Shadow Hand (Tales of Goldstone Wood Series #6)

Shadow Hand (Tales of Goldstone Wood Series #6)

by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

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

By 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441263575
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Series: Tales of Goldstone Wood Series , #6
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 730,288
File size: 6 MB

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
Anne Elisabeth Stengl makes her home in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, Rohan, a passel of cats, and one long-suffering dog. When she's not writing, she enjoys Shakespeare, opera, and tea, and studies piano, painting, and pastry baking. She studied illustration at Grace College and English literature at Campbell University. She is the author of Heartless, Veiled Rose, Moonblood, and Starflower. Heartless, Veiled Rose, and Dragonwitch have each been honored with a Christy Award. Learn more at

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Shadow Hand 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
TheScriptSpinner More than 1 year ago
Goldstone Wood is not for the ignorant nor the faint of heart. If this is your first time entering Goldstone Wood...go and read the first five books of the series first! They will help prepare your mind for the most complex Tale of Goldstone Wood yet by far. Anne Elisabeth Stengl again weaves a compelling tale of love, sacrifice, courage, despair, darkness, hope, and triumph. Readers will be boggled by the vast and bizarre array of the denizens of the Wood, but even more so, by the way Time is handled. Once again, the author astonishes...first by taking the cold, often cruel, Daylily and the unremarkable Foxbrush as her main characters. But they are not the only characters, oh no. This story might hold the largest cast yet, drawing in beloved figures from all the books and setting them to their own important role. Mysteries left hanging will be answered. What happened to Lionheart after Moonblood? What is the Cren Cru, really? What happened to Sun Eagle after he vanished into the wood? Did Alistair ever find Mouse? Did the sylph ever get to grant Lionheart a wish? Why do Eanrin and Imraldera seem more distant 1500 years after Starflower than closer? Oh yes, it gets exciting. We have no lack of heroes or villains. The Cren Cru is a truly disturbing force. But the complications of each character and the depth they have is incredibly compelling. It is a dark tale, possibly the darkest in the series yet. There were times when "one didn't want to know the end, because how could the end be happy?" (-Samwise Gamgee) But do not fear, gentle reader! For a new dawn will come, and the sun will shine the brighter! This is a story of revealment. Showing that even the most simple of people are much more complex than we could think. That who we see a person as is not necessarily who they are. That our true selves are most free in service To The One Who Names Us. That even the part of us we most fear can be transformed by our Prince into something beautiful. For all fans of Goldstone Wood, here is a tale from Here and There that you cannot miss!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anne Elisabeth Stengl has become a staple of fantasy as far as I’m concerned. Every time I read one of her Goldstone Wood novels I’m more blown away by how intertwined her characters and legends become. Unfortunately, I got a little out of order reading the series and while I was still able to appreciate the central story, I would recommend starting at the beginning and going in order. Shadow Hand tells the story of Crown Prince Foxbrush and Lady Daylily, whose ill fated wedding days starts the novel. Daylily is being pushed into this marriage by her father, Baron Middlecrescent, who wants control of Southlands. Hiding a darker side that no one could imagine, Daylily decides to flee into the Wood Between. Foxbrush impulsively decides to follow her and ends up far out of his time on an adventure he could not be less thrilled about. I loved Foxbrush as the hero of this story. He is quiet, immaculate and very timid, which made for a different and refreshing character arc. Daylily is a powerful female lead that more than makes up for any strength and bravery Foxbrush may lack. She has spent so many years attempting to hide her true self that she has forgotten who she really is which leaves her vulnerable to a sinister plot that has all of Southlands hanging in the balance. This is my second trip into Goldstone Wood and I am so eager to read the rest of the series. Stengl has gained another lifetime reader and I will recommend her every chance I get! ***I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. ***
