Starflower (Tales of Goldstone Wood, #4)

Starflower (Tales of Goldstone Wood, #4) When A Cursed Dragon Witch Kidnaps Fairest Lady Gleamdren, The Bard Eanrin Sets Boldly Forth On A Rescue Missionand 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 MortalBut When He Stumbles Upon A Maiden Trapped In An Enchanted Sleep, He Cannot Leave Her Alone In The Dangerous Wood Between One Waking Kiss Later, Eanrin Suddenly Finds His Story Entangled With That Of Young Starflower A Strange Link Exists Between This Mortal Girl And The Dragon Witch Will Starflower Prove The Key To Lady Gleamdren S Rescue Or Will The Dark Power From Which She Flees Destroy Both Her And Her Rescuer

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

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  • Paperback
  • 348 pages
  • Starflower (Tales of Goldstone Wood, #4)
  • Anne Elisabeth Stengl
  • English
  • 12 July 2019
  • 9780764210266

10 thoughts on “Starflower (Tales of Goldstone Wood, #4)

  1. says:

    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 Faerie kings and queens Tiny, charming, merry folk The One Who Names Them Ah How fascinating Starflower, with its thrilling tales of fantasy and mystic, with its gentle love stories, with its ever present allegory telling us of the boundless love of our Lord Starflower a novel not to be missed

  2. says:

    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 the pain Seriously, this series is ruining me Now whenever I read other books, my already thin patience for their first world problems shatter When reading about Sun Eagle, I had to walk away and take a break I couldn t help it the unfamiliar sympathy for character s in books snuck up and tackled my firm resolve It didn t really help When I came back, the story was still the same.I take comfort in the fact that Stengl never has details or characters in her books that don t eventually make a reappearance and majorly contribute to a book This, combined with that scene in Moonblood gives me expectation.Don t fear, Sun Eagle Stengl hears you If you read the book, you get it.Which brings me to another thing How does Stengl always allude to the upcoming books in the earlier books Seriously, did the woman sit down and make a timeline before writing anything How did she know every detail and every person complete with past that she was going to incorporate HOW I digress.Stop questioning the chieftain.The message of this book was so real and powerful I love it I slept with the precious next to me, so that in the morning I could just pick it up and continue More It s time for Onward to Dragonwitch

  3. says:

    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 gold shines through Eanrin s definitely shines through He s an immortal human cat Sometimes he s human, sometimes cat I found myself snickering quite often at parts including him in both of his forms.Eanrin is also completely blind in the first three books I can t remember now if he even played a part in Veiled Rose or not In Starflower, we get to go back to a time when he has eyesight.Despite my love for Eanrin, though, Starflower was the one who won me over in this story She s the strong, silent type While she s had a hard life, love still shines through She comes from a land where women are worthless, with the exception of providing male heirs to the men I got a strong Native American vibe from Starflower and her land If I wasn t supposed to get that vibe, just let me live in blissful ignorance This particular aspect of the story especially thrilled my reading heart Do you know how difficult it is to find great, clean Native American fantasy stories Extremely Feel free to leave me suggestions in this area Starflower can be read as a standalone, but PLEASE don t I can t recommend to you enough to read this series in order You simply can t get a full appreciation for the characters or the brilliance of writing when read out of order All the little details come together perfectly It s time for a re read of the whole series for me, because there were characters that I couldn t quite place exactly I did get a little confused at times While I did recognize everyone, I couldn t remember what part some of them played in the earlier books That s something else that I love about this series, though You will want to read them over and over I can t imagine how many extra little moments I ll find special the next time I read them.This series has it s allegory moments I ve finally learned to accept that I m simply not comfortable with Christian allegories It s not so overwhelming in this particular series that I can t ignore those moments, though I read this book as a great fantasy and nothing else Hopefully, that doesn t offend anyone Overall, as all my regulars around here should already know, this whole series gets a HIGHLY recommended from me

  4. says:

    You ve never loved anyone but yourself all your life StarflowerStarflower 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 progresses we see him transform into the hero we all love and adore in previous books It s impossible not to cheer for him as he realizes the purpose of life For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it Matthew 16 25, NKJWith Anne s incredible talent, a story is told here that will have you laughing hysterically one moment and then sobbing the next I know this, because it happened to me Starflower has a bunch of humor in it with Eanrin as a main character it s impossible not to be funny But as the book goes on the light hearted feel fades as Eanrin begins to realize the consequences of everything happening and what it will mean to him and the person he has dared to love.Starflower has zero language, but of course the climax is pretty heavily intense But this time, the bad guy of the tale isn t pursing the heroine with spiritual lust No, this time, the bad guy s intent includes physical lust, but I assure you, he gets no further then intent So just for those of you who don t know, The Tales of Goldstone Wood are clean.This book was incredible, and I think, my favorite of Goldstone Wood There are so many wonderful parallels to Scripture 1 Corinthians 13 goes beautifully with this book.I encourage you to read Starflower It certainly uplifted and encouraged me And I CAN NOT wait for Book 5, Dragonwitch, coming Summer 2013 And now abide faith, hope, and love, these three but the greatest of these is love 1 Corinthians 13 13, NKJ

  5. says:

    Anne Stengl has done it again My new favourite of the series.

  6. says:

    Another grand adventure and I m exhausted from the ride Can t wait for the next book to see if the library has it

  7. says:

    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 than sixteen hundred years before the others.Anne Elisabeth Stengl s writing style is absolutely beautiful There is an almost lyrical quality to her phraseology and her word choice paints a vivid picture in the reader s mind.Her world is deep and complex, with histories and legends all its own, as if it truly has existed for centuries, rather than being the offspring of pen and ink.But even than the beauty of the writing style, even than the depth of the world, the characters of Starflower gripped me by the hand and pulled me relentlessly after them, until I walked the paths of the Wood Between beside them Eanrin the bard, Prince of poets, immortal faerie, the man who is a cat, and the cat who is a man Starflower, the maid, cursed but unbroken, silenced but not enslaved.Hri Sora, the dragon witch, embittered, enflamed, soul bent upon destruction.From the start, Eanrin wormed his way into my heart He is so wholly cat like, even in human form Conceited, aye, as all cats are As if the worlds were created for his pleasure, and all peoples and creatures made to love him while he is free to disdain everyone and everything.Starflower is the complete opposite Made strong in her weaknesses by a love and a selflessness that even her cursed tongue cannot hold back.I fell in love with both Eanrin and Starflower and in truth, though the book was over three hundred pages, it felt far too short to do them justice Not that the book itself was a bad length, but I would gladly have read of Eanrin and Starflower.I highly recommend Starflower to all lovers of fantasy and especially fairy tales Even those who haven t read the previous books in the Tales of Goldstone Wood will find Starflower an enthralling read For though the books build upon one another, they are not dependent upon each other.Starflower left me eagerly awaiting the release of the next book in the series, Dragonwitch, coming Summer 2013 Note Thanks to Ms Stengl and Bethany House Publishing for the chance to review a free copy of this book The thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own.

  8. says:

