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  1. says:

    Re Read 4 You are my chosen love, the only one for me BRB CRYINGRE READ 2018 Sometimes I just need to be reminded of how much I need my Savior.Sometimes I need a reminder of how useless my efforts to save myself are, and the fact that I could not do it even if I tried That I d reject him if he hadn t loved me first.I need to remind myself that Jesus love for me is not because I m perfect or anything like thatbut because HE is, and because HE chose me.I don t know how much of an allegor Re Read 4 You are my chosen love, the only one for me BRB CRYINGRE READ 2018 Sometimes I just need to be reminded of how much I need my Savior.Sometimes I need a reminder of how useless my efforts to save myself are, and the fact that I could not do it even if I tried That I d reject him if he hadn t loved me first.I need to remind myself that Jesus love for me is not because I m perfect or anything like thatbut because HE is, and because HE chose me.I don t know how much of an allegory this book is I think of it now, after this reread, asof a parable A story with symbols, telling a bigger story, rather than a story where EVERYTHING is symbolic of something else It does it beautifully, though I read this one less of a look, references kind of way see my review from my first reread andin a this is a beautiful story of true love kind of way It s dark It s got looming, overwhelming evil that made me want to cry But it s necessary Because then you reach the ending and you see, for truth, how great it is.This book made me lean back and whisper Thank You to my Jesus I can t rate it five stars because it s not perfect there are definitely marks of the whole debut feel to it in places, and the storytelling itself is not quite as strong but it s so, so good I don t know if I can truly recommend it to everyone, but it s incredible Absolutely incredible RE READ 2017 I m just struck this time through by the number of references in later books Like Torkom the vendor The one who gave Una the vision in the first place, and then later steals Leo s hair Or Sir Oeric heart eyes to him And references to Arpiar And Daylily It s so beautiful The beginning of this book is a little slow, but I love the buildup in Una s dreams, and Monster is my FAVORITE fictional cat of all time He s so real, as cats go aloof and haughty and arrogant but still willing to snuggle and loving of his favorite owner And loyal to a fault That s cats for you.Sorry I m raving XDThis is such a beautimous book The story and the characters and the allegory and AAAAHHHHH I AM INCOHERENT AND I AM BABBLING AND YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND ME


  2. says:

    I love fairy tales I love their deceptive simplicity, the darkness at the heart of them, the violence that coils below the surface, the painted prettiness of the words So when I see a book that has a fairy tale style narrative, I get very excited Sometimes, my hopes are justified, as with The Near Witch Sometimes, they are horribly disappointed, as with Heartless.This book took me three days to finish, and it wasn t even all that long I couldn t justify DNF ing it, because it wasn t terribl I love fairy tales I love their deceptive simplicity, the darkness at the heart of them, the violence that coils below the surface, the painted prettiness of the words So when I see a book that has a fairy tale style narrative, I get very excited Sometimes, my hopes are justified, as with The Near Witch Sometimes, they are horribly disappointed, as with Heartless.This book took me three days to finish, and it wasn t even all that long I couldn t justify DNF ing it, because it wasn t terrible, but it wasn t good enough to actually make me sit down and finish it in one go It was, overall, meh Which is a pity, because it had the sort of premise that makes me sit up and go begging like a puppy dog Princess Una and her brother Felix have spent their childhood playing make believe games by Golding Wood, and living a life of tedious sameness But all that changes when Una comes of age, and the Twelve Year Market pays a visit to Parumvir after two hundred years At their head is their Prince, Aethelbald, a quiet, non descript man whose advantage of royalty is offset by his plainness and his lack of perceivable romance Una takes an immediate dislike to her first suitor when he rescues her from an awkward situation, and makes no bones about her antipathy Soon Una begins to receivecallers but there is something wrong with all of them until she ends up giving her heart away to a prince disguised as a jester In the meantime, Una is also plagued relentlessly by fire dreams that fade away in the morning, leaving only the faintest traces of scars The significance of her dreams do not dawn on Una until the day the Dragon comes and then all lies in ruin around her her family, her kingdom, her heart The book started off on a slow, but not unpleasant note It then slowed down further as the ponderous movements of the courting dance performed by Una s suitors were described in detail For some