ShareeS More than 1 year ago
Shadow Hand was amazing. This book is 6th in the series and although I had not read any of the first books, all that I needed to know was described well enough for me to keep up with the storyline. The story begins with Lady Daylily’s escape from her wedding. A strong internal conflict drives her into the Wood Between and throughout the tale. Her intended, Prince Foxbrush, is then faced with a few problems, particularly when his cousin, Lionheart, shows up. Foxbrush then, with the company of Lionheart, follows Daylily into the woods. The two then face their own issues and Foxbrush ends up in a totally different time. When events start lining up with an old childhood tale, Foxbrush starts to worry and knows he needs to act. Meanwhile Daylily is battling an ancient creature named Cren Cru, though she doesn’t know him, while basically helping him. There were many different characters with stories that ended up intersecting, which I thought was wonderfully done. Creatures like a form switching woman, a cat-man, and a big white lioness made the story very interesting. By the end of the story, the childhood tale of Shadow Hand made perfect sense. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend this for anyone who likes fantasy-type books. I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I keep thinking Anne Elisabeth Stengl can't get any better. She keeps proving me wrong. Shadow Hand, #6 in The Tales of Goldstone Wood, is her most ambitious, most emotional, and most complex work so far. It made me laugh a lot and cry a time or two (which doesn't happen easily). Now, I read two reviews by people who hadn't read any of the other books in the series. One was negative and the other fairly positive, but trust me: you really need to read the previous books first to fully understand and appreciate this one. Shadow Hand expands on characters and storylines from all 5 previous entries, giving more meaning to what we've previously read and challenging what we think we know about these characters. Of course, it also introduces a number of new characters, including Nidawi the Everblooming, who quickly became a new favorite of mine! The writing style is as lovely and lyrical as always. I not only could see in my mind everything Ms. Stengl was describing, I felt like I was actually experiencing it for myself. When I finished the book, I was rather shocked to find myself in my own room and the world around me going on as usual! Bottom line: if you are a lover of fantasy and fairy tales, or if you enjoyed the other books in the Goldstone Wood series, you will not want to miss Shadow Hand!
SunFlowerEyez More than 1 year ago
Lady Daylily, at her father’s bidding, is betrothed to the dull and awkward Prince Foxbrush of Southlands, though she truly loves his handsome cousin, Lionheart. On the day of her wedding, feeling desperate and hopeless, Daylily flees into the dark and dangerous Wilderlands. Foxbrush pursues her, determined to rescue her, as does Lionheart, sending them all into a dangerous world of magic and peril. I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. I’d like to point out that I have read none of the previous books in the series, so I admit that coming in on Number Six had its disadvantages. I didn’t understand a lot of the backstory references, or how some of the relationships between characters came about, as I’m assuming is explained in previous books. However, the plot of this particular book itself wasn’t very hard to follow. The first thing I noticed is that Anne Elisabeth Stengl’s writing is beautiful–almost lyrical–flowing gracefully from page to page, encompassing the tales of whimsically named characters of the Southlands. The reader is introduced to a plethora of characters both in Southlands and within the magical world of the Wilderlands. Time takes on a new meaning. There are heroes, villains, and those that exist in the line between. Shadow Hand is dark tale of courage, sacrifice, darkness, love, desperate hope and triumph. Characters, such as the boring and bumbling Foxbrush, find the path to becoming heroes. Lady Daylily confronts both the darkness and the light within her and Lionheart finds himself on a quest to revealing who he is truly meant to be. I would recommend starting with book one in the series, as I feel that doing so would make this book a bit more understandable and enjoyable. There were times when I felt a little lost, and I’m sure I wouldn’t have been if I had read previous books in this series. Still, I think that this series is one worth checking out, especially for lovers of the fantasy genre.
