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Lonen's Reign

Lonen's Reign, April 2019
Sorcerous Moons #6
by Jeffe Kennedy

Brightlynx Publishing
Featuring: Oria; Lonen
ISBN: 0161319572
EAN: 2940161319574
Kindle: B07NJDCQBX
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"Warring kingdoms united under newly married lovers..."

Fresh Fiction Review

Lonen's Reign
Jeffe Kennedy

Reviewed by Make Kay
Posted March 28, 2019

Fantasy Saga

LONEN'S REIGN in the final book in the Sorcerous Moons series by fantasy author Jeffe Kennedy. Coming in at under 200 (eBook) pages, this is a quick wrap up to the story of sorceress Ora from the kingdom of Bára and her husband Lonen, the new barbarian king of Dru. I've followed as Oria figured out how her people imprisoned her, literally and knowledge-wise, and I love how she's coming into her own. She's figured out how to flex her magical muscles and it's very empowering.

In the final book, Oria and Lonen must head back to Ori's kingdom of Bara to fight her evil brother, so that the Baran will stop attacking the Dru. Lonen has finally won the crown of Dru from his crazed and corrupted brother and leads his warriors against the foul forces of Baran. Oria and Lonen must act separately for a good part of the book, using their own areas of strength to help turn the tide in the fight. I love how Lonen successfully fights his protective impulses to let Oria shine as an active magical combatant, despite his barbarian upbringing. Hooray for "woke" barbarians!

In LONEN'S REIGN, Oria and Lonen finally undergo formal wedding rites and have figured out how to circumvent Oria's earlier magical intolerance of human touch. So there is a lot of sexual activity in this book. And Lonen is thinking about sex. A lot. A. LOT. Which makes sense if you're the character who has not been able to consummate your marriage for months, but does detract from the adventure/battle portion of the story for me. You'd think a warrior facing the battle for his life and his kingdom would be able to concentrate a little better but perhaps not!

This has been a fun series, and Kennedy's world of magic and warring kingdoms is fascinating. It will be a pleasure to see where Kennedy turns her attention to next in the large Twelve Kingdoms world for her next series focus. Kennedy's LONEN'S REIGN brings us a happy conclusion to warring magical kingdoms and leaves us with a king and queen happily in love and in lust.

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SUMMARY

A Looming Threat

The sorceress Oria has finally come into her own—able to wield the power of her birthright and secure in the marriage she once believed would bring her only misery. But the past she escaped still chases her, and the certainty of war promises to destroy everything she’s fought to have.

An Impossible War

Once before Lonen led an army in a desperate attempt to stop the powerfully murderous sorcerers of Bára—and he nearly lost everything. Now he must return to the battlefield that took the lives of so many of his people. Only this time he has more to risk than ever.

The Final Conflict

With guile, determination—and unexpected allies—Oria and Lonen return to the place where it all began… and only hope that it won’t also be the end of them.

Excerpt

“Just a few more moments of your patience, Your Highness,” the healer Baeltya said, her tone abstracted as she concentrated.

Lonen stared up at the patterned, arched ceiling of Arill’s Temple, counting the interweaving strips of wood yet again. There were one thousand and fifty-two in the central spiral. He should be grateful for Arill’s magic—and Her dedicated priestesses who devoted themselves to healing— which made convalescence so much faster, if profoundly uncomfortable. Mostly, however, he chafed at the enforced inactivity. Much easier not to get injured in the first place.

At least his mother, who’d initially taken care of the gut wound he’d received from his brother Nolan during their duel, had left the follow-up care to Baeltya. The junior healer didn’t lecture him the way Vycayla, as both the dowager queen and his mother, seemed to feel entitled to do. Not only entitled, but compelled.

If he didn’t need her help to ensure he and Oria could officially marry with Arill’s blessing, according to Destrye law, he’d be tempted to tell his mother to go back to her hermitage already.

The wedding ceremony was a stupid formality, really. With the duel over and Lonen’s claim to the throne of Dru secured, he could declare Oria his wife and Queen of the Destrye once and for all. They’d fought hard enough for it. It still stuck in his craw that he’d had to fight his brother for it.

“Try not to twitch, Your Highess,” Baeltya said, sounding more emphatic and less vague. “This is a delicate piece.”

“I wouldn’t want you to meld my intestines to my bladder after all,” he commented wryly.

“You laugh, but given the previous state of your intestines, that’s not impossible,” she replied in a tart tone, her healing magic twisting in parts of his gut he wished he didn’t know about. “That final blow could’ve killed you—likely would’ve killed a man in less robust condition—so maybe spend this time contemplating your gratitude to Arill for Her healing gifts.”

“I’m grateful,” he grumbled. Though he’d much rather be with Oria and his mother as they sorted through Nolan’s psyche. He couldn’t decide if it made him feel better or worse that Nolan’s rebellion and treachery might have been fueled by a sorcerous taint from his time in Bára. And Arnon… Lonen didn’t know what to make of his younger brother’s changeable loyalty. First Arnon had backed Nolan’s challenge, then—apparently somehow swayed by their mother Vycayla’s return from self-imposed exile—he had refused to act as Nolan’s second.

So ironic that they accused Lonen of being enchanted and duped by his sorceress wife to the point they questioned his devotion to Dru, and now Oria was the only person he felt he could fully trust.

He sighed heavily.

“Your Highness…”

“That was a sigh, not a twitch.”

She laughed. “I don’t envy Oria in managing you if you’re always this difficult.”


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