Thursday, December 6, 2012

Review: Starflower

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Starflower (Tales of Goldstone Wood #4)
Tales of Goldstone Wood #4
by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
Paperback, 400 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Bethany House


When a cursed dragon-witch kidnaps the lovely Lady Gleamdren, Eanrin sets boldly forth on a rescue mission...and a race against his rival for Gleamdren's favor. Intent upon his quest, the last thing the immortal Faerie needs is to become mixed up with the troubles of an insignificant mortal. 

But when he stumbles upon a maiden trapped in an enchanted sleep, he cannot leave her alone in the dangerous Wood Between. One waking kiss later, Eanrin suddenly finds his story entangled with that of young Starflower. A strange link exists between this mortal girl and the dragon-witch. Will Starflower prove the key to Lady Gleamdren's rescue? Or will the dark power from which she flees destroy both her and her rescuer?


I received Starflower in return for an honest review as part of the blog tour hosted by Prism Book Tours in return for a honest review. Hri Sora is a powerful dragon who has been in a state of sleep since she burned down her city which she was trying to protect. Her father took her dragon form and wings leaving with just her mortal body. Desperate to have them back Hri Sora makes a deal with her father that she will bring him back a treasure to add to his hoard. Her plan is to kidnap the Queen's cousin since she knows what the treasure looks like and use her to retrieve it. Hri Sora easily captures Gleamdren her next challenge is to get her to give up the treasure so she can have her true form. 

When the woman he loves is kidnapped Eanrin sets out to find Gleamdren before Glomar can rescue her. Eanrin isn't a warrior he's instead a immortal faerie poet who happens to also be part cat. He comes across a girl who has drunk from the enchanted river and even though he want's to find Gleamdren he can't help feeling a little sorry for the mortal girl and taking her to the serpent witch who owes him a favor. Thank's to the serpents collection of frog princess the girl is woken from her enchanted slumber. It's after the pair escape from the serpents land that he learns she's under a curse and can't speak but he's able to figure out her name Starflower. Deciding he can't leaver he takes her along with him on his journey to find Gleamdren fearing what would happen if he leaves her behind.  As they get closer to finding Gleamdren they learn that Starflower is tied to Hri Sora which could change everything.

I was a little nervous starting Starflower because it's not the first in the series it's the fourth book, and I hate to read out of order. Thankfully it can be read as a standalone for what I understand it's almost a prequel to the first three but honestly I'm not sure. I wasn't sure about Eanrin at first he kind of has a big ego, then again I guess if I was the Prince of Poet's I would have a high opinion of myself. So I wasn't sure I was going to like his character however when he met Starflower, he showed his compassionate side which I really liked. Startflower is one of those characters you just can't help loving because she's been through so much but she keeps coming back. It's a fast paced action packed adventure with a little love story tossed in the mix. I really enjoyed the world of Goldstone Woods, since it's new to me I found it 
refreshing and exciting. However I've not read the first three but after reading Starflower I will be checking them out when I get some downtime because I enjoyed this one so much. I had a hard time putting it down and was able to finish over the coarse of a evening because I wanted to know how their adventure would end. 

4 out of 5 Stars
About the Author:

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.

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Check out the entire December Tour!

3 - Laura @ Colorimetry - Launch!
3 - Sarah @ Letters to the Cosmos - Review
4 - Kathy @ I Am a Reader, Not a Writer - Excerpt
4 - Kari @ Kari's Crowded Bookshelf - Review
5 - Aleksandra @ Aleksandra's Corner - Guest Post - Inspired by Cats I
6 - Lisa @ Bookworm Lisa - Guest Post - Inspired by Cats II
6 - Mandy @ The Reading Diaries - Review
7 - Alicia @ Mortality Bites - Dragonwitch page REVEAL
7 - Naj @ Unputdownable Books - Guest Post - Inspired by Cats III
9 - Lissette @ Passion and Life - Guest Post - Night Terrors
10 - Laura @ Colorimetry - Review
10 - Bonnie @ A Backwards Story - Review
12 - Aimee @ Getting Your Read On - Guest Post - The Faces of Love I
12 - Kimberly Krey @ Kimberly Krey - Guest Post - Drafts
13 - Abbi @ Christian Novels - Tales of Goldstone Wood Reviews
13 - Mandy @ The Reading Diaries - Interview
14 - Ivy @ Open the Page - Guest Post - The Faces of Love II
16 - Alicia @ Mortality Bites - Review
17 - Len @ Musings of a Reader Happy - Hightlight/Excerpt - Meet Dragonwitch
17 - Jen @ Literally Jen - Review
18 - Beth @ Living a Goddess Life - Review
19 - Rach @ Stressed Rach - Guest Post - Illustrated Sneak Peak
19 - Christy @ Christy's Cozy Corners - Review
20 - Heather @ Proud Book Nerd - Review
20 - Heidi @ Geo Librarian - Guest Post - The Faces of Love III
21 - Jaime @ Goodreads - Review
21 - Finale @ Colorimetry - Giveaway winner announced.

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GRAND PRIZE:  The first four books The Tales of Goldstone Wood: HeartlessVeiled RoseMoonblood and Starflower + SWAG!  2nd place is a copy of Starflower + SWAG!

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