When I first started reading Dragonwitch I was really confused. Stengl throws so many other-worldly terms at you that it’s easy for your mind to shut down.
So I skipped the prologue and started fresh on Chapter One, which was a lot easier to manage. Then later when my brain was accustomed to all of the fantasy terms, I looped back and read the prologue again and it all made sense. By the time I was halfway into the novel, I was hooked!
Dragonwitch is complex in the way that Tolkien is complex. Every character has two, three, or even four different names. The narrative arc cuts across different worlds and different histories.
But Stengl manages to pull it all off.
I should note too, that Dragonwitch isn’t the first book in her series. So perhaps if I had first read Heartless (Tales of Goldstone Wood), I would have jumped into the storyline quicker.
What is that storyline you ask? Whoa… that’s a difficult question. But if I was to try to write an elevator pitch for Dragonwitch it would be this: “When a faerie queen’s love gets rejected, she smolders an entire world. Only the unlikeliest of heroes and his hodgepodge of brethren can stop her.”
P.S. I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest opinions and review.