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About Aleksandra Layland
Aleksandra Layland is a retired civil engineer and federal civil servant who worked primarily for the United States Air Force as a senior installation engineering manager responsible for buildings, airfields, infrastructure, fire protection, and emergency preparedness. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Western Caroline Islands where she helped build school classrooms and cafeterias, low income housing, and simple village water distribution systems. Her other interests include arts and crafts, family genealogy, religion and spirituality, fostering peace in the world, and enjoying retirement with family and friends.
The Windflower Saga is comprised of the following volumes which trace the lives of members of the fictional Ansgar ducal family against a background of struggles between forces such as good and evil, love and hate, and war and peace. The series is a unique blending of traditional love stories and adventure and action stories in a medieval-like "other world" setting with serious spiritual and moral themes which are addressed in an overall uplifting tone. For all that the characters may face harsh realities, the story of the Ansgar family is a happy one reflecting lives of service to their community and nation and a deep dedication to preserving the language, culture, and values of a unique indigenous culture.
Part I of the Trilogy:
"Ansgar: The Struggle of a People. The Triumph of the Heart."
Also available in an abridged edition.
Novellas and Stories Related to Part I:
"The Feathered Crown"
"Three Brothers of Ansgar"
"Bright Star, A Pony of the Kimbrii, A Windflower Saga Story for Kids"
"Tiyo, The Dog Who Saved Ansgar, A Windflower Saga Story for Kids"
Part II of the Trilogy:
"Of Wisdom and Valor: The Art of War. The Path of Peace."
Also available in an abridged edition.
Novellas and Stories Related to Part II:
"Bind Not the Heart"
"Leofric of Longridge"
"Keri and Kalina, A Windflower Saga Chapter Book"
"Golden Skye of Ansgar, A Windflower Saga Middle Grade Novel"
Part III of the Trilogy:
"Far Haven: A Quest for Certitude. A Fight for Justice."
Also available in an abridged edition.
Novellas and Stories Related to Part III:
"Courage of Ansgar"
"Swords of Ansgar"
"The Ansgar Treasury"
"The Wisdom and Valor Treasury"
"The Far Haven Treasury"
Large print editions of all three novels and four of the novellas are also available.
(being written) "The World of The Windflower Saga, An Illustrated Companion and Author's Commentary"
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Written in loose rhyme, In a Land Far Away tells of a dream. A child travels to a land far away and encounters animal and human friends as the journey passes from high mountains through a river canyon and desert and finally reaches the sea shore. The overall theme is friendship and racial amity while the setting is one of imagination and adventure.
Some of the characters and the scenery are based on the epic fantasy Windflower Saga collection of novels, novellas, and books for younger readers and introduces children to the fantasy world of Kimbria and several of its human and animal characters.
The Wisdom and Valor Treasury is a collection of epic fantasy and romance stories set in medieval-like world. Generations have passed since the flourishing of the Kingdom of Kimbria under its first Golden Age, when King Ansgar and then his daughter Queen Keridwen I ruled with integrity, justice, and benevolence.
Corruption is now rampant in all levels of society and the common people suffer under poor governance while the Royal Council keeps the throne empty so it may continue as Regent and its members may line their own pockets with bribes and the diversion of tax monies from the Royal Treasury for their personal use. Finally, the people cry out for a new monarch.
The Council elects the Lady Keridwen, the young Duchess of Ansgar, as Queen and orders her to marry a fearsome mercenary warlord. Known as Leofric Longsword after the unique, curved Helvellyn sword that he wields with the skill of master, he fetches Keridwen from the remote convent where she’s lived for 20 years since she was orphaned as a toddler, but he takes her to his distant castle instead, not to the Palace so she can take the throne. The Royal Council, and in particular its "evil genius" Lord Gethin, has no intention that she will ever rule.
