Tales of Goldstone Wood

Heartless

I listened long to your story,
Listened but could not hear.
When you chose to walk that path so overgrown,
I remained alone with my fear.

Cold silence covers the distance,
Stretches from shore to shore.
I follow in my mind your far-off journeying,
But I will walk that path no more.

Beyond the final water falling,
The Songs of Spheres recalling,
We who were never bound are swiftly torn apart.
Won’t you return to me?

Heartless, written by Anne Elizabeth Stengl, is a beautiful story of magic, love, and forgiveness. It was published in 2017 by Bethany House Publishers and is the first book in the Tales of Goldstone Wood series. This fantasy book is sure to warm your heart as you follow the adventures of Una, princess of Parumvir.
Una has come of age, and now suitors will be allowed to pursue her hand. She is filled with romantic ideas and notions; handsome, dashing princes; love songs in the moonlight-those kinds of things. Unfortunately, that is not what is the case when her first prince comes. Prince Aethelbald of Farthestshore is as ordinary a man as could be (from her point of view, anyway). And Farthestshore is a mysterious fairy kingdom that is remembered only in ancient legends and the memories of the elders of Parumvir. Una wants absolutely nothing to do with him. However, Prince Aethelbald professes his love for her, refuses to leave Parumvir, and brings whispered tidings of danger. A Dragon is rumored to be roaming the countryside, ravaging kingdoms and destroying homes. Also, Prince Aethelbald knows something more. The Dragon’s mind is set on Princess Una. And he’s coming to Parumvir.
Una’s father, King Fidel, refuses to heed Aethelbald’s warning, and Princess Una spurns his love for the love of a more charming prince. When the dragon comes, there will be nothing to stop him. Una is alone. Will her charming prince remember her and come to her aid, or is he a false lover? Will she ever discover who her true Prince is? Or does she already know?
Stengl writes with a good amount of detail and description. The story flowed well; there were no particularly slow spots although it did move more quickly near the end. This book is a fairly easy read, and I would highly recommend it for girls (and maybe even boys?) ages 12+. A wonderful, heart-warming read, with excellent morals and virtuous themes. 4 out of 5 stars.

I listened long to your story,
Listened but could not hear.
When you chose to walk that path so overgrown,
I remained alone with my fear.

Cold silence covers the distance,
Stretches from shore to shore.
I follow in my mind your far-off journeying,
But I will walk that path no more.

Beyond the final water falling,
The Songs of Spheres recalling,
We who were never bound are swiftly torn apart.
Won’t you return to me?

Poem taken from Heartless, written by Anne Elizabeth Stengl, published in 2010 by Bethany House Publishers