Starflower (Tales of Goldstone Wood, #4)
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When a cursed dragon-witch kidnaps fairest Lady Gleamdren, the Bard 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 l...more
Paperback, 348 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Bethany House
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Bluerose's  Heart
As if I wasn't looking forward to another installment to the Tales of Goldstone Wood series enough, when I discovered that Eanrin was one of the main characters in Starflower, my patience was even thinner as I waited. Eanrin has been my favorite character throughout the series. He's arrogant and selfish, which would make you think I'd dislike him, but that's not the case. I've discovered through my reading that arrogant men hold a special place in my reading heart....as long as their heart of go...more
Abigail Hartman
Did I say I liked Lionheart and Rose best? No... No, I don't think so...

All right, so maybe I did, but Starflower and especially Eanrin snagged my heart in this latest tale of Goldstone Wood. I fell in love with the cat-poet, his feline ways and his foolishness and his deathly fear of the Hound who ever pursues him. He was more than just a laugh (although he is certainly that); he is full of personality and you cannot help but be invested in him. Since Starflower is mute, she was rather harder f...more
Ashley Abbott
SO MANY FEELS!

Anne Elisabeth Stengl did it again. She made characters that had flaws that you couldn't help but fall in love with.
I think that Starflower is my favorite of the series so far. This probably stems from the fact that Eanrin and Imraldera are such wonderful and (like everyone in the books) well rounded characters. I'm beginning to get accustomed to the heart wrenching details of this series, and to my horror, I enjoy it.

Take Imraldera's past, for example. As it unfolds, you feel th...more
Rebekah Gyger
This had to have been my favorite of the series so far. I absolutely loved it. The imagery is amazing, the setting so detailed, and the characters are a hilarious. I could barely put this book down for wanting to know what would happen next.



Like a lot of fans, I absolutely love Sir Eanrin and was so glad to find out that he would be a main character in this story. Usually I don't like cats, but he is an exception. :)


To know what other books I back, go to my blog at http://backingbooks.blogspot.c...more
Elizabeth Rose
If quality is to be measured in terms of interest and fascination — if literary merit reveals itself through invested emotion (tears in several cases) and a desire to go on reading a story forever — then I think Starflower could truthfully be called best and most beautiful of Stengl's Tales of Goldstone Wood. I'd looked forward to reading it for some time, and Stengl did not disappoint. She provides plenty of familiar faces from the start, as well as some new ones, and after I passed the fifty-p...more
Christie Hagerman
(For a more detailed review, see the full post.)
It's not often that I get nervous writing a book review, but this one has left me feeling a bit uncomfortable. I want to do it justice. I'm not sure I can say enough positive things about this book, which is, in my opinion, allegorical fantasy at its best.

When a simple girl is led into the world of immortals, we fall into a story I can best describe as a cross between Alice in Wonderland and the Chronicles of Narnia. It's a world where rivers and t...more
Angie
I know I'm not good with words so I hope my review does starflower justice. Anne Elisabeth Stengl has done it again...wrote an amazing book with amazing characters. As you read you will feel as if you have stepped into the story with Eanrin and Starflower. I've had trouble lately reading...nothing seems to hold my attention but I did not have that problem with this book. It's amazing and I really can't put into words how much I did enjoy starflower. It's not just a story but a deeper story of lo...more
Passacaglia
Absolutely breathtaking artistry in such a young author! I am so grateful that I was able to see a galley version before the big release. Each of these books is better than the one before. I cannot recommend the series highly enough.
Shannon McDermott
Eanrin has always known to never get involved in the affairs of mortals. If all Faeries had that policy, the Hidden Land would have lived out a happier story. But as the lost daughter of the Eldest walked a road darkened by Faerie, so her path will fatefully cross a Faerie’s again. And again.

In Starflower, Anne Elisabeth Stengl tells the story of Faeries who became involved with mortals, and mortals who became involved with Faeries. Not all were the better for it; nor were all the worst.

Starflow...more
Nikole Hahn
Starflower by Anne Elisabeth Stengl is yet another novel from the Goldstone Wood Series filled with unique voices and humorous characters.

They say to create a great piece of writing you must read a variety of genres. Stengl inserts some Native American flavor into these stories as we hear about some of the characters from Veiled Rose and Moonblood like the boy who got lost on the Paths and Imeralda. We also learn more about Earin, the cat-man.

