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Dragonwitch Review

Posted by on July 5, 2013
On Tour with Prism Book Tours
I am excited to be part of the Dragonwitch Book Tour, if you hadn’t guessed that already. On each stop, Anne Elisabeth Stengl has answered our questions in one giant interview with an awesome giveaway. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the bloggers as they have some awesome thoughts on love, cats, and who knows what else in the up coming days.  So without further ado, let’s get to my questions and on to my review. Then scroll down to the rafflecopter to enter to win the entire series of The Tales of Goldstone Wood!
Questions and Answers with Anne Elisabeth Stengl 

1. If you could visit any time period, place in history, where would you go?

I think I would go visit the Globe Theater while Shakespeare was at the height of his fame and take in one or two of his plays! I’m a big fan as it is, and how much fun would it be see a first performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream or, better still, Hamlet? (Of course, this is all assuming that I could stand the crush of body odor or standing in an audience for hours.)

2. Do you have a favorite cat breed?

I love Abyssinians! My Marmaduke is an Abyssinian, the second one I have owned. They are the oldest known cat breed, the kind of kitty that was worshiped in ancient Egypt . . . and my beautiful Marmaduke won’t let me forget it! 🙂

Dragonwitch. It is the story of Alistair, an earl looking to inherit his uncle’s land and become king of the north country. And it is also Lady Leta’s story. She has been betrothed to Alistair and struggles with what is considered practical and what she truly desires. And of the Chronicler and his dangerous secret.And then there is Sir Eanrin and Imraldera. As this book is set about 100 years from the end of Starflower, so in a way it is the continuation of their story as well as the Dragonwitch’s, but we still don’t know how Monster/Sir Eanrin loses his eyes as those of you who have read Heartless will know that the cat in Heartless does not have his eyes.
At the start of the novel, we have three different threads that weave together to influence the story and we are not quite sure how they are all going to come together. The first thread of influence is the Legend of Two Brothers, a tale that differs from what the near world and even some of the far world believes about the two famous brothers. Second thread is a paragraph or so written in italics at the beginning of each chapter, giving us a first person account of another time and place. Third is the story itself weaving the storylines of Eanrin/Imraldera, Lady Leta, Alistair, The Chronicler, The Scrubber, Mouse and the goblins all together into one grand adventure.
As the main story of Dragonwitch slowly unfolds, we get to know the characters, their predicaments, their desires, weaknesses, and nightmares. A nice contrast from Starflower‘s pace. I loved how the story kept us guessing as who was the “bad guy”. I love being able to gather the clues and make guesses about the plot or characters, whether I’m right or proven wrong in the end. And even better when it has such a beautiful ending to wrap it all up nicely. It is a book to be read again and again.With each book, Ms. Stengl continues to weave a deeper, richer story as we explore the worlds of faerie and mortal alike. I cannot wait for Shadow Hand and all the other Tales of Goldstone Wood novels to come.

Dragonwitch (Tales of Goldstone Wood #5)


by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

Paperback, 432 pages

Published July 1, 2013 by Bethany House Publishers

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 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, with DRAGONWITCH due to release in 2013. HEARTLESS and VEILED ROSE have each been honored with a Christy Award.


Tour-wide Giveaway – 

July 1 – 26

USA, Canada & UK – Print Copy of the entire series to date!

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Pull up a chair and a cup of tea… we’ve invited Anne Elisabeth to every blog on the tour!
1 – Book Release!
5 – JL Mbewe
          Christy’s Cozy Corner
14 – Mommasez…
15 – Dee’sReads
          Kelly P’s Blog

19 – Grand Finale Blast!


11 Responses to Dragonwitch Review

  1. Rebeka

    Wonderful review, Jennette! And I loved reading Anne’s answers to the interview questions. I think Shakespeare’s time would be interesting to visit. Personally, I would want an audience with Queen Elizabeth I. It’d be cool to sit down and have a chat with her.

    • jlmbewe

      Thanks Rebeka! I am fascinated with history. I think both times would be great. It would be awesome to have a time traveling vehicle of sorts to go visit anytime in history. That would be cool…minus any complications that would arise. Ha!

  2. Alyssa Fryberger

    Great Review. I would love to go back to the globe theater and see Shakespeare too.

    • jlmbewe

      Hi Alyssa! Thanks for stopping by! It would be so interesting to hear how they spoke and how it differed from what Shakespeare wrote and all. Any time in history would be neat to visit. 🙂

  3. Lynn Kelley

    Nice review, Jennette! That’s an awesome cover. I don’t think I’ve heard of the Abyssinian breed. Interesting. I love Anne’s cats name, Marmaduke! Very cool!

    • jlmbewe

      Hi Lynn! Thanks for stopping by! Glad you enjoyed the review and cover. Marmaduke does have a nice ring to it!

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