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Posted May 27, 2010
Spring Maiden is another short book in Aubrie Dionne's Seasons of Fantasy series. The story opens with Elena enchanted in the whimsical land of spring. The lyrical writing enchants the reader too with sights, sounds and scents.
With scenes reminiscent of childhood fairy tales, young Elena has fled an arranged marriage to the wintry Barrow. But years have passed in the outside world while Elena has peacefully enjoyed her glade's enchantment. Now a hunter is searching the woods.
Those breathless moments between magic and reality - those changing images from true to enchanted and back - Aubrie Dionne describes it all beautifully, leaving the reader as captivated as her characters.
As Elena and Warren finally meet and converse, they learn that they're each somehow seeking meaning and growth. Neither timelessness of eternal spring, nor timeworn habits of the hunt can provide what they need. But the author brings the tale to a magical and very satisfying close.