j2starshine More than 1 year ago
The sixth book in the Tales of Goldstone Wood. And it does not disappoint!  The main story follows Lady Daylily as she flees into the forest on her wedding day. Then we have Lionheart who returns to make peace with his father, and he attempts to go after Daylily, but that is not the Path for him. Then there is Daylily's betrothed, Foxbrush, who plunges into the wild forest of faerie and magic to rescue her. Unfortunately, the only thing he knows about the forest and faerie is from nursery rhymes, which he is about to get a rude awakening. And we have Eanrin and Imraldera and Sun Eagle, remember him? Well, that's about all I can say about their storyline without giving too much away. Ms. Stengl does an incredible job weaving together all these different threads into a grand climax with a bit of time travel thrown into the mix. It felt similar in style to Starflower with the switching between the story threads, the wildness of the forest, and the fascinating beings we meet within. It is a beautiful story that brought tears to my eyes, and as I'm tagging along with the characters, I so wished I could be right there with them, living such an adventure with honor and redemption and love. I love that it isn't always the most handsome, the most popular, or the strongest that saves the day, or that it is only one person, but rather several working together. It is also a bittersweet story, and I'm left wondering what will happen next.  I can't wait for the next adventure!
birdyard More than 1 year ago
Anne Elisabeth Stengl has once again brought Goldstone Wood to life. I wish I had the words to convey how deeply her writing touches  my heart. We have met the characters in previous books, but in Shadowhand we watch them as they confront their true selves and thrive. Highly Recommend!
book4children More than 1 year ago
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.
GrammyGeek More than 1 year ago
Shadow Hand – Tales of Goldstone Wood by Anne Elisabeth Stengl ISBN: 978-0-7642-1028-0 TFNI Fantasy A note from her betrothed, sends Lady Daylily fleeing on her wedding day. She never wanted to wanted to marry Foxbrush – Lionheart was her love…….. In her latest book “Shadow Hand” Anne Elisabeth Stengl takes you to a fantasy world full of creatures big and small from mortal loving sylphs to dragons with poison. The homelands have been torn apart by a dragon. Many did not survive the dragon’s poison and the land will take years to heal. Lady Daylily is dressed for her wedding to Foxbrush – not her true love Lionheart. A note arrives for Lady Daylily and as she reads it, she realizes she cannot carry out her father’s wish to marry Foxbrush. Off she runs from her homeland torn apart by the dragon to try and disappear forever in the Wilderlands. But in the Wilderlands looks can be deceiving, nothing is as it seems…….. Elisabeth Anne Stengl’s creative writing in this fantasy novel is the best I have ever read. How she is able to create this fantasy with all the twist and turns, creatures great and small and the wide range of characters is beyond me. I am sure with this level of writing, we will be seeing much more from her in the way of novels and awards won for creative ability. Anne Elisabeth Stengl is the winner of the following Awards: 2011 Christy Award for Debut Novel 2012 Christy Award for Visionary Novel 2013 Clive Staples Award for Speculative Fiction I did receive a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Shadow Hand is another written masterpiece by Anne Elisabeth Stengl. A word of caution though, this is number 6 in the series. I do not know how the story would be as a standalone without some knowledge of the world she has created. To me, these books read as one large story. I have read Heartless and Veiled Rose, I own but have not read Moonblood, Starflower, and Dragonwitch. There were some things that happened in those previous books that I missed and I will be going back and reading those. This is an amazing world, and I enjoyed getting to revisit these characters that I had met in Veiled Rose. Daylily runs away from her marriage to Foxbrush, who goes after her to tell her what he has decided and to prove himself, if to no one else but to himself. Lionheart (Daylily’s former betrothed) is back from exile not to make fun of his cousin Foxbrush this time, but to help him. This is a dark fairy tale and is a little bit creepy at times. We are reacquainted with previous characters and meet some memorable new ones. I absolutely enjoyed the descriptions of the worlds and the faerie beasts. And in the words of Dr. Who, there is some “timey wimey” storytelling going on. This is also a story of true love and sacrifices. I absolutely enjoyed how she unfolded this story and how it ended. I recommend this whole series for the young adult and up. I received my copy from The Book Club Network, Inc. and the opinions are my own.
