At last, the long wait is over! Well, nearly. Love and Memory, Book #3 of The Rizkaland Ledgends is coming out next April. I’m so excited, because I love these books and there’s promise of a lot of emotional and relational depth in Love and Memory. (Even the title is perfect.)
When a Queen forgets,
Her enemies rejoice in her weakness.
But when the Queen remembers,
They tremble in fear.
When a King loves,
His country rejoices with him.
But when that love is broken.
The land is broken, too.
Can Water and Fire join again?
Can Love and Memory be restored?
They spent years in Rizkaland. They ruled the land, forged friendships, built families, and made it their home. But then it was time to return to Earth, and their former lives just don’t fit anymore. Clara and Andrew struggle to reevaluate their priorities when hundreds of miles separate them. Reuben and Petra are lost as they seek a balance between their old friendship and their Rizkan marriage. And Ashna and Noraeto never planned to return, so what life is there for them on Earth?
When the unthinkable happens and a new enemy arises, they’re all thrown back into Rizkaland, into a young prince’s rise to power and struggle to build alliances for his kingdom. But they no longer belong in their other world, either.
Are good memories too much to bear?
In some ways, the premise of the book is a weird impossible situation that you could never get in the real world. (More so than defeating dragons, because young people do have to step up and take responsibility.)
In contrast, I think this book deals with real repercussions and emotions more than any of the previous books.
I used to feel that Rizkaland was a bit of wish fulfilment. Fall in to a fantastical world, defeat a dragon, rule a kingdom while marry to someone who turns out to be perfect for you. Live happily… Go home and deal with your old life. That ending is what makes is realistic. Happiness is real, but happy endings are only as real as endings are.
Love is real. Difficult relationships are real. Bravery and sorrow are real. Memory… exists. usually.
And now the long wait, or wade though my words, is over and you get to have the cover.
Isn’t it magnificent!
There’s all the orange and red that looks like sand dunes and the city temple dome thing just above the title. I’ve seen enough snippets to have some idea of what that is about and I’m really looking forward to actually visiting the new part of Rizkaland. (Not new as in popped out of nowhere, but uninhabited in earlier books, I think.)
Speaking of snippets, have one:
“Clara, dear, what are you doing in the pantry?”
Clara lifted her chin from her knees to look up at her mother.“I…” She laid her head back down. “I thought I heard Tima crying, but I couldn’t find the nursery. Turned out, it was just Cheshire, wanting fed.”
She cast a glare across the kitchen towards her eight-year-old chartreux cat, who was still watching her expectantly,
“Oh, sweetheart.” Mom was suddenly sitting on the pantry floor next to Clara, her arms tight around her. “You poor thing! I…”
“And last night, I got lost looking for Andrew’s room,” Clara continued. “Ended up calling him from my closet. Where I spent the night.”
And that’s what happens when you leave you children behind in another world. Not recommended.
Buy the book! (especially if you want to experience strong emotions)
You can preorder Love and Memory on Amazon. Or here if you’re in Australia.
Black Friday Sale!
For Black Friday and in honor of this cover reveal, is offering offering book #1, Water Princess, Fire Prince as a FREE ebook on Amazon, and book #2, Lady Dragon, Tela Du, is just 99 cents!
And, furthermore, she is offering Broken, which is part 1 of Love and Memory, for free as well as an early read!
This sale is part of Perry Kirkpatrick’s Black Friday Sale, so do go check out all of the other books on offer for 99 cents or less!
Kendra E. Ardnek is the self-proclaimed Arista of Fairy Tales. She lives in the Piney Woods of East Texas with her dragon babies and massive herd of mini-giraffes, and she is still waiting for one of of her fifty nutcrackers to come to life and marry her. When not writing, you can usually find her sitting in a random box, and she’s frequently known to act before she thinks.
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I love what you said about dealing with the reality and everything. So true!
Aw man, that snippet :'(
Poor Clara . . . Now I want to hug her quite a lot.
She does need hugs. But unless they’re Andrew’s or one of her kids’, I don’t think they’ll help for long.