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The Illuminated Heart

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Dagny's only brother, Kaj, is dead. He died of illness before his life had really begun, and Dagny blames God for it.

About a week after his death, Kaj comes back as a draugur, a creature intent on the ruin of those it had known in life. With his unholy power, he kills their crops, causes their animals to go insane, and brings them to the brink of starvation. Every single
Paperback, 130 pages
Published April 4th 2014 by Expected Aberrations Publishing (first published May 25th 2013)
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East of the Sun, West of the Moon has long been my favorite fairy tale. It's always exciting to come across a new retelling of it since it isn't well known. That said, I was prepared to love this story and I didn't. In fact it lacks all of the magic and sense of place I love most about the original Norwegian folk tale. ...more
A faith-heavy Christian retelling of ‘East of the Sun West of the Moon’ - I raced through this but then hit what was, for me, an unsatisfying ending. However, the ‘All for the Want of Chai’ bonus after the About the Author is amazing and not to be skipped - The Illuminated Heart is worth checking out just for the East Wind and West Wind characters. I’d happily read another tale about them!
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nicely written, I admit I wasn’t very familiar with the classic telling of this fairytale. Although I didn’t feel an urgency to complete this book over all I enjoyed the general styling of this book. my favourite parts were the chapters included the four winds. I would read more by this author.
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I adored this book.
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A little too much god-bothering in this fairy tale than I normally like.
Robyn Hunt
Meaningful retelling of a classic fairytale. Does have a strong Christian slant, which half of me thinks is a shame and the other half thinks doesn't matter the human emotions explored were still relevant. And yet would have preferred lack of miracle at end. All that said, this book definitely had atmosphere, heart and was confidently written. So don't let my Atheist tendencies put you off this interesting retelling. ...more
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Thea van Diepen spent the first ten years of her life on a tree-wrapped acreage where an inquisitive child might believe in magic. Nowadays, she lives in Edmonton, breathing life into characters and worlds and the stories they tell.

She’s been published in the Tesseracts anthology series, and her works include the White Changeling series, The Illuminated Heart, and the interactive short story The T

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