Draven's Light

Draven's Light

by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

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In the Darkness of the Pit
The Light Shines Brightest

Drums summon the chieftain's powerful son to slay a man in cold blood and thereby earn his place among the warriors. But instead of glory, he earns the name Draven, "Coward." When the men of his tribe march off to war, Draven remains behind with the women and his shame. Only fearless but crippled Ita values her brother's honor.

The warriors return from battle victorious yet trailing a curse in their wake. One by one the strong and the weak of the tribe fall prey to an illness of supernatural power. The secret source of this evil can be found and destroyed by only the bravest heart.

But when the curse attacks the one Draven loves most, can this coward find the courage he needs to face the darkness?

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ISBN-13: 9781942379027
Publisher: Rooglewood Press
Publication date: 05/20/2015
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 640,439
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.44(d)

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Draven's Light 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
TheScriptSpinner More than 1 year ago
Let me tell you a story... ...of a man deemed a coward for he found the courage not to murder, of a girl with spirit far beyond her crippled body, and of a child who would gain strength from them both. One of Anne Elisabeth's greatest gifts is to to write men and women with equal, if different, strengths. Here we find a brother and sister, who can only find friendship and understanding in each other amongst their brutal tribe. Draven is very humble in his strength and very protective of his sister. Ita is fierce and determined, always ready to prove her mettle, despite her clubfoot. The relationships are portrayed with such powerful understanding: brother and sister, grandmother and granddaughter, adult and child. Though only around 50k words, Draven's Light covers an incredible story packed with narrows escapes, daring hunts, sigh-worthy romance, and tear-inspiring sacrifice. In the very story itself, we are reminded why such tales are so important to us--how they can give us strength. Although this may be considered a dark tale--a savage people who find honor through killing, and a mysterious malady that causes seizure-like death--it is presented as man telling a story to a child so the darkness is never too gruesome or disturbing. That this tale is being told to a child is not to say that it is any less powerful and potent--for the girl who listens finds here courage to carry her through life...and so do we all.
CinnamonG More than 1 year ago
Wow!  This book is Amazing! Anne Elisabeth Stengl’s books are always amazing, so I had high expectations for this book, and Draven’s Light certainly did not disappoint.  The characters and their relationships with each other are deeply developed, the setting is darkly and brilliantly drawn to life, and the story itself reveals the bright beauty and power of love in a seemingly bleak world. As the newest addition to Anne Elisabeth Stengl’s Tales of Goldstone Wood, Draven’s Light can easily stand alone as an outstanding story, but it also casts new light on the history of the Goldstone Wood world. The story contains both familiar characters from the series as well as various new and unique characters.  The Brothers Ashiun will be the most familiar for readers of the series.  One of the brothers, Akilun, tells the story to a young girl.  His story is about a young man named Draven. Growing up in a dark and barbaric world, the young man knows that he will have to kill an enemy in order to earn his name and the respect of his tribe.  However, when the time comes, he cannot kill, so his father, the chief, renames him Draven, or coward. Only Draven’s club-footed sister, Ita, does not despise him even though the village sees them as complete opposites: Draven as a large and powerful coward and Ita as a weak but incredibly brave young woman.  She earns a place of honor among her people for her bravery, but she still values her brother’s “cowardice” for what it truly is: the bravery to stand up against the brutal and bloody rituals and conventions of their people and their father. Unlike Draven, the fierce Ita does not have the courage to oppose their father’s will, so she blames herself along with her people when they invite a curse down upon their heads.  Soon, the lives of the people who despised and shunned Draven are at stake.  Is the coward they rejected brave enough to save them and his sister in time?  Not only their lives but the future is very much at stake, and the actions he takes will affect the entire area and its people for generations to come. His story is a beautiful example of love and the true meaning of bravery, and I would highly recommend this book to any fans of fantasy and great stories.
