A really nice first book! I like to read the first books that authors write. They are often a great insight of things to come, and how much I will like that writer. Anne Elisabeth Stengl did "right well" as my Grandmother would say, with her first book, Heartless.
Heartless, is as I figured from the title, not with out heart. LOL! While being slow at the front, life is slow with most spoiled people, be they a Princess, or not. Anytime you have dragons I am interested.
About half way in the book you are likely to become riveted.
Princess Una reminds me of the mind set I grew up with in my family. It was passed down through several generations, but my Grandmother and Mother often talked of all their suitors. Una's stress remind me of them, and of my own struggles in some ways. Spoiled and misguided as Una can be, she is looking for love. She has given her heart away to someone who doesn't love her, and well I know how painful that can be. While this book stands on its own, it also leaves many questions that I hope to see answers to in the next book.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Anne Elisabeth Stengl makes her home in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she enjoys her profession as an art teacher, giving private lessons from her personal studio, and teaching group classes at the Apex Learning Center. She studied illustration at Grace College and English literature at Campbell University. Heartless is her debut novel.
ABOUT THE BOOK
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. When Una makes the wrong choice, catastrophe ensues for the princess and her family, and love, courage, and trust are needed when darkness engulfs the kingdom.
Only those courageous enough to risk everything have a hope of fighting off this advancing evil.
There are some delightful things and scenes: the Twelve-Year Market that appears in its own good time and sells fairy goods; a clever blind cat who is invariably underfoot and has, of course, a secret!
If you would like to read the first chapter of Heartless, go HERE.
The book link is: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0764207806