by V. Romas Burton
In the land of Barracks, the economy thrives on the barter of their citizens' most precious commodity—a human heart. Each year, the Heart Reign festival is thrown for those who have become of age to trade their hearts for their deepest desires. And this year is Adelaide Tye's year to trade.
After despising Heart Reign for years, Addie endures her Extraction and discovers that her heart isn’t gray and dying, like all other hearts in Barracks, but bright red, alive, and teeming with power.
With a warning from the extractor of hearts, Addie rushes through Heart Reign to make her choice—trade her heart to Schism, the monster who took her brother years before, or go in search of the Mender—a mythical man said to purify hearts and save her own heart. Either decision will rip her away from the one man who has always been by her side.
Knowing there is only one real choice to make, Addie jumps through Schism’s red door and is thrust into a dark and dangerous realm where she is faced with making a trade she may not survive.
For fans of Stephanie Garber's Caraval and ABC's Once Upon a Time.
Character art by Hannah Rogers of Inscape Studio
"The symbolism of Heart Reign - trading your physical heart for one of your heart's deepest desires - was inspired. It was thoroughly original and gave me food for thought. Are there areas in my life where I'm trading my heart away for things that are unworthy? What is my heart truly worth and who is truly worth giving it to? Again and again, Heartmender points back to my Jesus, and I loved that." - Kristiana Sfirlea, author of Legend of the Storm Sneezer
"I loved the nearly lyrical quality of writing in this book. It's beautiful. It's clear, concise, and paints a fantastic picture of a bleak world where people trade their hearts for the thing they think they want most." - AJ, Amazon
"WOW!! LOVE THIS BOOK!! Like you think you know whats going to happen, but you don't! It keeps you wanting to read and go on in the story. It has such a great message and story and, honestly, just read it! You'll love it! And go ahead and get "Heart Breaker" too because you'll hate waiting for it to come in and you WILL NOT want to stop this adventure!" - Bre, Amazon
"Incredibly unique. I love a well written Christian allegory. They tug on my heart and resonate with the truth I cling to. But this story is in a category of its own. Hats off Burton. So so well done!" - LTeague, Amazon
"Best allegory I've ever read!" - RussTJ, Amazon
"I stayed up half the night finishing this book because once I got to Ophidian's Realm I couldn't stop. Well worth the loss of sleep. Absolutely appropriate for your kids who love a good story." - Penny, A Real Life Woman
"I absolutely loved this book! Everything about it worked together: the characters, the plot, and the setting. This is a perfect combination of fairy-tale and Christian fantasy that I absolutely adore. If you like either of those two genres, you will enjoy this book." - M.H. Elrich, Goodreads
"So many different things I could say, but I'll focus on one. We are never alone. Regardless of what kind of choice we make (or don't make), as a Christian, I know without a shadow of doubt, Jesus is with me. Though Addie's story is only fictional, her journey testifies to that there are forces of light and darkness around us. That we can choose to be "mended" by someone greater than us and who loves and cares for us." - Laura, author of Dear Author: Letters from a Bookish Fangirl
"This is one of the best allegories I've ever read. Allegories aren't often my thing, either. So I was kind of surprised at how excited I was to read this, because wow, did it sound incredible. And it was! Well paced, intriguing, this story is nothing short of fantastic. It reminded me of Lord of the Rings, Narnia, or Pilgrim's Progress. The allegory was absolutely astounding, moving, and well-written. The mysteries and questions kept you guessing, though I did guess a few of them (yay!). I really enjoyed the Biblical topics, the Seven Deadly Sins in the flesh (heh), and the plot of the realms and such were so cool." - Angela R. Watts, author of The Infidel Books
SELECT FEATURED REVIEWS
★★★★★ By S.C Megale, Next Generation Indie Awards Judge
I knew Heartmender was a winner when, after reading mountains of other books, this was the one I kept thinking about.
★★★★★ By Lorehaven Magazine
V. Romas Burton's Heartmender pumps new blood into the classic good-versus-evil paradigm by way of the classic Seven Deadly Sins... [Heartmender] begins to race into nightmarish territory with uncomplicated prose tailored for young adult fans.
★★★★★ By Indies Today
Heartmender is a fresh choice for an eerie fantasy novel that parallels the moral choices we face in our fast-paced modern lives.
★★★★★ By Laurie, Amazon
Allegories can be hit or miss for me, but Heartmender was definitely a win!
★★★★★ By Sherry, Amazon
If you're looking for a fairytale like story that explores light and darkness through a supernatural quest, then buckle up - this might be the book you're looking for.
★★★★★ By Dawn, Amazon
This is not the story I expected. It was so much more. I could see the immediate correlations between Adelaide's actions and those who believe in Jesus Christ, along with the truth of what that belief means to someone who is willing to go forward, fight against the things that tend to draw us from the path, and what Christ does for us all in the end. It was frightening and beautiful, a tale of the war between good and evil and our parts in the fight. In a word, it was wonderful. And I look forward to reading more of Adelaide's adventures with her new friends.
Release date: September 2, 2019
Page count: 340
Genre: YA Fantasy
Tropes: Christian allegory, Seven deadly sins, Sibling love