Danielle Hull More than 1 year ago
Genre: Fantasy Age Range: 13+ due to hunting monsters and creepy scene. Stars: 5/5 Ms. Stengl’s writing pulls you into the story and doesn’t let you go. This novella captured me so. I fell in love with the main character Gaho/Draven and his sister, Ita. These will definitely will be some of my favorite characters forever. Ita cared for her brother through everything. She stuck with him even though their father had disowned him. She was a strong character and wanted to prove that she could do everything , even with a club foot. Even though Gaho had been branded with the name Draven the Coward that didn’t stop him from being courageous. His love for his sister was evident. I received a copy of this book from the publisher (Rooglewood Press) in exchange for my honest review
Cozy_Writers_Den More than 1 year ago
 I am a huge fan of Anne Elisabeth Stengl's and have been ever since I read her book "Dragonwitch" two  years ago. I love fantasy, but find it difficult to find wholesome fantasy stories that contain good morals and lack the crudeness that so many authors write into this genre. Not only are her books void of inappropriate sexual content and horrific violence, they are brilliantly created and written. Upon completely Dragonwitch in 2013, I promptly went out and bought the whole series…. as did a dear friend of mine who I leant Dragonwitch to.  You can imagine my excitement when I was given an advance copy of Draven's Light, her newest addition to the Tales of Goldstone Wood, to review! This book was wonderful. It goes without saying to state that it was well written - all her books are, and that I couldn't help but become completely intwined in all of her characters. Draven's story is a painful one, full of despair and fear… and yet there is always a side of hope, redemption, and restoration. If I could describe this book in one word, it would be redemption…. and what a powerful tale it is that leads Draven the Coward to such a fate. I loved how this book is told in story form….from the vantage points of a young girl's elders. It gave Draven's Light a very unique feel as the reader moved back and forth from "present" to past to learn about Draven and Ita. Typically, I find transitions like these can be a bit rough and that the "present" offers the dull part of the story. Not so with Draven's Light. The move between past and present in this story is done seamlessly and every page of this book was turned eagerly. Absolutely loved it and will be buying a hardcopy version to put on my bookshelf. Thank-you for the free copy that I received from Rooglewood Press in exchange for my honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Draven's Light is a fast-paced but enthralling addition to the Tales of Goldstone Wood. Set earlier in Anne Elisabeth Stengl's world than any other tale, it is the dark but ultimately hopeful story of a frightened warrior spurned by a callous tribe, a steadfast and determinedly loyal sister, a displaced prince seeking mercy for a ravaged land, and a young, fearful girl who learns about her village and herself. I loved the frame narrative of this tale, how events from the past influenced the present. Draven is a truly marvelous character, the perfect embodiment of the word hero. My favorite character is Ita, a crippled but fiercely independent young woman. Being disabled myself, I truly appreciated this character. I did feel the author made her overly fierce at times to emphasize a point, but Ita also has some vulnerability that makes her truly endearing. The author does a masterful job of conveying familial conflict in a brutal society. Ita's confrontation with her father left me breathless. Enter this world and embark on a fantastic journey where an invisible but ruthless evil feasts. While you traverse this world's many mysterious paths, meet a young man with rare courage and listen for the guiding Song of a wood thrush. Seek a Light that shines even in the midst of unspeakable agony. Thoroughly recommended. God bless you all.
