Friday, January 9, 2015

Finished! Shadow Hand by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

I knew there was something that I forgot to do before going to bed last night. Write today's blog post. *facepalm* Sorry about that. I still need to work on making posting a habit.

It was a crazy day yesterday. I started yesterday off by getting up at 6:30am to be at the church. We had an electrician coming by and the pastor couldn't be there at the time, so my father in law and I went instead. Then, after that, I spent most of the day running errands, bringing people to doctor appointments and making trips to the store. Not that I minded, because in the pauses between all that running around, I spent every minute I had reading on my hubby's old ipod.

It feels great to be reading again! Especially when it's as excellent a story as Shadow Hand.

It kept me up reading until 2am and it definitely has made its way into my top five favorite stories. As usual, I ate up the scenes involving Eanrin and Imraldera. Can't help but love those two and the relationship between them! And I squealed with delight when some unanticipated old faces from previous books made their appearances, but I won't give away who. ;)

I have to admit that at first when I read the blurb for the book, I had some reservations to a story with Daylily as a main character. In the previous stories, she was not one that I was partial to, but I shouldn't have worried. Daylily resonated with me in a way I hadn't expected in her fear of the wolf. And Foxbrush's struggle with self-doubt gave me a greater respect and admiration for his character.

I enjoyed Shadow Hand immensely. With its perfect balance of lightheartedness and dire situations, it had me laughing, crying, and dying to read more every time I had to set it down. I have never read another series that has the books so deliciously interconnected, while each is still able to stand alone, like Stengl's. Her masterful story weaving and beautifully crafted world make for a series that just keeps getting better!

I would recommend that any lover of good fantasy stories that hasn't given one of Anne Elisabeth Stengl's books a try yet, add them to their to-read pile asap!

Now, I'm supposed to be working, but first, I think I'll take a little time to dive into the next book in her series: Golden Daughter!

Happy reading, all!

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