When Leofric falls in love with the young duchess, he must choose between his loyalty to his mercenary contract and his love for his wife. What ensues is a heroic struggle against greed, evil, and conspiracy, with the lives and freedom of the Kimbrian people hanging in the balance.
There is a wide variety of secondary characters as well, the most prominent of whom is Leofric's trusted lieutenant, Lord Wulfgar, the skilled and able general who will be a key in the battle against the forces of the Palace Guards. There is also a strong blending of romance from start to finish in the love stories of Leofric and Keridwen, Wulfgar and a widow named Goddy, and other characters.
This omnibus edition includes not only the novel "Of Wisdom and Valor: The Art of War. The Path of Peace." (Part II of The Windflower Saga trilogy) but also three related novellas: "Bind Not the Heart," "Leofric of Longridge," and the first part of "Swords of Ansgar."
"Bind Not the Heart" unveils more of the history of Leofric's and Keridwen's families, including the love story of Keridwen's parents. It also tells more of the life of Sister Ermentrude, Keridwen's godmother and cousin, who raises Keridwen from the age of two, after her parents are murdered.
"Leofric of Longridge" is a Young Adult cross-over which takes place when Leofric is a fourteen-year-old orphan being raised by the monks of Longridge Monastery. It describes the tragic event that changed the course of his life and his first meeting with Wulfgar. Even a fearsome warlord was once a youth of fourteen with anything but war on his mind.
The first part of "Swords of Ansgar" is about Leofric's and Keridwen's granddaughter, named Keridwen Rose of Ansgar, and her fascination with the Helvellyn sword. It also gives a glimpse of Lady Keridwen in her later years.
Part II of The Windflower Saga epic romantic fantasy trilogy, "Of Wisdom and Valor" is set in a time not now and in a world not of our own.
Generations have passed since the flourishing of the Kingdom of Kimbria under its first Golden Age. Corruption is rampant and the common people suffer under poor governance. Finally, they cry out for a monarch to replace the greedy Royal Council. Acting as Regent, the Council elects Lady Keridwen, the young Duchess of Ansgar, as the new Queen and orders her to marry a fearsome mercenary warlord, Lord Leofric. He fetches her from the remote convent where she’s lived for 20 years, but he takes her to his distant castle, not to the Palace so she can take the throne. The Royal Council has no intention that she will ever rule. What ensues is a heroic battle against greed, evil, and conspiracy, with the lives and freedom of the Kimbrian people hanging in the balance.
Tiyo is a herding dog. His friend Dara, another herdimg dog, is missing. With his owner, a young woman who is a clan chief named Keholani, he searches for Dara. They find her in a cave. They also find a young man who is badly injured. Tiyo runs to the village to get help while Keholani remains with the injured man. Dara has had puppies. Keholani brings the puppies home to safety. Tiyo and Dara are very happy.
Set in a time not now and in a world not of our own, centuries have passed since the Kingdom of Kimbria became a crowned republic. Peace and prosperity foster its entrance into an age of scientific discovery and early industrial development. Even so, pirates and crime rings continue to operate throughout the region, and injustice still rears its ugly head. A man sick in body, mind, and spirit stands on the deck of a steamship approaching the southern coast of Kimbria. He’s travelled far to come here. Disgraced and dishonored in his own homeland, convicted of a crime he can’t even remember, he’s lost any hope in his future. All he can think of now is silencing the screams he hears in the nightmares that disturb his sleep. Married by proxy and in name only to a widow he’s never met, exiled from all he holds dear, he can’t imagine that the rugged cliffs before him will lead the way to love, healing, and justice.
Set in the medieval-like world of Kimbria, it tells the story of the eldest mixed-race son of King Ansgar and High Chief Keholani, who are the romantic protagonists in the epic fantasy novel "Ansgar: The struggle of a People. The Triumph of the Heart." (Part I of the Windflower Saga trilogy). Named Lord Branimir Rongo of Ansgar at birth and later known as Brother Branimir, he is is one of few characters mentioned in all three parts of The Windflower Saga trilogy without being a major character in any of them.
