Saturday, December 1, 2012

Part 1 of Starflower by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

cover of Starflower by Anne Elisabeth Stengl shows a young woman dipping her toe in a pool Starflower by Anne Elisabeth Stengl. Bethany House, 2012. 347p. (9780764210266)

Oh. My. Goodness! This book is amazing! And I've only read through part one. Already I’m giving this book a five star plus rating, well five butterfly plus rating because that’s the clipart I chose. Which means before I post my complete review I have to go make a five plus rating.

In the beginning of part one we meet Sir Eanrin, Lady Gleamdren, Queen Bebo, and King Iubdan again. While Starflower does go way back in time before the other books in the series this is by no means the beginning of their stories. Eanrin has been a bard for so long he can’t remember not being one and Queen Bebo has had so many birthday’s that the Fairie folk of Rudiobus Mountain only celebrate it every one hundred years.

It’s very fun to see what Eanrin was like way back then compared to in the days of Una and Lionheart. I’m very excited to learn what all matured him a bit

We also meet the Black Dogs and the Midnight that surrounds them again and get to learn a bit more about them. Never would have guessed them to have the alternate shape that they do. Last night when I finished reading part one I decided to read something light and “fluffy” to keep myself from dreaming of black dogs and yellow eyes.

Yellow eyes in midnight black

In the prologue we meet Hri Sora and the Dark Father. Both are dragons, but Hri Sora was not always a dragon. Over Christmas I’m going to reread Veiled Rose and Moonblood to learn more about the first dragons origins. Unless part two reveals more, which I suspect it will.

And of course we meet Starflower, whom the book is named after and who will be the heroine I suspect, is of course also introduced. I love how she tells her name and Eanrin figures it out but then calls her by the fairie word for starflower. And I can’t tell you what it is because that will spoil your “oh my goodness, that’s her! that’s so awesome! what’s the rest of her story?! how does she end up…? And…oh MY” moment.

On page 123 the Dragonwitch is first mentioned and now I can hardly wait for book five to come out next summer. I know, I’m terribly impatient and I haven’t even finished book four!

cover of Dragonwitch by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

So there you have it. This book is fabulous. This series is fabulous – each book is better than the last. So what are you waiting for? Go read them!

Update: Here's part 2 of my Starflower review.

Disclosure: I received this book for free from the author and publisher. Thank you so much Anne Elisabeth!!! I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission.
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  1. Good looking book! I wanted to let you know that I have posted the new 2013 WHERE Are You Reading Challenge sign up. I know you have signed up last year so thought you may want to again! SO much fun!


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