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He leaned his head close to my ear and whispered, "Are you afraid?"

Emma had had more reason than any other time of her life to be afraid, even when facing one of the rampages of her drunken father. But she wasn't afraid--which was odd, because although Aaryn, the person asking her that question, was her best friend, he was also a vampire. In fact, she was surrounded by hun
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Published January 6th 2010 by Writers Exchange E-Publishing
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Belinda Boring
Aug 08, 2010 Belinda Boring rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was excited to read this e-book, my love of all things vampire telling me this had the potential to be a really interesting read. Now, moments after reading it, I find myself looking at the story in two different ways - how it appealed to my mind but most, importantly, how it appealed to my heart. From my mind's perspective, this book made me pause every now and then because of some of the words the author used. I would be reading along, caught up in the story and I would hit a word or sentenc ...more
Dec 13, 2010 Steph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chrystine is christian elf who struggles to deal with her abusive alcoholic father. Although her home life is undesirable Chrystine is quite special she was born with a rare golden thumb and toe which gives her the ability to heal injuries and disease. Using her healing ability on her friend's broken arm was how she met the handsome mysterious green-eyed Aaryn who no one could quite figure out if he was a fairy or an elf. One thing Chrystine does know for sure is that Aaryn makes her heart beat ...more
Kayla Eklund
May 28, 2015 Kayla Eklund rated it it was ok
2.5 stars.

Golden Healer, Dark Enchantress was one of the most original books that I've read. When I first saw it, it drew my interest because it is a Christian vampire book. Those are two genres that typically aren't seen together. I didn't know when I would get another opportunity to read and review another book like this, so I jumped at the chance. Unfortunately, even though it had a great premise, the book fell flat for me.

I was so excited to read this book. However, after I started reading i
Jul 09, 2011 James rated it really liked it
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

You start this book and very soon you start to think 'oh no!, another twilight clone!. The market is currently saturated with this type of story - we don't need another one.' Keep reading and you are pleasantly surprised. This is different. Yes there are 'good' and 'bad' vampires, but these are two groups that are at war with each other. Not only is this a split down the centre of the vampire world, but the 'bad' vampires are controlled
Jul 18, 2011 Bree rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011, signed
I'm really happy to see that a number of people have loved this because I think Christine Schulze is a bright and imaginative, young author with a lot of promise, but this was not the book for me.

I found the plot to be lacking in depth, and a number of details were confusing to me. I had difficulty with the abusive father in the beginning. It happens and I find it incredibly sad, but I didn't feel it served a purpose at all in this story. The reason for it was never explained nor was the proble
Aug 02, 2011 WildAboutBones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A delightful story suitable for young adults and those not so young any more. Stregoni Benefici (good vampires), a Dark Enchantress and her army of evil vampires, an incubus, an elven healer, an abusive father, portcrux devices (allow travel between worlds), a prophecy and a romance come together in this Grimms' Fairy Tale meets Twilight paranormal romance. Schulze utilizes imaginative changes to the vampire mythos to bring these characters and story to life.

Chrystine, an elf and healer, is a co
A Book Vacation
Jul 03, 2011 A Book Vacation rated it liked it
This novel was completely different from anything I’ve ever read. Yes, there are vampires and fairies, but they aren’t the traditional type we are all used to. These characters are Christian, praying to God for guidance in the war against the dark enchantress. This was a really interesting concept, but to have vampires—traditionally dark, damned entities—praying to God was a bit jarring. The first time references were made to God and Christianity, I did a double take. While the story itself is c ...more
Brad Sells
May 05, 2012 Brad Sells rated it it was amazing
Shelves: signed-books
Highly recommended! Christine E. Schulze (the author) sent me this copy, and I thank you so much Christine! This novel was super fast paced, to where I couldn't put it down and finished it in about 1 hour and 30 minutes. The story idea was unique and original, which made this book even better. If I had to pick a book that needs to be noticed by more people, I pick this one. Please do read it! :-)
Jul 14, 2011 Angie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Synopsis: "Chrystine had had more reason than any other time of her life, even when facing one of the rampages of her drunken father. But she wasn't afraid. And that was odd, because although Aaryn, the person asking her that question, was her best friend, he was also a vampire. In fact, she was surrounded by hundreds of vampires."

