Heartless

Heartless

eBook - 2010
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A dragon is rumored to be approaching Parumvir. Princess Una, smitten with a dashing prince, refuses Prince Aethelbald's offer--and ignores his warnings about the growing danger. Soon the Dragon King himself is in Parumvir, and Una, in giving her heart away unwisely, finds herself in grave danger.
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minn. : Bethany House Publishers, c2010
ISBN: 9781441212016
1441212019
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE eBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (363 p.)

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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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