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Dragonwitch (Tales of Goldstone Wood #5)

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  575 Ratings  ·  113 Reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 433 pages
Published July 15th 2013 by Bethany House Publishers (first published July 1st 2013)
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Laural I accidentally read book five, not knowing it was part of a series, and followed it just fine. The characters and world-building were good enough that…moreI accidentally read book five, not knowing it was part of a series, and followed it just fine. The characters and world-building were good enough that I may start these from the beginning, properly.(less)

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H.S.J. Williams
So I just reread this review I wrote. It is so composed. It is so dignified. It is so flat.

Perhaps I failed to mention that this my FAVORITE book ever. I cried THREE times, HARD. I couldn't breathe, I couldn't guess what would happen next, I BEGGED the author to show me one thing in the epilogue, just one thing, and she did. And I wept.

For this is a tale of true love. Not always romantic love, (though there's plenty of that, and quite cute too), but also the love of a hero for a villain that sh
Stargazer R.L.
I have started many reviews with the words “I have no words”. But all of those cases pale in comparison to my lack of words right now. Yes, I do have words, words like beautiful, epic, amazing, but I have no way of stringing them together to make you understand what I feel. But I will try.

Stengl has done many impossible things in this tale.

I cried happy tears for the second time in my life.

The end was bittersweet, and that's okay. Because that's what happened. Because it's true.

Bittersweet means
Wow. I am speechless once again. I don't even really know what to say, except, Dragonwitch was fantastic! Anne Elisabeth Stengl has an amazing gift for storytelling and I just don't know how she keeps coming up with more such wondrous ideas.

The TALES OF GOLDSTONE are seriously my favorite Christian-fantasy/allegory novels ever! I am happy to say that I have now started collecting this amazing series for my bookshelf! *smiles*

In Dragonwitch, familiar and dear characters like Eanrin and Starflower
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So far every book in this series has been fabulous, but I think this one is tied with Heartless for my favorite thus far. Stengl has such a lovely way with words, and she's a master world builder.
Michael Jones
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ALL lovers of action-adv fiction
Recommended to Michael by: friends
In my opinion, this is some of the best Christian fiction being written today.

Stengl’s writings seem to have mostly interested female readers, but there is plenty of interest here for men as well!

Sometimes, I wish the book covers for her books included the male characters. I think this would give them more general appeal.

This book has been my favorite so far (perhaps I am just becoming more and more connected with the characters). Classic elements woven into the tale are given a fresh twist.
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book had me feeling like this:

Not because it was sad, but because it's so beautiful. Oh my gosh. Where do I start?

Start at the beginning, Andi. So I have never reviewed a Stengl book before now, not because I didn't think it deserved one, but because I honestly couldn't find the words to adequately express the exquisite, purely beautiful (and sometimes terrifying) world that is "The Tales of Goldstone Wood." No joke, it's that good. And with each
Gillian Bronte Adams
I have a score to settle with this book ...

When I cracked it open for the first time, it gripped me fast and I couldn't break free. I can honestly say that this book was to blame for quite a few sleep-deprived nights this summer.

So I would like to issue a warning to all of you thinking of picking up this book, or any of the Tales of Goldstone Woods series: it is dangerous ... but marvelously so.

The characters (especially dear Eanrin) ran away with my heart and now refuse to give it back. Eanrin
Alea Harper
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This took me a little while to read. I was really busy, but I finished it the first day on vacation. Oh man was it good. :) Goldstone Wood becomes more magical with each book. The first line of the book is absolutely amazing. I laughed. I cried. Now please go read the book. :)
Dragonwitch is the fifth book in "The Tales of Goldstone Wood", a Christian fantasy series by Anne Elisabeth Stengl. The events take place some centuries after those of Starflower, and chronicle the rest of Hri Sora's tale.

Buckle your seat belts.

This book is one of my favourites in this series. All of Stengl's books are full of loveable characters, twisting plots, and lovely, lyrical sentences. But Dragonwitch took all the wonderful qualities of the previous books and amped them up a few notches
Jane Maree
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As always, this Tale of Goldstone Wood has captured my heart just like the others. It seemed slightly darker than some of the others (though that might just be because it's been a while since I've read one of these books), but there was still that wonderful, holy, pure beauty in the light.