My Review: So I fully intended to read this book next week, however once I downloaded it and started skimming, I started reading and just didn't stop. Christine Schulz
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
I REALLY enjoyed the mythology created in this book. But before I get into that, many thanks from me to Miss Christine Schulze for the copy of the book she sent to me for my reading/reviewing pleasure. And it TRULY was a pleasure! There are many things that I love about this book. The first is that it seems to stand apart from many Christian fantasy books that I've read in the past - it is not a cardboard cutout of preachiness, shoving religion down a reader's throat. Chrystine is a strong main ...more
Oct 02, 2011 Marcie rated it liked it
Chrystine is an elf. She doesn't think there is anything extraordinary about herself. She loves her best friends and has a crush on Aaryn. She loves to be anywhere but home because her father is an abusive drunk. Chrystine is an uncommonly good person but she lacks courage and determination. When she finds out she's the Golden Healer she takes it in stride. She will do anything to help Aaryn including traveling into unknown places to fight an ancient evil. Aaryn will do anything including give h ...more
I thought that this was a story just about vampires, but there was a mix of faith and vampires. Which, while interesting, to say the least, just seems very unlikely and a bit out of place. Some of the details of this are very well thought out and nice touches to add a little bit of difference from other vampire stories such as a vampire's skin becoming the color of their eyes when they touch water, or needing to be killed with gold rather than silver. I'll admit I appreciated those little differ ...more
Oct 01, 2011 Lakisha rated it liked it
First I would like to say that the reason this novel stayed in my currently reading shelf forever is because of my eReader deciding to have a software malfunction. And since I had it in epub, I had to hunt down something to read it with.

Needless to say, I did find something and finished the story. Now on to the review.

My rating is 3.5 stars (I don't think you can give half stars on here and if you can, I haven't figured it out yet).

There were some grammatical/punctuation errors that distracted m
Sep 17, 2011 Mona rated it liked it
Before reading my review, know that it may seem like I hated this book but give my full review a read and you will see that this author is worth the time.

I was given the opportunity to read this book from the author which I was very surprised to be asked by an author to review their book personally. (Hint: To all authors that I would gladly review their books for them.) So I would like to thank the author, Christine Schulze for allowing me to read her book for free for a review and I apologize t
Aug 10, 2011 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, impartial review. So, with thanks for the opportunity, I will provide just such a review.

At first, I had trouble with the description of this book. I had read Christian fiction before, but never Christian fantasy. This was my opportunity to see something very new.

The main character is Chrystine, an elf. She is a Christian living in a household with an abusive father. If you remove the "elf" part, this looks like a character you m
Review brought to you by OBS staff member Dawn

Chrystine is an elf. She’s in college with her best friends and what she wants to be is a healer. Chrystine is unique in that she has a gold thumb and toe while most of her kind have a green thumb and toe.

One of her best friends, Aaryn, is a fairy or so it seems. Who or what is Aaryn? And what does Chrystine have to do with it?


The book is fast paced and quite fun to read. It’s not overly descriptive in the beginning which is a huge plus for me
Aug 29, 2011 Eden rated it it was amazing
Chrystine was born was with the golden thumb and toe, which is rare. She wants to become a healer and has to deal with her abusive, drunken father. And then she meets him: Aaryn. She likes him, but their relationship doesn't go beyond friendship because Aaryn told Chrystine he only likes her as a friend.
Then one night Aaryn tells her many things about himself - and herself - that she couldn't believe. How could she be the Golden Healer? And Aaryn a vampire, but she never knew? Now she must someh
Aug 12, 2011 Danielle rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I got this book from the author, Christine Schulze, who was looking for people to review her book so I gladly accepted, while humorously (when I think back on it) in a state of shock because an author asked me ME! to review her book (which in my opinion is very cool), I was honored to accept the task.
Initially when I saw the book was about Christian vampires I was wondering exactly how that would work out, because as Aaryn said in the book (not an exact quote) "Christian vampire sounds like an
Aug 18, 2011 Hanna rated it liked it
I would first off like to say that I am very greatful to the author for sending me this book. The subject of vampires automatically drew me, as well as the line on the back of the book: "Are you afraid?".

I was intrigued by the story itself, but at times I felt like the main character was a bit too perfect. She was a perfect student, a perfect Christian, a perfect everything (and someone who blushed - a lot). I was a bit iffy about the whole idea of Christian vampires, not many books incorperate
Jul 23, 2011 Valentina rated it liked it
The premise of this book is quite interesting. I’ve never before encountered a paranormal fiction that is classified as Christian fiction, so I was curious to see how the author could manage it. In some ways it is a nice change, but I’m afraid it doesn’t really work as successfully as it could have. It’s hard to think of fairies and vampires as Christian. It seems forced.
The story has some very nice moments, some page-turning moments that make it an easy, quick read. The plot is really fast-pac
Mel (Daily Prophecy)
The author provided a copy of this book in exchange for a review, so here it is. I was very glad with this opportunity, so thank you, Christine!
If I make mistakes, please try to forgive me. English is not my birth language.

