I would have forgotten about it, possibly never read it, but then I stumbled upon the author's website, and reviews from readers I knew and respected. (I cannot tell you, off the top of my head, who they were, though). So, since I had the first book on my kindle ... I decided to give it a chance and I read it.
I can't say that I loved the book, and it certainly wasn't my favorite allegory (that spot is reserved for Narnia and Aslan), but I adored the world building. But - alas - I did not have the money to buy any of the sequels. So I just watched books get released, sighed over the gorgeous covers, and scavenged up any plot spoilers I could find.
(Don't mind me, I'm weird like that. She had a readalong for book two the year before last that was really good for my plot spoiler collection, though. I'd already read book one when it got readalong.)
But a few months ago, I was walking past the new books shelf in my library - and a familiar cover caught my eye. Shadow Hand. Book 6 of the series.
However, it wasn't until a few weeks later that I managed to track down which section of the library it was in, (It proved to be YA) and confirm that yes, it did have books 2 and 3 as well. (I wasn't sure, since I couldn't find them when I checked the online database.)
I was overjoyed, and quickly devoured the next five books of the series, which is where my library ran out. However, I picked up 7 and the novella when they were on sale and they're on my kindle waiting for me. I now fully consider myself a Goldstone Imp.
Anyways, you may be wondering why in Bookania I'm bringing this up. Well, you see, the Anne Elizabeth's releasing a second novella to go with the series, and I'm taking part in the cover reveal. It's gorgeous, and no I'm not just going to hand it over yet. First I'm going to make you look at a picture of the author.
ANNE ELISABETH STENGL makes her home in North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, Rohan, a kindle of kitties, and one long-suffering dog. When she’s not writing, she enjoys Shakespeare, opera, and tea, and practices piano, painting, and pastry baking. She is the author of the critically-acclaimed Tales of Goldstone Wood. Her novel Starflower was awarded the 2013 Clive Staples Award, and her novels Heartless, Veiled Rose, and Dragonwitch have each been honored with a Christy Award.
To learn more about Anne Elisabeth Stengl and her books visit: www.AnneElisabethStengl.blogspot.com
And I guess I can now let you guys see the cover.
In the Darkness of the Pit
The Light Shines Brightest
Drums summon the chieftain’s powerful son to slay a man in cold blood and thereby earn his place among the warriors. But instead of glory, he earns the name Draven, “Coward.” When the men of his tribe march off to war, Draven remains behind with the women and his shame. Only fearless but crippled Ita values her brother’s honor.
The warriors return from battle victorious yet trailing a curse in their wake. One by one the strong and the weak of the tribe fall prey to an illness of supernatural power. The secret source of this evil can be found and destroyed by only the bravest heart.
But when the curse attacks the one Draven loves most, can this coward find the courage he needs to face the darkness?
Pre-order Draven’s Light today! - Coming May 25, 2015
Oh, and there's a Raffelcopter Giveaway.
And ... one thing I've noticed, and I'm not sure if it is intentional or not, but while girls grace the covers of the main series, both of the novellas are male. I'm amused by this.