loriweller1 More than 1 year ago
Shadow hand is Book 6 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood Series. I wish I would have read some of the first ones before reading this book. It would have given me a better understanding of characters and rules of the setting. I found the story interesting when taken slowly. At times sections needed to be reread to be understood. But overall I found it to be creative, very descriptive, and very well written. I plan to go back and read the previous books and then reread this one to have a better appreciation of the story.I received the book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shadow Hand by Anne Elisabeth Stengl is the sixth book in the Goldstone Wood series and not for the faint of heart! It is not an easy read full of entertaining fluff. It is a compelling tale of pain, sorrow, grief, reconcilliation, growth, deliverance and the list goes on! It's captivating and extremely thought provoking! I encourage anyone to read all of the books in this series, but be prepared! It is a journey from which you will not return the same!!! Thank you A.E. Stengl for stirring my heart!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very masterfully written, deeply detailed story in the Tales of Goldstone Wood series.  It reminds me of Tolkien’s very in-depth stories.  Ms Stengl has created a multitude of characters with personalities to match.  Her worlds and lands are described so beautifully that you feel you are enveloped right in them while reading.  Each character has something they are focused on – meaning they need to work something out, fix or just plain find their way home! I cannot begin to describe what detail and depth you will be immersed into while reading her books. It really is indescribable.  In Shadowhand you have a runaway bride, de-throned prince, many magical creatures and characters all mixed with a time mixing forest. You see the good battling the evil and you feel the pain and struggles along with each person. It was only a tad difficult on my brain to keep the characters separate in my mind, but once you learn what they are about you fall right into their lives with them.  You won’t be disappointed in getting involved with this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always, this book is so much more than the blurb reveals. Yes, Daylily and Foxbrush are the main characters, but Lionheart, Felix, Imraldera, and Eanrin also play important parts. I am amazed at how Anne Elsabeth Stengl can weave together so many characters, old and new, finish previous story lines, and raise more questions, all while developing characters, portraying beautiful morals, and wrapping up the main plot line nicely. This book, the sixth in The Tales of Goldstone Wood, brings in Sun Eagle from Star Flower, Cren Cru, Mouse, and Alistair from Dragonwitch ( although the latter are called by different names now ), and Felix, Lionheart, Foxbrush, and Daylily from the other three, deepening, even completing in some cases, their stories. Some new elements include a strong, sweet girl named Lark, the facinating, fey Faerie Nidawi the Everblooming, time travel via the slyphs in Goldstone Wood, the Bronze-wearing cult, and the prophecy of the Shadow Hand. For those who have not read any of Stengl's books, or even a few but not all, I strongly urge you to do so first, because the number of characters and references to their backstories will make Shadow Hand a confusing, less rich read for the unfamiliar reader. For those who are already immersed in Stengl's world, I promise a rewarding ride, especially in seeing resolution of old stories and beloved characters growing deeper and richer with every page. As always, Stengl's writing is lyrical, smooth, and hauntingly lovely, with a masterful mix of creative description, humor, emotion, and action. Like Moonblood, it is a little mind-bending at times, and like Dragonwitch, it switches back and forth often between a variety of characters. Unlike most authors, however, Stengl manages it well, although occasionally it annoyed me ( which was probably my fault, reading too fast! ). So how does it compare to other books? At first, it felt different than the others somehow, a little creepier and vague at the beginning. Do no fear, however, for the questions are resolved, the ending brims over with light, and the words and presence of the woodthrush lace even the darjest, murkiest page! In terms of ranking, Starflower is still my favorite. While I felt Shadow Hand's plot was a little choppy or confusing at times, the characters, prose, and message made up for it many times over. One last word ( and I apologize, for the nature of the subject forces me to be a bit enigmatic ), about Imraldera and Eanrin: Yes, they are involved in the plot ( you might see vhow, considering that Sun Eagle rejoins the cast ), and much is learned about them, especially in terms of their relationship, although I fear it leaves me with more questions than answers. These two characters especially make me unable to wait for the next book, coming November 2014: Golden Daughter.
