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Goddess Tithe

(Tales of Goldstone Wood #5.5)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  275 ratings  ·  57 reviews
The vengeful Goddess demands her tithe

When a stowaway is discovered aboard the merchant ship Kulap Kanya, Munny, a cabin boy on his first voyage, knows what must be done. All stowaways are sacrificed to Risafeth, the evil goddess of the sea. Such is her right, and the Kulap Kanya's only hope to return safely home.

Yet, to the horror of his crew, Captain Sunan vows to pr
Paperback, 1st Edition, 120 pages
Published November 12th 2013 by Rooglewood Press
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Karen It doesn't have to be. It takes place during the context of Veiled Rose. One of the characters, Leonard, is in Heartless, Veiled Rose, and Moonblood (…moreIt doesn't have to be. It takes place during the context of Veiled Rose. One of the characters, Leonard, is in Heartless, Veiled Rose, and Moonblood (edit - oh right, and I guess in Shadow Hand as well!). Another of the characters is in Golden Daughter but this novella can definitely be read before or after Golden Daughter - either way it will be fun to see the character in two different lights. But as far as Shadow Hand - you can read it before or after.(less)

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An exciting short story telling yet another tale from Goldstone Wood! I really enjoyed Goddess Tithe, it was a quick and interesting read, written in the captivating way that Anne Elisabeth Stengl always writes! It was intriguing to reunite with Leonard the Lightning Tongue, and delve into the world of young Munny. Goddess Tithe, a tale filled with mystic, danger, and sea-lurking monsters. Don’t miss this novella from Tales of Goldstone Wood!

H.S.J. Williams
To the delight of her readers, Anne Elisabeth Stengl has brought forth her first novella in the epic Tales of Goldstone Wood series! This is the first of possibly several illustrated novellas that will be released amongst the novels. Goddess Tithe stands well on its own, but it takes place in the context of the novel, Veiled Rose. Those who have read Veiled Rose will remember that Lionheart was offered safe passage on a voyage to a distant land by a mysterious Captain Sunan. All assumed the voy ...more
Allison Ruvidich
Sep 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of "Goddess Tithe" from the author in exchange for an honest review. So. Here we go.

"Goddess Tithe" follows a young sailor, Munny, through the most dangerous voyage he has ever faced. When the crew finds a stowaway on board, instead of casting him overboard as the murderous sea-goddess demands, the captain grants him safe-passage to his destination. And even worse, he puts Munny in charge of the foreigner.

I liked this very much. Particularly since the jester-castaway was none o
Deborah O'Carroll
Oh my goodness, I adored this! *huggles little book* Set in the midst of Veiled Rose (book 2) which is the last Goldstone Wood book I read, it’s just a perfect little tale at sea, with mystery and fantasy and an elegant perfectness to the writing. I loved Munny and his and Leo’s relationship was so fun — they don’t even speak the same language, which made it hilarious! XD Anyways it has a bit of everything and was kinda bittersweet and perfect. ^_^ <3 ...more
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a lovely little story! Short and sweet, this has a slightly different style to most of Anne Elisabeth Stengl's books, but still the same, unique charm. I loved the characters and the setting, and the whole story was so precious.

I loved the inside glimpse at Leonard's voyage (set amidst Veiled Rose)! The narrator, Munny, was so perfect to show a new and different aspect of the world and the characters I knew already.

This reminds me how much I adore this series and how badly I want the rest!
Stargazer R. L.
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Imps of Goldstone Wood
I enjoyed this little adventure at sea so much!

Ever since I read that little bit in Veiled Rose with Captain Sunan of the Kulap Kanya, I wanted to read more about him. And here's a little book all about his ship! This mysterious and epic Captain is my favorite character in this story. I love Sunan! Only. . . now I have so many questions about him and I want him to get his own novel! BECAUSE HE'S EPIC.