reason, the author was never able to fully infuse any element of excitement into the book There are books that start off slowly and then pick up speed during the climax scenes But Heartless continued to plod, without any heart, for the entire 300 odd pages Una was an annoyingly passive heroine Actually, she reminded me of Katniss in Mockingjay, blown about by the whims of other people, and never standing up for herself I was willing to cut Katniss some slack on account of the, you know, TWO HUNGER GAMES she d just participated in, but Una was just plain wimpy Sorry kid, gotta tell it like it is.I understand what the author was trying to do with Una s romance She was trying to describe the fickleness of first love, the emphasis young girls put on physical appearance, and the heartbreak of trusting the wrong person These are all important messages, and for sheer uniqueness in plotline, I give Stengl two stars Unfortunately, the ideas did not translate effectively into words, and the story ended up becoming a mish mash of uncoordinated incidents For example, Una s Dragon dreams were meant to be prophetic and induce a sense of impending doom Unfortunately, the foreshadowing was severely lacking in atmosphere, leaving the reader annoyed by these long dream passages that were completely unnecessary to the plotline Also, the characterization of Aethelbald lacked the magic and mystery of the Fae The author lets us know that Aethelbald already knew of the fate that awaited his beloved, and yet, he made no move to protect her or her family from the impending danger view spoiler Also, if he really did possess the ability to slay the Dragon from the word go, why the eff did he wait until Una and her father and brother had undergone all these tortures before killing the damn beast An excuse like, It wasn t the right time doesn t hold any water when there was nothing special about the moment when he did finally kill the Dragon hide spoiler Most of the characters were too flat and two dimensional to appeal Una, who should have been the driving force of the story, lacked the passion to carry it off All of the other characters were equally dull and forgettable, which leaves me with the question what actually did happen in that 300 page book It s like eating when you have a cold you know the food has gone down your throat, and is filling your stomach, but without a sense of taste and smell, you don t really feel as if you ve eaten All in all, this is a book that wasn t very bad, but wasn t very good either It falls squarely in the forgettable category, and that is sad, because it had a lot of potential, which it failed to live up to


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    Alright, I loved it It s not a brilliant, epic fantasy novel But it is beautiful, with aquiet enchantment, that won t latch onto everyone who reads it, but it did me, just not in an earth shattering way I read this a year ago as an arc, and I really liked it then, but I could tell it needed another revision, sharpen up the writing a little, connect the scenes better perhaps I don t know how much changed from that early draft I read, I don t think a whole lot, but for some reason I li Alright, I loved it It s not a brilliant, epic fantasy novel But it is beautiful, with aquiet enchantment, that won t latch onto everyone who reads it, but it did me, just not in an earth shattering way I read this a year ago as an arc, and I really liked it then, but I could tell it needed another revision, sharpen up the writing a little, connect the scenes better perhaps I don t know how much changed from that early draft I read, I don t think a whole lot, but for some reason I liked it better this second time around, even if it still has some flaws, that I m surenitpicky people could find and explain better than I could Una, princess of Parumvir, is of age, and suitors come to seek after her hand One she fancies herself in love with, though not handsome, a prince of high standing and well known and sought after, who ends up not being all that he seems One who she does fall in love with, a prince in disguise, who she promises herself to, but does not end how she was expecting And then one, who loves Una with his whole heart, that will never fade, but Una, in her stubborn, petulant way, refuses him, can t even believe the gall he has of loving her, and caring about her Later, the Parumvir kingdom is set upon and destroyed by a dragon who wishes to claim Una, and make her become like him During this ordeal, Una loses herself, believing that no one loves her Yet Prince Aethelbald never gives up He goes out to save her, and he does He saves her life, and her heart, and Una finds herself through his love Aethelbald was an endearing character He reminded me a little of Anluan in Heart s Blood, with his quiet disposition, and his quiet, yet resounding love for Una Una, well she isn t what you d call strong She s dependent, and perhaps a bit too brash and ignorant She doesn t want anything to do with Aethelbald, and clearly makes it known, despite how it may hurt him But she changed in the end, she becameunderstanding and realized who she truly loves The ending was perfect, melted my heart a bit.I loved Leonard view spoiler before he reveled himself to be Lionheart that is hide spoiler , the jester His antics amused me as they did Una But then he changed, urghh, and lost my respect, but it helped Una realize where her heart truly lies, pun intended In the end, I really enjoyed reading heartless The writing was beautiful, the story was intriguing, and while not everyone will like it, I still found it an enchanting fantasy story with a sweet romance


