Heartless - eBook  -     By: Anne Elisabeth Stengl
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Bethany House Publishers / 2010 / ePub

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Princess Una of Parumvir has come of age and will soon be married. She dreams of a handsome and charming prince, but when the first suitor arrives, she finds him stodgy and boring. Prince Aethelbald from the mysterious land of Farthestshore has traveled far to prove his love--and also to bring hushed warnings of danger. A dragon is rumored to be approaching Parumvir. Una, smitten instead with a more dashing prince, refuses Aethelbald's offer--and ignores his warnings. Soon the Dragon King himself is in Parumvir, and Una, in giving her heart away unwisely, finds herself in grave danger. Only those courageous enough to risk everything have a hope of fighting off this advancing evil.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 9781441212016
ISBN-13: 9781441212016
Availability: In Stock
Series: Tales of Goldstone Wood

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Publisher's Description

Princess Una of Parumvir has come of age and will soon be married. She dreams of a handsome and charming prince, but when the first suitor arrives, she finds him stodgy and boring. Prince Aethelbald from the mysterious land of Farthestshore has traveled far to prove his love--and also to bring hushed warnings of danger. A dragon is rumored to be approaching Parumvir.

Una, smitten instead with a more dashing prince, refuses Aethelbald's offer--and ignores his warnings. Soon the Dragon King himself is in Parumvir, and Una, in giving her heart away unwisely, finds herself in grave danger. Only those courageous enough to risk everything have a hope of fighting off this advancing evil.

Author Bio

Anne Elisabeth Stengl makes her home in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, Rohan, a passel of cats, and one long-suffering dog. When she's not writing, she enjoys Shakespeare, opera, and tea, and studies piano, painting, and pastry baking. She studied illustration at Grace College and English literature at Campbell University. She is the author of Heartless, Veiled Rose, Moonblood, and Starflower. Heartless and Veiled Rose have each been honored with a Christy Award.

Publisher's Weekly

Debut author Stengl conjures the fantastic world of Parumvir. The kingdom's Princess Una is courted by Prince Aethelbald of Farthestshore. She, however, finds him insufficiently romantic and much too boring in his concerns for her safety as a dragon approaches the kingdom. When Una makes the wrong choice, catastrophe ensues for the princess and her family, and love, courage, and trust are needed when darkness engulfs the kingdom. Allegory is hard at work here--occasionally too hard, when the intended meaning drives the plot instead of the plot being driven by the momentum of events. But Stengl does let her imagination run in inventing some delightful things and scenes: the Twelve-Year Market that appears in its own good time and sells fairy goods; a clever blind cat who is invariably underfoot and has, of course, a secret. Since they never get enough to read in this small market niche, Christian fantasy fans will be particularly enthralled by this first in the Tales of Goldstone Wood. A clever debut from an author worth watching. (July) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

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  1. Ember
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    beautiful allegory
    March 2, 2014
    Ember
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Heartless, Tales of Goldstone Woods Series #1.
    Wow, normally fantasy allegory is not a genre I enjoy. But Anne Elisabeth writes it with a twist like none other! I couldn't put it down.

    The world of Goldstone wood is one of the most complex and layered storyworlds I have ever come across in fantasy. It is huge and ever-expanding with so much more depth, and history, and characters that you could believe. Every book in the series is better than the last!

    Anne Elisabeth's writing style is unusual and reminiscent of older classic fairy tales. It is a bit hard to get used to at first, but hang in there! Because once you catch onto her unique and beautiful style it is one incredible ride and well worth the time.

    One thing I've noticed is how many reviewers seem to hate Una. Maybe these folks just don't like her because she's a little too real. Yes, she's selfish, she's stubborn, she's a dreamer, always looking for something newer, brighter, more appealing. She's totally unsatisfied and missing out on the good and wonderful things (and people) that are right under her nose.

    She's just like you and me.

    Personally, I love Una. And I love how Anne Elisabeth breathes life into these beautiful, broken characters. Her characters may be far from perfect, and their endings may be too, but in the end, that is what makes their story so much more meaningful.

    In this allegory, Una is a representation of the modern day church and it's faults. It is a story about How God pursues us relentlessly, calling us back to him, and to show that no matter how vile we can become God still loves us and is waiting to claim us as his.

    How incredible is that?
  2. Jael
    TX
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fantasy to fall in love with
    December 21, 2012
    Jael
    TX
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Heartless, Tales of Goldstone Woods Series #1.
    About a young woman coming of age to marry, the consequences of her choices and the offer of redemption. I found the imagery brilliant, the flow of the story almost lyrical. I had a hard time putting the book down. I did find that throughout the book I wasn't as connected to the characters as I was to the story, its allegory and the style. The author's website says, the Tales of Goldstone Wood are a series of fantasy adventure novels told in the classic Fairy Tale style" which I think she did very well.

    I will definitely read more from this author.
  3. tanderson
    Texas
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Interesting!
    December 12, 2012
    tanderson
    Texas
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I enjoyed this book and will pass it along to my daughter! Love the way it came together in the end!
  4. Japhethwg
    Sandstone, MN
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great quick read
    September 17, 2012
    Japhethwg
    Sandstone, MN
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    A wonderful tale about a princess and her quest of discovery. With some mystical stuff thrown in. Kept my attention all the way through.
  5. Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Heartless is a story of true heart
    September 16, 2012
    Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Heartless, Tales of Goldstone Woods Series #1.
    Heartless

    Tales of Goldstone Wood

    by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

    Una is princess of Parumvir and she is anxious to be sought by nobility who desire her hand in marriage. But all too soon Una gets her heart's desire in the form of three very different suitors. But little does Una realize that her choice will determine not only her future but also the fate of her very soul.

    When Prince Aethelbard of Farthestshore declares his love to Una and his desire to marry her she refuses him. Then Prince Gervais of Beauclair seeks her hand, as does her father's old childhood acquaintance the Duke of Shippening. But only to Leonard - Prince Lionheart of the Southlands does she give her heart. But Leonard is a prince in hiding and only to Una does he reveal his true identity.

    Having touched a dragon's scale Una and the kingdom of Parumvir are in danger, but Aethelbard's warnings fall on deaf ears. When the very dragon they were warned of comes upon them unaware King Fidel and Prince Felix may lose their very lives trying to save Una from her fate.

    But love is the only way to save Una, a sacrificial love. But whom among Una's suitors would be willing to die for her and to give up their heart so that she might be saved? Or will Una be Heartless for the rest of her life?

    Heartless is a lovely allegory of love and sacrifice. True love is only true if it is given for no personal gain.
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