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Dragonwitch by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

Sunday, January 12, 2014

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.

Goodreads Summary

This is the fifth book in the series "Tales of Goldstone Wood," and this continues the tale tastefully while bringing us right back into the action. The epic fantasy moves along with its focus on the quest of the Dragonwitch to to stop those that are trying to kill her for the third and final time.

The characters in this installment of the series are good and it will never fail to disappoint compared to the other books. The Dragonwitch was mentioned in an earlier book of the series and it was good to finally get to know her backstory and see her played out in this book. 

If you have not read any of the other books in this series it may be an issue getting used to the language and world like in any other fantasy novel. There are a few story lines that are going on at the same time so at first it may be confusing as it jumps from one to the other. It all ties together very well at about the halfway point though and begins to make much more sense. The overall tone of the book is not quite as violent compared to other fantasy novels, but I found the lighter side refreshing and enjoyed this aspect a lot. This is definitely worth reading if you have been following the series or not. It gets my thumbs up!

4 Stars

*Reviewed by Chris*

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  1. Unknown said...:

    I have not read any books in her series i think the language would be hard to get into i tend to stay away from these kind of reads.

  1. Berenice said...:

    Is this a high fantasy novel? It sort of reminds me of the Chronicles of Elantra series (which I love!) by Michelle Sagara. I'll definitely have to check this series out. Thanks a bunch! =)