It was so fun to get back to the characters of Eanrin and Imraldera but also to meet a couple of new faces as well. The cat-man is still my favourite, but I did love Florien and Alistair and Mouse and Leta. But
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes YA fantasy
Is it even possible to say how much I loved this book? Because I loved this book! I am notorious for having trouble choosing a favorite anything, but that had not been the case with the Tales of Goldstone Wood series, because although I've liked something about every book in the series, Book 3: "Moonblood" was easily my #1 favorite. Until now. Now I must go back to having trouble choosing a favorite, because "Dragonwitch" has just seated itself right next to Moonblood at the top of my list of fa ...more
Josh Olds
QUICK HIT - With a world as vast as Tolkien's Middle-Earth and imagery as poignant as Lewis's Narnia, I hereby crown Anne Elisabeth Stengl the Queen of Christian fantasy. Dragonwitch, her fifth novel in the Tales of Goldstone Wood, shines as the brightest jewel in her crown, combining an epic storyline with complex characters that pulls readers into the story. Beware: Once you've entered Goldstone Wood, there's no return.

I have a confession. I dislike fantasy novels. Especially Christian fantasy
Jul 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow!! I've heard good things about this series and wanted to read it so what better way than to jump in on book 5? I see why people rave about these books. I was confused at first and thought I needed to start with book 1, but since I didn't have time to get through all the books before I needed to post my review, decided to keep reading. A couple of the names were similar and since I hadn't heard them before, I was confused but then the story started to make sense to me and came together. I did ...more
Brooke Barenfanger
Lord Alistair, nephew to one of the most powerful men in the land, knows that he will be king. He has known it all of his life. Once his uncle dies, Alistair will become king. Unless…of course his uncle has an heir. But of course he doesn’t. Does he?
The Chronicler knows who he is and what he is. He belongs in the castle library, where he has been since he was old enough to learn how to read and to write. He is extremely intelligent, despite his physical deformity. But his intelligence might jus
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dragonwitch is a mesmerizing journey that beautifully showcases the strength and determination of the human spirit. A couple of the themes that I felt reverberated throughout the pages of this epic story are of the power of love and the importance of self-worth. We should never underestimate the potential and strength of true love just as we should never undervalue the need for self-worth. Both are necessary for living a full and meaningful life, and both determine the choices you make and the t ...more
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dragonwitch is the first of Anne Elisabeth Stengl’s books that I have read, and is fifth in the Tales of Goldstone Wood series. I was given this free review copy by the publisher (Bethany House Publications), but after reading Dragonwitch, I definitely will be going back to read the first four in the series.

Truth be told, I would not have expected this book to be published by Bethany House Publishing. I grew up with Bethany House printing the fiction my grandmothers loved to read—Old West histor
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy
I can tell I’m going to start sounding like a broken record when it comes to the Tales of Goldstone Woods books. Seriously though, I think these books are filling a real void in the realm of faerie tale literature. While there are dragons and villains aplenty, these books steer a course somewhere between the sparkly Disney princesses and the grittier heroines of some of the current (and older!) stories. To borrow from an internet meme, we’re not talking Fairy Princess Ballerinas, but we’re also ...more
Jalynn Patterson
About the Book:

Who Will Dare to Face the Dragonwitch?

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
Carmel Elizabeth Elizabeth
Thoughts: I just finished the book this morning, so my emotions are still in a tither. Up until I read this book, my favorite of the Goldstone Wood series was Starflower. But Dragonwitch has challenged that favoritism most strongly, and I find myself tied between the two. I went much slower with this book than any of the others in the series, due to the fact that I was not able to sit down and devour (as I so often do with books) until yesterday. Of course, when the opportunity arose, devour I d ...more
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Dragonwitch is the fifth book in the consistently good Tales of Goldstone Wood series, and as always, it was a pleasure to read. Anne Elisabeth Stengl's fantasy is epic and sprawling, peopled with delightful characters and plots which are simultaneously dramatic and profound. On top of that, the writing is always good, the touch of allegory underlines a discernible but not overdone Christian theme, and the setting carries a distinctive and familiar flavour of fairy tale and classic literature.

