Category Archives: Christian Fantasy

A Daring Sacrifice

A-Daring-SacrificeBook Review: A Daring Sacrifice

Author: Jody Hedlund

Review by Grace Olson

The Story

Taken from Goodread’s description of A Daring Sacrifice:

The only thing harder than fighting for what’s right…is fighting their feelings for each other.

For three years, the Cloaked Bandit has terrorized Wessex, robbing the nobility by knifepoint and a well-placed arrow. But little dos anyone know, this bandit is in fact Juliana Wessex, the rightful ruler of the land and a girl her tyrannical uncle—the current Lord Wessex—believes was killed along with her father.

Juliana has become skilled at hiding from Lord Wessex in the forest, using her stolen goods to provide food and shelter to the peasants her uncle has taxed into poverty. But when she robs Collin Goodrich, her red hair betrays her true identity. Lord Collin remembers Juliana from their childhood—and challenges her to stay on his estate for a week in hopes she will leave her thieving ways and become a proper lady once more. Juliana is intrigued by Collin and his charms, but only time will tell if he can overcome her distaste of the nobility—as well as win her heart.

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            In contrast to the heroine of An Uncertain Choice, Juliana is a fiery young woman with a lot of anger to deal with. She made for a very interesting main character, and one that I really enjoyed reading about, especially for this time period. At times I got a little frustrated with her, but I liked the different angle that Jody took with this character. Lord Collin wasn’t a perfect character by any means either, and I really liked how he grew throughout the book and realized what was truly important in life and to Juliana.

This book is aimed at teens, so it was a little shorter than what I usually find myself reading, but the pace made up for it. The ending—I couldn’t put it down. The book’s title made a whole lot of sense, A Daring Sacrifice, when the Jody hit the climax with both Juliana and Collin sacrificing for those they loved and for what they believed in. The villain was odious, as he should be. 😉 Overall, it was a quick read, but one I enjoyed. I admire Jody’s desire to write quality teen fiction, aimed at teen girls in particular. In An Uncertain Choice and now A Daring Sacrifice (which are connected) she is able to weave in Christian themes along with adventure, danger, real-life emotions, and a sweet romance. I would recommend both books in this series to pre-teen and teen girls who enjoy medieval fiction that contains romance, strong characters, and adventure, all written from a Christian world view. This is exactly the kind of book I would have loved to read as a teen.

About the Author

Biography from Jody’s website: Jody Hedlund is a best-selling and award-winning author who loves fairy-tales and happily-ever-afters. She makes her home in Midland, MI with her husband and five teen-aged children. When she’s not writing another of her page-turning stories, you can usually find her sipping coffee, eating chocolate, and reading. Find out more on her website: http://jodyhedlund.com/

I was given a review copy of A Daring Sacrifice from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my review. The opinions expressed are my own.

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The Golden Braid

_225_350_Book.1770.coverBook Review: The Golden Braid

Author: Melanie Dickerson

Review by Grace Olson

The Story

Taken from Book Look Bloggers’ website description of The Golden Braid:

The one who needs rescuing isn’t always the one in the tower.

Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man around. And her skills as an artist rival those of any artist she’s met. But for a woman in medieval times, the one skill she most desires is the hardest one to obtain: the ability to read.

After yet another young man asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides they need to move once again, but this time to a larger city. Rapunzel’s heart soars—surely there she can fulfill her dream. But Mother won’t let her close to a man. She claims that no man can be trusted.

After being rescued by a knight on the road to the city, and in turn rescuing him farther down the road, Rapunzel’s opportunity arrives at last. This knight, Sir Gerek, agrees to educate Rapunzel in order to pay back his debt. She just has to put up with his arrogant nature and single-minded focus on riches and prestige.

But this Rapunzel story is unlike any other and the mystery that she uncovers will change everything—except her happily ever after.

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I have been a huge fan of Melanie Dickerson and her books since I first read The Healer’s Apprentice when I was a teenager. I have always loved fairytales, and Melanie has a way of taking well-known stories and twisting them into a new, beautiful tale.