Daisymeag More than 1 year ago
In a village along the river Hanna lives a timid young girl in need of some courage. She is one of many in a large family and it is easy to get lost in all of the business so that she isn’t really noticed. I know that we have all felt that way at one time or another, maybe not with our family but maybe at school, at work, in the mall, at the park…just one of many, lost in a sea of people. Very near this village, the building of the Great House is taking place. The house is being built by the Brothers. They do not speak the language of men and yet they are understood. They do not sleep but work day and night. The girl is asked to take a gift up to the Great House where the Brothers are there working hard to build it. Who are these brothers? What is the purpose of this Great House? During the girl’s trek up the promontory to the Great House she struggles with fear and longs to run in the other direction. She faces the Brothers alone and offers them their small gift; each day is the same, a water skin full of fresh water. The girl is overwhelmed with such awestruck fear and amazement while in their presence that she doesn’t now how to act or what to say and can barely finish her task. One of the Brothers speaks kindly to her and he begins to tell her a story about a man he once knew. Bit by bit and day by day she hears pieces of the story. Pressing onward she is intrigued by the tale of Draven, who he was and who he became. She has to fight fear back each time she goes up the promontory to hear more of Draven’s story and yet she longs to sit and listen at the same time. Almost like the child who is afraid to ask for a hug for fear of rejection but asks anyway and is rewarded sweetly. “Won’t you come follow me? Follow me?” I ask you to come away with me on a journey…one of bravery that at first sight looks like humility rather than strength. One that will change you forever… come follow me and hear of the story of Draven’s Light. ******* When reading an allegory I always have many more questions running through my head than I would if I were to read a story that doesn’t have any parallels. I want so badly to pull from the story everything that I possibly can, but do not think this means that I don’t enjoy the journey… I always enjoy every moment of the journey. Words are powerful. When you speak the words of a story in your heart and mind you are feeding yourself with whatever you are reading. It is imperative that you always choose wisely when it comes to the things you read because out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Whatever we feed our hearts in literacy will spring forth. It is only a matter of time before it does if it hasn’t already. Draven’s Light, to some, it may just be a good story that they liked and would read again and maybe even tell their friends about. To others, this tale will resonate within them and stir a greater truth deep inside. And to those who are being called but have yet to find… may your eyes be opened and may this tale the catalyst. “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”-John 15:13 ******* This Teen Fiction Fantasy is written for ages 13 and up. Sensitive Topics: There is no profanity in this book. There is the presence of tribal customs and the belief of many gods, sacrifices, curses and acts of bravery into manhood or womanhood for that matter that do become more real when placed in the setting of a story rather than a history book. There is some graphic violence and inner struggles as well as spiritual darkness not recommended for children under the age of 13 without the guidance of an adult. There is only one mention of alcohol when somebody asks if they have had too much drink. No mention of drugs. There are no sexual implications of any kind. Any talks of relationships are pure. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and hope to have a physical copy soon so that I can read it again. ***I am a participant in the Influencer Program through Rooglewood Press for Draven's Light.***
birdyard More than 1 year ago
For those who love Goldstone Wood and long to visit (or live there) this is a wonderful addition to your collection! Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anne does it again!
Gala2 More than 1 year ago
Draven’s Light by Anne Elisabeth Stengl is a wonderful novella that can be read on its own or as part of the author’s larger series. Fans of the previous seven full-length novels and one novella will eagerly return to the history of Goldstone Wood, while newcomers will be drawn into the fairy-tale atmosphere. The story opens with a young boy about to claim his manhood name by drawing enemy blood. But when he makes a different choice, his moment of triumph turns to shame. Now he must make the far harder choices of how to deal with enemies –both those of flesh and blood and those that are not. The story is nestled within a framing device featuring two brothers who will be very familiar to series fans and intriguing to newcomers. One of the greatest strengths of this series is the variety of characters. From headstrong Una to kindly Imrelda and ambitious Daylily, Stengl writes heroines and heroes who are admirable and real. The main characters in this story, Gaho and Ita, are well-written, with contrasting abilities and a strong sibling relationship. I was given a free ebook of this story in exchange for this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! This book was so good! I eagerly await each and every installment of the Tales of Goldstone Wood and rave to my friends about how incredible they truly are. And yet, I'm always surprised when the next book is even better than the one before it! Draven's Light is a novella, shorter than the other hefty tomes, but no less satisfying. Full of adventure, heartache, and redemption, I can't stress enough to. Buy. This. Book! (Even if you've never read one of the other Tales.) In LOVE with this series!