But just because Sunan is my favorite doesn't mean I don't love the main character, Munny. I lov
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes YA fantasy and the Tales of Goldstone Wood
Thoughts on reread 1 from April 1-April 7: I finally got a physical copy of this book and decided now was a good time for a reread. While this is definitely the most simple story in the entire Goldstone Wood series, it is still lovely and I still enjoyed it as much as I did that first time on audio. Actually, I'd forgotten the most touching part of the story and having forgotten, it nearly brought me to tears again, in a good way. I'm glad to have read this again and look forward to continuing ...more
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
** I received a free e copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review **

Goddess Tithe is the first book I've read by Anne Elisabeth Stengl but I am positive it will not be my last. This book was unlike any other that I've read. It was heart wrenching and soul lifting and so rich in detail. This author has such an amazing gift that you're able to picture everything so vividly in your mind's eye. I felt such an impending sense of doom and dread and anxiety and anticipation whil
Clara Thompson
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have been utterly thrilled with each and every one of Anne Elisabeth Stengl’s books, and Goddess Tithe was no exception. Not only does this amazing fantasy offer adventure and mystery to the reader, but it is also filled with the author’s own illustrations that are absolutely stunning. This is a fantasy book like no other. The world that Anne Elisabeth has created is so real that it’s hard not to feel as though you’re on board with the crew of the Kulap Kanya, desperately trying to escape the ...more
This is an author who never disappoints. The world is just as lavish and incredible as the covers depict them to be and she (the author) has a gift for creating a tale that you just fall into and live with the character.
This book is no different. There is heart wrenching despair, choices made to go against an evil sea goddess, sweet moments as unexpected friendships develop, depth of honor and integrity that will just pull on your heart.
Beautifully and wonderfully written- don't miss any of the
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
As someone who doesn't really come to Christian fantasy with high expectations, this was a surprisingly enjoyable read. Since it's only a novella, there's only so much you can do with it, but I found the setting interesting and the conflict was pretty engaging. There's a lot of worldbuilding for just a novella (though I understand its from a larger series). The one thing I was on the fence about was whether or not the foreigner in this story fell into too many stereotypes, but since it appears t ...more
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Enjoyable novella in the Goldstone Woods series. Very well written with a wonderful ending, but a little on the short side for a Goldstone Wood story. 3.5 stars.
Joy C.
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favourites
First of all, I have to admit that I am viewing this novella of The Tales of Goldstone Wood, from the perspective of having only read two books before in the series (the first and last novels only). Heartless was a enough of a 'background' for me to help me grasp the story and setting and Dragonwitch added the depth that made me connect with many elements in the tale, but I think full appreciation of it can be best acquired from reading the second book Veiled Rose first (that's my presupposition ...more
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Munny is a young boy working on a ship. When the Captain allows a stowaway to live and gives him safe passage, the entire crew is worried that the Goddess Risafeth will enact revenge on the entire ship for his impudence.

Goddess Tithe takes place during the events of Veiled Rose, during the time when Leonard stows away on a ship and sails to the Noorhitam Empire in search of Ay Ibunda for answers on how to slay the Dragon. This story follows the cabin boy, Munny, and his perspective on the events
Those who’ve read Veiled Rose, the second in the Tales of Goldstone Wood series, might’ve wondered about Leonard’s travels. What happened to him on his travels aside from his stops in Shippening, Lunthea Maly, and Parumvir? Surely he didn’t make both journeys with no adventures besides those we’ve heard about?

He didn’t. Goddess Tithe is the story of Leonard’s journey from Shippening to Lunthea Maly, but it is not just his story. The story belongs to Munny, a cabin boy on the Kulap Kanya, to Tu
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading the first novella from The Tales of Goldstone Wood. It was quite good but now I really want to know if we’ll find out more about Munny. What is his real name? Who is his mother? Who was his father? And the captain. What’s his story? He wasn’t afraid of Risafeth. Why?Who is the lady in the portrait?

And yet for all the questions this book raises, it does answer some questions. All of which concern Leonard the Jester. It’s been a long time since I’ve read Veiled Rose which
Jennifer Freitag
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is only a novella, not a full-blown Goldstone Wood novel, but it packs an excellent story all the same, depicting a beautiful image of courage and self-sacrifice and the world’s confusion over watching something foolish be saved from a demise it probably deserves. This is not your typical sea-yarn! Between Munny’s life on shipboard and the intrusion of the faerie world to grasp a mortal’s life, this voyage of the Kulap Kanya is a rollicking ride. It is exciting, sweet, full of the simple am ...more
Alyssa Fryberger
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Goddess Tithe, Anne Elizabeth Stengel’s sixth book and first Novella, is the story of Munny’s first voyage as a cabin boy. Like Anne’s other wonderful books, it has the fantastical elements and mystery of other worlds that linger just out of sight, yet it comes down to real characters who have to learn everyday lessons about courage, love, responsibility, and honor. Unlike the other books other books in the “Tales of Goldstone Wood” collection, Goddess Tithe lacks complexity but instead presents ...more
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent sea faring adventure!
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Quick read. A nice side story of Munny and Leonard!
Jun 21, 2018 rated it liked it
General Review of The Tales of Goldstone Wood
This is a wonderful book series. It's Christian fantasy allegory, so if you liked Narnia, you'll probably like this. However, two caveats:
-Most of the book covers aren't accurate to the content of the books. Just ignore them completely.
-The books are published out of chronological order, to the detriment of the reader's understanding and enjoyment. The author herself has stated that she believes Heartless is the best introduction to the series, but I
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
A bit truncated, this tale left me wanting more without hope of soon (maybe ever) knowing the end. Still a worthy read
Anna Catherman
Jan 06, 2020 rated it liked it
My least favorite Tale, Goddess Tithe is quite short and lacks some of the length and depth of the other novels. Still a good read, and a quick one.
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Synopsis: This is a short story that is actually an expansion of a brief scene found in the second book of the series, Veiled Rose. In Veiled Rose we are told that Leonard is a stowaway on a ship sailing for the far east, but little is described about that voyage. In Goddess Tithe, we learn the details of that voyage as seen through the eyes of Munny, a young boy on his first voyage.