The Golden Braid was so much fun to read, from the somewhat arrogant Sir Gerek, to the overbearing and slightly insane Mother Gothel, to Rapunzel herself, in all her misconceptions and quiet strength. The characters in this book were just as interesting and infuriating as in Melanie’s other books. And, as always, the setting is crafted in such a way that it shines through as almost a character unto itself. I enjoyed how the plot touched on those from previous books, allowing us to see beloved characters from another angle.

As usual, I loved Melanie’s latest book, and I eagerly anticipate her next release. She has one more book in the same medieval fairytale vein as The Golden Braid, but she has a new book releasing in February that is a Regency novel, which I am beyond excited to read! What I love about Melanie’s books, is that they are perfect for a teen reader, but they are also well-suited and interesting for an older reader as well. If you’ve never read anything by Melanie, but enjoy books that retell old stories, with romance, adventure, and mystery, then you have got to pick up one of her books!

About the Author

Biography from Book Look Bloggers’ website: Melanie Dickerson is the author of The Healer’s Apprentice, a Christy Award finalist and winner of the National Reader’s Choice Award for Best First Book. Melanie earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Alabama and has been a teacher and a missionary. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Huntsville, Alabama. Visit her on line at melaniedickerson.com, Facebook: MelanieDickersonBooks, and Twitter @melanieauthor.

I was given a review copy of The Golden Braid from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my review. The opinions expressed are my own.

Shades of Doon

23433222Book Review: Shades of Doon

Authors: Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

Review by Grace Olson

The Story

Taken from Amazon’s website description of Shades of Doon:

After cheating death, Veronica Welling is determined to savor every moment in her idyllic kingdom with both her true love and best friend by her side at last. At the same time, Mackenna Reid is enthusiastically building her new life and a theater with her prince. But just as their dreams of happiness are within reach, the world Vee and Kenna have chosen is ripped away, leaving them to face their most horrific challenge yet—their old lives.

Thrust out of Doon, the best friends are confronted with tormentors from their past and no way to return to their adopted land. When the MacCrae brothers rush to their rescue, the girls’ situation turns from nightmare to modern-day fairy tale. But their happiness could be short lived: unbeknownst to them, someone in their closest circle is aiding the witch of Doon in her bid to destroy the kingdom once and for all.

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            So at first I really wasn’t that in to Shades of Doon. Honestly, it felt like I was reading a rehashed version of the previous two books in the series. They think their problems are over, they’re angsting about whether or not to marry the two handsome princes because they’re still only teens, and then BAM, something bad happens and they have to save Doon yet again. Thankfully, the farther I got into the book, I could see some differences in plot from the other two books. But for a good portion of the book I could have sworn I was just reading text from Books 1 and 2. Another thing that I didn’t particularly like was the emphasis on the hormones experienced by these four teenagers. Yes, I understand that’s a thing. And yes, it’s relevant to the teens reading the books, but sometimes all it felt like was filler and an attempt to grab the attention of those teens.

            In all, I did enjoy some parts of Shades of Doon, but for the most part I wasn’t impressed.

About the Authors 

Biographies from the Doon Series website: Carey Corp wrote her first book, a brilliant retelling of Star Wars, at the prodigious age of seven. Since then, her love affair of reinvention has continued to run amuck. Writing both literary fiction and stories for young adults, she begins each morning consuming copious amounts of coffee while weaving stories that capture her exhaustive imagination. She harbors a voracious passion (in no consistent order) for mohawks, Italy, musical theater, chocolate, and Jane Austen. Her debut novel for teens, The Halo Chronicles: The Guardian, earned her national recognition as 2010 Golden Heart finalist for best young adult fiction.

A few years ago, Lorie Langdon left her thriving corporate career with a Fortune 500 company to satisfy the voices in her head. Now as a full-time author and stay-at-home mom, she spends her summers editing poolside while dodging automatic water-gun fire, and the rest of the year tucked into her cozy office, Havanese puppy by her side, working to translate her effusive imagination into the written word. Her co-written four-book series, DOON, a YA reimagining of the Scottish legend of Brigadoon, will release beginning in August 2013 from Zondervan/Harper Collins.

I was given a review copy of Shades of Doon from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my review. The opinions expressed are my own.