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One could say that Draven’s Light, by Anne Elisabeth Stengl, is a small book. And perhaps it is: clocking out at 190 pages, it certainly isn’t large, as far as page-count goes. You could probably fit it in your purse or bag easily, and not feel the extra weight. It’s only around 50k words; not very large by author standards. And yet the effects this book will have are bigger than the book itself. The weight it carries is heavier; you will remember it for a longer time than it took you to read it. You see, dear reader, this book may be small in size, but in reality, it is as big as The Lord of the Rings, as emotionally stirring as A Tale of Two Cities. This story takes place in two sections and in two separate times: in the first, we see a little girl who carries water up to the two Brothers who labor on their Great House near her village. In the second, we follow the story that is told to the girl; the story of Draven, the Coward—or is he Draven, the Hero? The characters within will call to you, beckoning to your heart. Gaho—Draven, was admirable, brave, loyal, and very much alive. Ita was little, but fierce, a little broken, but made stronger in spirit and in pride for it. Though perhaps, just perhaps, her desire to be strong isn’t all that is within her; perhaps there is much more than pride. At times, Ita was the person I related to the most in the novel. Callix, though I liked him at first, didn’t really grow on me as much as I thought he would. In the girl’s side of the story, we find the girl, her grandmother, and the Brothers. I loved seeing Etanun and Akilun during a normal time in their lives—not fighting dragons, not saving the day… but being heroes all the more for it. The girl was, well, us. She was all of us fan-girls, deciding what must come next in the story. She thought about the story all day when she couldn’t hear the next part, and then was sure of how it must go next. The girl definitely ranked up there in my top favorite characters from the book. Now, though I dislike to mention it, I must speak of the only part of the book I disliked: the girl’s mother. The lady is always busy, always doing something, and never seems to have time for any of her children. To quote from the book: “She was always in a hurry about something. Twelve children have a way of keeping a woman on her feet.” A little bit of history for those of you who are unaware… My family has eleven children. While that’s not quite as much as the girl’s family, I can’t imagine that one child makes that much of a difference. My mother is quite possibly one of the calmest people I’ve ever met, always with time to talk or help her children with something; nothing like the lady in the book. While, of course, there are different types of people, I feel as though the portrayal of a woman with so many children is… well, less favorable than it could be. While this doesn’t thrill me, by the time I got to the end of the novel, it didn’t matter as much, and I did love the book; out of 190 pages, I had only this one complaint. Draven's Light Banner Objectionable Content: The setting was dark, it’s true; Draven’s tribe is a twisted group of people. Yet— and this is one of the reasons Anne Elisabeth Stengl is one of my favorite authors—she never showed anything, never even stated would have gone on behind the scenes had events transpired differently. There is some violence, yes, but nothing described in detail. The Tales of Goldstone Wood are intended to build
EmilyAnneK17 More than 1 year ago
Gaho faces a choice: to become a murderer or a coward. His decision to spare the prisoner’s life turns Gaho into Draven, the village coward whose only friend is his crippled sister, Ita. But a new enemy arises whose sole purpose is to destroy all human life, including everyone Draven and Ita hold dear. Anne Elisabeth Stengl has done it again. I am a huge fan of her Christian fantasies, and this novella, Draven’s Light, is no exception. The complicated fantasy world, the depth of the characters, and the soul-touching message made me love this story as much as all of the Goldstone Wood books before it. Draven’s Light touched the subjects of unconditional love, acceptance and rejection, conscience, and bravery. The two main characters, Draven and Ita, were placed in situations in which all of these were tested yet they both reacted differently. Although Draven’s initial act that branded him a coward was a worthy and courageous one, he believed the lies and rejection his village forced upon him and becomes the coward by refusing to face them. Ita, however, stands up for herself no matter what. She believes she has to prove she is capable because of her disability. Her fiery personality was memorable. My favorite part was the fishing trip. It started out so unconventionally yet ended epically. Both Draven and Ita grew throughout the story. Both sacrificed for one another. Both showed bravery in different ways. Theirs was a tale worthy of being told and retold. I would highly recommend it to Christian fantasy lovers. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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annasmama More than 1 year ago
