Last week in 6 Degrees of Kool Books, Jenelle Leanne Schmidt chose Buttercup and Una while I chose Vizzini and Artemis Fowl. And I could not pass up the opportunity to revisit the Tales of Goldstone Wood, again.
It has taken me almost a week to figure out who I would pick from the Tales of Goldstone Wood, and then yesterday as I was folding clothes, it hit me. Lionheart —> Edmund from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Once you have a something in your head, there’s no going around it. No other character combination would do.
Prince Lionheart, who we know as Leonard the Lightening Tongue in Heartless, was a catalyst in Una’s spiraling downfall. He was someone I had a slight grudge against until I read Veiled Rose and Moonblood. I mean, the guy betrayed her, but then after a journey across two more books, he repents. His story his amazing. And then I had to own up to my naively spoken comments in My Apologies, Prince Lionheart.
Does that not sound like Edmund? A boy who would be prince, yet fell under the influence of the White Witch and Turkish Delights and betrays his siblings: Peter, Susan, and Lucy. A boy who later repented, helped bring down the White Witch, and became king.
In Heartless, we have Lionheart, a prince who should have been king. He also had someone influencing him: The Lady of Dreams. Sister of the Dragon. Where he burned, she froze. At least that’s what it felt like to me. Both Edmund and Lionheart had someone who would not give up on them, who would go to the ends of the earth to rescue them. Edmond had Aslan, who gave his life to pay the blood debt for his betrayal. Lionheart had Prince of Farthesthshore who stood with him against the Dragon even unto death and back again.
Do you see now how I could not pick another?
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