Five Enchanted Roses

FiveEnchantedRosesFinalCoverBook Review: Five Enchanted Roses

Authors: Kaycee Browning, Savannah Jezowski, Jenelle Schmidt, Dorian Tsukioka, and Hayden Wand

Review by Grace Olson

The Story

Taken from Amazon’s website description of Five Enchanted Roses:

Rediscover the Enchantment!

A ship bearing the souls of sinful sailors drifts upon a ghostly sea. An abbey looms as the final defense between mortals and ghouls of the underworld. In the stillness of a throne room, statues stand forever frozen in a moment of terror. Monsters and men stalk their prey deep in the jungle’s shadows. A rose blooms in the dead of winter, sheltered in the ruins of an ancient Scottish castle.

And only true love can free the Beast from his prison.

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I try to read two or three novella collections every year, simply because I love the flow of a shorter story and the creativity that can be used in such a collection. After reading the Five Glass Slippers collection from last year, I knew that Five Enchanted Roses would need to be on my to be read list. Beauty and the Beast is my all-time favorite fairy tale, though I know it is also one of the most debated. So, let’s get right into it and I’ll tell you what I thought of this collection.

Esprit De La Rose was fascinating and confusing as I scrambled to keep up with what was going on, just like Cecilia, the heroine had to do. I loved the element of pirates and the amazing creativity the author had to come up with to form the unique story world for the novella. It’s a great start to the collection, one that will press you to keep reading until the end.

Wither was…spell bounding. I couldn’t predict a single thing that would happen in this novella. The Beast of this tale was complicated and who he ends up being was a surprise for me. I liked the heroine’s spunk and the hero’s noble cause. It’s a story that will give you chills, yet also manages to attain the elements of Beauty and the Beast.

Stone Curse twists the original tale on its side and views the story from a new angle, one that kept me guessing and had me intrigued. Rather than have the ‘beauty’ come to the castle, we see that character already there and the beast is not entirely expected. Redemption would be the key word for this tale, for more than one character.

Rosara and the Jungle King was so much fun to read! The setting of the Amazon rainforest was awesome, the villain was truly terrible, and the beast intriguing. I wasn’t quite sure how a happy ending would be attained, or if it would be, but the ending is satisfying and definitely worth the read.

The Wulver’s Rose, the final novella in the collection, sticks closest to the original story yet still has its own unique elements to make it a good read. The use of the prologue and epilogue was excellent, and the motivation of Bonnie was well-done. I felt for the poor girl, as well as for the beast. In all, a good ending to the collection.

Rooglewood Press puts out another great fairy tale retelling collection, again bringing stories bursting with creativity that will keep the reader delighted and entertained, challenged and satisfied. I highly recommend this collection to lovers of fairy tales and the Beauty and the Beast story. In this collection, you’ll find the story as you’ve never read it before.

About the Authors

Biography from Rooglewood Press’s Website: Kaycee Browning is a homeschooled teenager living in North Carolina. She wrote her first novel when she was thirteen and published a novel at age fifteen. When not writing, she is most likely amusing herself by reading, fangirling, hanging out with friends, or (occasionally) doing her schoolwork. She resides with her two amazing parents, her three awesome siblings, and her two bossy dachshunds.To find out more about Kaycee and her work, visit: www.KayceeBrowning.com

Savannah Jezowski lives in a drafty farmhouse in Amish country with her Knight in Shining Armor, who is no less shiny after eight years of matrimony, and a loyal brigade of kitties, who may or may not sleep on the job. Her work has been published in Ray Gun Revival, Mindflights, and in the student publication of Fountains at Pensacola Christian College. She likes books, faeries, writing hats, and having tea with her imaginary friends. To learn more about Savannah and her work, visit: www.SavannahJaysWorkshop.blogspot.com

Jenelle Schmidt grew up in the northern-midwest. She now resides with her husband and their three adorable children in North Carolina where the summers are too hot and there is never enough snow. Jenelle fell in love with reading at a young age during family storytimes. To this day she enjoys creating exciting adventure tales filled with poignant themes and compelling characters in the fantasy and sci-fi genres.To learn more about Jenelle and her work, visit: www.JenelleSchmidt.com