When the chief’s son comes of age, the tribe presents him with a prisoner. He is to kill this man and take up a new name as a man. He refuses and instead earns the name Draven, or “fainthearted.” Draven lives as a recluse, a shadow among his people with only his fierce sister Ita as a companion. The drums of war take the men of the tribe to battle, but Draven stays behind. A strange plague follows the warriors home, and when it strikes the one Draven loves most, he vows he will find a way to save her. This short (less than 200 pages) tale is framed as a story repeated to a little girl as she battles her own fears. Before the end the author ties both the present and past together neatly. Stengl brings her usual powerful story-weaving ability and packs action, danger and romance into this tale, keeping it both moving and exciting. Perhaps the most beautiful part of the story is the relationship between brother and sister, Draven and Ita. Ita seems to understand instinctively when to push her brother, and he knows equally well when to respect her independence. While Draven’s Light isn’t saturated with the story world fans of the Tales of Goldstone Wood books have grown to love so well, they will recognize the mysterious Wood itself as well as two brothers from myth – Akilun and Etanun – and the little wood thrush who often leads heroes seeking aid.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One day the Tales of Goldstone Wood are going to be a classic in the fantasy genre. In the mean time you should start reading the books so that you can enjoy this fabulous world before everyone else! This novella is an easy place to start and is a great example of the author’s talent for storytelling. This is a story within a story and not until the very end are we told the connection – one that I didn’t see coming. It’s a smooth transition between the two stories and just like the little girl who carries the water gift up to the Brothers building the Great House and who is being told the story of Draven and the tribe across the river, so the reader will keep returning to hear the story being told by the Kind One. Fans of the series will recognize the Kind One as Akilun and the other brother as Etanun. This tale takes place before the events of Dragonwitch though it could be read at any point. The story itself is a tale of despair, turmoil, pain yet hope and yearning for Something. Of cruel raids on neighboring tribes (not told about in detail), of stark courage to show compassion, of enduring despite pain and a fight for life against an unseen evil. It is an amazing story that never preaches about good vs evil and the courage to do what is right even though it goes against everything they’ve been taught. Even though this is Draven’s story, his sister Ita is the real heroine of the story. But I can’t tell you more because that would spoil the story. If you enjoy adventure and brave heroes and heroines than this is a novella worth reading. Disclosure:  I received this book for free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Rebecca Stanford More than 1 year ago
     Draven's Light is a tale of bravery. But not bravery as most people think of it. In this story, courage doesn't always come in the form of sword fights and brute strength; sometimes it means turning away from those things. Anne Elisabeth makes this message clear throughout the book.      Though the book is written so a first-time reader of the series can pick it up, Anne Elisabeth brings a couple well-known characters into the  story, as well new characters, both shedding light on previous stories in the series while weaving a new one. I have always marveled at the way the author is able to create a world with its own history and cultures as she weaves her tales together through ongoing story lines.  Readers of Goldstone Wood will not be disappointed with this book!      Draven's Light evokes a number of emotions from it's readers. It made me laugh, moan, smile and shake my head in confusion.  At the end, I felt a satisfaction that the outcome was worth the sacrifices of the characters, that true bravery had won out in the end and  that nothing could ever overshadow that truth.      Anne Elisabeth's tale is darker, but conveys a pointed message of atypical bravery. Draven's Light is a wonderful tale that kept me  reading for hours. The quiet strength of the main character mirrors the personality of the book and quietly embeds its story into the minds of its readers.  I am so grateful to Rooglewood Press for giving me a copy of Draven's Light so I could give an honest review of it.
