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"When a cursed dragon-witch kidnaps the lovely Lady Gleamdren, Eanrin sets boldly forth on a rescue mission...and 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 mortal. But 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?"--P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minn. : Bethany House Publishers, 2012
ISBN: 9780764210266
Branch Call Number: FICTION Ste
Description: 349 pages ; 22 cm


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Oct 01, 2016

I read this in one day. I've read all of the books in the series so far and this is probably my 2nd favourite (Heartless still being the best, in my opinion). I really liked Eanrin because he's funny, and because I felt like I got to know him a lot more because of this book. Imraldera is also a very strong and brave character, which is great. The best part about these Goldstone Woods books is that Stengl uses characters who have flaws, but you still love them. I recommend reading this only if you've read others in the series, just because I think it would make more sense.

Sep 01, 2016

Starflower is certainly a teens book, but I (23 yrs old) read it because I heard the Christian symbolism was great. With that motivation for reading this book, I was dissatisfied until the end. The last 3 or 4 chapters had obvious symbolism. If I read it again I would definitely be able to pick out more that pertained to the Bible and the Christian faith.

Mar 25, 2014

Probably my favorite of Stengl's works, I came to this one first and was immediately enthralled. Although it's technically fourth in the Tales of Goldstone Woods series, it works splendidly on its own and is not impeded by not knowing the other books. It chronicles the tale of a young, mute girl — Starflower — who is found lying by an enchanted stream. Found by whom, you may ask? The faerie, half-human, half-cat Eanrin, a truly unforgettable character. He is on his way to rescue the gorgeous Lady Gleamdren, racing against another suitor, but begins to care for this mortal girl, so frail and strange with an incredible backstory. Filled with rich characters — including an impressive villian, Hri-Sora— a lyrical, Tolkien-esque style, complicated yet smooth plots, and beautifully woven truths, I cannot reccomend it more highly. For lovers of fantasy or simply a well-told story, I urge you to try it.

Aug 07, 2013

I loved this YA adventure! It's well-written, with a complete world that is explored through the characters, instead of narrated to the audience like a documentary. It's a prequel in a series I haven't read (yet), but I was able to follow along just fine. I really enjoyed the inclusion of faerie mythology (primarily British) like the Caithsidhe, and each character felt developed and distinct (and a main character who isn't Caucasian- hooray!). I want to continue to visit the cultures described in this one, especially considering the disparity between genders. I would recommend it for fans of intelligent YA, classic faerie tales and myth, strong female characters, subtle world-building, and folks who enjoy characters that are morally grey. As I do.


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