Book Of The Day – Once We Were Kings

by Greg on November 25, 2011

Today’s Book Of The Day is a highly rated award winning Epic Fantasy. Once We Were Kings: Book I of the Sojourner Saga by Ian Alexander has a great 4.5 star rating and is only $2.99!

“…right out of the Golden Age of fantasy…”
“…page-turning epic fantasy…”
“…elements of Tolkien..the Belgariad, the ‘Adept’ trilogy by Piers Anthony, and C.S. Lewis.”
–Michael Bellomo, Amazon Bestselling Author

Once We Were Kings: Book I of the Sojourner Saga
by Ian Alexander
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Category: Epic Fantasy
Price: $2.99


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– Award-Winning Finalist in the SciFi/Fantasy category of The USA “Best Books 2011” Awards

– Award-Winning Finalist in the Young Adult Fiction category of The USA “Best Books 2011” Awards

– Award Winner in the 2011 Forward National Literature Awards in the Teen/Young Adult category


Joshua Graham writing as Ian Alexander

Two kingdoms, five centuries, one destiny

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.

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

“Once We Were Kings” by bestselling author, Joshua Graham (“Beyond Justice”) writing as Ian Alexander, is the stunning story of a civilization searching for its identity – both tangible and spiritual. Yet, within this well worn framework, Alexander weaves a tale as rousing and inspiring as any book in modern fiction. Without tipping anyone off to the intricacies of the detailed plot, suffice it to say that this novel will quickly take it’s deserved place alongside such classics as “The Chronicles of Narnia” and “Game of Thrones” – yet it stands on its own as a truly original vision.


“…sets new standards for epic fantasy.”
“… a true master of the written word.”
“…leaves the reader breathless and wanting more.
–Susan Wingate, author of DROWNING and the award-winning BOBBY’S DINER series


This story reminded me in many ways of the Narnia books. The characters of Ahndien and Render are well developed, and likeable. Other characters such as Mooregaard are pretty dispicable. The plot follows an epic quest of discovery. Discovery for both Render and Ahndien who each must discover their destinies. There were many pleasant surprises, and some sadness as can be expected of novels such as this. The author did a good job of creating mix between fantasy and the spiritual aspects of our world.

Get Once We Were Kings here: Once We Were Kings: Book I of the Sojourner Saga

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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