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I've been writing since I could first hold a pencil, and by all accounts I didn't limit myself to paper. Walls, tablecloths and the occasional sibling were all fair game, and it shouldn't be surprising to learn that markers were banned in my home with all due haste. Although I now content myself with inconveniencing electrons, the desire to bring the stories in my mind to life hasn't waned. In my spare time, I read, putter in the kitchen, and relax on my terrace, weather permitting, with my corgi who strives to be part muse, part food disposal. I'm also addicted to coffee and have a close relationship with my Keurig.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Heart of the ForestHeart of the Forest by Christina Quinn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've had the pleasure of seeing this book in its infancy, so to speak, before the manuscript was submitted, and it's a tremendously engaging read. How could I not rush to buy it once it was published?

Valentina, the narrator, is a strong woman, intelligent and resourceful, and her courage is what makes this story resonate. She doesn't need to be rescued, not really. She's fierce, and I fell in love with her indomitable spirit. Aneurin, the elf she heals, and falls in love with, is far more than he appears, as is his brother, Yorwrath, an elf as fierce as Valentina, and as unforgiving.

The story has many twists and turns, and each one takes you deeper into what is an impeccably drawn world of elves and men, dwarves and dragons, and magic both dark and light. Nothing should be taken for granted, and the shadows hold many things.

Ms. Quinn made me laugh, made me curse, and broke my heart in this first novel of what is proving to be a trilogy I will never forget. I'm in love with her characters, and this subtle, powerful world of hers.

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