Heartless, Tales of Goldstone Woods Series #1
Fantasy to fall in love with
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.
December 21, 2012
I enjoyed this book and will pass it along to my daughter! Love the way it came together in the end!
December 12, 2012
Heartless is a story of true heart
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.
September 16, 2012
This isn't your normal fantasy.
This book might not be for you if you're not into Fairy Tale as this is how Anne Elisabeth wrote this book. However, if you're a big fan of such writers as George MacDonald and C.S. Lewis, then this book is definitely for you! (Or if you're just curious, like I was.)
At face value, this seem like a regular fairy tale about a princess, a prince, and a dragon, but if you look closer, you see it's so much more. I'm sure some people have said that it's a cautionary tale about foolishly giving your heart away and they're right. But it's also a tale about the Church, the modern church that is, and how we're so "easily distracted from the truth of the gospel, looking for quick-fixes, running after the next new and exciting idea, and falling into traps of worldly thinking, forgetting the truth of grace and love(quote is from the author's blog)." It's a tale of how our Savior never stops pursuing us, even when we tell Him to leave us be and we cause Him pain. Of how He is there for us at the end when no one else is.
After reading this book, I couldn't wait to pick up the other books to see what happened to the characters. And I hope you pick them up too!
September 16, 2012