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Bookishqueen More than 1 year ago
As with all of Anne Elisabeth's stories, Draven's Light is a well crafted and beautiful tale. She fully brings to life both Draven and the two brother knights of Farthest Shore. This book gives a better picture of what the brother's do to build the houses for the light which the Prince has given them, as well as gives the first real look at Akilun the person, rather then the myth. I did not enjoy everything about the story. While it was apparent that Anne Elisabeth meant for Draven to have truly been courageous, I found that for most of the story he was the coward his father had named him (if not for the reason his father gave). His refusal to kill the prisoner seemed to be less an act of courage than a gut reaction to the spilling of a man's blood. Throughout the story, he continually expressed that he believed he had made the wrong decision and then hid from it and the village. This made his actions at the end far less courageous as it was evident he had no regard for his own life. The message I would take from this story is that even cowards can do heroic deeds. And that even good deeds can be done out of cowardice, as it is clear by Draven's own admittion that he did not spare the prince out of courage, but out of a fear of killing which was stronger than his fear of being an outcast. Overall, I still loved the story. The little girl was great character to follow and the story as a whole was a captivating read. I look forward to reading Poison Crown: Part 1 in the future. I received an ecopy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
LaurinB More than 1 year ago
The little girl does not want to deliver water all by herself to the brothers working at the top of the hill. Yet, when she overcomes her fear, she finds a wonderful friend in the Kind One, who tells her the nearly unbelievable tale of Draven and his sister Itala. As the Kind One carves a memorial to Draven, the little girl learns of the power of love and the strength of light to give courage, save lives, and change even the hardest of hearts. Draven’s Light is the eighth installment in the Tales of Goldstone Wood and what an installment it is! I so did not want this book to end. I was instantly captured by the little girl, finding shades of myself in her shyness and reluctance to step out of her comfort zone. Yet, when she does step out in faith, the gift she receives is beautiful. :) And the story of Draven and Itala was so perfectly crafted – a stirring meld of fear and courage, frustration and love, strength and dependence, darkness and the Light that always prevails. This is definitely one to put on your read again and again (and again) list.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Yet another delightful addition in the Goldstone Wood universe... Draven's Light    A Novella of Goldstone Wood    By Anne Elisabeth Stengl   Those familiar with the vast world that Anne Elisabeth Stengl has created will enchanted by this newest layer in the Goldstone Wood series. This is two stories within one in a sense.  The first is a young girl who must face her fears and deliver a daily water gift to the two strange Brothers who live upon the hill building the Great House. The darkness of the Great House was more than she could bear to face.  And then there were the Brothers whom she referred to as the Strong One and the Kind One. The Kind One could almost make her fears disappear as he told a story from long ago - the story of Draven. Draven was born the night Gaho failed to take the blood of tribe's enemy.  Branded a coward for his lack of courage, he is now an outcast among his own.  Except for his sister Ita, none acknowledge his existence.  But to Ita, Gaho's refusal to take a life without cause was the greater honor, the greater act of bravery. But Draven can't see himself through the eyes of his sister, he sees instead the coward his father named him to be.  But when a curse follows the warriors of his tribe home following a battle all are in danger from this deadly illness.  And the one branded a coward may be the only hope for his tribe and the one who is dearest to his heart.  But he must face an enemy unlike any that he has seen before, an enemy who lives out of sight and in the shadows.  But can he face the darkness and the terrors that lie hidden in the deep and find his true name? I was provided an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I so enjoyed it that I purchased a copy of the published book to add to my Goldstone Wood collection.
B_ARS More than 1 year ago
Some stories last only for a little while and then fade when the pages that hold them turn to dust, but other tales go on until they weave their telling into that of yet another story. Such is Draven’s Light by Anne Elisabeth Stengl. A tale within in a tale, this second novella in the Tales of Goldstone Wood series takes us further back in the Goldstone timeline than we have ever been before. For some reason, I went into this little novel expecting not to like it. I’m not entirely sure why; Stengl has never disappointed before. Perhaps I wasn’t drawn in by the cover. But forget the cover – this was Stengl’s most brilliant work thus far! Told with the feel of an old Saxon or Norse legend, Draven’s Light is a breathtaking telling of warring tribes, ancient rites of passage, cowardice and true courage and love. But the story opens with none of these things. Instead we begin with a nameless child, a story, and the Brothers Ashiun. To avid readers of Goldstone, these two fey brothers are familiar, but Draven’s Light is the first time we see both as players in the plot. Their