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?
Top 10 Favorite Books and Why
1. The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis. No books charmed me so much as a child and continue to charm me as an adult.
2. The King of Attolia - Megan Whalen Turner. Every time I read it, I'm just blown away by Ms. Turner's ability to take me by surprise and play on my expectations. A wonderful read!
3. Nation - Sir Terry Pratchett. It takes real brilliance for an author to write an entire story preaching a message with which I completely disagree . . . and yet have me so utterly caught up in the story that I want to read it again and again! But that's what Sir Terry does. He is a genius.
4. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy. Never have I read another book in which I related so deeply with every single character, good and bad, old and young, male and female. That's where Tolstoy's genius lies.
5. The Heaven Tree Trilogy - Edith Pargeter. A little-known gem of historical fiction that completely swept me away. A breathless and yet heavy read. Truly magnificent.
6. Howl's Moving Castle - Diana Wynne Jones. I just love it! It delights me! As does everything by Ms. Jones.
7. Beauty - Robin McKinley. A childhood favorite to which I return again and again.
8. Till We Have Face - C.S. Lewis. I feel the need to reread this book every couple of years. And every time, I think I understand it a little better.
9. The Princess and the Goblin - George MacDonald. Another childhood favorite that I love as much today as I did then.
10. Persuasion - Jane Austen. This is my favorite of her novels, but I enjoy them all, because each one feels like sitting down to a conversation with Jane herself. I think she and I might have been friends had we known each other.
Thanks for stopping by the blog today and sharing your top ten favorite books with us Anne!
Anne Elisabeth Stengl makes her home in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, Rohan, a passel of cats, and one long-suffering dog. When she's not writing, she enjoys Shakespeare, opera, and tea, and studies piano, painting, and pastry baking. She studied illustration at Grace College and English literature at Campbell University. She is the author of HEARTLESS, VEILED ROSE, MOONBLOOD, and STARFLOWER, with DRAGONWITCH due to release in 2013. HEARTLESS and VEILED ROSE have each been honored with a Christy Award.