Tale Of The Goldstone Wood book 6
by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
-From the back cover-
THIS IS A STORY ABOUT BLOOD.
AND THE MANY THINGS THAT
BY HER FATHER'S WISH, Lady Daylily is betrothed to the Prince of South Southlands. Not the prince she loves, handsome and dispossessed Lionheart, but his cousin, the awkward and foolish Prince Foxbrush. As her wedding day dawns, Daylily flees into the dangerous Wilderlands, her only desire to vanish from living memory.
But Foxbrush, determined to rescue his betrothed, pursues Daylily into a new world of magic and peril, a world where vicious Faerie beasts hold sway, a world invaded by a lethal parasite.
A world hauntingly familiar.
A wild and fantastical story, a tale of blood and love, that will thrill the heart of any lover of Fantasy. Shadow Hand was my introduction to the Wood, to the Near World and the Far, but I suspect it will not be my last visit.
The story basically follows the wild adventures and destinies of 3 Mortals, Foxbrush, Lionheart, and Daylily. Each of them has a part to play in each other's lives and in the fate of their country. But each of them have great battles to fight, Prince Foxbrush is pretty much foolish and useless, Lionheart has a past and must return to make peace with his father, and Daylily is Daylily, she must face and master herself.
Fantasy isn't usually my top genre but I have been branching out here and there when I find a quality story. Shadow Hand is one such book, Anne Elisabeth Stengl knows what she is about and writes an excellent story. The quality of the writing shines through in her ability to keep the reader engaged, in the details of the worlds she writes about, and in her fascinating characters. None of the characters were what I expected, they are not always pleasant, they make mistakes, in short they are totally flawed, and very real. I did find the switches between characters a little confusing at times, especially at first, but noticed it less and less as I got into the swing of things.
If you are looking for a good YA book for your child or even yourself I suggest giving Shadow Hand, really the entire series, a try. You might just be a little surprised by what you read.
Tell Tale Book Reviews gives Shadow Hand by Anne Elisabeth Stengl a 4 Bark rating.
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (March 4, 2014)
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