small but vital role in the telling of the story’s main body, left me hoping that this is not the last time we will see them. However I was most intrigued by our main character’s sister Ita. She was a fascinating blend of weakness and strength. Draven himself was an enjoyable character who faced many difficult choices, but was guided by goodness, a sense of right and wrong and love. I never felt like I connected with him but his struggles were believable and though the ending was sad, it had a sense of completeness. On another note, Stengl has a way of toying with her readers when it comes to love stories. We’re nearing the eight Goldstone story and we still have little satisfaction to Eanrin and Imraldera’s love arc. But the love story told in Draven’s Light did not leave the reader hanging. It was sweet, realistic and satisfying. So if you have been a fan of Goldstone for years or have not yet picked up one of these books before, Draven’s Light will be an amazing, brilliant read that you will not want to come to an end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anne Elisabeth Stengl’s stories are always just so incredible!! Draven’s Light was no different. Amazing. Tender. Intriguing. True love. Just grand. I just heart it! ^__^ We meet a little girl who brings water to two brothers (they’re rather famous in my eyes, if you’ve read all the other Tales of Goldstone Wood books!) as they’re building the House of Lights. The Kind One begins to tell the little girl a story. A story a cowardice. A story of bravery. A story of terror. A story of redemption. I was enthralled almost from page one. Something about the lovely, mysterious way Anne Elisabeth writes...it just pulls you in! Draven’s Light has to be one of the best novellas I have ever read. Let’s just say it’s the best. I’m longing for Poison Crown: The Smallman’s Heir!! And then of course, Poison Crown: The House of Lights right after that! ;D Anyway, this was a heart-rending story. And it had a dash of spookiness—but I felt that was very tasteful and never went too far. There were tears, and gasps, and shivers, and sighs. The characters—awesome. Loved it!! If you haven’t read any of the Tales of Goldstone Wood books, they are an amazing, Christian allegory, fantasy series. As I’ve been talking a lot about magic lately, I’ll touch on that in this review. Anne Elisabeth very much creates a unique fantasy world. I don’t feel there’s really much “magic”, but there is a fae world as well as a mortal world. From what I'm remembering, there may be an instance or two in the series where some happening seems a little bit like sorcery, but its always the dark work of the bad guys exclusively. Evil creatures from the fairy realm that slip into the mortal world and create havoc among misunderstanding mortals. A higher Being (God) known as the King of Farthest Shore, and His son, the Prince of Farthest Shore (Jesus). The creepy Dragon who represents Satan. Lessons and things symbolic to the Christian faith abound in this series, as well as adventure, action, fairytale-ness, and a touch of romance! :) I find them to be poignant and profound stories. So yes! Give the Tales of Goldstone Wood a try! (I would recommend reading them in the order published). The superb Draven’s Light is waiting for you to open it! :D
RyebrynnLylaShveer More than 1 year ago
DATE I STARTED THIS BOOK: 4/25/15 DATE I FINISHED THIS BOOK: 4/29/15 HOW I RECEIVED THIS BOOK: Through the publisher FORMAT OF THIS BOOK: PDF TYPE OF REVIEW: Bite-sized I eased into this book. I didn't like it at first, but by 50%, I was hooked. Draven was a complex character. He had simple cares, complicated worries, and perpetual conflict. This book showed so much conflict. So much happened. I loved how it represented Draven's internal conflict. He had decided not to kill, but then his village viewed that as cowardly. He fought with the title of Coward, but still knew he had done the right thing. This story was brilliantly told, weaving between a storyteller and his listener, and Draven. Anne Elisabeth Stengl handled it all superbly. I cried, I must confess, when I read this book. I won't tell you why. But I did cry. Five stars,to another well-written Stengl book! :) *I received an free e-copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Arieanus More than 1 year ago
My review for Draven's Light: Once again Anne Anne Elisabeth Stengl brings us into this wonderful world that we are drawn to and have grown to love more with every release. I love how she uses two prominent characters who we haven't heard much about or seen lately to tell a different story from their past. In using the Brothers Ashiun, she introduces a new character. I believe she doesn't tell us The Girl's name right away so that we can become the character as if Akilun is telling us the story instead of us reading it. But, by doing this she does tell us more than I wish she had told us. The Girl is telling us what she thinks will happen next in the story instead of letting us figure it out for ourselves. But, maybe that we are on board with the characters and know what's happening at the right pace. The ending. One of the best in the series. Of course though, I say that about every book. Which means it's all that you would expect from a Tales of Goldstone Wood book. I love these stories that go back and explain more to us. Like a castle in a earlier book, the Houses of Light, and more about the other Faeries in the Wood that aren't for the Prince. In closing, this is a wonderful book and a must read to anybody who reads this amazing series. Do not pass it up just because it's not a main novel. Every story is important to Goldstone Wood.