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    Well tear my brains out and strike me blind Aren t I the dumbest reader in the world I finished Heartless and read a few reviews and this was supposed to be a Christian allegory Now that I know better, wait, no It s still not obvious to me The twelve men sent out by Prince Lionheart to help Aethelbald Were they supposed to symbolize the 12 disciples Because apart from the fact there being twelve of them, nothing else really struck me as similar Well, they left Aethelbald t Well tear my brains out and strike me blind Aren t I the dumbest reader in the world I finished Heartless and read a few reviews and this was supposed to be a Christian allegory Now that I know better, wait, no It s still not obvious to me The twelve men sent out by Prince Lionheart to help Aethelbald Were they supposed to symbolize the 12 disciples Because apart from the fact there being twelve of them, nothing else really struck me as similar Well, they left Aethelbald the moment things seemed to get pretty heavy, but that s not exactly what happened with the disciples.Was Aethelbald supposed to be a Christ figure It would explain his love for Princess Una the Church the people Although I did not see him sacrifice anything, the way Christ sacrificed himself to redeem the sins of the world That sacrifice came from Princess Una, when major friggin spoiler, peoples view spoiler she allowed Aethelbald to kill her with his special dragon slaying sword, to kill the dragon inside her Her whole resurrection from death was alsoChrist like than anything hide spoiler End of major friggin spoiler Or was that supposed to show how we, the people, can be absolved of our sins if we trust in Christ I m just not good at these allegory things.Anyway, being a Christian allegory does not excuse Heartless of all its deficiencies I was so upset it started off so promising little Princess Una with her adventurous stride, writing poetry out in the wilds, playing games with her younger brother And then she grew up.It saddens me to say this, but she became such an annoying little twat.The actual story begins when Princess Una comes of age, and all these suitors start visiting their kingdom of Parumvil From the outset, she was keen on falling in love No, not keen She was obsessed She was proclaiming to herself that she was in love after meeting and conversing with her suitor for not even one full day And this happened twice to two different men Princess Una was also determined to hate Prince Aethelbald the peoples initial rejection of Christ and here is where the first shortcoming of the novel is evident There was no actual reason for her to dismiss him so much other than her belief that he was dull and unromantic, when it was clear that he was anything but He came to Parumvil out of the blue Out from a world people only heard of in fairy tales His people were obviously otherworldy something different and fascinating What could bemysterious than that What could beexciting He rescued her from the man selling visions demons fake prophets , healed her burning hands He professed his love for her, in front of every peer in the kingdom went down on his knee and proposed to her, ready to face humiliation knowing, after all, what her answer would be What isn t romantic about that Many other things were so wrong about Princess Una She fell in love like a man falls into a hole at first with Prince Gervais, because he was charming She heard him speak once during a banquet, and once again at the gardens And then she was in love.And when she discovered that he was a professional gambler who owed a lot of debt and was exiled from his own kingdom until he could pay up instead of being relieved she hadn t made the mistake of her lifetime by marrying him and effectively becoming a bank check, she became angry at Prince Aethelbald because it was somehow his fault her father heard of Prince Gervais debt and threw him out.The idea that girls fall into shallow love is a great one, and it s somewhat refreshing to see this occur in a novel It reflects the reality that girls do fancy themselves in love when in fact it is nothing of the sort, and eventually wake up from it, realizing they were just being foolish as Princess Una finally admitted to herself However, instead of learning from her mistake, she does it all over again.She meets a Fool You know, a court jester He jumps from the garden walls trespassing into the palace grounds lands on her, doesn t even properly apologize, and she helps him score