Quoth_the_girl More than 1 year ago
The latest installment of the Tales from Goldstone Wood is dark and intriguing, as the reader learns more and more about Stengl's world and the dangers that lurk within.  The created mythology explored in this novel draws from existing stories like the terrifying Irish god Crom Cruach, but the story also creates its own unique (but still archetypal) characters.  Nidawi the Everblooming fits into the common maiden-mother-crone pattern of a triune goddess, but she is very much Stengl's creation, full of bizarre verve and unexpected pathos. I enjoyed meeting her and the other new characters, and it was wonderful (as always) to come back to characters from previous books and learn more about what happened to them.  Shadow Hand is certainly another rich chapter in the Tales from Goldstone Wood saga, and I look forward to the next novel!
VillaSyl More than 1 year ago
Anne Elisabeth Stengl weaves a tale of love, sacrifice, courage, despair, darkness, hope, and triumph. Readers will be surprised by the vast and bizarre array of the denizens of the Wood, but even more so, by the way Time is handled. By 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, and her only desire is 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 and many other dangers. This is my first story by this author I agree with other reviewers that you must read the series in order. Although interesting, it took me about half way to get the characters and story straight to make some sort of sense. The heroes and villains in Shadow Hand are a complicated story, one that is as old as time itself. That our true selves are most free in service To the One who names us; that even the part of us we most fear can be transformed by our Prince into something beautiful. If you really are into Sci-Fi, I believe you would like this story, if read from the beginning of the series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this EBook free from Net Galley through the Bakers Publishing Group and Bethany House book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Laura_Pol More than 1 year ago
Wow I am always amazed at how Anne Elisabeth Stengl can weave a tale and Shadow Hand is no exception! It took me a little bit to originally get into this novel because I felt confused and wanted answers right then and there! Who was the mystery voice? What has happened to Daylily? To Foxbrush? Leo? So many questions and not enough answers which of course led to many late nights of reading to see what would happen! I was so grateful that I was finally able to get all of Daylily and Foxbrush's story! It was heart-wrenching in many ways, but the power of love was so amazing! I cried at the end concerning the beauty of the characters seeing who they really are and really their whole journey! I would give examples, but I wouldn't even do it justice! This is definitely a must read because it a powerful story of character growth with of course awesome Faire beasts and more! However I do strongly recommend reading the books previously in this series! Shadow Hand could be read as a stand alone, but I think knowing the history of the characters makes their testimonies that much more touching and amazing! I give this novel a 5 out of 5 stars for (as always) the beautiful message that Anne gives to readers! The name Shadow Hand is such a perfect name for this story about blood, love, and sacrifice! *I received this novel for free from the author in exchange for an honest review! I was not required to write a positive review! All thoughts expressed are my own!*
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Nutz2read More than 1 year ago
Unable to finish it… I have never read fantasy before or even watched it, so I was not sure what to think. I must confess that I was not able to finish this book. I read about a third of the way through and could go no further. It was quite odd and was written in narration, so we don’t really know the characters thoughts, but the thoughts and opinions of the one observing everything. I also found it very annoying. I would just get caught up and have a decent understanding of what was happening in one part of the story, when it would shift to a different person! I was almost constantly confused, which cannot all be blamed on my poor understanding of the fantasy world. I was also very confused about the Christian aspect of this story. While it was clear at times, I never really figured parts of it out. I must say, that I wondered about whether it was truly Christian or not, which is part of the reason I did not finish it. Although, I trust Bethany House Publishing and don’t believe they would produce something that goes against the Christian faith. The one positive thing I can say about it, is that it is quite well written. I applaud the author for her superb writing and descriptions. She really brought her world to life, odd though it may be. So, while I did not enjoy this book, I do believe that those who like fantasy and are more familiar with it will enjoy it immensely. I recommend reading the others books in the series first. I received this book through The Book Club Network for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.