Dragonwitch

Dragonwitch

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A New Tale Is Added to this Christy Award-Winning Fantasy Saga

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.

Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : BETHANY House, 2013
ISBN: 9780764210273
0764210270
Characteristics: 425 pages ; 21 cm

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Tabaqui
Jun 20, 2017

This was my favorite of the Tales of Goldstone Wood - at least, so far. I really love Eanrin's character. He is such a cat: snarky, lovable, sarcastic, pretending not to care while actually caring quite a bit, etc. Honestly, the way he handled the interactions between Mouse and Alistair made me laugh. Also, I enjoyed seeing what happened to other characters from Starflower. I have found that I enjoy these later books in the series much more than the first few as well. If you aren't sure about this book, let me tell you, I couldn't put it down!

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artemishi
Aug 07, 2013

Dragonwitch is almost as good as Starflower was. I say almost because, although it had a host of characters with their own foibles and dreams, I was less inspired by them than by Starflower, whose primary 'superpower' was her compassion (which is awesome). I love that Anne Elisabeth extended and expanded the tale of Hri Sora- I always find well-written villains to be compelling. And the double-edged sword of love (and faith, and forgiveness) is well-explored in this book.

My only criticism was with Corgar, who I felt was a villain that she started to delve into, but then abandoned that side plot. And in truth, I wanted to see more of him- a brute who was made brutal by a lack of love, beauty, or compassion in his world, but who longed for these things although he couldn't identify him. I found that more engaging than the Chronicler's constant self-doubt (I recognize low self-esteem and the handicap that it is, but at a certain point I start losing respect for characters who question themselves that much).

I haven't read any other books in this series, aside from Starflower, but I really want to. Anne Elisabeth is consistent in her complete characterization, and in delving into the nature of good versus evil, and what power truly is. There are spiritual arcs within her stories, but they're woven so well into the story itself that I don't find myself turned off to the book by them.

Overall, I would recommend Dragonwitch to anyone who has read any of her other novels, fans of medieval-esque fantasy, fans of the 'good' vs 'evil' grey areas, and those who enjoy cats. Because, truly, Eanrin is FABULOUS.

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