5 stars for Return of the Elf Lord: A tortured hero fantasy romance by @HVanlandingham #bookreview
Title: Return of the Elf Lord: A tortured hero fantasy romance (Kingdom of the Elf Lords Book 1)
Author: Heidi Vanlandingham
Genre: Fantasy Romance, Historical Fantasy
Three People. Two unforgettable decisions. One fate.
Resistance soldier Bernard Marchand would do anything to bring his family back from the dead, but in his desperation to change their fates, he alters history and nearly destroys the world. Faced with the consequences, he's horrified at what he's done. It was never supposed to be this way.
As a Huldra, Alva should have stolen her partner's life energy, drained him to the brink of death. Instead, she went against her natural instincts and helped him win the war against a dreaded enemy. However, when he inadvertently starts the countdown to Ragnarok, Alva will have to ignore the ache in her soul as she fights to save them once again.
And that's just the beginning…
An unknown enemy lurks just out of reach and interferes in their every effort to restore Earth's historical timeline. But why? What is he after? Will they be able to focus long enough to save the Nine Realms, or are they doomed to the horrific reality they unwittingly unleashed?
In a desperate attempt to save his family, Bernard changes history with devastating consequences. Bernard feels restless. You’d think after being brought back to life and without a care in the world, he’d find peace. But as the war rages on, his soldier instincts kick in. An unthinkable idea of altering history in order to save his family nags at him. He’d do anything to rescue his family, so he changes the course of history and puts in motion devastation too great to contemplate. He’s given one chance to make amends and restore the original timeline, with Alva’s help, of course. But an unseen enemy thwarts their every attempt. Who is it and what is his end game? Will Bernard and Alva be able to save the Nine Realms or is it too late?
Return of the Elf Lord is a feast for fantasy readers. Blending fantasy, military fiction, alternative history, and Norse mythology, this story delivers. I’m a huge fantasy reader and I stayed up late quite a few times reading. The characters and the world-building are what drives this plot. Heidi Vanlandingham is an insatiable researcher, and she pours out her soul in Return of the Elf Lord. From the descriptive narration to the intricate world-building, you won’t be able to stop reading Return of the Elf Lord. Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5 stars
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Heidi Vanlandingham writes action-packed stories that take place in war-torn Europe, otherworldly magical realms, and the Wild West. Her love of history finds its way into every book with enjoyably diverse characters, and every relationship is filled with a little sweet, a little heartbreak, and lots of love. Heidi’s stories transport the reader to a different place and time for understanding, compassion, and most of all, love.
Growing up in Oklahoma and living one year in Belgium gave Heidi a unique perspective regarding different cultures. She still lives in Oklahoma with her husband and youngest son. Her oldest son is in the autism spectrum and is working toward his own dreams. Heidi’s favorite things in life are laughter, paranormal romance books, music, and long road trips.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N