Shadow Hand


Shadow Hand
Anne Elisabeth Stengl
Bethany House Publishers

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. Unable to bear the future she sees 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 fey parasite . . .

I was so happy when I finally received this book in the mail! I’ve been anxiously awaiting it ever since I finished Dragonwitch, and I totally admit it was mostly because I’m simply dying to find out what happens to Eanrin and Imraldera. Did I find out what happened to them? Well…sort of. Not really. Oh, don’t get me wrong- they’re in it. But this novel is rather timey-wimey, which is both a blessing and a curse ;)

I was really surprised how much I ended up liking Foxbrush- there was much more to him than at first meets the eye. I can’t say I ever fully warmed to Daylily, and I did miss Rose Red. (There are so many things I want to happen soooo badly in these books. I’m just getting rather impatient.) But when I found out who the characters in the Southlands jungle were, I almost squealed. These books sometimes make me a little fangirlish… ;) I don’t think I enjoyed Shadow Hand as much as Starflower or Dragonwitch and sometimes I felt a little confused, although most of that confusion certainly started making sense near the end of the book. Still, Shadow Hand some very particularly good bits, and I’m more excited than ever for the next book in the series!

However, one thing I cannot stress enough: my friends, read this series in order. It took me at least three books to grasp the world of Goldstone Wood, and even then, I still get confused a lot. So if you haven’t read the other books in this series, I HIGHLY recommend starting at the beginning. You’ll thank me later. :)

Rating: 8 ½

I received this book free from charge from the author in exchange for my honest review.


  1. I own the first three books in this series (I got them for Christmas), but I haven't started them yet. I haven't really heard anyone talk about the series, so I'm glad to hear that you enjoy them! :)


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