"A fabulous magical story"
His parents and he were driven out of The Order into the
realm of the Outsiders for violating the prime directive
of not sharing magical solutions with the humans. The
adults died not long afterwards leaving five years old
David Angus MacGregor struggling to survive. He becomes
an acrimonious hateful soul punishing anyone for the
slightest supposed affront. Finally disgusted with his
malicious behavior, the Lead Sorceress changes Angus into
a hideous statue and he will remain that way until someone
frees him from his stone coffin.
When he was still flesh, Angus did a kind deed for a
child. She vowed to repay him and over the next three
centuries that debt has passed down from her to her
descendents. In the present, a dying Aunt Aggie asks her
niece Karen Matthews to go to Scotland to free the soul
inside the statue. Though thinking this is foolishness,
Karen, in spite of also dying from a defective heart and
not believing, completes her deathbed vow freeing Angus.
They immediate fall in love, but how will he react when he
realizes that his beloved is ironically dying?
STONE HEART is a terrific fantasy romance, the third tale
in the Order universe (see GRYPHON'S QUEST and THE GAZING
GLOBE). Karen is an inspirational person embracing life
while near death; Angus has a second chance to redeem his
soul, but life's cruelty hits home when another loved one
is near death. Will he choose salvation as his cherished
redeemer is dying or will he turn bitter and angry at
fate? Candace Sams enchants her readers with a fabulous
magical story in which the strength of sorcery seems
genuine but feeble next to the power of love.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 29, 2004