Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Review: Dragonwitch by:Anna Elizabeth Stengl

Dragonwitch (Tales of Goldstone Wood, #5)
About the Book:
Who Will Dare to Face the Dragonwitch?

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.


Anne Elisabeth Stengl
About the Author:
Anne Elisabeth Stengl is the author of the acclaimed TALES OF GOLDSTONE WOOD series, including Starflower; Veiled Rose; winner of the 2012 Christy Award for Visionary novel; and Heartless, the winner of the 2011 Christy Award for First Novel. 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 www.anneelisabethstengl.blogspot.com.

My Review:
 The book begins with Lord Alistair waking up screaming from one of his nightmares. The servants were quite scared of him and often avoided him. He barely crawled to the Chronicles library to speak with the Chronicle about his dream. The Chronicle acted coolly but truly didn't care. It seemed as soon as Lord Alistair got to reading his daily reading work a page came a calling. Alistair demanded he tell him what the big deal was. His Bride, Lady Leta had arrived. He practically ran down the stairs, still not making it in enough time to please his mother.

 Lady Leta was barely tall enough to be a girl much less a woman. She hardly reached Alastair's shoulder. She unwillingly came to this castle and tried her best to fit in.  But knowing that one she was to wed barely wanted anything to do with her, she took a liking to the Chronicle. He was nice enough to her and now helping her learn how to read. Maybe after all she would make happiness out of this, God forsaken life she was dealt.

 This book takes on a life of its own. It is rich in Medieval history which is a huge interest to my children. I read them the book and they enjoyed it immensely.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Bethany House.