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Reviewed by Peggy Jo Wipf for Readers' Favorite
Describing a time of dragons, witches, and sword fighting, Indebted takes you to a place where a young princess blames herself for her mother’s disappearance. The style and theme of Charmayne Hafen's writing is comparable to works from authors such as Suzanne Collins, J.R.R. Tolkien, and C.S. Lewis. Indebted is centered on a strong female character, Princess Wren, whose loneliness sends her on an adventure that changes her life forever. Without a mother to guide her and with a father that abandoned her, Wren unknowingly seeks companionship and acceptance from others. When faced with imprisonment or death by dragon, Princess Wren finds she has another Father on whom she can always rely. She is tied to a vow from which only death can release her and wonders how she could ever have a normal life.
I found Indebted a piece of art, lovingly penned by an author that took great care in developing her characters. Charmayne Hafen enchanted me with a little princess who seemingly has everything, but possesses so little. The similarities between Princess Wren and Princess Lorenda’s upbringing made me think their ending would be the same, but twisted when Wren faced the dragon for the last time. The lesson Wren learned about trusting others is a task not easily learned. Charmayne Hafen shows that unconditional love taught Wren that she could accept others, but more importantly herself. Through this newfound knowledge she was also able to forgive and embrace family values which had always been denied her. This is an excellent novel, not only for enjoyment, but also for the moral ethics outlined through this character.