Tales of Goldstone Wood #6: Shadow Hand by Anne Elisabeth Stengl


Shadow Hand by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

Age Range: Adult (appropriate for teens too)

Series: Tales of Goldstone Wood #6

Genre: Christian fantasy

Print Length: 417 pages

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (March 4, 2014)

Source: Publisher for review

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

About the Book:

This is a story about blood.
And love.
And the many things that lie between.

her father’s wish, Lady Daylily is betrothed to the Prince of
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 that is hauntingly familiar.

About the Author:

Anne Elisabeth Stengl is the author of the acclaimed Tales of Goldstone Wood series, including Heartless and Veiled Rose, which both won Christy Awards. She makes her home in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, Rohan, a dog, and a passel of cats. Learn more at www.anneelisabethstengl.blogspot.com. 

My Thoughts:

Another beautiful and intricate tale from master storyteller Anne
Elisabeth Stengl. The further I get into this series, the more I love
it. This is possibly my favorite book so far. The characters are so rich
and full, I think of them like real people.

This book blew me away. I cried at the end (this seems to be a habit of
mine with this series). Foxbrush proved to be a worthy hero. I love the
way the author takes characters, gives them strengths and weaknesses,
and weaves their stories together in a complicated and riveting tale. I
completely fell in love with Foxbrush. He is Lionheart’s awkward cousin,
the one that everyone sees as weak and foolish. He may not be the
typical hero with bulging muscles and a blazing sword, but he is no coward.
He is strong in his own way, and thankfully, it’s exactly what he needs
to overcome the trial he is faced with and become the king he is meant to be.

Daylily also changes quite a bit in this book. I’ve never loved her character before, but she definitely won me over with her trials and the strength she showed when it mattered most.  This installment is much darker than some of the previous books, but it
wasn’t overdone. It was fascinating to watch events unfold and
characters change. If you are a fan of Christian fantasy, you should
definitely be reading this series.

The author’s writing is very wordy
and the books are lengthy, but I love them. Start at the beginning
with Heartless and work your way through the series. Each book builds
on the previous ones, so you can’t dive into this book without reading the others.

Content: Some dark/frightening scenes and violence, but I consider it a clean book. It’s appropriate for older teens and adults.

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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