- File Size: 3201 KB
- Print Length: 604 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Rooglewood Press (March 15, 2016)
- Publication Date: March 15, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01D1TMIBA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,360 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
A Branch of Silver, a Branch of Gold Kindle Edition
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This epic new novel from Anne Elisabeth is fantasy, like her other books. In fact, it even takes us to the Woods Between, and the beautiful Starflower's lovely Haven (if you didn't know, these are both from TALES OF GOLDSTONE WOOD). So these two series connect! Which is absolutely delightful! I was missing TALES OF GOLDSTONE WOOD a great deal, and so was beyond happy to find so many familiar things and people and places in A Branch of Silver, A Branch of Gold. This new novel is also a fairy tale retelling. It retells The Twelve Dancing Princesses in a wild and original way. We follow the journey of a fourteen-year-old peasant girl named Heloise, and a dying noble called Benedict ... and hear the giggles of a silly, mad sylph ... and watch the dreadful dance of night ... and all those complex, intriguing things!
As I crept into this dear, imaginative world, I found myself quickly wondering: "Why did I take so long to pick up another one of Anne Elisabeth's books?" They are oh so captivating! With her beautiful, lyrical writing style, this talented author takes us to fantastic worlds where strange creatures lurk and heroes & heroines are awkward, unassuming girls and boys. Lessons and thought-provoking messages are woven throughout the pages; a soul-tugging allegory etched into the core. That's why I cry. The way God and His Light and Love are portrayed touches my heart so profoundly, I never fail to feel my eyes welling up with tears at one point or another. (view spoiler)
Though there is humor and fun aplenty, the story can be rather dark. The Family of Night, though I've yet to have them all figured out, a bit gruesome. It's only in the end, at the break-through, that you see the message more clearly, and the Light shines brightly, and you realize that, all along, darkness was not as powerful as it wanted you to think. I do recommend caution for a younger or sensitive audience. Though I didn't feel it went overboard, there were some parts that were intense/gruesome. Nothing like most YA books these days, though. I feel Anne Elisabeth does a good job at keeping the balance.
As always, the characters are splendid. I loved Heloise (though sometimes I wanted to shake her), and I LOVED Benedict! And when they were together, I was absolutely delighted! *grins* They are just so funny together. So adorable in their awkwardness and grumpiness and fierceness, some how. They made each other better, as a team. They made me laugh! And touched my heart with their sincerity (this particularly coming from Benedict). And I just ... *huggles them* They were both amazing characters. The sylph was way too much fun as well. And all the other characters, good and not-so-good, interesting. And the Dame! It was so, so good to see her again! *squeals* And visit her Haven! And ... everything! I can't wait to see what happens next in this new series!
The mystery. The complexity. The adventure. It was intense. It was amazing. A bit frightening at times, but not overly so. I love that there were so many layers, so many stories told. There were reasons for actions. There was sorrow and loss and pain and anger. There was vengeance. And then there was love. And hope. And forgiveness and healing and victory! And a future.
I simply need this big epic novel on my bookshelf now. I want Heloise and Benedict added to my collection! *winks and grins* I'm so happy that I decided to pick up A Branch of Silver, A Branch of Gold ... and now I eagerly await Book Two! Or Poison Crown, from the TALES OF GOLDSONE WOOD. Which ever comes first! ^_^
The presentation of the story itself, the way it was crafted to be delivered...was disappointing. It halted and dragged and stalled so many times that if it had not been for my drive of "I have never not read a Stengl book and I'm not going to start now," I would not have had the patience to endure, no matter how much the story itself intrigued me. Perhaps I am alone in my frustration with the story presentation. But years ago, I was drawn to Stengl's ability to say the most brilliant, descriptive things in the tightest way possible and deliver a story that was never rushed, never dragging, just one body of precisely timed and crafted brilliance. And this story did not flow like that. At all. I can only hope very much this is not a new trend with Stengl.
But all that aside, if you want a great story and are not as particular as I am and don't might a bit of tedium. Enjoy.