Series: Hearth and Bard Tales
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Heartless Hette (Hearth and Bard Tales) by M. L. Farb
Come to Germania, where a clockwork heart rules and a fool advises–and a laugh can bring both to their knees.
When Princess Hette refuses a sorcerer’s proposal, he retaliates by stealing her heart—literally.
Desperate to resist his influence, Hette makes herself emotionless, stifling all feelings until she can find her heart and win it back. Only Konrad, the despised Court Fool, knows where to find the sorcerer, and he has his own curse to battle.
Riddles and magic plague their path, including a memory stealing witch, an unbeatable knight, and a magic book that would as soon drown them as lead them to their destination. Yet, if Hette can’t find the sorcerer in time, her heart will be the least of her losses.
Time disappears when reading this book; it gobbles up your attention and imagination, and carries you to a faraway world of quests, witches, talking animals and life-saving riddles. Princess Hette has been hardening her heart for years. Loss and disappointed has stolen her desire for love or laughter. She yearns instead to become a Queen who will rule with a just and fair hand, someone that will improve the lives of her subjects in the land of Germania. Her father would have her married, but she is cold to all the suitors who come before her. That is, until Friedrich seeks her hand in marriage. He is intelligent and full of wonderful ideas, but still she declines. Determined to have his way, he reveals himself as a magician and steals away her heart, leaving her with a mechanical ticking device in its place. With the court Fool and a village Healer, Hette embarks on a quest to find her heart. The road is not easy and full of trials. She needs to trust the people who accompany her, but what she doesn’t know is that she is gaining something more precious than her beating heart – friendship and love. Just like traditional fables this story is packed with morals. As the coldhearted princess begins to unpack her emotions, life-lessons start pouring in. This journey will change her forever, and one day she will learn how to laugh.
M. L. Farb writes with flair and feeling, creating compelling characters and a story with heart that’s simply wonderful. Her world-building is beautiful and extraordinary and on point with classic fantasies. This original, easy-to-read traditional-style fantasy comes highly recommended by Artisan Book Reviews.
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