Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance introduces

Bethany House (July 1, 2010)

Angie's Take: I enjoyed the foreshadowing of the prologue and the sense of opposites in the prince and princess's personalities. The author shows us through the character actions and words how each embodies their personality traits. She made me think about watching the people around me. How do they embody their personalities? How do they embody weakness, strength? Can they change once an awful choice is made? I love the questions and how Anne E. Stengle explores the answers in Heartless. Full of action and an excellent dose of romantic tension, just the right amount. See if you think an awful decision might lead to redemption.


Anne Elisabeth Stengl makes her home in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she enjoys her profession as an art teacher, giving private lessons from her personal studio, and teaching group classes at the Apex Learning Center. She studied illustration at Grace College and English literature at Campbell University. Heartless is her debut novel.


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. 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. Only those courageous enough to risk everything have a hope of fighting off this advancing evil. There are 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!

If you would like to read the first chapter of Heartless, go HERE.
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