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Golden Daughter ~ Review

Golden Daughter
Tales of Goldstone Wood 7
By Anne Elisabeth Stengl

Sairu has been raised to protect her master.  But her master is unlike any that has been protected by a Golden Daughter before. Her master is a Dream Walker - a Dream Walker who has walked farther into the Dream than walkers have walked for generations. And she has walked where she should not have walked.

Lady Hariawan's journey into the Dream has put her in danger. But how can one protect against the unknown dangers of the Dream? This is the task that Sairu has been given as her lifelong task.

But the dangers that Sairu must face are unlike any she has trained for.  And then there is the golden devil cat who seems to be forever present.  Is this beast friend or foe?  Only time will tell...

Golden Daughter is from a time before Heartless, Veiled Rose, Moonblood, Dragonwitch, and Goddess Tithe.  But one can find threads throughout that are the foundations for these tales yet to be.  Characters one has come to know and love can be found within these pages (some are unexpected and some like Eanrin just make the story complete).  This is a story of heartbreak, suffering, discovery, and love.

There is a Gift of the Heart, Dara, and Dragons.  What lies within the Dream is about to be known...

Prepare for another journey into the Wood and to travel paths unseen in this most amazing addition to the Tales of Goldstone Wood saga.  An epic journey you won't want to miss!

I was provided an Advance Reader Copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.


Masayi Sairu was raised to be dainty, delicate, demure . . . and deadly. She is one of the emperor’s Golden Daughters, as much a legend as she is a commodity. One day, Sairu will be contracted in marriage to a patron, whom she will secretly guard for the rest of her life.

But when she learns that a sacred Dream Walker of the temple seeks the protection of a Golden Daughter, Sairu forgoes marriage in favor of this role. Her skills are stretched to the limit, for assassins hunt in the shadows, and phantoms haunt in dreams. With only a mysterious Faerie cat and a handsome slave—possessed of his own strange abilities—to help her, can Sairu shield her new mistress from evils she can neither see nor touch?

For the Dragon is building an army of fire. And soon the heavens will burn.