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on July 19, 2013 :
I’m not originally crazy about the fantasy genre, but the more I read exceptional books, the more I realize the unfathomable depths a fantasy story can plunge into just to flesh out something truly memorable. And one of those “exceptional books” is Deborah Dalton’s ‘Heartstealer’—the story hooks you right into a major dilemma, and you stay hooked until the very last page.
A seven-year-old girl is dying, and she happens to possess something special. Thomas Delauncey must save her, and he could only do so if he coerces someone to help him—but of all the young women in the world he could kidnap, he chooses the feisty Derora Saxen. Tough luck, right? But then again, that’s only the beginning, as the duo find themselves pawns to a power struggle much larger than their own lives.
Obviously, ‘Heartstealer’ is a delight to read—there’s always something that compels you to keep on turning the pages, and you sink your mind-teeth in the book’s scenes with gusto. This is a huge plus, given that there are so many fantasy books out there whose authors seem to have no idea about pacing, or how to keep the level of interest and intensity sufficiently high to keep the reader like putty in the author’s hands. ‘Heartstealer’ stands out simply because it is so much fun to read—there’s never a boring moment.
Deborah Dalton is at the height of her literary powers, as ‘Heartstealer’ is the work of someone who not only knows her craft well, but also has the power to conjure more. I love the subtle sense of humor, the gravity of the solemn scenes, and the way Derora and her friends interact, especially how their strong friendship is portrayed even through the meat-grinder of the foreboding war.
I haven’t yet read the first book (‘Heartstealer’ is supposedly the second one in the ‘All Things Impossible’ series), but due to the sheer fun I had in reading ‘Heartstealer’, I guess I’ll be getting that other book soon. This one deserves all the five stars in my bag.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on March 02, 2013 :
This series gets better and better ! On to the next yay!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)