Dragonwitch (Tales of Goldstone Wood Book #5) - eBook
Who will face the dragonwitch?
When the world you know starts to crumble, what do you do? Do you have the courage to stand up and fight, or do you flee?
The House of Lights has been hidden for centuries and many do not believe that it's real. Children's stories tell of the Smallman who will open the doors of the House of Lights so that everyone can hear the Sphere songs once again. The Smallman's time has come, but who is he?
The Dragonwitch is desperately searching for the sword that has slain her twice, once more and she will die her final death. Who will defeat the Dragonwitch before she grows to powerful? Who has the power to wield the sword?
Dragonwitch, by Anne Elisabeth Stengl is the fifth book in the "Tales of the Goldstone Wood" series. This is a very interesting tale. At it's face value, it's a fantasy novel but it has an underlying Christian theme This isn't immediately apparent, or at least it wasn't to me. It wasn't until halfway through the tale, that it suddenly hit me...
God has created each of us. Although we may not appear perfect in our own eyes, we are perfect in his. He can take even the most "insignificant" of us and use us to show his Love, Mercy and Might to all people.Another element is the theme of truth. The tale of the House of Lights is just that, for many people, a fairy tale. Something to be read to children and left at that. Like the tale, many choose not to believe the stories of the Bible. "What you believe cannot affect the truth of the matter". (page 52) No matter what you personally choose to believe, it cannot affect the truths told in the Bible.I also see how the reference to the "House of Light" could be Heaven and that, just as the the citizens in the story are waiting for the Smallman, we here on earth are waiting for the coming of Jesus Christ. Dragonwitch took me longer than usual to read. There were times that I become confused and frustrated to the point where I would put the book down, but something kept pulling me back. I needed to know what was going to happen...I believe that if I read the earlier books things may have made a bit more sense, by the end of the story everything started coming together for me.
For anyone looking for a new fantasy series to I would recommend taking a look at this one.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House/Baker Publishing Group for review. I was in no way compensated for this review.
November 3, 2013
Only for Fantasy fans
If fantasy is not a readerÃ¢ÂÂs favorite genre, he may be confused and disappointed by this book. There are several stories running concurrently as well as some flashbacks and prophetic events. Characters range from plain Anglo-Saxons to winged creatures. Dwarfs, faeries, lords, ladies, scrubbers, and assorted netherworld beings populate the story and move between worlds and realities.
This was a difficult story to follow, which may be discouraging. The main plot involves the succession to king after the death of an earl. The heir apparent is the earlÃ¢ÂÂs nephew, Alistair, who is betrothed to the very bright, beautiful Lady Leta, but who suffers from fears and insomnia. Lady Leta sees and understands as events unfold and secrets are revealed. Alastair may be the designated heir to the throne, yet there is another; a very unexpected man. Plots and sabotage abound as the mystery leads the reader on a long, magical journey.
This is the fifth in a series of books called the Tales of Goldstone Wood. It may be helpful for readers to read the series in order. Although the story is well told, it takes many side trips, which requires readers to concentrate, sort characters and recall past events.
I was given a free copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers for the purpose of review. I recommend this book to adult and teenage readers who enjoy fantasy stories.
October 4, 2013
Confusing and Interesting
I was looking forward to reading this book because I enjoy fantasy novels. When I first started reading it I didnÃ¢ÂÂt care for it. I found myself thinking things like Ã¢ÂÂwhat just happenedÃ¢ÂÂ Ã¢ÂÂwho is thatÃ¢ÂÂ Ã¢ÂÂthis is weird.Ã¢ÂÂ At the same time the book was not boring, so it was easy for me to keep reading. The book has more than one storyline and it was hard to keep track of it at first. About half way through the book it started to make sense and I started to enjoy it. Because the book is based in a make believe world a lot of names and terms are made up, which also added to the difficulty in understanding what was happening in the book. The other complaint I have is that the story would constantly change whose point of view the book was from. Usually a book separates different characterÃ¢ÂÂs point of view by chapters. This book would say what one character was thinking and then the next page it was about someone else. It was annoying at first, but I got used to that as well. So, at first I thought I would give the book a 3 because some parts were confusing. By the time I was finished with it I decided to give it a 4. I found that I truly enjoyed the book. It always held my interest. I also enjoyed the fact that it was such a unique storyline and different from anything I have ever read. I liked the characters as well and I would read another book from the series. To anyone who wants to read this book I say donÃ¢ÂÂt stop in the beginning because it does get better.
I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review
September 13, 2013
Another good fantasy tale from the author
Dragonwitch by Anne Elizabeth Stengl is the fifth book in the Tales of Goldstone Wood Series. This is a Christian fantasy series for young adults, recommended especially for teens, although adult lovers of fiction can enjoy the stories as well.
The North Country is at a turning point. Old Earl Ferox is reaching the end of his life...and his days as the most powerful earl of the North Country. His nephew Alistair is trying to feel prepared to take on the role of Earl and someday King of the North Country, since Earl Ferox has no heir....or so it was supposed. A shocking deathbed discovery turns all of Alistair's mother's well-laid plans upside down.
Into this is thrown Lady Leta of Aiven, a submissive girl who is sent to be the soon-to-be wife of Alistair. She might not want to marry him, but she is much too well trained to speak her mind...or is she?
Supernatural elements are woven into the story, along with hideous creatures, other worlds, and memorable characters. I would suggest it to fantasy lovers of all ages.
I received this book free from Bethany House publishers as part of their blogger book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.
September 9, 2013