Champion of Valdeor by Sandralena Hanley ~ Book Review

December 19, 2020


Author: Sandralena Hanley
Series: Valdeor Chronicles, Book 1
Genre: Christian Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Independent
Release Date: July 24, 2020
Pages: 311

At his coming of age ceremony, Alloryn faces a mythical creature to win a fabled sword, is taken under the wing of a mysterious mentor, and sets out to find the lost Princess.Lauressa's quest is to free the land from the evil warlord, Feornson, who usurped her throne.Together they search for six stones of power, which can only be won by practicing a corresponding virtue.During their travels, they face foes and dangers from every side. They also make many allies, who they hope will join them in the final battle for the kingdom.


I thoroughly enjoy when authors contact me to review their books because sometimes its a genre that I am not as strong in. It definitely stretches me. Not all books make it on my pile to read but I am so glad this one did. The cover and the description of this book intrigued me. It's not often you see a cover like this one so I was immediately drawn to it. Sadly I am one of those readers that judges the book by its cover. I am trying to get better at it, but it is a hard habit to break. This cover just reminded me of the Middle Ages time period. It felt like a good adventure was about to begin!

I was right. This is one of those books that takes you on an epic adventure. It definitely is one of those books you are rooting for the hero want to know what happens so you can't put it down. We meet Alloryn who feels like he's treated like a child and not trusted with anything until his father has him retrieve a fabled sword from a mythological creature. When he succeeds he learns where his heritage comes from and the beginning of his quest commences.

He must find the lost Princess Lauressa and free the land from the evil warlord. Together they meet and make allies who help them through their journey and the final battle for the kingdom. 

This is Sandralena's debut novel and she did a phenomenal job in captivating me as a reader and I have no doubt she will do the same for you especially if this is a genre that you enjoy reading. This is a clean, Christian fantasy story that is perfect for adults but most of all tweens, teens or young adults. I may be assigning this to my oldest son to read as part as his summer reading books. 

My Rating: 4 Stars/Really Liked it.

(I received this book from the author. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

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Sandra is a former middle school teacher. An avid reader, she reads many genres, including fantasy, mystery, sci-fi, and action adventures. Besides writing, she draws, paints, and crochets. She is currently working on the next book in the Valdeor Chronicles. To learn more about her and her books visit her website:


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