What brought the eldest son in a royal family to a rugged island far from home, wearing only the robe of a lay brother and searching for any indigenous survivors of a cruel and unjust exile? This is the story of a young man born to nobility who chooses a life of simplicity, service, and struggle. This is a story of love in its broadest sense and truest meaning. For a reader unfamiliar with The Windflower Saga, it’s a blend of adventure, romance, and self-discovery.
For readers familiar with the story of Ansgar, “Far Endeavor" solves the mystery of Keholani's lost family, who left Kimbria when she was only 8 years old and were never heard of again. It also tells the charming romance stories of Branimir's next two siblings in age, his brother Kahu and his sister Keho. But the major part of the novella is devoted to Branimir's own journey, from his comfortable role as a future professor at a prestigious university, to his finding and helping the only other intact and extant, albeit threatened, indigenous community in the region to survive under precarious conditions and threat of annihilation. In this, he mirrors his own father's life and service to the Kimbrii people of Kimbria.
"Far Endeavor" is an inspiring tale of one man's journey to move beyond his assumed future in life, to find that something so much broader and bigger in impact awaits him. Branimir is a hero who doesn't fight for justice with weapons of steel, but with weapons of law, learning, love, and devotion.
A child travels to a land far away and encounters animal friends as he journeys from high mountain meadows, through a river canyon, down to the sea shore. There he meets the children Keri and Kalina, and the youth Leofric, to ride horses along the beach, go fishing, and play. Suddenly he wakes up and realizes it was all in his imagination. He was dreaming.
Illustrations include mountains and meadows, ponies and horses, a dog, a river canyon, a desert, a sunny sky with a bird, the sea shore, the young girls Keri and Kalina, and the youth Leofric.
Bright Star the pony and Tiyo the dog are from "Ansgar" (part I of the Windflower Saga trilogy); Keri, Kalina, and Leofric are from "Of Wisdom and Valor" (part II of the trilogy) though also featured in their own books for younger readers: "Keri and Kalina, A Windflower Saga Chapter Book" and "Leofric of Longridge, A Windflower Saga Novella" which is suitable for young adult readers.
Set in a medieval-like world, "Golden Skye of Ansgar" is a short middle-grade story based on characters from the epic fantasy novel "Of Wisdom and Valor: The Art of War. The Path of Peace." (Part II of the Windflower Saga trilogy). It features a royal family with young children aged from toddlers to twelve years old, their friends, and their animals including horses, ponies, a dog, a cat, and three parrots. Golden Skye is the name of a beautiful golden warhorse mare sent to Queen Keridwen as a gift. In the stable of the Royal Palace, she makes many new friends. Everyone liked her. She was gentle yet brave, calm yet strong, playful yet ready to work hard. Whenever her friends needed help, they knew they could count on her, and Skye becomes involved in several adventures. This book introduces young readers to the characters of King Leofric and Queen Keridwen, the protagonists of "Of Wisdom and Valor" at a stage in their lives when they have only their youngest children at home, and are themselves becoming grandparents for the first time. The story takes place over a four year period, and the older children are sixteen years old by the end of it and ready to embark on their young adult lives. The story gives examples of family and friendship, the care of animals, and qualities of patience, steadfastness, and courage.
This edition differs from the first edition in size (8"x10" rather than #6x9"), format (color rather than black and white), additional illustrations, and the addition of the short story "Fly, Percy, Fly!" which tells the true life story of Percy the parrot, for whom a fictional parrot character in "Golden Skye" is named.
Set in the Kingdom of Kimbria but at two different time frames, “Swords of Ansgar” tells the adventures and sweet romances of two members of the royal Ansgar family.
