Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Book Review: Draven's Light by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

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Title: Draven's Light

Author: Anne Elisabeth Stengl

Series: Tales of Goldstone Wood #7.5

Genre: Fantasy

Audience: Young Adult

**5 stars**

Anne Elisabeth Stengl’s stories are always so incredible! Draven’s Light was no different. Amazing. Tender. Intriguing. True love. Simply grand. I just heart it! ^_^

We meet a little girl who brings water to two brothers (they’re rather famous in my eyes, if you’ve read all the other TALES OF GOLDSTONE WOOD books!) as they’re building the House of Lights. The Kind One begins to tell the little girl a story. A story a cowardice. A story of bravery. A story of terror. A story of redemption.

I was enthralled almost from page one. Something about the lovely, mysterious way Anne Elisabeth writes ... it just pulls you in! Draven’s Light has to be one of the best novellas I have ever read. Let’s just say it’s the best. I’m longing for Poison Crown: The Smallman’s Heir!! And then of course, Poison Crown: The House of Lights right after that! *winks and grins*

Anyway, this was a heart-rending story. And it had a dash of spookiness—but I felt that was very tasteful and never went too far. There were tears, and gasps, and shivers, and sighs. The characters—awesome. Loved it!!

If you haven’t read any of the TALES OF GOLDSTONE WOOD books, they are an amazing, Christian allegory, fantasy series. As I’ve been talking a lot about magic lately, I’ll touch on that in this review. Anne Elisabeth very much creates a unique fantasy world. I don’t feel there’s really much “magic”, but there is a fae world as well as a mortal world. From what I'm remembering, there may be an instance or two in the series where some happening seems a little bit like sorcery, but its always the dark work of the bad guys exclusively. Evil creatures from the fairy realm that slip into the mortal world and create havoc among misunderstanding mortals. A higher Being (God) known as the King of Farthest Shore, and His son, the Prince of Farthest Shore (Jesus). The creepy Dragon who represents Satan. Lessons and things symbolic to the Christian faith abound in this series, as well as adventure, action, fairytale-ness, and a touch of romance! *smiles* I find them to be poignant and profound stories.

So yes! Give the TALES OF GOLDSTONE WOOD a try! (I would recommend reading them in the order published). The superb Draven’s Light is waiting for you to open it! *grins*

I received a copy of Draven's Light from the publishers in exchange for my honest review.

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