Visit the official Ian Alexander Website at: ianalex.com
On Facebook: facebook.com/IanAlex70
Twitter: @IanAlex77

Product Details

  • File Size: 540 KB
  • Print Length: 490 pages
  • Publisher: Dawn Treader Press; 3.1 edition (April 23, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Z5FFRS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,018 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Once We Were Kings is an amazing epic adventure that will take the reader on an unforgettable journey like no other.

As I settled in with my Kindle and it's newest arrival, Once We Were Kings, I was not truly sure what to expect. I knew it was dubbed an "epic fantasy", and of course the synopsis, which caught my intrigue. Previously, I had found myself in a bit of one of those horrid reading slumps (nasty things), which I was looking to be released from. With that in mind, I clicked to the beginning of Once We Were Kings...

Nasty reading slump... BE GONE... I was immediately sucked into the story, it's words absorbing me and surrounding me with amazing imagery, emotion and distinctiveness like none other I had ever read before. The language that Mr. Alexander uses is truly poetic and beautiful, as well as enduring to the time period for which the dialog and tale is written.

The tale of a young boy, Render, whose life has been one of strife and heartache, as well as a young girl, Ahndien, who finds herself alone, after her family and village has been brutally raided, held me entranced from beginning to end. Once We Were Kings begins by telling the story of Render and Ahndien, each in their own settings, each believing the other's people are evil, vile and bloodthirsty. Circumstances soon bring the two youths together to bring peace to a warring and unforgiving realm. After centuries of battles, it is time for the two kingdoms, the Kingdom of Valdshire Tor and the Eastern Kingdom of Tian Kuo to join and become one Kingdom in peace. It is up to Render and Ahndien to make this peace a reality and overcome the evil that is trying to overcome and prevail.

Once We Were Kings is a story of Heaven vs. Hell, goodness vs. evil.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Magic October 21, 2011
Format:Hardcover
I liked the inventive magic which Mr. Alexander used. Most epic fantasies tend to stay in the well trod ground of European folklore (even if it is Middle Earth), but this one ventures out into Asia, which was a nice change. I especially like the shape changing into animals which he used. The characters were interesting and had believable conflicts and emotions. I would definitely put this in the YA or middle grade category.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Writing and Awkward Allegory February 27, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I bought this for my Kindle under its original title The Kobalt Dragon due to to the glowing reviews. I found it impossible to finish, and how anyone could compare this writer to C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien amazes me. The writing is awkward,full of errors, and the plot meandering, and the religious allegory is heavy-handed and overdone. Tolkien disliked allegory, and this book makes me see why. Stick to Narnia and Middle-Earth, or read Lloyd Alexander, Susan Cooper, or Guy Gavriel Kay if you want well-written and original fantasy. Or if you like religious fiction read The Screwtape Letters by Lewis or The Pilgrim's Progress by Bunyan. This book is badly written fantasy and simplistic allegory. For good fantasy with a strong moral element consider Susan Cooper, or Guy Gavriel Kay.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Action packed July 12, 2013
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A good adventure book for boys (teens) which include magic and fantasy. It's a little unfocused at times, but has lots of action, fighting, and mystery. I enjoyed reading it even if I'm not a teen boy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and refreshing fast-paced fantasy. July 14, 2014
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This is an excellent fantasy with lots of plot twists and surprises that keeps you turning the pages. The storyline is unique with religious undertone and has good and evil types of characters that are a refreshing break from orcs and goblins .i look forward to the sequel!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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it was a riveting read I could hardly put it down. I purchased 3 more books by this author more volumes please.
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5.0 out of 5 stars incredible story line! November 19, 2013
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Love, love this writer. This the first book I have read by Joshua, and I gotta tell you it blew my mind! Felt like he was describing what is happening right now on our planet. Get ready folks, Valahandra is Alive and Well!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Enjoyed the story very much although some of the it is a little over the top. But I'd recommend the book to younger readers in the late teen and early adult age group. Or to anyone who loves to get away from reality a bit. I did like the connections made to the Biblical story and the struggle we face in the spirit realm.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow
Developed extremely slowly;very little action and much endless conversation. I kept waiting for it to get better but it never did. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Guillermo
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, page turner
4 stars. It was an old story but the writer kept it new. Good depictions of the battle scenes. Would buy the next book in the series
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully winning
The story kept me interested and wanting to read just one more page even as I was falling asleep far into the night. I look forward to the next book from Ian Alexander!
Published 9 months ago by Mary Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic
I love it, fantasy to the max. It made me think of the best anime I have ever seen. Ann MacCafery fans this is a must.worth the dollar i paied. Love it.
Published 9 months ago by Kitty Edica
3.0 out of 5 stars By RMC
I enjoyed the first part of the book the most & how God & the Word was incorporated, but then it transformed into much more like Asian religious beliefs mixed with some... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ruth Cowan
2.0 out of 5 stars Not at all what I expected
The worldview presented in the book is not consistent with Christianity like I expected. Throwing in a bunch of Bible phrases and King James English is not enough to convert a... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Walter J. Beckmann
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic inspired story!
The beauty, tragedy, & ultimate sacrifice & deliverance from evil is an amazing adventure. I particularly loved the part when Valandrah asked Render if he was ready to be king. Read more
Published 11 months ago by James S. Ermerins
5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting
He reminds me of C.S. Lewis. It is an uplifting book. His son is very lucky to have a father to write something like this for him.
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
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