Keridwen Rose of Ansgar is the young granddaughter of Lord Leofric and Lady Keridwen, the heroic protagonists of the epic fantasy novel "Of Wisdom and Valor: The Art of War. The Path of Peace." (Part II of the Windflower Saga trilogy). She lives in a medieval-like time. Her love for the unique Helvellyn sword, which her grandfather wielded as a master, inspires her to leave home and study "The Way of the Sword," a philosophy of life based on virtue and justice, by marrying a Helvellyn sword master whom she has just met. However, she didn’t anticipate their ship being attacked at sea by pirates who threatened all their lives.
Far into the future of Kimbria, another young woman in the Ansgar family also has an interest in studying the Helvellyn sword; however, she does so as a world-class fencing athlete. Kimbria “Kimmy” Ke’ilani is the daughter of the Queen of Kimbria, who is mentioned briefly in "Far Haven: A Quest for Certitude. A Fight for Justice." (Part III of the Windflower Saga trilogy). , lives in a far more advanced technological age. Kimmy is also inspired to leave her home and follow "The Way of the Sword" when she encounters a sword master from the Helvellyn school. However, a crime syndicate has other plans for her when she inadvertently stumbles into their activities and they are shut down.
On its own, this novella is simply an entertaining story about women who are devoted to the study of fencing, and it can be enjoyed by both adult and young adult readers alike. The romantic elements are clean and sweet.
For fans of the Windflower Saga, this story provides two things of more interest: First, a more detailed glimpse at the return of Lady Keridwen to Kimbria in her elder years, and her introduction to her grandchildren there, as they were all born while she was outside the Kingdom. It also carries the royal Ansgar family into the space age and shows the continuing care and preservation of the indigenous Kimbrii culture through their mixed-race descendants.
The two parts of “Swords of Ansgar” are also separately included in “The Wisdom and Valor Treasury” and “The Far Haven Treasury,” recipients of a Silver Medal in Fantasy Fiction and a Gold Medal in Romance in the 2017 FAPA (Florida Authors and Publishers Association) Book Contest.
Medalist 2019 Florida Authors and publishers Association President's Book Awards.
This is an abridged edition of "Ansgar: The Struggle of a People. The Triumph of the Heart. (Part I of the Windflower Saga trilogy) by Aleksandra Layland. Abridged by the author herself, it provides a shorter version of the novel to appeal to a wider range of both adult and young adult readers. The Windflower Saga trilogy is set in a time not now and in a world not of our own. It tells the story of Ansgar, his indigenous wife Keholani, and their mixed-race descendants. Part I ("Ansgar") is the story of the founding of the family in their secret homeland. A hundred years after the colonial wars, Kimbria is finally a unified kingdom but with residual laws and attitudes of a racist nature towards the indigenous people called the Kimbrii. A young man, dressed only in the robe of a monk, wanders alone in the southern Wastelands, searching for the remnants of the Kimbrii, whose culture is on the brink of extinction. He’s come to help them, but instead finds himself near death until he opens his eyes and sees her… a woman unlike any he’s ever seen before... a clan chief and leader of her people. She’ll save him from death and quietly captivate his heart. He’ll defy the conventions of the time and marry her, revealing his true identity, and founding a family that will change the future of Kimbria forever.
Part III of the epic romantic fantasy The Windflower Saga, "Far Haven" is set in a time not now and in a world not of our own. Centuries have passed since the Kingdom of Kimbria became a crowned republic. Peace and prosperity foster its entrance into an age of scientific discovery and early industrial development. Even so, pirates and crime rings continue to operate throughout the region, and injustice still rears its ugly head. A man sick in body, mind, and spirit stands on the deck of a steamship approaching the southern coast of Kimbria. He’s traveled far to come here. Disgraced and dishonored in his own homeland, convicted of a crime he can’t even remember, he’s lost any hope in his future. All he can think of now is silencing the screams he hears in the nightmares that disturb his sleep. Married by proxy and in name only to a widow he’s never met, exiled from all he holds dear, he can’t imagine that the rugged cliffs before him will lead the way to love, healing, and justice.