Review:Warrior of the World

Jeffe Kennedy’s third book in the Chronicles of Dasnaria series is a magnificent addition to the series. This book finds Jenna/Ivariel recovering from her battle to free herself from her abusive husband. If you haven’t read Exile of the Seas (reviewed here) the second book in this series, you are missing out on one of the best revenge fight scenes ever written.

What I loved about Warrior of the World: world building so rich I got lost in it; elephants, yes, freaking battle elephants; the way Jenna/Ivariel finally embraced her inner strength and responded to the challenge of war by taking advantage of the negotiating skills she learned as a princess, and her deadly fighting skills ultimately embracing her destiny and calling. I was particularly impressed with the skillful way Jeffe addressed Jenna’s past sexual abuse, writing with the sensitivity and respect that such a fraught storyline deserves.

This book would work as a stand-alone but will be a richer reading experience if it is read as the third book in the series.

Jeffe Kennedy has once again crafted a beautiful, evocative narrative with solid character ARCs, and best of all, an epilogue that weaves this collection of novels into the Twelve Kingdoms/ Uncharted Realms series. As a fan of both series, I can’t wait to see how this will tie into The Twelve Kingdoms/ The Uncharted Realms series, because, let’s be real, Battle Elephants!


Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author whose works include novels, non-fiction, poetry, and short fiction. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her award-winning fantasy romance trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms hit the shelves starting in May 2014. Book 1, The Mark of the Tala, received a starred Library Journal review and was nominated for the RT Book of the Year while the sequel, The Tears of the Rose received a Top Pick Gold and was nominated for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2014. The third book, The Talon of the Hawk, won the RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2015. Two more books followed in this world, beginning the spin-off series The Uncharted Realms. Book one in that series, The Pages of the Mind, has also been nominated for the RT Reviewer’s Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2016 and is a finalist for RWA’s RITA Award. The second book, The Edge of the Blade, released December 27, 2016, and was a PRISM finalist, along with The Pages of the Mind. The next in the series, The Shift of the Tide, released August, 2017. A high fantasy trilogy taking place in The Twelve Kingdoms world is forthcoming from Rebel Base books in 2018. She also introduced a new fantasy romance series, Sorcerous Moons, which includes Lonen’s War, Oria’s Gambit, The Tides of Bàra, and The Forests of Dru. She’s begun releasing a new contemporary erotic romance series, Missed Connections, which started with Last Dance and continues in With a Prince. In 2019, St. Martins Press will release the first book in a new fantasy romance series, Throne of Flowers. Her other works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns; the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion; an erotic contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera; and the erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under, which includes Going Under, Under His Touch and Under Contract. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine. Jeffe can be found online at her website:, every Sunday at the popular SFF Seven blog, on Facebook, on Goodreads and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy. She is represented by Sarah Younger of Nancy Yost Literary Agency.


Brenda Murphy writes short fiction and novels. She loves tattoos and sideshows and yes, those are her monkeys.  When she is not loitering at her local tea shop and writing, she wrangles two kids, one dog, and an unrepentant parrot.  She reviews books, blogs about life as a writer with ADHD and publishes photographs on her blog Writing While Distracted. You can find her on Facebook by clicking here. Sign up for my email list at