Heartless : Tales of Goldstone Wood

Heartless : Tales of Goldstone Wood

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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.

Edition: PB
ISBN: 9780764207808
0764207806

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Love_Legolas_111
Jun 14, 2015

Ah, it isn't often I come across such wonderful, rich fantasy. This book was beautiful is so many ways: plot, characters, and emotions. The story kept me engaged (despite the slow prologue) and completely enthralled. The main characters were great, and I loved seeing Una develop as the story went on. The prose was wonderful, alluring and magical, perfect for a fantasy. And the best part of all was how I could tie the allegory together with my Christian faith. It was so beautiful to see how the author spun a tale that simply and gorgeously told the story of a Prince who loved a normal girl unconditionally, and would do anything and everything to make her his. And it wasn't cheesy or anything like that. Aethelbald's love for Una was strong and real; the author portrayed Christ's love for us extremely well. This could be a stand alone, except there are like two plotlines that were purposefully left unfinished (which I won't spoil for you), but it doesn't end in an outright cliffhanger (which, I am tremendously thankful for *wink*). Anyways, both Christians and non-Christians could read this, as it is a really good fantasy book, but Christians will understand the undertones of the allegory. I will be continuing the series. Stengl's writing is wonderful and some of the best, simple fantasy story-telling I've read in a while. 5 stars. :)

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AngelaKD
May 17, 2015

A nice story, enjoyable if you like allegories. It was too much of an allegory for me, it felt to heavy-handed and because the characters had to fit into the Christ-Salvation allegory, were not as well rounded as most fantasy characters should be. I wanted to root for the happy ending of princess and her prince - but it wasn't satisifying enough as a love story. He was too stiff, too unreachable. And because it was obviously allegorical, the story was pretty predictable.

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julia_sedai
Apr 22, 2015

I really enjoyed this book. At the beginning I struggled a bit to get into it but by the middle I had a hard time putting it down. It's an allegory, with Aethelbald being the Christ-figure. I loved Stengl's writing style and the way the characters spoke. It was a bit old-fashioned, but it fit the story wonderfully. The plot is exciting and some parts made me want to cry. I think Stengl does a fantastic job of showing Jesus' love in the character of Aethelbald. I recommend this book to all teenagers and adults, and anyone who likes fantasy. I am looking forward to reading more of the Goldstone books.

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violinp
Dec 15, 2012

I could NOT put this book down, it was so interesting!

S_FORBES Sep 01, 2011

Awesome book! Not as predictable as others, which made it all the more enjoyable!

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yrusocereal
Dec 30, 2010

This was an amazing book! Full of adventure, love, and dragons! I was really stuck in this book, and would not part with it till I finished! So GOOOD!

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Jul 03, 2013

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Dec 15, 2012

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