a gig for the King.And then you guessed it she fell in love This time, because he could make her laugh.Unfortunately, never in Heartless was their relationship expanded upon The narrative would tell us he s saying something, and then she would laugh Instead of showing us how the days progressed and they grew closer and closer, we just read that the days progressed and all of a sudden, she was regretting the fact he was a jester instead of, you know, a Prince.By the end of the chapter, we have her making promises to the Fool, who surprise, surprise turns out to be Prince Lionheart himself This is not a spoiler It was very evident from the first time he came around, and from the first time Prince Lionheart was mentioned, that these two were one and the same We have her explicitly giving him his trust, giving him a freaking ring belonging to her dead mother, giving him her heart Spew, spew, gag.The portrayal of a woman in love was so clich Princess Una was sighing and smiling one second, and bursting into tears literally the next second, and then back to sighing in the next heartbeat, spewing out nonsense likeIsn t this a beautiful world, Nurse I mean in general, you know andGood afternoon, Father, isn t it a beautiful worldIt was so juvenile in its entirety, it was hard for me to take it seriously.But then again, that was the whole thing that really made me loathe Princess Una She was so juvenile She blushes every three seconds it was a pet peeve of mine reading about howred blotches burst forth in wild cavorting across her nose every few pages Girl you should get that checked and then when she gets really upset like when Prince Gervais was discovered to be in debt, and she was really angry at Prince Aethelbald , she becomes nonsensicalWhat did you could your business dare you Her eyes burned Never want to speak why did you can t stand you Princess He took a step back, his face full of hurt and confusion Are you Don t pretend you knon t dow don t know what I m talking about How dare you blacken his name how dare you to my father Una wanted desperately to spit out elegant barbs, but all that came out was an emphatic, Don t want you mister noble go away not your businessThis is not adorable.It s annoying.You are a princess You are supposed to be educated and eloquent don t give me thatShe was emotional, of course she didn t make sense bullshit, because I get emotional, too I still make sense And I don t even get any education on articulation.Her incoherent mumbo jumbo is not a one time event It happens Frequently I shudder at the thought of such character becoming queen of anything.To borrow from Ron Weasley, Princess Una also needs to sort out her priorities While she was imprisoned in her own palace by the Dragon King, instead of worrying about what s happened to her kingdom, or her people, or her nanny, or her own father and brother, what does she worry about Prince Lionheart and why he hasn t returned back to her.Is this also an allegory An allegory of the selfishness of mankind I have no idea, and I don t care I didn t like it I didn t like this particular trait of Princess Una s and I will judge you for itAnother thing that disappointed me was Prince Aethelbald He had all the promises of being such an interesting character and yes, I know there s not much room to work with when you re basing him on Jesus H Christ, but at least give him some semblance of a personality.For instance the scene where he taught Prince Felix how to swordfight I liked that I liked the instances he was shown as a mentor, a teacher There could bethings similar to this, but it was very lacking Instead, we were focusingon the romances with Princess Una s courtiers.As for the way the plot unfolded I m not sure how I liked it It was a little bizarre The story was bizarre The Duke of Shippening, who grew up with Princess Una s father, attacked Parumvil because he was slighted because it turns out Princess Una had given her heart to someone else Waging wars over a girl How tripe.Anyway, in the meantime, Princess Una gave her heart away to someone undeserving, and for some reason that lead to the Dragon King the antichrist being able to transform her into a dragon mankind falling into sin Falling for false saviours Might I add, Princess Una was never even an evil dragon.Presently, the King is forced to retreat, effectively doing nothing to protect his kingdom and people, Prince Felix is badly injured and sent to some sort of fae Haven to be treated, making them the two most ineffective and useless characters ever And then Prince Aethelbald rescues Princess Una by slaying the Dragon King and the dragon inside her The former he could have done years and years ago, by the way, but apparently he had towait for the right time , which, Christian Allegory or not, made no sense.I needsense in my novels I need proper motives, proper reasoning WHY did he have to wait And WHY was that particular moment the right time In the case of Christ, it was because he needed the people to see in order for them to believe It was because he needed to first spread the Word of God To fulfil all the prophecies made concerning himself.But in the case of Prince Aethelbald What was he waiting for What was keeping him from slaying the Dragon King from Day One So that s it I was not satisfied I was taken on a bizarre trip, a meandering tale, and given no proper reasoning for it all And for that, two stars


