Book Of The Day – Once We Were Kings

by Greg on October 6, 2011

Today’s Book Of The Day is an Epic Fantasy from one of ENT’s favorite authors. ONCE WE WERE KINGS by Ian Alexander (aka Joshua Graham) has a 4.0 star rating and is $3.97. This books has many rave reviews so if you’re a fan of fantasy, or just like a great book, make sure to check this one out!

“Joshua Graham transitions from suspense to the fantasy as Ian Alexander with flying colors.”
“invokes awe in the reader that I’ve only felt with J.R.R. Tolkien, David Eddings and before them both, C.S. Lewis.”

–The Top Shelf

by Ian Alexander
Rating: 4.0 Stars
Category: Epic Fantasy
Price: $3.97


In a world where the Sojourners, a nearly extinct race with preternatural abilities struggle to preserve their faith and heritage, destiny thrusts two youths from opposing nations into the heart of a centuries-old conflict.

Render, an orphan from the outskirts of the culturally enlightened Kingdom of Valdshire Tor, escapes slavery and seeks the truth about his true identity only to discover a web of conspiracies. This quest leads to the revelation of his uncanny ability to wield the destructive forces of nature.

Ahndien, sole survivor of a heinous raid on her peaceful village in the Eastern Kingdom of Tian Kuo, embarks on a journey to find her father, now a captive of Torian troops. What she uncovers surpasses anything she can imagine as she masters the ability to manipulate fire.

Guided by shape-shifting spirits, Render and Ahndien’s fates collide when first they meet as mortal enemies. However, to save their people from annihilation, they must unite both kingdoms against a terrifying enemy that threatens to destroy both realms.
But how can a young slave and a peasant bring sworn enemies of half a millennium together?

ONCE WE WERE KINGS: The first book in a saga of destiny and redemption, in a world of dying hope.

Winner of the 2011 International Book Awards, Joshua Graham writing as Ian Alexander
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Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

Mr. Alexander’s writing drew me into the story. I could easily envision the way different characters would sound and how they moved. Kudos to him for doing a great job setting up the scenes and characters. Putting my ereader down to go to bed was a challenge that first night!


I sat down to read it on Monday night, and had it finished by Tuesday evening. It was just THAT good! The characters were striking and the plot line gripping enough to hold my attention. It’s truly amazing to see a writer so talented that they can write in multiple genres. Not many can do that and still earn praises for both genres from me. Ian Alexander, aka Joshua Graham, can do just that.


Once We Were Kings is a magical and emotional tale (I often found my heart gripped within sadness, as well as bursting with joy). I was truly blown away by the magnificent of the story and truly cannot recommend it enough. Compared to The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, I found myself agreeing with this likeness. Though Once We Were Kings has a delightful and wonderful uniqueness all its own. A true classic in the making.

Get Once We Were Kings here: ONCE WE WERE KINGS

About The Author


When Ian Alexander’s debut epic fantasy novel ONCE WE WERE KINGS first launched in ebook format in May 2011, it instantly hit three bestseller lists on and Barnes & Noble. Mr. Alexander first wrote in the fantasy genre because of a commission by a very important and influential person: His 6-year old son.

ONCE WE WERE KINGS is the legacy left to Mr. Alexander’s children and the first in a series of epic fantasy novels which appeals to readers ages 8 through 98.

The Top Shelf said of ONCE WE WERE KINGS:

“…invokes awe in the reader that I’ve only felt with J.R.R. Tolkien, David Eddings and before them both, C.S. Lewis.”

When writing as Joshua Graham, many of his readers blame him for sleepless nights, arriving to work late, neglected household chores and family members, and not allowing them to put the book down. Graham’s Barnes & Noble multiple-category #1 bestselling novel BEYOND JUSTICE won the 2011 International Book Awards

BEYOND JUSTICE, THE ACCIDENTAL EXORCIST, THE ACCIDENTAL HERO, THE ACCIDENTAL HEALER, and DEATH AND TAXES, have reached the top of multiple bestseller list on Barnes & Noble topping titles by John Grisham, Michael Connelly, Linda Fairstein, Scott Turrow and James Lee Burke, Ted Dekker and Steven James. Soaring to the top of the Barnes & Noble lists, BEYOND JUSTICE recently hit #1 in the Legal Thriller and Christian Thriller categories, topping by John Grisham, Joel C. Rosenberg, and Michael Connelly. It has also remained on the top 100 bestselling Kindle bestseller list months after its release.

Suspense Magazine listed BEYOND JUSTICE in its BEST OF 2010, alongside titles by Scott Turrow, Ted Dekker, Steven James and Brad Thor. BEYOND JUSTICE also won a finalist award in the 2010 San Diego Book Awards.

Publishers Weekly described BEYOND JUSTICE as:
“…A riveting legal thriller…. breaking new ground with a vengeance… demonically entertaining and surprisingly inspiring.”

Ian Alexander grew up in Brooklyn, NY where he lived for the better part of 30 years. He holds a Bachelor and Master’s Degree and went on to earn his doctorate from Johns Hopkins University. During his time in Maryland, he taught as a professor at Shepherd College (WV), Western Maryland College, and Columbia Union College (MD). Today he lives with his beautiful wife and children in Southern California.

Graham’s next Suspense Thriller DARKROOM will be published by Simon & Schuster/Howard Books in May 2012

Thank you for considering today’s Book Of The Day – Ian Alexander and ENT appreciate it.

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