Dorian Tsukioka writes fairy tale retellings, young adult fantasy, and science fiction with just a dash of romance thrown in to keep things spicy. When she’s not writing, Dorian teaches 5th graders in Kansas City, MO, or she can be found chasing after her two, pixie-esque daughters. She has a love of learning and teaching, and loves to talk about books with anyone who will listen, especially if the conversation includes cinnamon-chip scones and caramel lattes.To learn more about Dorian and her work, visit: www.DorianWrites.blogspot.com

Hayden Wand is a Christian and a homeschool graduate who has loved the classic story of Beauty and the Beast since the age of three, when she saw the Disney movie for the first time. When she’s not writing, reading, or bribing her siblings to read the classics, you can find her baking, crafting, practicing her archery skills, or watching her favorite shows on the BBC. She lives in South Carolina with her parents and four energetic younger siblings. To learn more about Hayden and her work, visit: www.everystory-storygirl.blogspot.com

I was given a review copy of Five Enchanted Roses from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my review. The opinions expressed are my own.

Destined for Doon

18866743Book Review: Destined for Doon

Authors: Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

Review by Grace Olson

The Story

Taken from Book Look Bloggers’ website description of Destined for Doon:

In this sequel to Doon, Mackenna Reid realizes she made a horrible mistake – choosing to follow her dreams of Broadway instead of staying in the enchanted land of Doon. To make everything worse, she’s received her Calling – proof she and Duncan are each other’s one true love – and it’s pure torment, especially when visions of the very alluring Scottish prince appear right before she goes on stage. So when Duncan tells her an ancient curse threatens to overtake Doon and the new queen needs her to return, Kenna doesn’t have to think twice. With darkness closing in on all sides, Kenna and Vee must battle a world of nightmares in order to protect the kingdom. But it will take the ultimate test of courage for Kenna to salvage her happily ever after.

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If you read the first book in the Doon Series, then you should remember that it ends on a cliff hanger. Destined for Doon picks up shortly after that, depending on which time you’re in, Doon or World time. Mackenna’s life isn’t exactly as she thought it would be. The theater world is not nearly as shiny—or as fulfilling—as she imagined it would be. Likewise, back in Dodge, or Doon rather, Veronica’s life isn’t all peachy-keen. Being a queen is no easy task, especially when her boyfriend and co-regent-to-be seems to regard her as incapable of handling the role by herself. That was one of the things I appreciated in this second book. Just like real life, this novel doesn’t portray everyone with a fantastical happily-ever-after.

As in Doon, this sequel has a good deal of suspense as Mackenna and Veronica have to save the kingdom yet again. The novel felt like a YA fantasy (yeah, it is) with a potential zombie apocalypse. It also reminded me of the Chronicles of Narnia movie, Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Interesting combo, I know.

I wouldn’t categorize this book as Christian fantasy. More like general YA fantasy with some Christian elements and themes. Whether or not the authors develop that plot line more in the next two books will be interesting to see.

Again, the romance level of this book is a bit more than what I prefer to read, with a couple kissing scenes (for lack of a better way to put it) that were uncomfortable for me to read.

As with every book, Destined for Doon needs to be read with discretion, and I would say this book is aimed for the older teen reader and adult reader. I enjoyed Destined for Doon and was sucked into the story line just as I was with Doon. The authors do a fantastic job of creating compelling characters and conflicts that had me thinking of them whenever I had to put the book down.

Oh, and guess what? There is another cliff hanger at the end of this book, which is frustrating, and compelling at the same time. They did a good job, though, because it left me thinking bring on Book 3!

About the Authors

Biographies from the Doon Series website: Carey Corp wrote her first book, a brilliant retelling of Star Wars, at the prodigious age of seven. Since then, her love affair of reinvention has continued to run amuck. Writing both literary fiction and stories for young adults, she begins each morning consuming copious amounts of coffee while weaving stories that capture her exhaustive imagination. She harbors a voracious passion (in no consistent order) for mohawks, Italy, musical theater, chocolate, and Jane Austen. Her debut novel for teens, The Halo Chronicles: The Guardian, earned her national recognition as 2010 Golden Heart finalist for best young adult fiction.