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    BOOK REVIEWThe front cover was what caught my interest, not the summary When I finally read it, I was afraid it would be a mushy love story playing up on temporary passion.Not at all.It is this fake idea of love that Una feels at first, and as the story progresses and her heart is broken, she learns how shallow crush like love is Now she s given up on any kind of love, and it is the sacrificial love of the Prince that finally redeems her.Most people, whether they know it or not, have a lot i BOOK REVIEWThe front cover was what caught my interest, not the summary When I finally read it, I was afraid it would be a mushy love story playing up on temporary passion.Not at all.It is this fake idea of love that Una feels at first, and as the story progresses and her heart is broken, she learns how shallow crush like love is Now she s given up on any kind of love, and it is the sacrificial love of the Prince that finally redeems her.Most people, whether they know it or not, have a lot in common with Una She s a young girl with big dreams, she s self absorbed, and she wants to do things by her own power.The first half of the book is merely a fairytale about a princess who longs to be the bride of a dashing prince Enter the Dragon story totally changes We go from a bright, happy, little story to a gripping tale of the destructive power of the devil the Dragon , and then ultimately to the restoring love of Christ, aka the Prince who never gives up on Una us And for any worries, the Dragon wants to make Una his child, not his wife, as the summary suggests While Una is the obvious representation of mankind, or over, the church, there are several other characters who need the redemption of the Prince from Farthestshore.Most likely, young men will not be interested in reading this book, as it was obviously marketed to females However, another main character is Una s wanna be awesome but hopelessly mischievous brother Felix There is also some rousing action and a harrowing outlook on dragons Fact There sthen one dragon in this story The writing is clever and funny Oh, and keep an eye on that blind cat, Monsterhe might have a few surprises up his paws.This soul searching story was beautifully done, and I have no doubt that it is building up treasure in heaven for the author.SERIES REVIEW While hopefully searching through various books in need of quality clean fantasy, I stumbled upon a Wood Though I first perceived it as a book, it soon revealed itself to be an entire other world.Anne Elisabeth Stengl introduced Goldstone Wood to me in her debut fantasy novel, Heartless, a delightful fairytale that paralleled Christ s love for us I was surprised by her excellent writing and powerful story telling, and eagerly continued on to Book 2, Veiled Rose, which gave me a new perspective on characters and events of the first book And when I continued on to Moonblood, I realized I d discovered a fantasy series unlike any other I d read before With the creativity and insight of C.S Lewis, the epic scale of Tolkien, and a vivid voice all her own, the author drew me into deep adoration of The Tales of Goldstone Wood series.Certainly, her world building is fantastic, connecting the Far Faerie demesnes with the mortal Near Kingdoms through a mysterious and dangerous Wood, along with the spiritual realms of the Netherworld and the Farthestshore, I haven t encountered other worlds so vast, complex, bizarre, and intertwined Throughout her stories, delicious hints are dropped and legends are whispered, only to be later fully revealed in future novels And the books keep coming Though Book 6, Shadow Hand, just released, and book 7, Golden Daughter is due for release in November, manynovels, plus novellas, are promised It s enough to make my fan girl heart squeal Each book, though a satisfying story of its own, is intricately connected to the others, so it is certainly best to read them in the order published This certainly isn t chronological order, for Anne Elisabeth Stengl has created a world where Time is a fickle thing, and her books sometimes range a thousand years apart and sometimes side by side It s complicated, but completely worthwhile.But above all the beautiful writing, endearing characters, and surprising twists on familiar fairy tale themes, I was most deeply struck by the heart and truth woven in each story For though only the first book might be considered an allegory, the characters come to life with startling reality.This is what causes these books to be so greatly praised and so heavily criticized For the characters are written with truth From spoiled, slightly silly Una, blinded by her misconceptions, to Lionheart aching to be a hero, but fallen under intimidation, to haughty and selfish