Starflower by Anne Elisabeth Stengl. Bethany House, 2012. 347p. (9780764210266)
Have you ever started a book, gotten to a good stopping point, put it down and then not wanted to finish it because it’s such a great book and you want to delay the sorrow of finishing it? That’s what Starflower did to me. There are three parts to this book and I wrote a review after I finished part one and then didn’t want to pick the book back up because I knew book five won’t be available until next summer. Silly I know, but I didn’t want the story to end! (Update: Here's the link to part 1 of the review.)
Anyway, my curiosity did finally get the better of me and I loved the rest of the book. Part two and three is Starflower telling her life story to Hri Sora and also what happens to Eanrin and Glomar while she is imprisoned and then the adventure Starflower and Eanrin have afterwards.
Wish I could tell you more but that’ll spoil the story and plot twists. I am continually amazed at how Anne Elisabeth had woven the stories together! In book three Lionheart sees a phantom in the Woods who pressed a cord with two beads into his hands. In this book we find out who that phantom once was and who the beads belonged to.
I remembered the beads and the encounter in the Wood and immediately got out my copy of Moonblood to find out what the author had done with them in that story. I had completely forgotten that Lionheart had returned them to the original owner and figured out her identity.
By reading these books as they come out I forget “little” details like that and then have the pleasure of being surprised in the next book. I didn’t get a chance to reread Veiled Rose and Moonblood over Christmas but I will read them again soon.
The overarching theme of this book is love. Not the romantic sort of love that is so often the focus of novels, not the loyal sort of love that one has for comrades that is often present in adventure stories, but the deep, accepting sort of love that can only come from outside of oneself.
It’s hard writing a review about the second part of a book without giving parts of the story away, so I shall just conclude with what I ended my part one review:
This book is fabulous. This series is fabulous – each book is better than the last. So what are you waiting for? Go read them!
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Disclosure: I received this book for free from the author. (Thank you 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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