Jul 24, 2010

Book Review: Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

"For two hundred years they had not been seen.

They first appeared as deeper shadows among the shadows of the Wood, all staring eyes and sniffing noses, as wary as children dipping a toe in deep water, fearful to take a dive.

Then one stepped forth, and he, with a smile, beckoned to the others. A huge creature with eyes as wide and white as the moon and skin like craggy rocks followed with a strange grace of movement; behind him walked another who was black as a shadow but whose eyes shone like the sky. After these came others. Out of the Wood they streamed in parade - carrying with them the scent of dusk, the sound of dawn - and they arranged themselves upon the lawn outside the walls of the city of Sondhold, in the shadow of Goldstone Hill." Heartless, pg 18-19.

First off... I just love this cover! Okay... on to the review.

Princess Una of Parumvir has finally come of age and is eagerly waiting for suitors to come pay their respects. What Una doesn't expect is the fabled Twelve-year Market or Prince Aethelbald from the legendary country of Fartheshore. These are things of nursery rhymes and old stories. Still, they are real, and right before Una's eyes. The prince is not as romantic or handsome as Una would like, and despite his kindness and concern, she refuses to marry him. Will she ever accept his love? Will she listen to his warning about the coming evil dragon? Will she give her heart to another? Can death really bring life?

Anne Elisabeth Stengl casts an amazing spell her debut novel. I enjoy reading Young Adult Fiction, and this book did not disappoint. The fantasy and fairytale aspects of the story drew me in and kept me reading. I can't wait to read the rest of the Goldstone Wood series. These are going to be great!

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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