Eanrin, these characters reflect our own fallen nature with painful clarity Many readers don t like that They prefer their heroes and heroines to, sure, have struggles, but ultimately to kick the bad guys down and conquer their own problems with surety and triumph These characters don t They fail Horribly To the point, that readers despise them And that s where the truth comes in.Grace.The undeserved grace, love, and power of Christ There is a Prince always calling to us, no matter how we might ignore him like Una and Rosie, ready to defeat the Dragons and Dreams that are anxious to destroy our lives Though we are weak and looked down upon like the Chronicler and Foxbrush, He sees us as something magnificent He sees our true names, even if we ve become like wolves He longs to take us, His fallen, weak creation, call us His own, and transform us into the heroes we so long to be.And that s what makes these tales truly golden


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    4.5 stars Eeeeep Why did it take me so long to finally pick this book up Okay, so that was a rhetorical question, because I know why I really enjoyed this book It was relaxing and whimsical with lots of action and humor packed in between It took me a long time to connect with the characters though pI didn t realize this was Christian Fantasy or I would have picked it up sooner I loved the allegorical vibes and the fantasy realm One thing that really weirded me out though was 4.5 stars Eeeeep Why did it take me so long to finally pick this book up Okay, so that was a rhetorical question, because I know why I really enjoyed this book It was relaxing and whimsical with lots of action and humor packed in between It took me a long time to connect with the characters though pI didn t realize this was Christian Fantasy or I would have picked it up sooner I loved the allegorical vibes and the fantasy realm One thing that really weirded me out though was the Prince of Farthestshore He was just so perfect Like was he portraying Jesus Idk I couldn t ship Una and him because he was just too perfect and their love felt forced Like WHERE S THE pAsSiOn behind it I loved the sacrifice and loyal devotion behind the love BUT I NEED AN EXPLANATION FOLKS I loved the plot and the setting, but I feel like the characters had very jerky arcs Like they went nowhere and suddenly at the end they were a new person It was weird I just didn t connect with them as much as I wanted to BUT THE CAT OH FISH SNOUTS THE CAT Content Fantasy violence Fantasy magic Suggestive scenes and conversations VERY CLEAN PG 13Anyways it was an enjoyable read The author s voice is super lighthearted and yet serious I shared many laughs with this book


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    I first discovered Heartless when I was doing an online search for Christian fantasy books one day Admittedly, the beautiful cover was the first thing that drew me to it, but once I started investigating the series, I became seriously curious about the story Now that I ve read Heartless, I have to say that I loved it, and I don t think the story synopsis on the back cover does it justice The synopsis makes it sound like it s going to be a light, fluffy read, and for about the first half of th I first discovered Heartless when I was doing an online search for Christian fantasy books one day Admittedly, the beautiful cover was the first thing that drew me to it, but once I started investigating the series, I became seriously curious about the story Now that I ve read Heartless, I have to say that I loved it, and I don t think the story synopsis on the back cover does it justice The synopsis makes it sound like it s going to be a light, fluffy read, and for about the first half of the book, it is There s even a fair amount of humor that I really enjoyed But after a certain major event occurs, the tone of the story really changes, and appropriately so It becomesdramatic, brutally honest, and you really feel the pain that the main character and side characters are going through.Speaking of the main character Princess Una , I had seen some mixed reviews about people s reactions to her before I read Heartless At best, people found her relatable and realistic at worst they found her annoying and unrelatable While reading, I found myself leaningtowards feeling that Una was relatable Sure, she wasn t perfect, but I understood why she did the things that she did, and I know that I ve behaved that way on various occasions myself I think we all have, really, and that s part of the point of the story As a Christian, I also found the allegory in Heartless, which I think was subtly yet effectively done, very relatable The love that Prince Aethelbald had for Una was very much like the love that Jesus has for us human sinners He chooses to love us despite our flaws, and even when we act like jerks, and make mistakes, and push Him away, He keeps loving us and He ll always come back for us, no matter what This message, I think, was one of the most beautiful things about Heartless, and I ll fully admit to crying my eyes