In this fifth installment in the Tales of Goldstone Wood, we find ourselves in the North Country, where Alistair is being trained to inherit Gaheris and join the North Country under one king upon the death of his Uncle, the heirless Earl Ferox. Alistair’s power-hungry mother, Lady Mintha, has arranged a marriage for her son to Lady Leta of Aiven, a quiet, unassuming young woman who doesn’t want to marry Alistair and be the Queen of the North Country, but will because that is what her father has told her to do. Yet, when Leta meets the Chronicler, the intelligent but brooding dwarf who begins to teach Leta to read, her perspective starts to shift. Then Earl Ferox reveals his deepest secret just before his death, and all of their futures are suddenly tangled in the fairytales of their youth, where heroes must defeat witches with magical swords.
Wow! is not a strong enough interjection to describe Dragonwitch. I was instantly drawn into this marvelous Near World and that of the Wood Between by the intricately and fantastically imagined details that I put the book down only reluctantly and only when I had no other choice. There are several stories being told at once through this novel which are so beautifully woven, so seamlessly braided by the end you don’t even realize they were ever separate stories. The writing is magnificent, and it is no wonder Stengl is a two-time Christy Award Winner. I was so impressed by my first dip into the Tales of Goldstone Wood that I must go back and read the rest of the series. Highly, highly recommended!
I was given a free copy of this book for review purposes from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own!