Book Review: Shadow Hand

Book Review: Shadow Hand

About the Book:

This is a story about blood.
And love.
And the many things that lie between.

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. 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 parasite.

My Thoughts:

This is the sixth book in the Goldstone Wood series and as one other reviewer has said, it is the most complex tale thus far.

I love the series, its imagination, creativity and underlying spiritual truth, however, I found this particular tale difficult to follow.  I have read all the other books in the series, several of them more than once, but this book incorporated so many pieces of the other stories that I found myself losing track of all the interwoven characters.  The complexity knocked me out of the tale and sent me into the realm of trying to “figure out” the connections rather than allowing me to fully “live” within the story.  That said, it was a beautiful story of a glory that can’t be hidden and a love that can’t be denied.

I would highly recommend that you re-read the other novels directly before reading this one.  It is not a stand alone book.

You can read more about the series as a whole in my review of Starflower.

I received a free, unedited digital galley in exchange for my honest opinion.