out during the last few chapters.All that being said, I think Heartless is a great book I would and have recommended it to others and I look forward to reading the rest of the Tales of Goldstone Wood series.2017 edit I have now read this book twice and found it just as beautiful, touching, and enchanting this time as I did the first time I ll also note that there were many little details that I noticed this time that I didn t notice during my reading Anne Elisabeth is, in my opinion, a master of foreshadowing, so if you ve read the entire series already, don t let that discourage you from reading it again, because you may just notice some new and very interesting things I m sure I ll reread it and the rest of the Goldstone Wood series manytimes in the years to come I just love it so much 3


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    4.5 Stars This book is gold, and I loved it so much Here s the thing guys, I just got this book from the library and told my Dad that it has a dragon and a princess and has wonderful humor That s what I got from the reviews I ve read That s what I told him that was all the synopsis needed he started reading the book before I could even get my hands on it.SO WHY ARE YOU STILL READING THIS GO GET THE BOOK YOU NEED THIS IN YOUR LIFE I LOVED IT, HE LOVED IT, I M PRETTY SURE YOU LL 4.5 Stars This book is gold, and I loved it so much Here s the thing guys, I just got this book from the library and told my Dad that it has a dragon and a princess and has wonderful humor That s what I got from the reviews I ve read That s what I told him that was all the synopsis needed he started reading the book before I could even get my hands on it.SO WHY ARE YOU STILL READING THIS GO GET THE BOOK YOU NEED THIS IN YOUR LIFE I LOVED IT, HE LOVED IT, I M PRETTY SURE YOU LL LOVE IT TOO Ahem, let me compose myself for a moment Deep breath So here s my real composed review This book felt very much like a fairytale and I loved it evenbecause of it This book should definitely become a classic where we pass it on to our kids and our grandkids and their grandkids Like, could we just start doing that now Just start passing it to everybody we see Gah, this book is among the best I love the allegory in this book How Jesus loves us and would do anything for us, even die for our sins, and rise again, so we may have hope How we can sometimes be stubborn and want things that might not please us in the end.The Characters Una sometimes stubborn, very romantic, sweet, and not your everyday princess.Felix an annoying brother with a lot of heart, loves to practice with swords.Prince Aethelbald always is showing his love, will always come for Una no matter what I love him and his quiet ways.Monster CAN I HAVE HIM PLEASE The Dragon scary shivers not what I was expecting, but he made a wonderful villain.And can we just talk about the humor for a minute It was funny Well, at least some of it Most of the funniness seems to be towards the beginning of the book But it was funny nonetheless I loved it And can I just go to the Twelve Year Market Like please That would be the coolest market ever Why I Didn t Give It FIVE STARS Almost made it for me It was sooo close.First of all, the writing style threw me off a couple times It was like a fairytaleish like style where it was told in a Third Person Omniscient like point of view You know, kind of likeLord of the RingsThe Fellowship of the Ring But there are also times where it would be in deep POV with either Una, Felix, or Prince Aethelbald And it also seems like it sometimes head hopped to the King I actually wasn t too annoyed like I normally am with head hopping and changing of the writing style It fits very nice with this book, and was actually very pleasant to read It didn t do it all the time It was like head hopping done right if that s a thing.I also love the allegory in this book, but sometimes it was a little difficult to understand what everything was supposed to represent This is almost a kind of book which I would have like discussion questions or something in the back.Will I read the other book in the series YES GIVE ME MORE I MUST READ THE NEXT BOOK Content in Book 1 A gambler.2 Someone who wanted to get married only to get the throne.3 A dragon.4 Shapeshifting5 Worshiping the Dragon Including sacrifices and giving him treasures there is a mention of blood being on the Dragon s throne.6 Violence Fire, dragon smoke, killing, destroying entire cities, sword fighting, a war, throwing people around, etcWho Do I Recommend It To Those who like fantasy Those who like allegories Those who like fairytale like stories this is not a fairytale but it should become one