The story is less about Earin and more about Imeralda...more
Alicia
I have never fallen in love with a story so completely before. This has to be one of the most beautifully written books I have read in a long time. Starflower has a place in history next to classics like Othello, Romeo and Juliet and Alice in Wonderland.


Starflower to me tells the story of what it means to love. It is about love in every form.


First you have the Dragonwitch. She is a cursed woman who has been betrayed by love and even though she has such a fiery anger in her you know that to have...more
Heidi
I loved this book! I found it very thought-provoking. The author has done an excellent job in terms of characters, setting, and theme. Interestingly, while I felt an immediate sympathy for Starflower, one of the main characters, in her trouble, I had a hard time liking Eanrin at first. As the bard for Queen Bebo and King Iubdan at Rudiobus, the immortal realm, he is tall, slender, and very talented as well as immortal. But he is also egotistical and selfish. He really loves no one because he doe...more
Meghan
Oh. My. Goodness. How have I not heard of this series yet?! How has it not crossed my path until now? This book was massively overflowing with wondrous magical beauty. I can say without a doubt that this book rivals any Faerie story that I have read to date, easily.

I did not head into this book with high expectations. But before long I was completely blown away. I am at awe at how beautifully this story is written, no, woven sounds like a much better word. Because it's more like a masterpiece th...more
Jenna Does Books
Review also available at Making the Grade

Finally! My opportunity to share my thoughts on this book!

STARFLOWER by Anne Elisabeth Stengl is the Goldstone Woods series prequel that I devoured in nearly a single sitting. (After-which I immediately went about acquiring paperback copies of the rest this stellar, and still on-going, high fantasy series.) It’s a beautifully written story that sweeps across vast lands unlike anything we can imagine in our time – involving daring adventure, enchanting dr...more
Rebeka
When I received this book in the mail, I was so excited that I had to restrain myself from tearing into it right away. It held promise of all the aspects I enjoy in a novel: adventure, far-off lands, mystery and wonder, and a dash of the fairy-tale and romance.

And Starflower brought it all, as well as its own unique flavour. While not boring by any means, the story is not driven by action. Instead, it delves into character--not simply the beings, whether mortal or Faerie, but the very lands in w...more
Donna
A dragon-witch, a damsel in distress, rivalry for a maiden's love, enchanted sleep, and a young maiden who could be the answer to a problem - all parts of this wonderful story by Elisabeth Stengl. Open this book, and find the fun of fantasy and the ultimate battle of good and evil.

Eanrin lives the life of a loved poet, and is a man vying for the hand of the lovely Lady Gleamdren. But, tragedy strikes before she chooses her love and she is taken away by the evil dragon-witch who is out for reveng...more
Ryssmiles
Before I speak of Starflower I must speak of the Tales of the Goldstone Wood series as a whole. Book one is Heartless. Book two is Veiled Rose. Book three is Moonblood and the fourth book is Starflower. Each book stands alone, however, they work together so beautifully as a series I highly recommend that you read them together.

In a recent blog I referred to the power of story (the power of myth), and how it helps us see our own stories. The Tales of the Goldstone Wood gave that gift to me. They...more
Shelby
Review can also be found here: http://imlostinabook.blogspot.com/201...

I have to say, I can't decide what part of this book I like the best. It's a three-way tie between the plot, the characters, or the character development! But whichever of the three does eventually win, this book was an amazing read I'd definitely recommend to any lover of fantasy.


The book starts off meeting Eanrin, the conceited and imminently dislike able fae. Through a series of events - caused by Eanrin's ego - Lady Gleam...more
Faye
Rating: 4.5


Starflower is a beautiful book. From the stunning cover to the style of Ms. Stengl's lilting writing, as it flowed across the page.

When the entrapped dragon, Hri Sora kidnaps the Faerie, Lady Gleamdren, it is up to her devoted love, the bard Earin to save her.
But when Earin comes upon the sleeping Starflower, he rescues her with a kiss and finds himself caught up in an adventure bigger than her could have ever written himself.

Anne Elisabeth Stengl is a master at weaving and enchantin...more
Chelsea Johnson
Yet another book that was difficult to put down. Anne Elisabeth Stengl's writing is amazing. She picks words that vividly paint a picture in the reader's mind. She's also managed to create a world that is deep, with it's own set of histories/legends. Almost as if it's been around for years in more than just pen and paper.

