Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite
Far Haven: A Quest for Certitude. A Fight for Justice by Aleksandra Layland is the third and final installment of the Windflower Saga series, preceded by Ansgar and Of Wisdom and Valor, as well as twelve spin-off novellas and stories that are all set in Layland's meticulously crafted and brilliantly built world. In this book, the Kingdom of Kimbria sets the stage with the youthful Keridwen Ulani asking the older Justin A'ata for his hand in marriage. Meanwhile, Loris Kennet is a man left with nothing following a spectacular fall from grace, tumbling from the height of his position within the Royal Cavalry of Pomerania. Banished by his father, Loris refuses to come to terms with a fate that he does not deserve.
Far Haven by Aleksandra Layland delivers an epic and unexpected finale full of all the qualities readers of the author's work have come to expect. The world building, in what is described as an alternate universe in a different timeline, is deliciously layered and intricately woven together. Still, Layland has somehow made Far Haven work as a standalone...but reading it as one would rob anyone new to the trilogy of all the complex history constructed in the lead-up to this unpredictable conclusion. The characters are both beautifully and imperfectly drawn, and the development of a plot that carries just the right amount of tension through each twist and turn, each action sequence, and every trial is right on point. I imagine that the entire Windflower Saga will find a wide audience in the genre of epic fantasy, and am certain it will be enjoyed by all who read it.