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    As most of my book reviews and blog posts can attest to, I am huge fan of Christian fantasy so I ve been looking forward to reading Heartless for a long time At last I had a chance to get it and read it.When I first started reading, Heartless didn t grab me like some books I had a difficult time liking Una She s pretty much a spoiled, whiny princess, which is actually great for the beginning of a book because it sets up for a lot of great character growth, but I need to feel something for the As most of my book reviews and blog posts can attest to, I am huge fan of Christian fantasy so I ve been looking forward to reading Heartless for a long time At last I had a chance to get it and read it.When I first started reading, Heartless didn t grab me like some books I had a difficult time liking Una She s pretty much a spoiled, whiny princess, which is actually great for the beginning of a book because it sets up for a lot of great character growth, but I need to feel something for the character at the start despite their flaws so I want to see the growth Unfortunately, I just couldn t like her as I would have liked However, I did have compassion for her by the end.For the first half of the book, the one thing that kept me interested was Prince Aethelbald I adored him I hated the name lol , but I think that was kind of the point, that and his completely ordinary looks I wasn t drawn to him for any outward reasons, but because of his character I couldn t wait to keep reading about him He was mysterious, yet kind and compassionate He was the perfect illustration of true, Christ like love That was one of the best parts of this book, the sweet, pure romance It was very well done.Heartless didn t turn out as I was expecting at all It was a little darker andintense than I thought it would be, but I like intense stories I wasn t sure about the whole fantasy world at first Despite being a huge fan of fantasy, I m not big on worlds with fairies and such beingof a fan of truer to life realms like Middle earth , but by the end I didn t think about it so much.To sum it all up, I read 310 of the 363 pages yesterday afternoon and evening, and I would have finished if I hadn t needed to get to bed in preparation for work in the morning I don t read any book that fast if it doesn t capture my attention I even found myself thinking about it often while I was at work So despite an uncertain beginning, I found I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and it certainly sparked my imagination I highly recommend it to readers of Christian fantasy and look forward to reading the next in the series


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    Age Appropriate For 13 and up for violence and some fantasy elementsBest for Ages 13 and upEvery few months, I get the urge to read a fantasy Well, I got the urge and decided to read Heartless which has been on my to read list for a long time I was expecting a cute little story with romance Instead, I was blown away by a powerful allegory.At first, I thought I was going to hate Una through the whole book She starts out very selfish and irritating, yet she was a fascinating character I thi Age Appropriate For 13 and up for violence and some fantasy elementsBest for Ages 13 and upEvery few months, I get the urge to read a fantasy Well, I got the urge and decided to read Heartless which has been on my to read list for a long time I was expecting a cute little story with romance Instead, I was blown away by a powerful allegory.At first, I thought I was going to hate Una through the whole book She starts out very selfish and irritating, yet she was a fascinating character I think that her desire to find the man of her dreams who loves her passionately is something that most girls can relate to As the story progressed, and the allegory unfolded, Una became a character that reflected parts of me, and I liked her a lot .Aethelbald was by far my favorite character He is the Christ figure of the story, and he was perfect He has strong character and loves Una unconditionally, even when she was unlovable.Sometimes, the story felt a bit weird, especially when it came to the dragons It was weird and amazing all at the same time, which is why this book gets five stars from me Younger children who haven t read a lot of fantasy might find some of the elements of this book disturbing.It is hard to rave about this book, because if I talked about my favorite parts, I would spoil the ending I will just say that as it is a redemption story, I loved it I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.I highly recommend this book to those who like fantasy, allegories, and redemption stories


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Heartless The Dragon King seeks his princess who dares to stop him Princess Una of Parumvir has come of age and will soon marry She dreams of a charming prince, but when her first suitor arrives, he s not what she d hoped Prince Aethelbald of mysterious Farthestshore has travelled a great distance to prove his love and also to bring hushed warnings of danger A dragon is rud to be on the hunt and blazing a path of terror Una, smitten instead with a dashing prince, refuses Aethelbald s offer and ignores his cautions with dire consequences Soon the Dragon King himself is in Parumvir and Una, in giving her heart away unwisely, finds herself in his sights Only those courageous enough to risk everything have a hope of fighting off this advancing evil