Set around 1600 years before the events that unfolded beginning in Heartless and moving on through Veiled Rose and Moonblood, Starflower allows us to see the back story behind...more
Hannah
“You’ve never loved anyone but yourself all your life!” –Starflower

Starflower is Anne Stengl’s fourth book in her Tales of Goldstone Wood Saga. It is a prequel and takes place about 1600 years before Heartless.
As always the messages in Anne’s story are profound and convicting. As we watch Starflower we learn the power of true love and seeing people through the eyes of the Creator to know their true names.

Eanrin, 1600 years younger then we last saw him, is selfish to the core. But as the novel pr...more
LaQuita (Just Us Girls)
I thought for sure that I'd be lost when noticing that this was book number four to the Tales of Goldstone Wood Series, but that wasn't the case at all. I was extremely happy to learn that this book takes place before the other books.

Not only that, but this was the type of book that made you feel comfortable with the characters, so whether you read the first couple of books or not, you'd still love this book. This certainly was the case for me. I couldn't put the book down nor did I want too. T...more
Shantelle Mary
LOVED this book!! Anne Elisabeth Stengl’s novels just keep getting better! I’ve loved all of her books from Tales of Goldstone Wood, but Starflower is definitely an all-time favorite!
Starflower/Imraldera’s story was a fascinating one. –As was Bard Eanrin’s. What a delightful tale! With cat-men, possessive rivers, dragonwitches, and brave young mortal maidens, this story drew me in. Starflower, and others, Heartless, Veiled Rose, and Moonblood, have a captivating quality. A moon named Hymlume....more
Rebecca
I loved this book! Starflower was the first book by Anne Elisabeth Stengl that I ever read so I was out of order but since each book is it's own story I wasn't lost at all. Fell in love with Eanrin and Goldstone Wood. I found this book in a Christian bookstore but have not been able to find any more and because I am now addicted to these tales, I've ordered them. So worth it!
Jennifer Freitag
Once again author Anne Elisabeth Stengl delivers a beautiful fantasy novel intertwined with the Tales of Goldstone Wood series. She seamlessly weaves fairytale properties - a bit of Rapunzel? the age-old story of beauty and the beast? - into the fabric of a Christian mind. The characters of STARFLOWER are torn by and from their lives into the adventure of a lifetime, struggling to save each other, struggling to save themselves, and all the while their paths are determined and pursued by an ether...more
Cathrine Bonham
I discovered something while reading this book. Just knowing that a book is not the first one in a series will carry a stigma of feeling as though you are missing something.

Bookstores do not usually carry the entire series. More than likely they will only carry the newest book by the author. So I picked this book up (mostly because the cover art was so pretty) and didn't think too much of it because inside the author has a note that says this book is chronologically first anyway. I also found a...more
Taylor
From the winged city of Etalpalli to the slopes of Bald Mountain, from the fiery wrath of Hri Sora to the wily charms of Eanrin…I was drawn into the story from the beginning. When the Faerie Queen’s cousin is kidnapped, Sir Eanrin volunteers to find and return her. Little does he know the adventure and choices that await him on his departure from the Faerie realm. He comes across a mute girl who is being pursued by the Hounds of Death. He must choose to help her or continue on his way to rescue...more
Anya
I decided to join the Starflower blog tour, hosted by I am a Reader, Not a Writer! Starflower looked like such an enchanting read by the lovely cover, how could I resist?? Now, Starflower is technically the fourth in the Tales of Goldstone Wood series, but was meant to be a standalone book, so no worries about spoilers, since I haven’t read the first three :).
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Title: Starflower
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Pages: 400 (paperback)
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Lady Bilbo  (Burdened With Glorious Purpose)
Anne Stengl has done it again. My new favourite of the series.

Heather Bridson
When I started reading this book I thought it was a little slow. I thought the characters all just appeared and needed a little more development to pull the reader into the story. It really did not suck me in until part three. The book bounces around from place to place and character to character because there is a lot going on. The villagers were not developed, so I did not feel a connection with them or their way of thinking.
That being said, I liked the determination and sheer force of will...more
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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, MO...more
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“Her eyes pleaded with him to understand, to try. Under that gaze, Eanrin had no option but to sit and stare at the scribbles in the dust, stare with all the intensity a cat can muster. His pupils dilated until the golden irises were like rings of eclipsed sunfire. Imraldera watched him, chewing her bottom lip and waiting.
At last the cat lashed his tail and raised his whiskered face to her. "I'm sorry, my girl. It looks to me like the Greater Stick Bug pursues the Lesser Stick Bug over the back of a giant alligator. Can't make a thing of it otherwise.”
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