by Rachel Starr Thomson
It’s been thirteen years since I graduated high school as a homeschooler, so I’m part of the early homeschooling generation. It’s been a lot of fun to see how various of my counterparts have fared in different careers and ways of life, but of course, I’m especially interested in the authors—those who share my own career path!
I discovered the work of Anne Elisabeth Stengl a few years back when I was reading books for a competition. The book in question was Veiled Rose, one of her Tales of Goldstone Wood stories. From the first paragraph, I knew I was in the hands of someone who could write—a master both of language and of the harder-to-define art of storytelling. The mystery, the beauty, the fear, and even the humour evoked in the first few pages made the book impossible to put down.
As it happens, Veiled Rose won a Christy award the year it was released. The prior book in the series, Heartless, did too. And this year, another Goldstone Wood book, Dragonwitch, is a Christy finalist. And there are more: Moonblood, Starflower, Shadow Hand, and Golden Daughter round out the continuing series. The books can be read in order or as standalones.
My first impression has held true: Anne Elisabeth Stengl’s books are entertaining, powerful, and beautiful. They have grace and depth, and they’re a joy to read.
I didn’t actually know we were fellow homeschooler grads until very recently, so it’s with pleasure that I recommend these stories as some of the finest work being put out among those who share our educational background—and some of the finest work being put out in the Christian fantasy market, period.
You can check out Anne Elisabeth’s books at her blog: anneelisabethstengl.blogspot.ca
P.S. All that, and Anne Elisabeth is also doing fantastic and creative things as an indie publisher. Go visit her blog!