I am SO far behind on reviewing these two books it’s not even funny. I requested them over the summer and read them right away, but I kept putting off the actual review. It’s not because I didn’t like the books. On the contrary, I LOVED them. But if I’m to be honest, I just don’t know how to write a review that will adequately express how awesome these two books are…the entire Goldstone Wood series is fantastic. It is by far my favorite new fantasy series and one I highly recommend to anyone who likes allegorical fiction. Let’s put it this way, I love The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis, The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R.Tolkien, and the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling. The Tales of Goldstone Wood takes 4th place in my Top Five favorite fantasy series, with the previously mentioned series occupying the first 3 spots.
Without further ado…
From the winged city of Etalpalli to the slopes of Bald Mountain, from the fiery wrath of Hri Sora to the wily charms of Eanrin…I was drawn into the story from the beginning. When the Faerie Queen’s cousin is kidnapped, Sir Eanrin volunteers to find and return her. Little does he know the adventure and choices that await him on his departure from the Faerie realm. He comes across a mute girl who is being pursued by the Hounds of Death. He must choose to help her or continue on his way to rescue Lady Gleamdren. His choice determines the fates of many. Who is this girl? Silent, cursed, and fleeing from a dragon…but why? And Hri Sora, a dragon of legend, is much more than what she seems.
Full of humor, suspense, and vivid imagery, Starflower is fantastic. Such a moving tale. 5 stars, hands down.
Dragonwitch introduces us to young Leta, who is contracted to marry the heir of the kingdom of Gaheris. However, she finds on her arrival that she is unwelcome and unloved. She finds one friend within the walls – the Chronicler who cares for the library – but he carries a secret that will shake the kingdom. A prophecy, an heir who is stricken with nightmares, a whispering crypt, and a goblin invasion throw the kingdom into chaos as Leta, Alistair, and the Chronicler struggle to find true strength against evil forces. Sir Eanrin and Lady Imraldera (characters in Starflower) return, and the ancient Legend of the Two Brothers proves to be much more than a legend. Simple Faerie tales are found to be very real, as we learn more about Hri Sora – who she was, who she is, what she is destined for, and the reason for her endless wrath against one of the Brothers. If the Dragonwitch can be defeated, who can do it, and how?
This was my favorite book in the series. Masterfully written. So many emotions! This one kept me up well past midnight – I couldn’t put it down until I was finished reading it. I wish there were more than 5 stars to give.
[My apologies to Bethany House for the delay in the reviews. These are my honest opinions and I received the books for free through their book review program.]