Quest of the Hart

Quest of the Hart

by Mary Waibel

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BN ID: 2940016462110
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Publication date: 04/19/2013
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,104,021
File size: 608 KB

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Quest of the Hart 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading enough contemporaries to make me want to gouge my own eyes out, I picked up this sweet fantasy. Oh the things to love about fantasy! --Dragons, swords, quests, sorceresses, good and evil... In this story, we enter a world where a Disney-type princess falls right into an Eragon type world and must either grow into a warrior, or the entire kingdom will succumb to utter doom. I like the villain's arc as much as the hero's, and it made for a fun, light read after so many "real world" stories. Gag. Thank you, Mary, for an enjoyable read! I'll be coming back for more. 100% clean. Great read for all ages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story kept me wanting to turn the page. The characters were developed well. A great book for tweens to adults.
Samantha05 More than 1 year ago
Mary Waibel has made an incredible new fairy tale spin with Quest of the Hart. What I enjoyed most about this story is the character development of the main character, Princess Kaylee. At first, she is more of the typical fairy tale princess: safe, guarded, and seemingly destined for a happily ever after without much effort. But once an evil plot is discovered (by her prince's sister no less), Kaylee really has to really take a big turn. She has to go from a very sheltered life to a life where she has to fight with everything she has if she even wants to live. Waibel does a remarkable job of showing her progression and developing depth. Sometimes in the story, you get a look at what is going through Princess Arabella's head (the antagonist), and I love seeing her side of things. The hint of romance in her own life was extremely swoon worthy. The narration of this story wraps you up and puts you right in the middle of a world full of magic, love, and possibility. I didn't have a choice but to be enchanted with it from the first chapter and to fall in love with the world more and more as the world exposed itself more. The characters fit perfectly into it, and it makes it a wonderful pick for any lover of fairy tales, old or new. Another favorite part of this story for me was the ending. I won't give spoilers, but it wrapped up very well, and I'm very happy with how things turned out. I will be extremely excited to start Charmed Memories, a companion to this one!
FantasyBookLane More than 1 year ago
Princess Kaylee embarks on a mission to wake her true love from a sleeping spell in this backwards Sleeping Beauty style fairytale. She is pursued by wicked Princess Arabella, Prince Devlin's sister, who is determined to take the throne for herself. Arabella has cast a sleeping spell over Devlin and only needs a drop of Kaylee's blood to complete her dirty work. Sent on a quest by a magnificent hart, Kaylee must retrieve a special sword and obtain a drop of dragon's blood to save her prince. She is accompanied by Sabrina, the daughter of an old crone. At first Kaylee doubts that Devlin is her one true love, but she is determined to see the quest to its end. This is an enchanting new take on an old fairytale. Each passage is highly descriptive which allowed me to easily visualize this make-believe world. Every inch of the kingdom has been well thought out rather than just being someplace "far far away". The journey felt more real than a traditional fairytale, and the characters are deep and interesting. I loved every twist and turn to this tale. I also appreciated that Kaylee was able to undergo a traditionally male hero's quest without becoming overly masculine herself. She remains a princess and a lady throughout in spite of her situation. What little we experience of Prince Devlin makes him more than just another Prince Charming. He doesn't just love a girl and stand around looking pretty. He has the makings of a compassionate and noble leader, which he will need someday as king. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Doodlebug4444 More than 1 year ago
As posted at THE READING CAFE 30 Jul 13 4 out of 5 for this reader folks! What a refreshing spin on a common story many of us grew up with.  A reverse Sleeping Beauty indeed.  Quest of the Hart by Mary Waibel is a short (just over 150 pgs according to my ereader), action packed, magical, light love story between a prince and princess, and the evil that threatens their future together. Princess Kaylee (our leading lady) starts this story with her betrothed Prince Devlin as a meek, intelligent and gentle woman falling in love with her handsome prince.  One day while the princess and prince are on a ride through the forest, they come across the prince's sister Princess Arabella.  Princess Arabella is the first born twin sister to Prince Devlin and she has a serious bone to pick with her brother.  