Tales of Goldstone Wood #3: Review of Moonblood by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

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Moonblood by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

Age Range: Adult (appropriate for teens too)

Series: Tales of Goldstone Wood #3

Genre: Christian fantasy

Print Length: 387 pages

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (April 1, 2012)

Source: Bought

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

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About the Book:

A New Novel for Fantasy Readers Young and Old

Desperate to regain the trust of his kingdom, Prince Lionheart reluctantly banishes his faithful servant and only friend, Rose Red. Now she is lost in the hidden realm of Arpiar, held captive by her evil goblin father, King Vahe.

Vowing to redeem himself, Lionheart plunges into the mysterious Goldstone Wood, seeking Rose Red. In strange other worlds, Lionheart must face a lyrical yet lethal tiger, a fallen unicorn, and a goblin horde on his quest to rescue the girl he betrayed.

With the Night of Moonblood fast approaching, when King Vahe seeks to wake the Dragon’s sleeping children, Lionheart must discover whether or not his heart contains courage before it’s too late for Rose Red…and all those he loves.

About the Author:

Anne Elisabeth Stengl makes her home in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, Rohan, a passel of cats, and one long-suffering dog. When she’s not writing, she enjoys Shakespeare, opera, and tea, and studies piano, painting, and pastry baking. She studied illustration at Grace College and English literature at Campbell University. She is the author of Heartless, Veiled Rose, Moonblood, and Starflower. Heartless and Veiled Rose have each been honored with a Christy Award.

My Thoughts:

Wow.

With each book in the Goldstone Wood series, Anne Elisabeth Stengl pulls the reader further and deeper into the magical world and the lives of her characters. This is the third book in the series, and it pushed past everything we’ve seen so far.

The books all overlap a bit, to give us the tale from another character’s viewpoint. As with the previous book, Moonblood focused largely on Lionheart and his life. He is a complex character that is hard to hate, yet hard to love. As the reader, I wanted to love him. I kept hoping that he would cast aside his cowardice and become the man his name suggests he is. He let me down time and time again, but the beauty of Stengl’s world is that her characters are so believably human. They are selfish, cowardly, shallow, stubborn, and fickle. Yet they each have the opportunity to change and find forgiveness.

I loved Rose Red in this book. She was so strong, yet so obstinate. She refused to call for help when she needed it. I’ve always loved her character, though, and I was very happy with how things turned out for her.

I sobbed my way through the last 20% of the book. Not all of my tears were sad. Some of them were, but a lot of them were happy, too. To say that I liked this book would be a gross understatement. I loved it. I loved the message. I loved the characters. I loved the writing. I can’t wait to start the next one!

5 STARS

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