This is the first story in the Sorcerous Moons series. It’s a planned three-book trilogy and Lonen’s War sets the stage for the romance between Oria and Lonen. It can be read as a standalone but the story arc is clearly meant to continue in the next two books. Clearly much thought has gone into this series as the world building is unique and the story definitely holds my attention right from the start.
This story tells of the Bara and the Destrye peoples, who are at war. The Bara are a magically influenced society with sorcerers and sorceresses who rely on their unique brands of telepathy to influence and strengthen each other. The perfect marriage bond is one in which the two people complement each other with their sources of magic. But those are few and far between. Princess Oria has long wanted to gain the powers her mother and sister have but so far has been unable to reach the ‘zen’ like state that it requires for her to become a full sorceress. But her time is up when the Destrye people attack. Suddenly she is thrust into a position of power and must make a truce with their leader as their attack threatens to overwhelm the populace. But Oria is also under attack from factions within her own land who would see her stay locked away in a tower until she comes fully into her power.
Lonen is desperate to protect his people from the vicious golems sent by the Bara people who are stealing their water. Along with his brothers and his father the king, they intend to destroy the Bara once and for all, stopping their evil attacks and the theft of their precious resource. But the slip of a girl, Princess Oria is like no-one he’s ever seen before, and despite his thoughts that there must be some trickery involved in her truce offer, he accepts. They are two people thrust into positions of power for their followers and must find a way to co-operate, especially when a third species enters the fray and threatens to destroy them both.
I really like the world-building of this story, the magic systems and the obvious differences between the two cultures. As is often the case, the fight between their two peoples is a result of the decisions taken by a few, and those decisions have wreaked havoc on Lonen’s people, and now Bara’s. Despite Oria’s external fragility, she is a strong character and I really enjoyed the relationship she has with her familiar, a small dragon named Chuffta. Though I would have wished for some romance between Lonen and Oria, they have definitely established a connection and must find a way to work together to save their people. I look forward to reading the next part of their story!