About the Book
Book: The Crown and the Axe
Author: Darcy Fornier
Genre: YA Christian Medieval Adventure
Release Date: September 12, 2019
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I had so much fun reading this book. Not only is it a spin on Sleeping Beauty, but it also has a lot of good, strong spiritual lessons throughout.
Dierk is, of course, not a very likable character at first. But he’s not supposed to be. But then he goes on this journey, disguised as a woodcutter’s son. He gets to know his father’s best friend, Frederick, more, and he meets such interesting characters such as the Sisters. And through his experiences and the people he meets, there is this change in him.
I really liked King Phillip’s backstory. It was interesting to read and learn about. Not only did it help to understand his character more, but it also made me wonder what I would do in his situation.
Even though this book is young adult, there are many lessons that even adults could learn from in this story. I especially liked how, towards the end of the book, the author talked about loving your enemies and showed how that would look. I found that part the most interesting.
Overall, I would highly recommend this book.
I had received a copy of this book as part of the Celebrate Lit Blogging Team and was required to give an honest review.
About the Author
Darcy Fornier (pronounced forn-yay) believes the best stories provide clean, compelling entertainment while also provoking the reader to think about life in a new way. She’s been spinning stories ever since she learned how to play “pretend,” and she has seriously pursued writing since 2013. When she isn’t writing, editing, or dreaming up a story, you might find her washing dishes, “dissolved” in a book, playing the piano, hiking in the woods, singing at the top of her lungs, or talking up a storm with her sisters. At six years old, she gave her heart to Jesus, and she lives to know Him more. She makes her home with her parents and two younger sisters, wherever that happens to be.
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The first spark of inspiration for this story was Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. Don’t judge yet, okay? 😉
I hadn’t yet seen the film, actually, just read a storybook at least three years before I even thought about taking pencil to paper myself.
The princess and the sleeping spell fascinated me far less that the prince’s capture by, and subsequent battle with Maleficent. Maybe that’s why the prince is the only character who has the same name in my story.
I got to thinking, “What would the story be like without magic?” So there went the sleeping spell. 😉
And then I got to wondering, “What happened to the prince and princess after the story ended? Who would their children be? How would those children be affected by their parents’ dramatic past?”
That’s when Dierk Lichtensitz, Crown Prince of Sunland, introduced himself.
The story is mostly his. But because all of are shaped by those before us, it is also his father’s story. I had fun telling both.
The characters walk through several dark places. Life offers us many painful challenges, after all. But they also get to laugh because life offers us moments of joy.
And it is a story of victory. Because in Jesus, there is nothing over which we can’t triumph.
P.S. If you have any clean or inspirational Sleeping Beauty retellings to recommend, I’m all ears. Pay no attention to my To-Be-Read pile’s protests in the background. 😉
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