Book Of The Day – Once We Were Kings

by Greg on January 9, 2012

Today’s Book Of The Day is a highly rated Epic Fantasy from a very talented author. Once We Were Kings: Book I of the Sojourner Saga by Ian Alexander (Joshua Graham) has a great 4.6 star rating and is only $2.99!

“I really enjoyed reading this book. The imagery evoked by the story is fantastic!! I agree with all the 5 star reviews I’ve read. I would love to see this book made into a movie!” D.W. – Amazon Reviewer

Once We Were Kings: Book I of the Sojourner Saga
by Ian Alexander
Rating: 4.6 Stars
Category: Epic Fantasy
Price: $2.99



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.

– 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

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.


Whether or not you are into the fantasy genre you’d enjoy reading this imaginative, well-written book! As much as it is about a fantastic world full of magic and mystery this story is about finding love, connecting to others, and believing in oneself. I was hooked early on and had an extremely difficult time putting this book down (I had to sleep sometime). The main characters endure you to them immediately.


I liked the inventive magic which Mr. Alexander used. Most epic fantasies tend to stay in the well trod ground of European folklore (even if it is Middle Earth), but this one ventures out into Asia, which was a nice change. I especially like the shape changing into animals which he used. The characters were interesting and had believable conflicts and emotions.

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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1 Mary Gagne January 9, 2012 at 6:04 am

Is it possible to buy this book (these fantasy series) in book form, not ereaders? Or/and is it possible to buy and download the book onto an iPad?

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