Book #1 in Elisabeth Wheatley’s New Novella Series!
THRONE OF GLASS meets CONAN THE BARBARIAN.
Ensaadi Talitha of Ilios is the warlord’s heir who dreams of peace. Finally, she has the chance to broker a marriage between two feuding tribes, but her efforts are shattered when her besotted cousin claims the bridegroom.
The treachery forces Talitha and her warriors to flee back to Ilios. Only through an uneasy alliance with a band of mercenary Dunedrifters and their enigmatic leader can her people hope to make it home.
With the lives of her warriors and the safety of her city at stake, Talitha will be forced to make the hardest decisions of her life. As an ensaadi, no matter what Talitha may want, a heart is a luxury and a conscience is a curse.
ENSAADI is a 30,000 word novella and the first in the all-new WARLORDS OF THE SANDSEA romance adventure series.
(Blurb from Amazon, cover from the author’s website)
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5 stars
Aside from small grammar mistakes and misspellings, this novella was completely captivating. I read the whole thing in one sitting. Wheatley smashed it in terms of storytelling and ensuring the main character was a strong female heroine who proved herself again and again to be amazing and independent. Character development was top-notch. World-building was probably my favorite thing. New worlds always captivate me, and Wheatley’s world-building is exceptional. I would love to have had more world descriptions.
The only negative thing I would say (though I didn’t care all that much), was that some of the names for characters were tongue-twisters or simply impossible to pronounce without proper knowledge beforehand. There were several times I stumbled over names, which slowed the story for me.
Overall, ENSAADI deserves 5/5 stars from me!
About Elisabeth Wheatley
Elisabeth Wheatley began what would be her first novel at eleven and hasn’t stopped writing since. When she’s not daydreaming of elves, vampires, and/or princes in need of rescuing, she can be found wasting time on the internet, fangirling over her latest obsession, and pretending to be a functional citizen.