- Year: 2010
- Page Number: 368
- File Type: Epub
- File Size: 0.79 MB
- Authors/ Editiors: Anne Elisabeth Stengl
The Dragon King Seeks His Princess– Who Dares to Stop Him?
Princess Una of Parumvir has come of age and will soon marry. She dreams of a charming prince, but when her first suitor arrives, he’s not what she’d hoped. Prince Aethelbald of mysterious Farthestshore has travelled a great distance to prove his love–and also to bring hushed warnings of danger. A dragon is rumored to be on the hunt and blazing a path of terror.
Una, smitten instead with a more dashing prince, refuses Aethelbald’s offer–and ignores his cautions with dire consequences. Soon the Dragon King himself is in Parumvir and Una, in giving her heart away unwisely, finds herself in his sights. Only those courageous enough to risk everything have a hope of fighting off this advancing evil.
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, and Starflower. Heartless, Veiled Rose, and Dragonwitch have each been honored with a Christy Award. Learn more at anneelisabethstengl.blogspot.com
“Princess Una of Parumvir is old enough to accept suitors, but she is not impressed with Prince Aethelbald, whom she finds stodgy, despite the kindness she senses. Other princes appear, and one, who has been forced to accept the rold of a Fool, catches her eye. But when an unholy dragon brings her a horrifying new reality, it is the steadfast Aethelbald who is able to release Una. Although the story has subtle Christian underpinnings, including having to die before being resurrected to a new life, this is primarily a romantic fantasy that also shows keen insight into how the ego can block what is ultimately best for a young person’s soul. There are some strong scenes in which evil, here in the form of the dragon, is made manifest, but as several of the secondary characters prove, evil can also come in the form of cowardice or banality. More casual readers, who may not get the subtleties, will still find plenty to like here, and those who enjoyed fairy tales when younger will feel right at home in the Tales of Goldstone Wood series.”
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