Shadow Hand, Tales of Goldstone Wood Series #6
Imagine a Wood, in a world of wonder...
*Right against wrong, good against evil, and the children caught in the middle.*
When I received Shadow Hand, I knew I was jumping into a series in the sixth book. Even though I hadn't read Heartless, Veiled Rose, Moonblood, Starflower, or Dragonwitch, and I'd never met Daylily, Foxbrush, or Lionheart, I was drawn right into Anne Elisabeth Stengl's grown-up fantasy.
I didn't like Fairy Tales when I was little. I avoided the Brother's Grimm because they scared me. It was only when I grew up and met Tolkien and Lewis that I began to learn: Fairy Tales take us to other worlds, give us strange adventures, let us fight epic battles, and teach us about ourselves in the process.
Shadow Hand has all the elements you would expect in a Fairy Tale (the enchanted wood, the unwanted suitor, the dragon pestilence, the Fairy Queen, the seen and the unseen) and then makes it all fresh and lush and wild and surprising. Welcome to a world where nothing is as it seems.
When you step into Goldstone Wood, expect nothing for sure except that you will want to return.
The prophecy says that he will give of himself for her.
She is fighting a battle in herself.
There is an evil sucking the life out of the lands.
They must save the children, the memories, and their destiny.
The scope of this story is very vast- the past and the future, the here and the there, true love and shed blood.
And then there's the tiny details and dialogues that make for such satisfying world-building.
I see can why so many travelers journey into Goldstone Wood.
Me and my friend have decided that we're going to read the first books in this series as our Summer Read Aloud this year.
Thank you to Fred and Nora St. Laurent from Bookfun.org for my review copy!
April 14, 2014
Fantasy in a Thrillling Story
Shadow Hand was amazing. This book is 6th in the series and although I had not read any of the first books, all that I needed to know was described well enough for me to keep up with the storyline.
The story begins with Lady DaylilyÃ¢ÂÂs escape from her wedding. A strong internal conflict drives her into the Wood Between and throughout the tale. Her intended, Prince Foxbrush, is then faced with a few problems, particularly when his cousin, Lionheart, shows up. Foxbrush then, with the company of Lionheart, follows Daylily into the woods. The two then face their own issues and Foxbrush ends up in a totally different time.
When events start lining up with an old childhood tale, Foxbrush starts to worry and knows he needs to act. Meanwhile Daylily is battling an ancient creature named Cren Cru, though she doesnÃ¢ÂÂt know him, while basically helping him. There were many different characters with stories that ended up intersecting, which I thought was wonderfully done. Creatures like a form switching woman, a cat-man, and a big white lioness made the story very interesting.
By the end of the story, the childhood tale of Shadow Hand made perfect sense. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend this for anyone who likes fantasy-type books.
I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
April 13, 2014
Fantasy, Romance, Humor
This is the first book I've read by Ms. Stengl. I do NOT recommend that you read this book first. Read this series in order. I was lost, I didn't know the rules to this fantasy world, I wasn't familiar with the characters and what to expect from them from the other books. I'm sure if you read this series in order you would love it. I enjoyed what I read and the humor. I loved some of the names of people and places in the book. While I enjoy some sci-fi and fantasy I couldn't get into this book. This is through no fault of the author. I just wasn't aware that this was #6 in a series. I will go back and get a copy of the first book, read it and then possibly the rest of the series - in order. I don't want to tell you about the book because I might give away some of the plots of the storyline. I do recommend this book only if you've read her other books in the series.
I received this book through www.bookclub.org to read, review and leave an honest opinion. All opinions are my own.
I have recommended this to family and friends.
April 13, 2014
Another Goldstone Wood Triumph!
Tales of the Goldstone Wood #6
By Anne Elisabeth Stengl
In a word WOW! To fully appreciate this book you should first read Heartless, Veiled Rose, and Moonblood if you have never picked up one of Anne Elisabeth Stengl's books before. And believe me if you've read one you just are drawn into this world Between the Woods. Anne Elisabeth weaves her stories so that they all flow together. They intersect and and cross each other in the most unexpected ways.
Shadow Hand is a story out of time. And Foxbrush and Daylily have unwittingly entered into it and are about to become an integral part of Southlands legend or are they? These two characters are about to become more complete in fulfilling the destiny that has been theirs before time knew them.
Southlands is yet again to have a royal wedding and Lady Daylily is again to have the starring role, but her intended has changed. Instead of Prince Lionheart she is instead to marry his cousin Crown Prince Foxbrush. Both are pawns caught in a web not of their own making, until the letter.
A letter has sent the two into the Woods and their lives are never to be the same. But during their absence, someone seeks to claim the throne for his own. Can the path that Daylily and Foxbrush follow help them discover who they really are before it is too late?
If you've read the previous 5 Goldstone Wood books, you'll be happy to see some of your favorite characters are back including Prince Felix, Lionheart, Eanrin, Imraldera, and the Prince of Fartheststone.
At the very beginning I found the story a little confusing, but it all makes sense in the end and is well worth the time spent in the reading. Shadow Hand is an intriguing and interesting book that will take you in a circle. (If I say more I'll give the story away and disrupt time!)
I just love this cover and this book has been on my wish list since I learned of it. And reading it was not a disappointment. Can't wait for book 7 The Golden Daughter coming November 2014!
I was provided a review copy of this book by the author, publisher and Bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.
March 16, 2014