- File Size: 918 KB
- Print Length: 112 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Writing in the Light Publishing (March 28, 2017)
- Publication Date: March 28, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MSB6S6C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Shadows of the Hersweald: A Hansel and Gretel Novella (Legends of Light Book 3) Kindle Edition
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In "Shadows of the Hesrweald", Hope Ann gives us an thrilling new tale with bits of Hansel and Gretel, allegorical elements, and the fruit of the Spirit "peace" woven perfectly together in an inspiring way with wonderful characters that all have personal struggles and triumphs, exciting plot line that keeps you engaged, and a very satisfying conclusion (through I wish it hadn't ended so soon!)
Okay, there's the professional sounding part of my review. Let me say I LOVED IT! and end with my personal hearty recommendation to read this amazing novella. Although a few things were a bit hard to understand, when I finished it I was amazed at how everything was tied in together. 'Twas a rare treat to read something so well written, and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series!
Haydn believes that the rebels he fought with under Tauscher and he himself do not deserve the pardon. Rebels continue to burn and plunder and he believes only punishment, not pardon, will protect his family including his sister Gorawen. Through Haydn and Gorawen the Hansel and Gretel story is loosely told as they journey through the forest dropping bread crumbs (rocks), get captured, get away, get lost, etc. There is no witch but other heart-rendingly evil characters fill the void. My heart broke when the person behind the evil was revealed at the end of the story. In the end however grace and peace do triumph.
Sex - none
Language - lots of fire references stand in for cursing but no profanity
Violence - guilt-ridden thoughts of violence (killing) in the past although it is only vaguely described; a few quick fights; a number of people are killed both on and off page - no graphics descriptions of the deaths
Religion - This novella focuses on the Christian Fruit of the Spirit - Peace and follows the ongoing conflict between the Prince (representing Jesus) and Tauscher (representing Satan). Jesus, Satan, and Christian are never mentioned explicitly in the story.
As with the other books, I love Hope Ann's characters! I really liked Hadyn. He had a lot going on having fought with the defeated rebels which gave it an interesting dynamic in the aftermath of the war with the arrival of the victors in his village.
There was a lot of backstory hinted at and sometimes was a bit confusing when everyone is constantly talking around something that you're not familiar with, but everything comes out in the end with some interesting twists. I was pretty much glued to the book with the action and mystery and terrific brother/sister moments. :)
I think this one might be my favorite of the novellas so far! The Hansel and Gretel moments were great and I enjoyed seeing the hints of the fairy tale throughout. Highly recommended. :)
From the very first page I was drawn into former rebel soldier Haydn's world. The story opens shortly after his return home from the battlefield as he tries to pick up the pieces of his pre-war life. But tensions between old neighbors and newcomers to the village soon erupt into conflict, and Haydn is forced to face his dubious past to cope with the demands of the present.
The author has pulled off a challenging feat in this story: it is a compelling adventure that depicts an intriguing fantasy world, while exploring significant themes such as the hard fact that today's forgiveness doesn't prevent possible future offenses, with all their associated pain and suffering. How far should any human being be willing to go in an effort to prevent such a fate?
This is a novella, but it feels like a novel. Don't get me wrong: it is a fast, engrossing page-turner, but many writers would need two or three times the page count to immerse the reader in their world. So if you love fantasy but hesitate to invest in a new series because you don't have time, wait no longer: This is a quick but satisfying read! The same holds true if you love fantasy but aren't drawn to fairy tale retellings, per se: Although many elements of the original tale are present if you're looking for them, the story stands on its own as fantasy. Read either way, it works.
And if you love Christian fantasy in particular, then you will find much to appreciate in this resonant story.
Note: Although I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review, I've also purchased the final version so I'll have the corrected copy on my e-book shelf.
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