Dragonwitch (Tales of Goldstone Wood Series #5)

Dragonwitch (Tales of Goldstone Wood Series #5)

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by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

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In a land besieged, an unlikely hero discovers his destiny: he alone can wield the sword that will slay the Dragonwitch—and save them all.See more details below


In a land besieged, an unlikely hero discovers his destiny: he alone can wield the sword that will slay the Dragonwitch—and save them all.

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Publishers Weekly
Stengl's characteristic humor, inventiveness, and verve catalyze a slight plot in the fifth installment of the Tales of Goldstone Wood (after Starflower). Alistair, the red-headed heir of Earl Ferox of Gaheris, is contemplating a loveless marriage and wrestling with prophetic nightmares. He'd like to be a hero through deeds of derring-do, but his mother wants him to play politics and become king. He sees his intended, Lady Leta, as insipid because he can't understand having a passion for books and ideas. It's the stuff of second-rate romance, but there are larger issues brewing. Ancient legends are stirring. A dangerous gate is forming between the worlds of faeries and mortals. Alistair's dreams portend a threat big enough for any hero, with room for a cranky misshapen librarian, an urchin, and a certain blithe cat-man. The story stands alone, though favorite characters from the earlier books have cameos large and small. New readers will find much to charm them, and fans will enjoy the epic yet quirky adventure they have come to anticipate. Agent: Rachel Kent, Books & Such Literary Agency. (July)
Kirkus Reviews
The fifth volume in the acclaimed Tales of Goldstone Wood series keeps the mythic storytelling coming. To meet her fiance, Alistair, the nephew and heir of Earl Ferox, Lady Leta travels to Gaheris Castle, where she begins taking reading lessons from the Chronicler, a reclusive dwarf who urges her to think for herself. She practices her reading with old nursery rhymes that, to her horror, begin to come true. On his deathbed, the earl makes a game-changing announcement, recognizing the Chronicler--Florien--as his son and rightful heir just as demons arrive intent on annihilating the House of Gaheris. Soon, a small band of travelers--Florien, Alistair, Mouse (a young woman on her own spiritual quest) and Eanrin (an immortal being)--sets out to make the nursery rhymes–turned-prophecies come to pass. Florien is to reclaim his ancestor's sword and use it to slay the evil Dragonwitch. Readers will need to be patient, as the ambitious plot develops unhurriedly, and characters' true identities and motivations are only gradually unraveled. Plot development is prioritized here, yet there is some admirable character development, particularly in Leta and Mouse, and explorations of the themes of destiny and forgiveness. This complex tale with subtle Christian subtexts is best for fantasy fans who appreciate watching each unique piece of an enormous puzzle fall precisely into its place. (Fantasy. 13 & up)

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Baker Publishing Group
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Tales of Goldstone Wood Series, #5
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5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)

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