Shadows of the Hersweald is the novella I’m showcasing here today. I got to read it and review it (check out my review here), and IT’S JUST SO COOL. It’s a Christian fantasy fairy-tale retelling of Hansel and Gretel. And it’s a novella. It takes half the time to read but is seriously just as amazing.
They would have to come that afternoon. Haydn glared at the rutted road twisted away from the gate beneath him, slithering into the shadows of the Hersweald. And what was the flaming idea behind leaving him in charge? Tregaron in the hands of a criminal… that would put them all in the good graces of the province governor, no questions asked.
A battered soldier from a defeated army, Haydn knows there is only one end to the arrival of the Prince’s governor. Except he hasn’t counted on the Prince himself. Or the pardon which his recent foe has declared to acquit all those who fought against him.
A pardon Haydn detests.
A pardon that refuses to punish the rebels now threatening his own village. And his sister.
Guilt-ridden from his own actions during the war, Haydn knows there are others who have no conscience at all. Others who are using the freedom of the pardon to forward their own desperate schemes.
With enemies closing in on all sides, a pardon that refuses punishment, and nightmares of murder and fire haunting his every thought, will Haydn recognize the truth or will his fear condemn everything he loves to destruction?
Although the history of Aslaria and the conflict between the Prince and the rebel, Tauscher, flow chronologically through the series, each novella in the Legends of Light series is a stand-alone story. Each novella focuses on one of the nine aspects of the Fruit of the Spirit while twisting fairy tales in a clean, exciting, and inspiring manner.
And I’ve been given the privilege to grant you all a sneak peek of the novella!
Haydn saluted Mathias. The man held a scroll, the broken seal visible between his fingers. “Welcome to Nerthach, Governor.”
Mathias’s steel-blue eyes slipped over Haydn, taking in his dark clothing and pausing for a fraction of a moment on his sword. Haydn tensed. It was likely Mathias knew of his past alliance, but the red and black leather twisting about the hilt of his blade and weaving up his scabbard was not a design found in the Prince’s army.
The governor inclined his head stiffly. “Where is Eurof? Does he refuse to accept the consequences of his actions, whatever they may be?”
Haydn did little to disguise his glare. “Eurof has gone far beyond accepting consequences. It is due to him that you passed through the forest without attack. Rebels still roam free, or have you not heard?”
Mathias’s eyes flashed. “I came to aid your village, not destroy it. I would be careful if I were you, for your father’s sake. He is your father now, is he not?”
Haydn’s fist clenched, and he clapped his arm behind his back. A cool hand slipped over his fingers as Gorawen pried them apart, placing her hand in his.
“I would never dream of neglecting to consider my words,” Haydn said. “You are, after all, the governor of this great province in Aslaria, and Eurof holds no position at all. No position but that given him by the people as protector of our small village until the mighty deemed the time ripe to come to our aid.”
Here’s a bit about the wonderful, talented author, Hope Ann.
Hope Ann is a Christian authoress who lives on a small farm in northern Indiana. She was homeschooled and now helps teach several of her eight younger siblings.
She has been writing for over five years and has so many story ideas that she doubts she will ever stop. Her favorite genre to write is high fantasy with a touch of the allegorical. A close second is futuristic suspense. Her goal is to not only entertain with her stories but to provide inspirational fiction for young adults.
Predictably, she loves reading fantasy, fairy tales, mythology, and futuristic suspense. Her favorite authors include J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Dickens, Frank Peretti, Mark Twain, and Serena Chase.
Her hobbies include photography, movie making, knitting, tree climbing, writing e-mails to friends, listening to Celtic music, and collecting shiny trinkets for story inspiration.