Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Timey-Wimey

Shadow Hand

Anne Elisabeth Stengl
This is a story about blood.
And love.
And the many things that lie between.

By her father's wish, Lady Daylily is betrothed to the Prince of Southlands. Not the prince she loves, handsome and dispossessed Lionheart, but his cousin, the awkward and foolish Prince Foxbrush. As her wedding day dawns, Daylily flees into the dangerous Wilderlands, her only desire to vanish from living memory.

But Foxbrush, determined to rescue his betrothed, pursues Daylily into a new world of magic and peril, a world where vicious Faerie beasts hold sway, a world invaded by a lethal parasite. 

A world that is hauntingly familiar.

     Starting off I think it is important to insist that the books be read in order of publication. While the books don't follow each other chronologically all the time, each book helps build on a set of characters that flow throughout the series. Before Shadow Hand, you would be fine in terms of understanding, I after all read them out of order, but this one really puts a kabosh on that. 

     Out of all the books in Goldstone Wood I think that Shadow Hand is the hardest to follow. Which really says something because even the novella is just as complicated as most Russian Literature. But what really sets this one apart is that the book switches timelines! Each previous book stuck with a specific period of time, it might have jumped a bit in order to allow for different character points of view, but it was generally the same. Not so here! Here characters Time Travel. 

     As for the novel itself, it picks up a bit after Lionheart has been redeemed. Lionheart does get a nice role in the story, I think it does a good job of validating his existence (previously I just found him annoying). We also get to see Prince Felix again (Una's brother), and I think he might be ready for his own novel; the Baron and Baroness of Middlecrescent (Daylily's parents) and boy are they a hoot, I think they make up a good portion of the novel's comic relief; and a small appearance from our favorite King of Kings-the Prince of Farthestshore. 

     I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I hope you enjoy the newest novel in the Tales of Goldstone Wood. 

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