There are little spoilers!

I've never read a christian fantasy story before and most of the time I enjoyed it. The only think I really disliked was the way Chrystine handled her father. I just couldn't understand why she forgave him like that and why she still loved him so muc
Sep 30, 2011 Krystal rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

This book is deemed "Christian fantasy." At first, I wasn't entirely sure what this meant, but I definitely figured it out after reading and enjoying this book!

Chrystine is living with her abusive father, she also is an elf with healing powers as well as a Christian. Aaryn comes along in the nick of time. He, too, is a Christian...but he is also a vampire. He changes color when wet or by a fireplace and doesn't sparkle or display many of the familiar qualities of vampires we read about so much i
Cana Elene (
Chrystine is an elf with the golden thumb and golden toe. This means she is the ultimate natural healer. Aaryn is a fairy who was turned into a vampire a thousand years ago. And for those thousand years, he has been waiting for Chrystine, for only Chrystine can save all the Stregoni Benefici (the good vampires) by destroying the curse upon all vampires and by ending the reign of the dark enchantress that cursed them. Will she be able to save Aaryn, even though ending the curse could mean his dea ...more
Sep 04, 2011 Naomi rated it really liked it
Golden Healer, Dark Enchantress is the first book in ‘The Amielian Legacy: The Stregony Sequence’ series by Christine Schulze. Enchanting and intriguing story that delves into fantasy mixed with the supernatural.

I loved the characters in this book, especially the female and male protagonists, Chrystine and Aaryn. Chrystine is an elf living in the human world where bumping into other fantasy and supernatural creatures is the norm. Aaryn is Chrystine’s neighbor and they soon become firm friends al
Jul 26, 2011 Rene rated it it was amazing
I am not a follower of the Paranormal as I get nightmares after getting scared.
I received a autographed copy of this book and thought I would expand my horizons.
I must say that I really enjoyed the book and after I started the second half I had a hard time putting it down.

The story is basically about an elf named Christine who is a Golden Healer and her next door neighbor Aaron who is a member of the Stergoni Benefici vampires. They go to the same school and then meet up at the same college. The
kay kuever
Jan 08, 2015 kay kuever rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2011, fiction
I first became interested in Golden Healer, Dark Enchantress when I saw that it was about vampires. Like most of my peers, I have a soft spot for vampire stories. However, once I got reading I started harboring some real pros and cons with this story.

The story follows Chrystine Ezluchs, an elf with a golden thumb and toe going to college to become a healer, and her adventure with her best friend Aaryn. After dinner with Aaryn’s family Chrystine’s life gets thrown topsy turvey. She finds out Aar
Nov 11, 2011 Alexis rated it really liked it
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Quetzi Fernald
Nov 22, 2011 Quetzi Fernald rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed GOLDEN HEALER,DARK ENCHANTRESS by Christine E. Schulze. This story is a bit different from your other stories, because it's about a fairy, named Chrystine, who can also heal. Chrystine has a friend name Aaryn, who is also special because he's a "good" vampire. Aaryn starts noticing that Chrystine has bruises on her & asks his mother to heal her, & at first Chrystine doesn't want to tell him that her father is a mean drunk who abuses her. When Chrystine finds out that Aar ...more
Sep 07, 2011 Beverly rated it really liked it
My thoughts:
This was a great YA read! It has a mix of paranormal and fantasy which is all the rage in adult reading right now so it's a sure draw for the middle grade reader. It also throws faith in there, which will capture the hearts of many while adding in a bit of realistic fiction too. Christine Schulze has given her readers a blend that I haven't seen before in YA. She spins a wonderful tale of good versus evil where the main characters are paranormals and Christians. She sets the beginnin
Jun 15, 2016 Kaitlynne rated it liked it
First I want to thank Christine E. Schulze for sending me a copy of this book to review!

I think what I liked most about this book is that Aryn and Chrystine don't fall instantly in love. They've known each other for awhile, and the relationship builds over that time. Aryn is very protective of Chrystine, and even though he is a good vampire, and obviously has feelings for her, he keeps her at a distance because he doesn't want her to get hurt. I loved watching come together as the book progresse
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Christine E. Schulze has been creating books since she was too young to even write them in words. Her collection of YA and MG fantasy and Christian Fantasy books, The Amielian Legacy, is comprised of series and stand-alone books which can all be read separately but which weave together to create an amazing fantasy.

One of her main aspirations for The Amielian Legacy is to be able to create grand f
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The Stregoni Sequence (3 books)
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