    I have many thoughts.There s no denying the fact that this book spoke to me I was legitimately moved at times. And yet, there s a still a barrier that stands between me and this series Lovely Things EANRINNNNN C mon, you saw this coming But SERIOUSLY THOUGH Eanrin is absolutely precious and he breaks melts warms my heart all at once His journey in this book was hands down what moved me the most His was a story of fear and love and finding out how to live. EXCUSE ME WHILE I COLLAPSE FROM THE BEAUTY Eanrin is officially Mine and I refuse to admit otherwise Okay, I ll share him with Imraldera because she s pretty awesome Starflower Imraldera Ahhhhh yes She was pretty fabulous I liked her from what little I saw in the previous books and was so pumped to see her as one of the main characters in this She did not disappoint I really did enjoy her story and admired her for her sacrificial love and strength OKAY BUT EANRIN IMRALDERA TOGETHER ARE THE CUTEST I m sorryyyyyy I just love these two so much and if they don t become a Thing, I will be very unhappy The themes The themes were strong with this book, guys For whatever reason I needed to hear them I needed to be reminded of the One Who Names I needed to hear about love that takes our fear and turns it to trust This book did indeed speak to me, and I needed to hear these things NOW at this period of my life ALSO EANRIN S JOURNEY IN THIS BOOK IS SO AMAZING LET US REITERATE THIS The writing storyworld Personally, I don t click with it on that below , but there s no use denying the fact that Ms Stengl has a gift with words Her writing style is lovely just not my thing And the world It s VERY unique and well constructed but again, not my thing Not So Lovely Things The writing LOL YEP This is the same thing I listed above I honestly CAN T connect to this world I just can t. It s like there s a wall separating me from Goldstone Wood The writing style, while lovely, does not click with me It feels distant like it s just painting a picture that s nice to look at but it s not one that I can actually feel like I m a part of I don t lose myself in the story or feel like I m the character And THAT is what s missing for me And while we re at it, the writing style feels very vague and overly symbolic, if that makes any sense Like LITERALLY EVERYTHING is symbolic It kind of drives me crazy I just want things to be REAL I appreciate the use of symbolism but my brain can only handle so much before it s a puddle of confusion and frustration No idea why it bothers me so much I guess allegories aren t usually my Thing, for the most part The storyworld This is honestly tied in closely to my last point The whole world is so symbolic and feels kind of unreal to me the whole time I m reading it I don t know I just don t feel like I belong in this storyworld so I can t connect with it shrugs It s, uh, boring I M SORRY For all its many attractions, this book made me super bored at times I kind of dreaded reading it sometimes xD The Dragonwitch So yeah I get that she s a villain, but I just hated being in her POV She felt like a whiny, petulant child SOWWY PWELL THEN There s my overly long braindump for the day I m truly glad I read this book because like I said, it SPOKE to me but I think I ve arrived at the conclusion that I m done with this series Maybe someday far in the future, I ll continue it but the only thing I care to know really is WHAT HAPPENS TO EANRIN AND IMRALDERA I m open for spoilers, actually, if anyone wants to share lol But I m done with this series now, and maybe, forever It s a fitting book to end on, I think, because it really did touch my heart in a way that none of the past books did I m truly glad I read it The writing style and world just DON T mesh well with me so I think it s time I stopped trying to make myself love it.3 stars

  9. says:

    Did I say I liked Lionheart and Rose best No No, I don t think soAll 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 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 for me to get to know but her narration in the second part of the book won me to her Veiled Rose still stands, I believe, as my favorite Tale, perhaps because it was the first I read But Starflower is very near that rank The themes of the true name reflecting a thing s true nature of the freedom in servanthood to Christ of the Hound, borrowed from Francis Thompson s poem captured me, they were so vivid The twists of plot, the cast of characters, the never knowing exactly who a person was, enthralled me This novel revealed much about the characters who appear, frequently and infrequently, in the other books and it left me wanting to know .

  10. says:

    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 page mark or so, I flew through the story.There are timeless messages here, woven dexterously through a fantasy setting in a way that only serves to enhance them More than anything, this is a story about Eanrin, chief bard of Rudiobus, and the Hound of Heaven that he cannot elude Though he rescues Maid Starflower from an enchanted sleep, it is the mortal girl of surprising strength who unconsciously prompts the poet cat s transformation as he learns what it means to love I really enjoyed having the opportunity to live in his head and see the story through his eyes, an experience unique to this book Not to mention that Eanrin s and Imraldera s slowly blooming relationship was one of my favorite parts of the story Starflower centers on the concept of freedom the freedom to speak for oneself, the freedom of knowing a person s true name and purpose, and overarching all of this, the true freedom that can only come through bondage in Christ It is a story of light and beauty in the midst of bleak desperation and so engaging that I didn t want to put it down or see it end Read it you will not regret it Post script I broke the mold in some respects by reading this fourth book in the series after reading books five and six Knowing these later endings brought up a few spoilers, but somehow, it worked I d still recommend reading these novels in order for maximum understanding and enjoyment.

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