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"In a land besieged, an unlikely hero discovers his destiny: he alone can wield the sword that will slay the Dragonwitch--and save them all"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Minneapolis : Bethany House, c2013
ISBN: 9781441261465
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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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!

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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