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Reviewed by Lynette Fowlston for Readers' Favorite
"Lily in the Snow and Other Elemental Tales" by Christine E. Schulze is #26 in 'The Amielian Legacy'. Geared towards the young adult, her fantasy books can be read as a standalone even though they are comprised in a series. "Lily In The Snow and other Elemental Tales" is comprised of 6 different tales dealing with the different elements, earth, wind, fire, minerals and stone along with such fantastic creatures as fairies, imps, angels, zombies and so on. Each story deals with love, choices one has to make in life, and jealousy all set in a background of the elements. The first tale in the book 'Lily in the Snow' deals with the different minerals, from Jade and Mica to the lowly limestone and earthly elements. It is the story of a love found, lost and regained, and of protection. Each story is told in such a way that one can relate it to life in general. From telling stories to mystery and suspense each tale will soon captivate your attention.
I am one that always has to test a fantasy book first to see how it is written. Some are so very hard for me to get into and also there are others like this where once I get started I find it very interesting. By reading and comparing it to everyday happenings among people today, it makes you feel a connection to the story. It is hard to pick a favorite out of the six tales but I will say it would be 'Lily in the Snow' and 'Labyrinth: Heart of Stone'. It is a long book but one that you can get through in a short time because of the short stories. They do not need to be read in order and they range from having one chapter up to eight chapters. I feel that any reader of the fantasy genre will enjoy this book and will want to read more in the series.