Wow!! I read this book and realized I had just stumbled on one of my very best books. This book is written perfectly, I just love how the story of the Dragonwitch is told piece by piece. There are a lot of main characters in this book, so I won't say them all. A goddess that they serve, a kingdom over run by goblins, a mission to save two people, and the House of Lights, and of course a little romance. There isn't much I didn't like about this, it was amazing. Keep writing the Tales Of Gold Ston ...more
Chelsea Johnson
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-releases
Lady Leta of Aiven does what she's told. She'll marry a man she neither knows nor loves because her father has told her she must and as a woman, she is nothing more than a means to an end. Lord Alistair will marry Leta and be king of the North Country after his uncle dies whether he wants to or not. The Chronicler will be nothing more than a dwarf who can read and write, recording the tales of North Country. These three don't believe in Fairytales--they're nothing more than stories for children. ...more
Meagan Myhren-bennett
Tales of Goldstone Wood #5
Anne Elisabeth Stengl

Dragonwitch is yet another enchanting excursion into Goldstone Wood. The opening starts with the Legend of the Brothers Ashiun
which gave me the same thrill of beauty that I felt when I read The Silmarillion by Tolkien. There is an awe that this opening legend imparts that is hard to describe with words and its touches the very heart of one's soul!

Dragonwitch is two stories in one. The first story is of the Brothers Ashuin - Etanun and Aki
Nicole Ciccotti
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I have read each one of Anne Elizabeth Stengl's books in this series and even though they do well on their own and draw people in with exquisite characters and exciting adventure, the real greatness of the allegory and even the characters themselves, I think, should really be enjoyed in the order they were published. Not unlike C.S. Lewis' fantasy series about a great lion, a nasty witch, and a very strange wardrobe, the books may not all take place in chronological order and some of the charact ...more
Rae Ryans
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All right, well I have not actually read any of the books in this series (although I do plan to), but I am a sucker for Fantasy. I am used to reading out of order, so I did not think it would end up being a huge deal. For the most part, it was not, but there are places and times where I felt lost.

I am only assuming that is due to not following from the beginning. I’ll also admit that I didn’t realize it was Young Adult (I was told, however, the sign-up and actual tour date spanned months), but
Rachelle Sperling
About the Book:

Submissive to her father's will, Lady Leta of Aiven travels far to meet the future King of the North Country; a prospective husband she neither knows nor loves. But within the walls of his castle, all is not right. Vicious night terrors plague Lord Alistair. Whispers rise from the family crypt. And the reclusive castle Chronicler possesses a dangerous secret. Meanwhile a new doorway is forming in the Wood. And far away in a hidden kingdom, a flame burns atop the Citadel of the Liv
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
I waited far too long to read this book. I received a copy from Netgalley to review a long time ago. I enjoyed the story and wish that I had read it sooner.

The first thing I didn't realize is that this is the fifth book in a series. This is the first book that I have read in this series. I was unfamiliar the fantasy world that Anne Elisabeth Stengl already had formulated in previous books. It took a little bit of time for me to figure out some of the history and plot behind the story.

I curiosity
Kori Johnson
Jul 10, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Joy C.
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favourites
I received Dragonwitch as a giveaway copy from Anne Elisabeth Stengl soon after I had finished Heartless, but I had not read the rest of the books in her series at the time. At first I thought I would wait until I had read the other books, but when I learned that it was not vital to do so, I could not resist peeling open the pages. I was blown away, - totally enraptured by the beauty and depth of this novel that reminded me greatly in a modern sense of Tolkien's writings and Lewis' in poetic pro ...more
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“One conversation! One simple, honest, true conversation, and all your questions would be answered, all your problems solved! Really, man, is it that difficult? Then you'd be free to fall into each other's arms and live your Happily Ever After. Why make it so complicated?"
“I can't believe in the impossible," he whispered as though trying to convince himself against what he had just witnessed. "A man can't be big and small at once. He can't be a freak and a hero."
The cat glared. "Do you believe in justice?"
The Chronicler hesitated. Then, only once, he nodded.
"Do you believe in mercy?" pressed the cat.
"Ha!" Eanrin lashed his tail again. "What an impossible contradiction. Ha!”
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