Friday, August 16, 2013
Dragonwitch- Anne Elisabeth Stengl
Description: Submissive to her father’s will, Lady Leta of Aiven travels far to meet a prospective husband she neither knows nor loves–Lord Alistair, future king of the North Country.
But within the walls of Gaheris Castle, all is not right. Vicious night terrors plague Lord Alistair to the brink of insanity. Whispers rise from the family crypt. The reclusive castle Chronicler, Leta’s tutor and friend, possesses a secret so dangerous it could cost his life and topple the North Country into civil war.
And far away in a hidden kingdom, a fire burns atop the Temple of the Sacred Flame. Acolytes and priestesses serve their goddess to the limits of their lives and deaths. No one is safe while the Dragonwitch searches for the sword that slew her twice…and for the one person who can wield it.
My Thoughts: So, I would be thrilled if Stengl could continue to write The Tales of Goldstone Wood indefinitely. There is so much depth and history to this world, that I don't mind that it is not in chronological order. The themes are so real and relevant, without becoming preachy.
Dragonwitch is certainly not the least of these. The idea of the Smallman is perhaps the most sound metaphor for our world yet. Often I feel like the Smallman, wondering how I can be used for anything because I do not meet some idea of perfection.
The theme and brilliance would have made me rate this 5 stars, if not for a little disappointment. Sir Eanrin has come to be my favorite character in this series, but when Mouse called him a monster in this book ( The pet name Felix gave him in Heartless) she was right. In this book, he seemed to be truly nasty to the other characters. While he has never really been nice, he has not been so mean before. This is not a reflection on the author (there is a reason for Eanrin being this way), it just upset me.
Don't be deceived, however, the rest of the characters still make this worth reading and Sir Eanrin did have his redeeming moments of humor and guidance. Leta has become one of my favorites and I hope to see her in the future.
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