A few years ago, Lorie Langdon left her thriving corporate career with a Fortune 500 company to satisfy the voices in her head. Now as a full-time author and stay-at-home mom, she spends her summers editing poolside while dodging automatic water-gun fire, and the rest of the year tucked into her cozy office, Havanese puppy by her side, working to translate her effusive imagination into the written word. Her co-written four-book series, DOON, a YA reimagining of the Scottish legend of Brigadoon, will release beginning in August 2013 from Zondervan/Harper Collins.

I was given a review copy of Destined for Doon from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my review. The opinions expressed are my own.

Five Glass Slippers

 

Five-Glass-Slippers-CoverBook Review: Five Glass Slippers

Authors: Elisabeth Brown, Emma Clifton, Rachel Heffington, Stephanie Ricker, and Clara Diane Thompson

Review by Grace Olson

The Story

Taken from the Goodreads description of Five Glass Slippers:

What happens when Cinderella is so painfully shy that she cannot bear the idea of attending the royal ball? Or when the slipper fits . . . but on the wrong girl? What happens when Cinderella is determined to oust an imposter prince from her rightful throne? Or when she is a cendrillon miner working from a space station orbiting a cthonian planet? What happens when Cinderella, a humble housemaid, is sent with a message for a prisoner trapped in a frightening fairy circus?

Here is Cinderella as you have never met her before, wearing glass slippers and off on unforgettable adventures!

WHAT EYES CAN SEE: Elisabeth Brown
Painfully shy Arella begs her stepmother to let her stay home from the prince’s ball. But kindly Duchess Germaine is determined that her beautiful stepdaughter should be presented at court along with her own two daughters. So, dressed in a gorgeous gown and a pair of heirloom slippers, Arella catches the eye of the crown prince . . . and finds her life suddenly far more complicated than she ever desired.

BROKEN GLASS: Emma Clifton
The slipper fits . . . but on the wrong girl! Rosalind never once danced with Prince Marius at the ball, for she is in love with his brother Henry. If only Rosalind and Marius would stop bickering long enough to invent a scheme, perhaps the three of them can find the real mystery lady. But they must work quickly, for dark deeds are afoot, and the kingdom is poised on the brink of disaster.

THE WINDY SIDE OF CARE: Rachel Heffington
Alisandra is determined to have her rights. She knows that she is the king’s secretly dispossessed daughter, the true heir to the throne. Prince Auguste is an imposter, and if she plays her cards right, Alis will prove it to the world! That is, if charming Auguste doesn’t succeed in winning her heart before she gets her chance . . .

A CINDER’S TALE: Stephanie Ricker
It’s a dangerous life, yet Elsa wouldn’t trade this opportunity to work at Tremaine Station, mining cendrillon from the seething surface of planet Aschen. Nevertheless, when a famous deep space explorer and his handsome son dock their starcraft at the space station, Elsa finds herself dreaming of far galaxies beyond Aschen’s blistering heat. There is no time for dreaming, however, when danger threatens the space station, and Elsa and her fellow miners are tested to the limits of their courage.

THE MOON MASTER’S BALL: Clara Diane Thompson
After her terrifying experience there several years ago, the one place young housemaid Tilly longs to avoid is Bromley’s Circus. But when kindly Lord Hollingberry begs her to deliver a message to the mysterious Moon Master hidden away among the circus dwellers, Tilly can’t refuse . . . and finds herself ensnared in a web of enchantment cast by the loathsome Mrs. Carlisle and her beautiful goddaughter.

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I have fallen in love with this Cinderella collection. I wasn’t sure what to expect, since I am not a fan of the Disney version of Cinderella. I should have realized that since this collection was headed up by Anne Elisabeth Stengl I would love what I’d find therein. The five leading ladies in this collection are anything but boring, and amazingly, none of the stories are even remotely alike.

What Eyes Can See:

This story put an interesting twist to Cinderella, taking the classic tale and sticking close enough to recognize it, yet standing just enough apart to establish its uniqueness. The characters in this story will surprise and endear, a great opening glass slipper!

Broken Glass:

Steam carriages, mistaken identities, misplaced love, this Cinderella retelling is not to be missed. The relationships of the characters in this story really stuck out to me. They each had their own faults, and no one was as they seemed.

