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Review: We Three Heroes by Lynette Noni

on September 6, 2018

We Three Heroes (Medoran Chronicles #4.5)
Lynette Noni
Pantera Press
2018, 367p
Copy courtesy of the publisher

Blurb {from the publisher/Goodreads.com}:

“We all have to do our part if we’re to survive the coming storm.”

Alexandra Jennings might be the hero of The Medoran Chronicles, but she would be lost without her three closest friends. They are her heroes, and like all heroes, they each have their own story.

Meet the real D.C. in Crowns and Curses and discover how she becomes the princess Alex once despised but now adores.

Follow Jordan on his healing journey in Scars and Silence as he struggles in the wake of being rescued from his living nightmare.

Walk beside Bear in Hearts and Headstones as he faces an unspeakable trauma while helping his world prepare for the coming war.

D.C., Jordan and Bear are the heroes of their own stories.

It is time for their stories to be told.

So while we wait for the final Medoran Chronicles book Vardaesia, coming in January 2019, this book helps both fill the gap in terms of time spent waiting and also in bits and pieces of the story. This isn’t about Alex – in fact she rarely appears and only really peripherally. It’s about her three friends, DC, Jordan and Bear and it’s their chance to tell their stories.

In the first story, we explore DC’s background and why she was the way she was when Alex turned up at Akarnae. It goes deep into her childhood as the Princess and showcases her loneliness and isolation and the betrayal from the one time she opened herself up to someone. DC learns some sharp lessons in this story, not just how to be a Princess, how to stand up for herself but also how to let go of the past and open herself up to the possibility of friendships. She’s now such a part of that tight knit set that it’s almost difficult to remember when she wasn’t but this short story really explores the vulnerabilities in her personality beneath the tough exterior that she cultivated when she enrolled at the school. Her relationship with her parents is supportive, loving and understanding and her parents are the rulers that DC aspires to be. I feel as though this did give so much more insight and understanding to DC’s character – her strengths and also her weaknesses.

The second story focuses on Jordan and his struggle to heal after what happened to him. He gets some assistance from an unexpected person and I really enjoyed the way that this was able to actually help Jordan focus on the why of what he did and how he could move forward from that without blaming himself any longer, without feeling that awful guilt. Unlike DC, Jordan does not have supportive and loving parents and they’re a big part of what has shaped him into the person that he is. He’s been adopted almost, by Bear’s parents, choosing to spend more time with them than he does with his own family because he doesn’t share their values and the way they are makes it difficult for him to be around them. Jordan has built his own family and they’re all there to support him after the terrible, horrible thing that happens to him. It’s not easy for Jordan to be able to speak about things that have occurred and I feel as though this was dealt with so accurately in terms of someone experiencing a trauma.

The final story is about Bear of course and this was a really interesting one. It definitely went in directions that I didn’t expect and maybe hadn’t considered before (and perhaps I need to go back and reread and see what I might’ve missed or what didn’t occur to me) but I really liked it. It seemed….right. I adore Bear’s family, they’ve opened their hearts and home to all of his friends – Jordan, needing a stable and loving environment and a refuge and Alex, who is so far away from her home and her own parents in the first book (and her parents aren’t exactly what you might call responsible and reliable anyway). So this was also quite heartbreaking and out of the three, is probably the one that triggered the most response in me. I really do like Bear as a character, he’s probably my favourite of the three. And of the three I feel like he probably has the most to deal with still ahead of him.

This was a perfect way to get to know some of the ‘sidekick’ characters a little better without relying on Alex’s point of view. All of them are definitely worthy of their own stories being told and they still have vital roles to play. This has made me even more hyped for the final novel, although there’s that apprehension and sadness too because it’s the final one. But this book gives Noni a chance to focus on the events that shaped these characters, that made them who they are and also on the aftermath of things that have happened to them, which the books revolving around Alex just don’t get time to focus on. All three of them are such important friends to Alex, they’re always there for her and always back her no matter what and this gives a different look at how those friendships formed and what they mean to each of these three as well, not just Alex.

Although these are fantasy novels, the issues tackled here are so applicable to the real world – bullying, loss, suicide, family struggles. There are so many people that will read this and recognise their own battles, their own troubles just framed in a different setting. They are all dealt with so admirably and this is the perfect mix of exploring those deep emotional issues but also throwing in exciting plot as well.

8/10

Book #153 of 2018


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