YA Review – The Crown and the Axe

About the Book

Book: The Crown and the Axe

Author: Darcy Fornier

Genre: YA Christian Medieval Adventure

Release Date: September 12, 2019

A careless mistake. A tale from the past. A journey he’ll never forget.Seventeen-year-old Dierk Lichtensitz, Crown Prince of Sunland, excels in both his physical and educational training. Not that his father is impressed, but Dierk quit trying to please him years ago.King Phillip Lichtensitz holds high standards for his children—with good reason. So when selfish neglect on Dierk’s part leaves another squire injured, Phillip delivers strict punishment. Dierk must travel the country as a woodcutter’s son.
Resentful of his father’s decision, Dierk resolves to endure his punishment unmoved—until the tales of a long-dead witch’s power force him to reckon with himself and his God.
As the journey leads him into more danger than his father could have ever foreseen, how much will Dierk have to surrender to become the man he needs—and desperately wants—to be?

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My Review

Fornier, Darcy. The Crown and the Axe. Spring Hill, TN: Stones of Elah Press, 2019.

Darcy Fornier touches the hearts of her readers in The Crown and the Axe. There are so many Biblical truths that surface as part of the story. There is also so much of the human condition revealed – I am sure that most readers will have their hearts touched in some way. God’s grace and love shines through in the lives of the characters. The salvation story of several characters will cause readers to look at their own lives to determine if they are truly Christians or just tagging along on their parents’ coat strings. 

Evil is very evident in the story but so is the power of Christ and His love to overcome evil. Something Christians today need to remember. I highly recommend The Crown and the Axe. 

The Crown and the Axe is book one in Darcy Fornier’s Prince of Sunland series. I look forward to reading other titles in this series.

I would not hesitate to add this young adult fantasy novel to a k-12 Christian school library. It is appropriate for middle school and up.I received a complimentary copy of The Crown and the Axe.  This is my honest review.

About the Author

Darcy Fornier (pronounced forn-yay) believes the best stories provide clean, compelling entertainment while also provoking the reader to think about life in a new way. She’s been spinning stories ever since she learned how to play “pretend,” and she has seriously pursued writing since 2013. When she isn’t writing, editing, or dreaming up a story, you might find her washing dishes, “dissolved” in a book, playing the piano, hiking in the woods, singing at the top of her lungs, or talking up a storm with her sisters. At six years old, she gave her heart to Jesus, and she lives to know Him more. She makes her home with her parents and two younger sisters, wherever that happens to be.

More from Darcy

The first spark of inspiration for this story was Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. Don’t judge yet, okay? 😉

I hadn’t yet seen the film, actually, just read a storybook at least three years before I even thought about taking pencil to paper myself.

The princess and the sleeping spell fascinated me far less that the prince’s capture by, and subsequent battle with Maleficent. Maybe that’s why the prince is the only character who has the same name in my story.

I got to thinking, “What would the story be like without magic?” So there went the sleeping spell. 😉

And then I got to wondering, “What happened to the prince and princess after the story ended? Who would their children be? How would those children be affected by their parents’ dramatic past?”

That’s when Dierk Lichtensitz, Crown Prince of Sunland, introduced himself.

The story is mostly his. But because all of are shaped by those before us, it is also his father’s story. I had fun telling both.

The characters walk through several dark places. Life offers us many painful challenges, after all. But they also get to laugh because life offers us moments of joy.

And it is a story of victory. Because in Jesus, there is nothing over which we can’t triumph.

P.S. If you have any clean or inspirational Sleeping Beauty retellings to recommend, I’m all ears. Pay no attention to my To-Be-Read pile’s protests in the background. 😉

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Darcy is giving away the grand prize package of $15 Amazon gift card and a copy of one of Darcy’s favorite books, Sir Knight of the Splendid Way!!

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