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Review: Shadow Hand

Posted by on March 4, 2014

Today is the official release day for Anne Elisabeth Stengl’s sixth book in her Tales of Goldstone Wood series! And there are a quite a few awesome things happening around the blog-o-sphere in celebration, so here is my attempt at collecting all the lovely goodies in one stop. Plus I’ll share my thoughts on this much anticipated story. If I have missed any, please share the link in the comments and I will add it. So without further ado:



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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.


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!


Would you like to know more?

Visit the Shadow Hand page.

Available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and

If you haven’t read any of the other books yet, I’d recommend starting with Heartless. 🙂

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7721_133549311830_623396830_3040333_1407935_nAnne Elisabeth is the award-winning author of the Tales of Goldstone Wood, a series of fantasy adventure novels told in the classic Fairy Tale style. She is married to the handsome man she met at fencing class and lives with him, a gaggle of cats, and one long-suffering dog in NC.

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J.L Mbewe - Author