Princess Una of Parumvir has come of age and will soon be married. She dreams of a handsome and charming prince, but when the first suitor arrives, she finds him stodgy and boring. Prince Aethelbald from the mysterious land of Farthestshore has traveled far to prove his love--and also to bring hushed warnings of danger. A dragon is rumored to be approaching Parumvir.
Una, smitten instead with a more dashing prince, refuses Aethelbald's offer--and ignores his warnings. Soon the Dragon King himself is in Parumvir, and Una, in giving her heart away unwisely, finds herself in grave danger. Only those courageous enough to risk everything have a hope of fighting off this advancing evil. [summary from Goodreads]
So I've kind of been on a dragon kick lately. I read Carrie Vaughn's Voices of Dragons over the week and loved it. Then I went to see How to Train Your Dragon in the movie theatres with a friend--and don't laugh! It is SO good. Needless to say, I've been getting all excited over dragons. I'm even considering rereading Robin McKinley's The Hero and the Crown, which I absolutely do not have time to do right now (I can barely do any review reading, at this point in the semester). Which goes to show you my love for all things dragon.
Anyway, even if I weren't on a dragon kick, will you just take a look at that cover and tell me that is not an extraordinary piece of art? That cover is ohmygoodness deserving of being poster-size and hung on my wall. Plus, this story just has an old-fashioned fantasy quest feel, which I've kind of been missing. I definitely want to check this book out when it comes out!
Heartless will be published in paperback by Bethany House on July 1, 2010.