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Heartless (Tales of Goldstone Wood, #1)
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Post your reviews for Heartless here!! We have a general review topic for August in the points sections, but to receive the full 7 points you must post your reviews for Heartless here!!


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Jenelle Date Read: August 10, 2013
Rating: 5/5 stars
Princess Una has just come of age, and is expecting suitors to start lining up at her door immediately. However, the first prince who comes calling is so contrary to her imagined perfect prince and visions of romance that she rebuffs his offer of marriage without even considering the man who is asking.

When rumors of something terrible and dangerous that has taken over a neighboring kingdom start to reach the ears of Una and her family, the spoiled princess does not dream that these whispers could have anything to do with her. Wrapped up in her own concerns, Una does not realize she is in danger until it is far too late.

Can true love really conquer all?

I really enjoyed this story. It is what might be considered an "original fairy tale" - not really fantasy, not a re-telling, but a story set in a fairy tale world with fairy tale type characters. And while I love classic, epic fantasy, I must confess that I have a soft spot for fairy tales. Particularly original ones, though retellings are wonderful as well.

There is also a hint of allegory to this tale, that I really loved. Thankfully, I did not feel that the allegory jumped out and smacked me across the face, nor did I feel that the story got sacrificed for the sake of the allegory - which is far too often the case in the Christian Fantasy genre.

This story has it all: princesses, knights, princes, dragons, sword-fights, ballads, romance, betrayal, jesters, and a blind cat (who is far more than he seems).

I give it 5/5 stars. If you enjoy fairy tales, or just love a good villainous dragon... I highly recommend this book. (

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