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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
Paperback, 348 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Bethany House
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Ashley Abbott

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
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 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
Gillian Bronte Adams
This book caught me by the heart and refused to let go. I started it, excited to read another book from the Tales of Goldstone Wood, and instantly became so entangled in the lives of the characters that I had a hard time setting the book aside, even to do ordinary things like eat and sleep.

Starflower is the fourth book released in the Tales of Goldstone Wood series, though it takes place more than sixteen hundred years before the others.

Anne Elisabeth Stengl's writing style is absolutely beautif
“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
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. :)

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Ally (The Scribbling Sprite)
The library finally has it. The only book they have by Anne Stengl, but STILL. I am ecstatic.
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
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.
Joy C.
Thus I continued my exploration of "The Tales of Goldstone Wood" series in "Starflower". This book was amazing, and intense and moving. I loved it! Honestly, each of Anne Elisabeth's new novels keeps reaching new heights of wonderfulness, beauty, and strength. I enjoyed reading Imraldra's story. . . the character Starflower is another new favourite; I truly routed for her struggles and journey, and loved the way she looked out for her young sister (I have a dear younger sister too, so I knew jus ...more
Starflower continues Anne Elisabeth Stengl's winning streak. Her Tales of Goldstone Wood are consistently good and this one is no exception, blending fairy tale, allegory, classic lit and modern storytelling into one absorbing, epic tale. I particularly enjoyed the tribal setting of the far past of Stengl's Southland - it lent a unique flavour to the story. Also thoroughly appreciated the Hound of Heaven references. I did think the religious allegory could have been a little more subtle, or some ...more
Josh Olds
QUICK HIT – Taking place sixteen hundred years before the first three novels in the series, Starflower takes us into the past but leaves us with two familiar characters who aren’t yet who we know them as. With majestic prose and compelling imagery, Stengl weaves a beautiful tale of liberation, submission, and the hounding call of the one who named all things.

The Dragonwitch seeks the Flowing Gold of Rudiobus, and none save King Iubdan, Queen Bebo, and Lady Gleamdren know of its secret…and Lady G
Jenna (Bookiemoji)
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 d
Christie Hagerman
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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
wow!!!!!!!!!!!!wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!wow!!!!!!!!!!!wow!!!!!Amazing I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!The main characters are Eanrin and starflower. when Eanrin goes on an adventure to save his love, things start happening both bad and good. Starflower has always been cursed, she finds a certain cat that changes things in life. Ok sorry that this review is so horrid I just can not write, but this book is so worth reading. I think people ages 10 and up can read this, depending on what they can handle. There ...more
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
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
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.

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
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
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
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
Janalyn Voigt
With its fairytale feel and intriguing characters, the fifth installment in the Tales of Goldstone Wood doesn't disappoint. In its pages we meet a young girl who falls prey to an enchantment only a kiss can break. Along happens the faery poet Eanrin, who can barely take the time to rescue a mortal, but his conscience won't let him ignore the maiden. Eanrin's kisses, meant to wake the girl, wake something within him. He's engaged on a pressing quest to free the love of his bardic life but he can' ...more
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
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
Amber Stokes
With daring descriptions and exquisite emotion, Stengl continues to fascinate and inspire with her fourth installment in the "Tales of Goldstone Woods" series. Earlier this year, Moonblood (the third installment) moved me to tears and enchanted me, and it became my favorite of the series. But then Starflower came along with its powerful themes, epic quests, and unique look at familiar characters... It took a little bit of time for me to become completely enthralled, but once I was in, this book ...more
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
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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
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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 the TALES OF GOLDSTONE WOO ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Tales of Goldstone Wood (9 books)
  • Heartless (Tales of Goldstone Wood, #1)
  • Veiled Rose (Tales of Goldstone Wood, #2)
  • Moonblood (Tales of Goldstone Wood, #3)
  • Dragonwitch (Tales of Goldstone Wood, #5)
  • Shadow Hand (Tales of Goldstone Wood, #6)
  • Golden Daughter (Tales of Goldstone Wood, #7)
  • Poison Crown: The Smallman's Heir, Volume 1 (Tales of Goldstone Wood, #8.1)
  • Poison Crown: The House of Lights, Volume 2 (Tales of Goldstone Wood #8.2)
Heartless (Tales of Goldstone Wood, #1) Veiled Rose (Tales of Goldstone Wood, #2) Moonblood (Tales of Goldstone Wood, #3) Dragonwitch (Tales of Goldstone Wood, #5) Shadow Hand (Tales of Goldstone Wood, #6)

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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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