The Windy Side of Care:

Finally, like a pair of elegant snails, we came to the throne.” That quote is the essence of this story and the author’s voice. This story was a joy to read, and had me chuckling more than once! From the unlikely love at first sight and the unusual fairy godmother figure, it was all fantastic.

A Cinder’s Tale:

I’m very picky about what sci-fi I’ll read, so I wasn’t sure what to expect with this story. I didn’t need to worry, though. I loved how the writer was able to transport us to a whole new world. When I realized the tie between Disney’s Cinderella and the names the writer used for her story, it made the reading all the more enjoyable. Love, love, loved it!

The Moon Master’s Ball:

This story was the biggest deviation from the original Cinderella. In its own way, though, it was a very good story, and I felt like it was well worth the read. The elements that finally tied in with Cinderella made it all the more enjoyable as I was able to discover how it could be considered a Cinderella retelling. A story of mystery and suspense, The Moon Master’s Ball is a great story to close the Five Glass Slippers collection.

 

What has been your experience with fairytale retellings? Do you tend to gravitate towards them? Or are they the novels you tend to skip?

 

About the Authors

To learn more about these fantastic authors, you can visit their respective websites. Elisabeth Brown: http://metaphoricalcello.wordpress.com/ Emma Clifton: http://peppermintandprose.wordpress.com/ Rachel Heffington: http://inkpenauthoress.blogspot.com/ Stephanie Ricker: http://quoththegirl.wordpress.com/ Clara Diane Thompson: http://www.claradianethompson.blogspot.com/

I was given a review copy of Five Glass Slippers from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was under no compulsion to write a favorable review and I received no monetary compensation for my review. The opinions expressed are my own.

 

Shadow Hand

 

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Book Review: Shadow Hand

 

Author: Anne Elisabeth Stengl

 

Review by Grace Olson

 

 

The Story

 

Taken from Bethany House’s website description of Shadow Hand:

This is a story about blood.
And love.
And the many things that lie between.

By her father’s wish, Lady Daylily is betrothed to the Prince of Southlands. Not the prince she loves, handsome and dispossessed Lionheart, but his cousin, the awkward and foolish Prince Foxbrush. As her wedding day dawns, Daylily flees into the dangerous Wilderlands, her only desire to vanish from living memory.

But Foxbrush, determined to rescue his betrothed, pursues Daylily into a new world of magic and peril, a world where vicious Faerie beasts hold sway, a world invaded by a lethal parasite.

A world that is hauntingly familiar.

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As you all should know by now, I love Anne Elisabeth’s books. As I read Shadow Hand, I was unsure at first as to whether I would feel the same about this book. I had a bit of trouble getting into this story world, a world made darker by the villain of this tale. By the time I finished, however, I realized this too was a book that I would gladly return to in the future, but maybe not for the reason you might think.

I was reminded, yet again, why I love Anne Elisabeth’s writing. It is the underlying themes that catch at my heart and beg me to return again and again. Redemption. New life. Hope eternal in the One who created us, and molds those who will let Him into the people we were designed to be. Shadow Hand was entertaining, the characters unique and memorable, but it is this element of mercy and unfathomable love that thrills my heart and revives in me the desire to become closer to and truly know my Savior. This is what I look for in the various novels I read. What resonates with me is that underlying tone that goes beyond entertainment or even creating an emotional experience, to what truly matters.

I would highly recommend this book. For those of you who have read the other Tales of Goldstone Wood, you’ll find some familiar faces and some altogether new. The characters in Shadow Hand are all flawed, and some can be difficult to like, but be on your guard against prejudging them, for none are beyond redemption.

About the Author

Biography from Bethany House’s website: Anne Elisabeth Stengl makes her home in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, Rohan, a passel of cats, and one long-suffering dog. When she’s not writing, she enjoys Shakespeare, opera, and tea, and studies piano, painting, and pastry baking. She studied illustration at Grace College and English literature at Campbell University. She is the author of Heartless, Veiled Rose, Moonblood, Starflower, Dragonwitch, and Shadow Hand. Heartless, Veiled Rose, and Moonblood have each been honored with a Christy Award. ~ To learn more about Anne and her other books, visit her web page: http://anneelisabethstengl.blogspot.com/

I was given a review copy of Shadow Hand from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my review. The opinions expressed are solely my own.