convinced he has stolen the throne from her just by being male, she traps Prince Devlin into a spell by stabbing him with a dagger.  Before she is able to stab Princess Kaylee (ensuring her blood is on the same dagger as the Prince's, intending to kill them both), Princess Kaylee gets away. Now Princess Arabella is really ticked off.  Her spell isn't complete and she has only a certain amount of time to ensure it gets sealed or she will suffer certain consequences.  Princess Kaylee is picked up (she was injured when she fled) by others who possess magic and is shown the way to break the spell.  Through dangerous quests and Princess Kaylee's resolve to free the man she loves, turns her into a kick ass heroine!  We encounter blood,swords, misses of death, hunting, dragons, magic and ultimately true love! This is a fluffy read.  Meaning, no grit or dirty, no sex .. it's very PG.   I do prefer a book that has more grit to it, but for those that do not, this is a beautiful fast read!  If you love a good fairy tale where the woman is in charge, then for sure pick this book up! HAPPY READING!
ktlc1113 More than 1 year ago
In this reverse Sleeping Beauty story, Prince Devlin is caught in a sleep spell and his betrothed Princess Kaylee must find a way to save him. Too bad Devlin's sister, Arabella, who put the enchantment on Devlin, will do anything to stop Kaylee from succeeding. If Kaylee can't complete the quest before the last person in the kingdom falls asleep, Devlin and the others will remain in sleep forever. Mary Waibel weaves a wonderful fantasy adventure in Quest of the Hart. Princess Kaylee is tested on every level, from her bravery to her ability to truly love Prince Devlin. And what a treat to have Princess Arabella, in all her wicked complexity, as a point of view character. Mary's lush descriptions filled my imagination with beautiful pictures of her world, but were never too over the top that my mind wandered. I can't read to read her next tale!
Michelle-K-Pickett-Author More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting not so patiently to read Mary Waibel’s debut young adult reverse fairy tale retelling since she told me about it months ago. I finally got my chance and all I can say is…it was definitely worth the wait. But I found one problem with the book. Quest of the Hart isn’t a story. It isn’t a fairy tale. It isn’t a young adult novel. Why? Because… It’s empowerment on paper. The story Mary weaved was not only entertaining, interesting and engaging, but also empowering for girls. Instead of the prince saving the helpless princess, the princess was the one who saved the prince. This type of message is so important for today’s generation of young women, and Mary delivered it flawlessly. At the beginning of the tale, Princess Kaylee is shy, quiet, and seems weak, like a person would imagine a pampered princess would be. Although, she wasn’t spoiled or mean-spirited, she was used to being waited on. But that stopped during her quest to save Prince Devlin. There was no one there to wait on her. She had to learn to fend for herself… “I am not your maid, Princess. You need to learn how to do this on your own.”  As the story progressed and the stakes rose, Kaylee had to step-up and face things that were definitely way out of her comfort zone. She had to push herself to the limit and beyond to complete her quest and save her prince, and ultimately the kingdom. The best thing about this was I got to go through this with her. I could feel her unease in situations, her fear, her confusion when things didn’t work how they were supposed to, and I could feel her sense of accomplishment each time she met a goal, her strength and tenacity building in the face of the obstacles before her. I watched her grow…I watched her become empowered. And that is the message young adult readers of Quest of the Hart are going to get…you can do it. You are strong enough. You are empowered. Beyond the message held in the story—which is what grabbed me the most even though story itself is very interesting, the pacing is perfect and the characters are well developed—Mary’s descriptions were spot on. I could see the imagery. She did an excellent job of drawing me into the scene with the characters. Descriptions like… “Soon the trees surrounded them, stifling all light and sound, save for the thunder of their horses’ hooves. The scent of pine filled the air as they rode into the grove of conifers.” Descriptions like that really place me right in the middle of the action with the characters. I love it when an author can do that. Make the room fall away and replace it with the smell of pine and the thunder of horses’ hooves. Bottom Line: I really enjoyed Quest of the Hart. I think it was an entertaining story. A fresh take on a popular fairy tale. I loved the idea of reversing the roles of hero and heroine—I think that was brilliant, and, like I’ve said, it empowers young women. I won’t hesitate to read more of Mary’s work. She did a fantastic job with her debut novel. I’m anxious to see what she has in store for her sophomore book! My Rating: 5 of 5 stars—I loved it!