Welcome back to the Woods, dear traveler,
After interviewing the lovely Knight Kendra, I gathered my courage and rode into the Wood to find the Knight Lemon Duck! It took longer than I was expecting to find the very yellow duck, given everyone I met knew her by a different name, but once I found her, she was ecstatic to answer the questions I posed to her. Here they are!
- How did you discover the wondrous world of Goldstone Woods? Was it a random find, or a recommendation? Did you fall in love right away or was it gradual?
I…..have no clue. I just…found out about it one day, probably through the blogosphere, and was interested. It wasn’t until just this year, however, that I finally got Heartless from Kindle Unlimited and found myself impressed but not completely drawn in, not enough to actually buy the books. Keeping in mind that I am still an uncultured squash (term stolen from a friend of mine), when I found the books online somehow, I decided to read them (when I found out I read them illegally, I died and made the plans to buy those books). Well, needless to say Veiled Rose and Moonblood sucked me in. And Starflower had me utterly entranced.
- Who is your favorite character? And second favorite character?
Favorite character….it’s a toss between Eanrin and Aethelbald. How can I CHOOSE?!?! Second favorite character….*screams* another hard toss between Sairu and Starflower.
- While Eanraldera is the best ship in the world, is there any other ships you enjoy? Ahahaha! It is indeed the best ship. But I also enjoy Aethelbald and Una’s ship…because it’s just so sweet and symbolic and I am an utter goner for that kind of stuff. I also really loved Sairu and Jovann.
- Which character do you connect to the most? Not who’s your favorite. Who reminds you of yourself?
*ponders* To be honest, I don’t know. I connected to the characters all on different levels or aspects, because Stengl’s characters are all so very human, and therefore, relatable. Heh…like, I related to Una in her familiar selfishness. Rose Red with her knowledge of what is good but refusal to do it. Eanrin with his tendency to hide behind something, whether it’s his cattishness or smiles. And, hehe…the Dragonwitch’s anger was also quite cord-striking, to be honest.
- Opinion on the Prince of the Farthestshore’s name? Yes, no, hate it, love it, want to laugh at it? (personally, I think of asparagus every time I read it)
I never thought anything bad in particular…I mean, I recognized our dear prince’s name was supposed to be slightly comical after Una made fun of it, but I certainly thought it was a cool name. Ae+, if you will 😉
- Tell me about a headcanon you have for any character or story.
Ohh… headcanons? I’m not that given into fanfic (though when I am, I pour my heart and sleeping hours into it). But my personal headcanon is that Starflower and Eanrin end up together. And the author confirmed it anyway in her Facebook after she announced the series’ end, so more like a canon-that-hasn’t-happened-in-book. *sobs eternally*
- Is there something you wish the author elaborated on?
Nope! Not really. I mean, more about Sunan and that poor Sun Eagle would have been nice. But the characters I cared about seemed to be headed for wonderful endings. And to be honest, there is SO MUCH you can do in that world… I’m also kind of curious about her Asian-inspired kingdoms. Hmmmmm
- Which book is your favorite?
Oh, Golden Daughter. I guess I just loved the heroine who was taught to be hard, cold, loveless finding warmth and love whilst keeping her strengths. Maybe it’s because it’s sort of controversial against the tone of the world, where either women are taught to be subservient and powerless or brash and strong.
- Were there any scenes from the series that moved you? To tears, to laughter, to anger?
Huh….I’m pretty sure there WERE…but I can’t think of any right now? I can remember laughing at Eanrin’s poem at the end of Starflower …and OH!! I remember really loving that scene with Hylume’s song in Moonblood. So lovely….
- And finally, would you recommend the Tales of Goldstone Wood to anyone? On a scale of one to ten, where would you rate it?
HA!!! Being a stubbornly harsh critic, I’ll give it a 9/10 for having So. Many. Words. I haven’t even started the 12DP retelling because the size of it intimidates me so much. However, all those words are WORTH reading the beautiful 15/10 masterpiece that is Tales of Goldstone Wood!!
There you are, dear traveler. Lemon Duck’s thoughts on the Tales of Goldstone Wood! A big thank you to Lemon, for taking the time to answer my questions *bows in your direction*
May your Paths lead you home,