and other elemental stories
by Christine E. Schulze
Lily in the Snow is a new YA Fantasy book from author, Christine Schulze. "It is an anthology of six stories about all sorts of different Elementals. From Earth to Fire to Stone, all are magical beings with unique and beautiful coming-of-age adventures and romances." (quoted from Christine's email to me) Christine Schulze is the author of many wonderful stories, one of which I reviewed previously for her ~ Bloodmaiden. I am excited to be able to read, review and promote her new book.
I must say first of all that my favorite story of those within the book, has to be. . .well, that is difficult to decide. I really liked all of the stories in this anthology; and each for different reasons. I loved the main, first title - Lily in the Snow, for the suspense and magical ending. I enjoyed following the romantic journey of Mica Schist, as well as the wonderous ending. I also really enjoyed the story, Labyrinth: Heart of Stone. It is full of mystery, suspense, adventure and romance. Each of the stories throughout this book, have characters that deal with love, abandonment, emotional turmoil, difficult decisions, loyalty, honesty, and so much more. Not only are the stories entertaining and thought-provoking; but also take the reader on a journey through the emotions and choices, sacrifices and personal changes that the characters in each of the stories struggle with. Tthe worlds of the Elementals, Angels, flower maidens, dragon fairies are described in such a way that I almost felt they were real. I felt like I was a part of the story, experiencing the wonder and awe of each new discovery along with the characters in the stories. I can't wait to see what new and exciting adventure author Christine Schulze can come up with next.
Lily in the Snow is due to be published sometime around January 2012 - I will hopefully update this blog when I know the exact date!
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