The basic legend of the Goddess Tithe is that the goddess of the sea requires an offering, usually given by sailor
Bluerose's  Heart
I'm thrilled I was able to enter into the land of Goldstone Wood once again! It's a land I always miss, and look forward to revisiting. The adventures never end in this land, and I never know what will happen next.

Goddess Tithe takes place within the book Veiled Rose. One of the characters, Leonard, travels in that book, but we don't see all of the adventures his traveling involved. In Goddess Tithe, we see what took place while he was on Kulap Kanya. The story is told through the eyes of a you
Shannon McDermott
There is one thing Munny is determined to do, and that is to return to his mother with the white peonies. No storm, no danger in the ocean shall stand in his way.

Except, maybe, Risafeth, the vengeful goddess who demands her blood tithe. Her wrath is roused against Munny and all the crew of the Kulap Kanya by Leonard the Clown, who stowed away and has not drowned for it.

Goddess Tithe is a novella written by Anne Elisabeth Stengl, taking place within the larger scope of the Tales of Goldstone Wood
J.L. Mbewe
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When Anne Elisabeth Stengl announced she would be releasing a novella this November, I was so excited. Here I thought I would have to wait until spring for Shadowhand to return to the world of Goldstone Wood. So I jumped at the chance to read an advanced reader copy. And let me tell you, I will be buying the paperback when it's released, so it can join the rest of the Tales of Goldstone Wood series. There's just some books you need to have in print.

This novella takes us back to Veiled Rose when
Annie Lima
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite authors, Anne Elisabeth Stengl, is about to release this book in her fantasy series Tales of Goldstone Wood. I had the privilege of receiving an early copy of the novella Goddess Tithe in exchange for an honest review.

Each of the stories in the series so far has seemed to me not just a book but a window into one part of an intricate world. Stengl has built up this world so thoroughly that when I read one of her books I feel that I’m getting just a glimpse into something much
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: awesomeness
*I received and am reviewing a preview copy of this book.*

Sailing is dangerous, for the goddess demands a sacrifice from every ship that dares sail her sea. Munny, a young boy and a runaway, fears the vengeance of the goddess, and his fears are only strengthened when a foreign stowaway is discovered on board. The Captain demands that the stowaway, Leonard, be kept safe, but all of the other sailors wish to sacrifice him to the goddess.
And Munny is caught in between, wanting to both protect the
Meredith Burton
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Goddess Tithe is the first novella in the Tales of Goldstone Wood Series. I absolutely loved this tale of a young boy's quest to return home to a loving mother. The prose is beautiful and characterization is marvelously drawn. When a stowaway is discovered aboard a merchant ship, the sailors know that he must be sacrificed to the vengeful goddess Risafeth in order for them to achieve a safe voyage. Yet, mysterious Captain Sunan orders that the brown-skinned foreigner be protected. The captain pl ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Dec 01, 2014 10:19AM  
¿Por qué no una traducción al español? 1 1 Dec 01, 2014 10:17AM  
Translation into Spanish, why not? 1 1 Dec 01, 2014 10:15AM  
Another entertaining edition of The Goldstone Wood 5 7 Nov 08, 2013 07:46PM  

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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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Tales of Goldstone Wood (8 books)
  • Heartless (Tales of Goldstone Wood, #1)
  • Veiled Rose (Tales of Goldstone Wood, #2)
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  • Starflower (Tales of Goldstone Wood, #4)
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